Department of Film & Television


Two degree programs are offered through the department:

Film & Television (BS)

In the undergraduate major leading to the BS degree, the department provides a comprehensive exploration of Film, TV, and New Media. The curriculum includes extensive offerings in production (directing, editing, cinematography, sound design, short film production), film and television screenwriting, creative producing, entertainment management, and film and television studies, while ensuring that students receive a broad education across other fields through the BU Hub. Students declare their Film & Television major no later than the second semester of the sophomore year. Although certain departmental courses are required of all majors, students may tailor their curriculum to fit their interests and career goals.

The Minor in Film & Television is open to all BU undergraduate students, including COM students, except for students in the Cinema & Media Studies (CIMS) major. Current COM students may minor in a department other than their declared department within COM.

Cinema & Media Studies (BA through either COM or CAS)

The major in Cinema & Media Studies (CIMS) offers students a rigorous and comprehensive education in the history, aesthetics, theory, formal practices, and sociocultural dimensions of moving-image media. Through structured engagement with film, television, and digital media in relation to literature and other liberal arts, the major aims to develop sophisticated understanding of the moving image (and its sound accompaniments) both as a multifaceted art form and as a pervasive, influential product of popular culture.

The BA degree, available to undergraduates enrolled either in the College of Communication (COM) or in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), is BU’s first thoroughly “intercollegiate” major in the humanities. It is jointly administered in accordance with a shared Mission Statement. To the benefit of all BU undergraduates, the major establishes a coherent framework for relevant course offerings and initiatives in COM and CAS, drawing on the intellectual leadership of a cross-college CIMS Program faculty with differentiated research and teaching interests in American film and television, in the national and regional cinemas of Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and in the transnational flow of electronic and digital media.

All COM students in the CIMS program have to take COM CO 101 with a grade of a C or higher, as well as COM CO 201. These are Bachelor of Arts requirements for the College of Communication.

The minor in CIMS is available to all students not majoring in CIMS and Film & Television. It consists of six course requirements offered through COM CI, with many of those cross-listed as COM FT or CAS EN courses.


The Department of Film & Television offers Master of Science (MS) programs in Television and Media Ventures and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in Cinema and Media Production, Screenwriting, and Film & Television Studies. The programs and areas of study in the department are both academic and professional.

Graduate students are expected to examine, probe, and study the history and literature of their chosen field: its role in the communication process, its creative and technical development, its organization, its economic impact and development, and its aesthetic, social, and cultural developments and implications.

As part of its professional emphasis, the department provides an opportunity for practical work in both the classroom and the field.


The College of Communication provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for instruction in studio and field production in both high-definition video and film and extensive digital post-production editing suites.

Professional Opportunities

There are frequent opportunities for contact with professionals from the many radio and television stations, cable companies, advertising agencies, and film and video production houses in or near the Boston area. The graduate internship program assists students in obtaining on-the-job experience with these professional organizations.

Both undergraduate and graduate students may participate in the Los Angeles Internship Programs to enhance their education and gain professional experience.


While the College of Communication has all of the production and post-production equipment necessary to produce high-end work, students will be expected to supply their own expendables including external hard drives, flash media, film/video stock for field cameras and any processing fees that may be applicable. Other fieldwork expenses such as permits and utilities should also be expected.