Concentrations

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

Critical Studies Concentration
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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 one-page statement of purpose
  • a sample essay
  • a FDM faculty statement of support (submitted directly to the department)

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

 

Production Concentration
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Admission to the production concentration is selective, based on promise and accomplishment shown in the student’s work. After completing FILM 170B (prerequisite for most film/video production courses) students may apply to the production concentration. Students who complete FILM 170A (prerequisite for most digital media production courses) with a B or better are also eligible to pursue the production concentration though they will aim to fulfill the requirements with digital media production courses and other production courses that do not require the FILM 170B prerequisite.

FILM 170B students apply by submitting works created in 170B to a portfolio review conducted at the end of each quarter. These student works are reviewed by a committee of film and digital media production faculty. Instructions for the portfolio review are available at the Film and Digital Media Department office. 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.

FILM 170A students who complete the course with a B or better apply by submitting a statement of intent to pursue the digital media pathway in production. Students are required to meet with the undergraduate adviser to discuss their digital media plan prior to submitting their statement of intent.

If a student accepted into the production concentration is unable to meet all the requirements for the concentration, they will be advised to complete the graduation requirements for the general major. Application materials and instructions for all production courses are available each quarter online: 

 

 

Integrated Critical Practice Concentration
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The integrated critical practice concentration (ICPC) 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. Students will be asked to submit the following applications materials:

  • a completed application form
  • a one-page statement of purpose
  • a sample essay
  • a FDM faculty statement of support (submitted directly to the department)

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 who have excellent grades in film and digital media courses, an outstanding writing sample, a clear statement of purpose outlining a senior project that integrates critical studies and production work, and a strong FDM faculty endorsement. Students may reapply a second time if not accepted, but not later than the first quarter of their senior year.

 

Applying for Production Classes
Students are required to submit a production application prior to enrollment into production courses.  Admission to upper-division production courses is generally restricted to third and fourth year FDM students.  FILM 170A, Fundamentals of Digital Media Production, or 170B, Fundamentals of Film/Video Production, are 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.  All production applications can be found on the SlugFilm website.  

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 Mac 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.