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Film Studies (Minor)

The Film Studies Minor offers students an opportunity to develop a better critical understanding of the film art, while also engaging in the creative process of writing screenplays and producing documentaries.

Film Studies (Minor)


What is Film Studies at ODU like?

The Film Studies Minor offers students an opportunity to develop a better critical understanding of the film art, while also engaging in the creative process of writing screenplays and producing documentaries.

Program Highlights

What makes Film Studies at ODU unique?

  • Aesthetic and critical studies in film

  • International film classes including courses taught in a foreign language

  • Screenwriting classes

  • Documentary filmmaking


What are some courses offered in Film Studies at ODU?

COMM 346:
Screenwriting I

This course is an introduction to narrative screenwriting focusing on the traditional feature film. Students will study screenwriting principles through text reading, film viewing, script analysis and substantial writing assignments. Focus is on story structure, character development, action, dialogue, and proper screenplay format. Prerequisites: ENGL 110C with a grade of C or better and ENGL 211C with a grade of C or better.

COMM 380:
Documentary Production I

This course offers the student an opportunity to explore the world of documentary filmmaking. Students will perform research to develop evidence in support of a thesis, then utilize the camera to capture a narrative story based on the thesis. Through this process, the student is better able to understand documentary filmmaking. Students will develop and deliver short documentary films by the end of the semester. Prerequisite: THEA 271 or COMM 271 or DANC 271 with grade of C or higher.

COMM 471W:
International Film History

An examination of world cinema as a technology, a business, an institution, and an art form from its inception to the present. Emphasis is on the narrative fiction film, its technological and aesthetic development, economic organization, and socio-cultural context. Representative classic and contemporary works will be screened and analyzed. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: COMM 270A or THEA 270A, a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, and junior standing or permission of the instructor.


What are the requirements to apply for Film Studies at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Film Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

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