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Film and Media Studies

What Is Film?

Film is one of the leading art forms of the 21st century. To understand the cinematic medium is to be aware of its impact as a cultural and artistic force. Film at Perimeter College examines the analysis, history, theory and critique of the film industry, allowing students to learn how art, business and technology combine to create films that express our 21st century culture.

Why Study Film?

Georgia has seen explosive growth in the film industry in recent years. Major studios such as EUE/Screen Gems, Pinewood, Tyler Perry, Eagle Rock and Triple Horse have built new facilities in Georgia. This activity generated $6 billion in Georgia in 2015 and created 23,000 new jobs with average salaries of $48,000-$65,000. The Film guided pathway at Perimeter College is the first step on a student’s film career journey. Students will be able to examine the convergence of art, technology, industry, politics and culture and learn to think critically about movies and other forms of visual media. They will learn how cinematography, lighting, music and sound design reinforce the themes and character development in films. The film pathway also is designed to help students smoothly transition to the bachelor’s degree program at Georgia State University, where film is one of the most popular majors.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

The Film pathway at Perimeter College provides a first step toward the following interesting and exciting careers:

  • Corporate and commercial production
  • Film and video production: production assistant, camera assistant, camera person, gaffer, grip, wardrobe, script supervisor, editor, animation artist, assistant producer, assistant director, producer and director
  • Sound recording and mixing
  • Education--film history and video production
  • Television Broadcasting
  • Webcasting/Video Production for the Internet
  • Writing
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

9045 Film and Media Studies Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway – Film and Media Studies

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)  

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

  1. World language at the 1002 level or higher (3)
  2. Required Courses (6):
    • FLME 1010 Film Aesthetics and Analysis (3)*
    • FLME 2700 History of the Motion Picture (3)*
  3. Select additional elective courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • AAS 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History and Culture (3)
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
    • AH 1700 History of Western Art I: Prehistoric through Medieval Art (3)
    • AH 1750 History of Western Art II: The Renaissance through Contemporary Art (3)
    • AH 1850 Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (3)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    • ENGL 2120 British Literature (3)
    • ENGL 2130 American Literature (3)
    • FLME 2000 Introduction to Film Genres (3)
    • FLME 2800 Introduction to Set Production (3)
    • FLME 2801 Georgia Film Academy Internship (3)
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
    • HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3)
    • HIST 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History (3)
    • HIST 2110 Survey of United States History (3)
    • JOUR 2500 Foundations of Media Research (3)
    • MUA 1500 Jazz: Its Origins, Styles, and Influence (3)
    • MUA 1900 Dramatic Music from the Renaissance through the Twentieth Century (3)
    • MUA 1930 Music, Society, and Culture (3)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science (3)
    • POLS 2401 Global Issues (3)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
    • SCOM 1500 Public Speaking (3)
    • THEA 2040 Introduction to the Theatre (3)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (3)
    • World language 1001 (if no previous experience with language) (3)
    • World Lang 2001 (3)
    • World Lang 2002­ (3)
  • To be eligible for the Film and Media major and to enroll in 3000-4000 level Film and Media courses (i.e., FLME courses), students must fulfill the following requirements: -Complete FLME 1010 and FLME 2700 with a minimum grade of C, but a combined grade-point average of 2.5 or better for these two classes. -Earn a 2.5 grade-point average in all Area F FLME courses. This GPA will be calculated based on the first attempt at these FLME courses at Georgia State University. The University’s Repeat to Replace Policy may not be used to fulfill this requirement. WFs counts as an attempt. Transfer students who transfer these course(s) into Georgia State, may use the grades in the transferred course(s) to calculate the GPA or they may attempt them once at Georgia State.
  • See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. degrees” in section 3030 of the Georgia State University bachelor’s catalog.


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