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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 than the general 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.  Students accepted in the fall quarter of their senior year are not eligible to propose a student-directed semiar as part of their senior comprehensive requirement.  Please visit the general catalog for a complete list of requirements.  

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; at least three other upper-division critical studies classes; and have completed FILM 170A or FILM 170B plus one other course from the 150 or 170 series. 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. Please visit the general catalog for a complete list of requirements.