Major/Minor Requirements

For the most up-to-date information on the Cinema and Media Studies Curriculum, please visit the CAMS Catalog.

Goals for the Cinema and Media Studies Major

Students in the CAMS major will come to understand the technological, aesthetic and socio-historical forces that have led to the invention and development of the diverse media we use and interact with. Students will examine audio-visual media as products of human imagination and expression that have historically constituted an influential means by which we grasp and establish our relationship with the world, as well as define ourselves as thinking, communicating, and interacting citizens of the world.

Students who complete the CAMS major will have:

  • Acquired a broad-based contemporary and historical knowledge of international film and media industries
  • Acquired a set of critical and analytical tools for the study of film and audio-visual media
  • Developed a critical awareness of the cultural, political and economic role of film and media in modern societies
  • Produced media works in the form or forms of their choice
  • Explored, through their own processes of creative writing, thinking and image-making, the relationships between technology, aesthetic process, and social impact of modern media culture.

Requirements for the Cinema and Media Studies Major

The major in Cinema and Media Studies requires 10 units. Students can develop their expertise in the major by exploring topics from a combination of courses in Cinema/Media Studies, Screen writing and writing for television, Video/Media Production, as well as selected courses on film and media offered in other departments on campus and/or in other languages.

Common Requirements

Students who entered in Fall 2020 or earlier are required to take the following:

1. CAMS 101, Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies

2. CAMS 201, Technologies of Cinema and Media 

3. CAMS 202, Aesthetics of Cinema and Media

4. One production course, to be chosen among:
5. All majors must ensure that they take at least two courses at the 300-level in CAMS (or as approved by the program director. All 300-level work must be taken at Wellesley. CAMS 360 and CAMS 370 do not count toward the 300-level requirement, but are honors-level courses taken in addition to the 10 courses required for the major.
  • CAMS 300/FREN 300, Apocalyptic Cinema (in French)
  • CAMS 301, Surveillance Media
  • CAMS 302, Media Archaeology
  • CAMS 310, Film Festivals
  • CAMS 313/ARTS 313, Virtual Form
  • CAMS 320, Sound as Medium
  • CAMS 324, Film Genre, Genre Films
  • CAMS 327, CSPW Pub Writing Film & TV
  • CAMS 335/ARTS 365, Advanced Video Production
  • CAMS 338/ARTS 308, Photography III
In addition to the common requirements, students must take four additional courses:
6. Three core courses, chosen from among the following:
  • CAMS 208/ENG 208, Writing for Television
  • CAMS 217, Viral Media
  • CAMS 218, Theories of Media from Photography to the Internet
  • CAMS 219/ES 219, Ecological Approaches to Cinema and Media Studies
  • CAMS 220, Decolonizing Film History
  • CAMS 221, 21st Century Documentary
  • CAMS 222, "Being There": Documentary Film and Media
  • CAMS 225, From the Fairground to Netflix: Cinema in the Public Sphere
  • CAMS 227, Television
  • CAMS 230/ARTS 260, Moving Image Studio
  • CAMS 233/JWST 233, American Jews in the Media
  • CAMS 234/ENG 204, The Art of Screenwriting
  • CAMS 235/ARTS 265, Intermediate Video Production
  • CAMS 238/ARTS 208, Photography II
  • CAMS 239/ARTS 221, Digital Imaging
  • CAMS 255/ARTS 255, Dynamic Interface Design
  • CAMS 261, African Cinema
  • CAMS 277, Film Noir (formerly CAMS 292)
  • CAMS 286, Fantasy Factories: Film and Propaganda in Nazi Germany and Beyond
7. At least one additional CAMS course, which may be chosen from among the CAMS cross-listed and related courses.
 

Students who entered in Fall 2021 or later are required to take the following:

1. CAMS 201, Technologies of Cinema and Media 

2. CAMS 202, Aesthetics of Cinema and Media

3. One production course, to be chosen among:
4. Four core courses, chosen from among the following:
  • CAMS 101, Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies
  • CAMS 208/ENG 208, Writing for Television
  • CAMS 217, Viral Media
  • CAMS 218, Theories of Media from Photography to the Internet
  • CAMS 219/ES 219, Ecological Approaches to Cinema and Media Studies
  • CAMS 220, Decolonizing Film History
  • CAMS 221, 21st Century Documentary
  • CAMS 222, "Being There": Documentary Film and Media
  • CAMS 225, From the Fairground to Netflix: Cinema in the Public Sphere
  • CAMS 227, Television
  • CAMS 230/ARTS 260, Moving Image Studio
  • CAMS 233/JWST 233, American Jews in the Media
  • CAMS 234/ENG 204, The Art of Screenwriting
  • CAMS 235/ARTS 265, Intermediate Video Production
  • CAMS 238/ARTS 208, Photography II
  • CAMS 239/ARTS 221, Digital Imaging
  • CAMS 255/ARTS 255, Dynamic Interface Design
  • CAMS 261, African Cinema
  • CAMS 277, Film Noir (formerly CAMS 292)
  • CAMS 286, Fantasy Factories: Film and Propaganda in Nazi Germany and Beyond
5. At lease two courses at the 300-level in CAMS (or as approved by the program director). All 300-level work bust me taken at Wellesley. CAMS 350 counts for credit towards the major, but does not fulfill the 300-level requirement. CAMS 360 and CAMS 370 do not count toward the 300-level requirement, but are honors-level courses taken in addition to the 10 courses required for the major.
  • CAMS 300/FREN 300, Apocalyptic Cinema (in French)
  • CAMS 301, Surveillance Media
  • CAMS 302, Media Archaeology
  • CAMS 310, Film Festivals
  • CAMS 313/ARTS 313, Virtual Form
  • CAMS 320, Sound as Medium
  • CAMS 324, Film Genre, Genre Films
  • CAMS 327, CSPW Pub Writing Film & TV
  • CAMS 335/ARTS 365, Advanced Video Production
  • CAMS 338/ARTS 308, Photography III

6. One additional CAMS course, which may be chosen from the list of core courses, the courses at the 300-level, as well as among the CAMS cross-listed and related courses.

Requirements for the Cinema and Media Studies Minor

The minor in Cinema and Media Studies is made up of 6 courses. 

1. CAMS 201, Technologies of Cinema and Media 

2. CAMS 202, Aesthetics of Cinema and Media

3. Three core courses, chosen from among the following:
  • CAMS 101, Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies
  • CAMS 135/ARTS 165, Introduction to Video Production
  • CAMS 138/ARTS 108, Photography I
  • CAMS 208/ENG 208, Writing for Television
  • CAMS 217, Viral Media
  • CAMS 218, Theories of Media from Photography to the Internet
  • CAMS 219/ES 219, Ecological Approaches to Cinema and Media Studies
  • CAMS 220, Decolonizing Film History
  • CAMS 221, 21st Century Documentary
  • CAMS 222, "Being There": Documentary Film and Media
  • CAMS 225, From the Fairground to Netflix: Cinema in the Public Sphere
  • CAMS 227, Television
  • CAMS 230/ARTS 260, Moving Image Studio
  • CAMS 233/JWST 233, American Jews in the Media
  • CAMS 234/ENG 204, The Art of Screenwriting
  • CAMS 235/ARTS 265, Intermediate Video Production
  • CAMS 238/ARTS 208, Photography II
  • CAMS 239/ARTS 221, Digital Imaging
  • CAMS 255/ARTS 255, Dynamic Interface Design
  • CAMS 261, African Cinema
  • CAMS 277, Film Noir (formerly CAMS 292)
  • CAMS 286, Fantasy Factories: Film and Propaganda in Nazi Germany and Beyond
5. One course at the 300-level to be taken from this list:
  • CAMS 300/FREN 300, Apocalyptic Cinema (in French)
  • CAMS 301, Surveillance Media
  • CAMS 302, Media Archaeology
  • CAMS 310, Film Festivals
  • CAMS 313/ARTS 313, Virtual Form
  • CAMS 320, Sound as Medium
  • CAMS 324, Film Genre, Genre Films
  • CAMS 327, CSPW Pub Writing Film & TV
  • CAMS 335/ARTS 365, Advanced Video Production
  • CAMS 338/ARTS 308, Photography III

 

updated 06/14/21