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Concentrations | Film+Digital Media / Social Documentary at UC Santa Cruz

Concentrations

Please refer to the UCSC General Catalog for complete concentration requirements.

Critical Studies Concentration

The Critical Studies Concentration provides a more rigorous pathway through the film and digital media major and offers classes specifically reserved for seniors who have exceptional abilities. Students are eligible to apply for the Critical Studies Concentration in spring quarter of their junior year, provided they have completed FILM 120 and at least three other upper-division critical studies classes. Applicants must already be declared Film and Digital Media majors in good standing. Students will be asked to submit the following application materials:
 • a completed application form
 • a 1-page statement of purpose
 • a sample essay
 • copies of all narrative evaluations provided by instructors of  Film and Digital Media courses

Application materials and instructions are available at the Film and Digital Media Department office. Student application materials are reviewed by a committee of F&DM critical studies faculty. Admission to the Critical Studies Concentration will be granted to students who have excellent grades and evaluations in film and digital media courses, an outstanding writing sample, and a clear statement of purpose. Students may reapply a second time if not accepted, but not later than the first quarter of their senior year.

2013-14 Critical Studies Concentration Handout PDF

 

Production Concentration

Students in the general Film and Digital Media major may be interested in the Production Concentration within the major.  Admission to the Production Concentration is highly selective, based on promise and accomplishment shown in the student's work.  

Students may be admitted into the concentration with a focus on either film/video production, or digital media production.  FILM 170B, Fundamentals of Film and Video Production, is required prior to admission into most film/video production courses.  FILM 170B requires at least:  FILM 20A or 20B and one other upper-division FILM history/critical studies course.  The very earliest that students are considered for FILM 170B is the final quarter of their sophomore year or the first quarter of their junior year. FILM 170A, Fundamentals of Digital Media Production, is required for most digital media production courses.  FILM 170A requires FILM 20C only.  

After completing either course, students may apply to the Production Concentration by submitting works completed in 170B to a portfolio review which is conducted at the end of each quarter.  These student works are reviewed by a committee of film and digital media produciton faculty. Those who are intereseted in the Digital Media Pathway will need to meet with the department adviser and sign a statement of intent, after completing 170A with a B or better. Students should note that production courses are in high demand and that faculty/student ratios and equipment resources limit the number of applicants accepted into the production concentration.  Students may reapply a second time if not accepted.  Students in the Film & Digital Media General Major are not guaranteed admission into the Production Concentration.  For more complete information about the production concentration, please read the General Catalog.  


2013-14 Production Concentration Handout PDF

 

Integrated Critical Practice Concentration

 

The Integrated Critical Practice Concentration provides a more rigorous pathway through the Film and Digital Media major and offers classes specifically reserved for seniors with exceptional abilities in both critical studies and production who seek to combine creative and scholarly work.  Students are eligible to apply for the Integrated Critical Practice Concentration in the last quarter of their junior year, provided they have completed FILM 120 and at least three other upper-division critical studies classes.  Students not already admitted to the Production Concentration should apply simultaneously to the Production Concentration.  Acceptance into the Production Concentration is a necessary pre-condition for acceptance into the Integrated Critical Practice Concentration.  Applicants must already be declared Film and Digital Media majors in good standing.

Application materials and instructions are available at the Film and Digital Media Department Office.  Student application materials are reviewed by a committee of Film and Digital Media faculty.  Admission to the Integrated Critical Practice Concentration will be granted to students with excellent grades and evaluations in film and digital media courses, an outstanding writing sample, and a clear statement of purpose outlining a senior project that integrates critical studies and production work.  Students may reapply a second time if not accepted, but not later than the first quarter of their senior year.

2013-14 Integrated Critical Practice Concentration Handout PDF

Applying to Studio Classes

Admission to upper-division production courses is generally restricted to third and fourth year F&DM students. FILM 170A, Fundamentals of Digital Media Production, or 170B, Fundamentals of Film/Video Production, are the prerequisites to all other production courses. An application process that includes a review of courses taken and a written treatment determines admission to FILM 170B.

Personal Computer Purchases

Upper-division digital media courses and production studio courses require coursework to be completed on computers.  Instruction in and software for production courses utilizes the Apple OS X platform and primarily consists of Apple and Adobe video production software packages.  Many UCSC students purchase laptop computers.  Film and digital media students who are considering purchasing a laptop computer for production work are encouraged to consult with the department's operations staff.  A list of recommended computer configurations and information regarding education pricing on software packages is available at slugfilm.ucsc.edu.