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There are 3 lower-division courses and 10 upper-division courses that are required for completion of the major. With some lower-division preparation, junior transfer students should be able to complete the upper-division course work and the major within two years. Students who are interested in graduating with a double major or major/minor, or those who need to finish additional general education requirements may need additional time to complete their studies.
All transfer students must earn a minimum grade of "C" or better in two 20-level courses, FILM 20A and either FILM 20B or 20C (at least one must be taken at UCSC) in order to declare the major. By completing one lower-division course (FILM 20A, 20B or 20C) with a "C" or better, transfer students are eligible to declare the FDM pre-major as early as their second quarter in residence. Please visit our Major Requirements page for more information on major requirements.
As preparation, prospective transfer students are strongly encouraged to enroll in FILM 20A through UCSC Summer Session prior to their transfer. Incoming transfer students are also encouraged to participate in Summer Academy for Transfers and be eligible for reduced tuition for summer session if enrolled in 20A.
Transfer students may also petition the department to have equivalent lower-division courses taken at their current institution count toward their UCSC major requirements. To do so, transfer students must complete the Lower-Division Course Substitution form and submit to the department office with a copy of the course syllabus.
Students who do not complete at least one lower-division major requirement (FILM 20A) through Summer Session or through course substitution may need additional time to complete their studies. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to speak with an academic adviser during summer orientation prior to enrolling in classes in order to determine their status and to be advised about the declaration of major process.
Please refer to the UCSC General Catalog for complete information for incoming transfer students.