Film, Media & Social Justice
Film is the universal means of communication. Today, with the advancement of digital technologies, production capability has dramatically increased, creating tremendous opportunities for engagement in the cinematic language, and the ability to tell the compelling stories of our time through media.
Our overarching program mission is to educate women as media industry leaders whose professional lives will be informed by their liberal studies education and dedicated to serving as positive role models in our society and in the world.
The foundation of this mission is rooted in the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, founders of Mount St. Mary's College. Beginning in Le Puy, France, over 350 years ago, the sisters have served the world as strong social justice advocates and activists, working to improve the lives of the world's underrepresented populations and the most vulnerable among us.
Our Mount St. Mary's College Film, Media & Social Justice Program offers a strong liberal arts and social science educational foundation, along with early immersion in the technical and professional skills necessary to prepare students for careers in the film, television, and digital media industries.
Small classes provide students close interaction and association with faculty. Students receive hands-on media creation training and practice, as early as their first semester at the Mount. State-of-the-art equipment, including cameras, software, a dedicated film and sound editing lab where each and every student has access to an editing station, along with a film studio, support the production of student projects. Public screening of student work takes place in the William H. Hannon Theater on the Chalon Campus, and in The Rose Hills Auditorium on the Doheny Campus. Multiple opportunities to intern at studios nearby offer crucial networking and filmmaking experience.
The Program Director works closely with and mentors each student in developing a career plan, filmography, and resume. Strategic placement in internships and exploration of graduate studies are also key elements of the program. The strong emphasis on ensuring the preparation and success of each individual student is a distinctive hallmark of Mount St. Mary's College and its Film Program.
Working with her advisor, a student may choose an area of emphasis (Production, Film, Media & Social Justice, Multimedia Communications, etc.), or may opt for a general film degree with no emphasis. Go to "Degrees" to view the list of courses for each emphasis.
In addition to developing media professionals, the Film, Media & Social Justice can serve as an excellent second major for students in the social sciences, behavioral sciences, business, or creative fields of study, such as English and Art.
Film, Media and Social Justice B.S.
Required Core Courses:
Total units required for B.S. in Film, Media & Social Justice: 39
Film, Media & Social Justice Minor
Total units required for Minor in Film, Media & Social Justice: 18
Music Scoring for Media Minor
Total units required for Minor in Music Scoring for Media: 19
Multimedia Communication Minor
Total units required for Minor in Multimedia Communication: 21
An optional area of emphasis is available, but is not required. An emphasis helps students focus their coursework in an area of special interest to them in preparation for their future careers. The seven areas of emphases are:
1) Film Production: Emphasizes building technical skills in the production of cinematic media.
2) Social Justice: Provides a strong social justice foundation using media to advocate for social change.
3) Film Marketing: Combines media education with business marketing skills.
4) Film Studies: Focus on academic analysis and appreciation of film and media.
5) Writing: Emphasizes fictional and non-fictional storytelling.
6) Producing: Focus on the budgeting, organization, and management of media development, production, and distribution.
7) Multimedia Communication: Emphasis on using the media for public, business, or cross-cultural communication.
Emphasis 1: Film Production
Plus 2 additional elective film production courses (6 units) from list directly below.
Emphasis 2: Social Justice
Plus 3 additional elective Social Justice courses (9 units), listed directly below, or by approval of the Film Program Director.
Elective Courses for Social Justice Emphasis
Emphasis 3: Film Marketing
Emphasis 4: Film Studies
Core major courses plus eight additional history or genre classes (24 units), such as:
Emphasis 5: Writing
Plus 2 additional Film courses (6 units)
Emphasis 6: Producing
Plus 2 additional Film courses (6 units)
Emphasis 7: Multimedia Communication
Plus one additional Film course (3 units)
Recommended courses to be taken for General Studies credit by Film Majors
FLM 100 Introduction to Final Cut Editing (1)
This course is a hands-on introduction to Apple's Final Cut Pro editing software. Students will learn foundational editing processes including importing footage, basic editing techniques, and how to export their video for online or DVD exhibition. Open to all majors.
FLM 101 Introduction to Film (3)
This course introduces students to the language and aesthetics of film. Students examine how the use of camera, lights, setting, acting, editing, and sound are artistically harnessed to tell compelling stories in film, television, and digital media.
FLM 119 Music Video Production (3)
Students will create a music video. Students will participate in all aspects of music video production including preproduction planning, lighting, shooting and editing. Prior production or editing experience is not required. Carries a $25 film lab fee.
FLM 122 Public Relations (3)
This class examines the nature and role of public relations, activities of public relations professionals, major influences that affect organizational behavior, and the ethics and professional development of practitioners in the private and public sectors. Media methods of communicating, survey research, and attitude change are explored.
FLM 123 Commercial Production (3)
An exploration of the theories and processes behind the development and production of commercials. Topics and projects cover pitching, concept development and commercial production. Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in one or more of the following: FLM 100, FLM 139, or FLM 147.
FLM 125 Media Anthropology (3)
An ethnographic approach to understanding the cultural phenomena of the media as it relates to global media markets, technologies, industrial systems and human rights. The ways in which cultures interact with media technology social networking, online gaming communities, video sharing and the impact of the media on these communities will also be explored. (See SOC 125) GS-VI
FLM 26/126 Basic News Writing (3)
An introduction to writing for news including broadcast, websites and other news formats (online and print). Instruction will include in-class writing assignments on deadline, out-of-class reporting assignments, and writing to video. Students will also learn basic legal guidelines for news gathering and reporting. Contributions to "The Oracle" will be included.
FLM 129 Documentary Filmmaking (3)
A history of the documentary form from the beginnings of film to the present. The course will also include components exploring basic theoretical concepts and ethical considerations relevant to filmmakers working in the documentary form.
FLM 131 Film and Social Justice (3)
Applying social science and social justice principles, an introduction to the significant social issues of our time as examined through film. The historical application of the documentary film as a means of advancing the cause of justice and equality in the human experience is explored. A human rights course. (See SOC 131)
FLM 132 History of Film (3)
The purpose of the course is to examine and critically analyze film's history as a communication medium of culture, social trends, values and sentiments. The organizational, political, economic, and strategic dynamics involved in film as a creative expression; and, the production demands and constraints associated with it are also studied.
FLM 133 Music, Culture and Broadcasting (3)
An exploration of the development and impact of music, radio, and broadcasting in America. Topics include the rise, influence, and multiple iterations of radio as a mass medium, the role of music in American social and political issues, and hands-on introduction to essential recording technology and broadcasting techniques. Carries a $25 film lab fee. (See SOC 133)
FLM 135 Mass Media (3)
An examination of contemporary mass media as a reflection, characterization, and interpretation of culture and society, along with the human rights implications of it in society. In addition, the use of the mass media, with an emphasis on television and film, in politics, economics, and religion will be explored. Critical analysis of ongoing and emerging trends in television and film will also be conducted. (See SOC 135)
FLM 136 Disney, Inc. and Mass Popular Culture (3)
The course analyzes the near-Orwellian influence that mass media can have on society. Utilizing Disney as an example, students will examine the power and influence of media conglomerates and their role in shaping and reinforcing social norms. Special emphasis is placed on examining how Disney movies not only reflect, but shape era specific ideologies and social trends. Course material includes a study of semiotics and urban design behind the Disney theme parks; students are responsible for travel and admission to Disneyland.
FLM 137ABC Writing for Film (3,3,3)
Story development from page to screen. Research and development of fictional screenplays and documentary treatments and proposals. A completed screenplay is the expected outcome at the end of this course.
FLM 138 Audio Production (3)
Students will engage in recording, mixing and producing professional audio for live performances and studio applications. Hands on instruction will include mic placement and recording techniques with a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, vocal, wind, brass and percussion. Students will also work with hardware and software mixers, equalizers, compressors, and FX units.
FLM 139ABCD Digital Video Production (3,3,3,3)
Both a lab and field work class. This course trains students on the core aspects of filmmaking, including basic story development, camera and lighting techniques, and production sound. FLM 139B, FLM 139C, and FLM 139D may be taken to gain additional instruction and experience in digital video production. Enrolling students must be competent with either Final Cut Pro or the AVID non-linear editing system. Advanced students enrolling in FLM 139C/D must have completed FLM 143A or FLM 155. Carries a $25 film lab fee.
FLM 140 Introduction to Avid Editing (3)
Introduction to the Avid non-linear editing system. Used in large film and television productions, Avid is an industry standard, along with Final Cut Pro. Previous editing or production experience is helpful, but not necessary. Carries a $25 film lab fee.
FLM 141 Video Production Lab Assistant (1-3)
Student must have taken FLM 139A with a grade of "B" or higher. The purpose of this course is to give students a chance to hone understandings of production and content with regard to editing and story through helping other students in the editing lab. Assistant will work with an instructor in researching equipment, trouble-shooting, and class preparation.
FLM 42/142 Women in Hollywood (3)
The role of women in film as creative artists and production executives will be explored. The current status of women in film and television will also be examined, including the sociopolitical and economic dynamics in play today that influence their participation.
FLM 143ABC Post-Production Audio (3,3,3)
Instruction on craft and skills of digital audio editing for film production. Pro Tools software, an industry standard, will be introduced and applied. Carries a $25 film lab fee.
FLM 144 Digital Photography (3)
A focus on the use of cameras and lighting to produce broadcast quality footage for professional or personal digital filming. Training includes introduction to lens and camera capabilities, movement, control, and scene composition. Principles and aesthetics of lighting are introduced and practiced. . Enrolling students must be competent with either Final Cut Pro or the AVID non-linear editing system. Carries a $25 film lab fee.
FLM 145ABC Stop-Motion Animation (3,3,3)
The basic principles 3D modeling and 3D animation are introduced and practiced in FLM 145A. Continued training and experience are available in 145B and 145C in which students will produce original projects. Carries a $25 film lab fee.
FLM 146 Film Marketing (3)
The methods of film tracking and marketing, understood as a central aspect of film development and production, will be studied. Survey research, analysis of demographic variables in film production, and the role of research across each step of the production process is examined. Practice in the field included.
FLM 147AB Newscasting (3,3)
The essentials of newscasting are introduced, including research, writing, videotaping, directing, performing in front of the camera, and producing a newscast. The class will create and produce web-based newscasts. Carries a $25 film lab fee. (See SOC 147AB)
FLM 148 Writing Professional Grants (3)
Skills, methods, and styles necessary for writing funding grants for media projects.
FLM 149 Cowboy Cinema (3)
The history of the Western film genre is central to the history of film and television, as well as American identity, culture, and ethics. A survey of seminal works in this genre will be viewed and analyzed. The Mount film program's Robert Harrington Film Collection will be used in this course. (cross-listed with SOC 149)
FLM 150 The History of Television (3)
The course will explore the evolutions of patterns of television content and viewing over time in the United States. This course will also examine how television has impacted society and how society has influenced television. (See SOC 150)
FLM 151 History and Theory of Comedy (3)
As an important genre of film and television history, the theories, trends and elements of comedy are explored.
FLM 152AB Digital Music for Media (3,3)
An introduction to digital music for film and television, web sites, video games, and other interactive media. Exploration and analysis of music and its function in various forms of media. Coursework will include producing, recording, arranging, and manipulating music for digital distribution using MIDI, loops, digital audio workstations, and virtual instruments. Prior music experience is helpful, though not required. Carries a $25 film lab fee.
FLM 153 Visual Effects (3)
Introduction and application of software used in special effects in film and television production.
FLM 154 Production Management (3)
Management skills, strategies, and practices necessary to bring a media project from conceptualization, through production to the marketplace. Discussion includes issues related to working with creative talent, directors, assistants, artistic teams, crew, and multiple other entities involved in the production process.
FLM 155 ProTools Essentials (3)
Master the basic tools and functions necessary to create, edit and mix professional sounding audio projects in the world's leading audio production software for both music and film. The course will prepare students to pass the Pro Tools certification exam.
FLM 156 On-Screen Acting (3)
On and off-camera performance techniques and skills introduced and practiced. Includes on-stage and studio acting, with and without cameras.
FLM 157 eMedia (3)
Introduction and application of digital software and web design to produce and distribute multimedia content.
FLM 158 Heroes, Villains, and Warriors (3)
The central place of the action drama in Hollywood, both historically and contemporarily are explored. In addition, the social and psychological impact of action cinema is analyzed.
FLM 159AB Video Game Design (3,3)
Exploring the impact of video games on society and market strategies employed to maximize revenue. Hands-on experience provides opportunities to create video games for multiple platforms including Xbox, iPhone, Wii, Mac, and PC. Carries a $25 film lab fee.
FLM 160 The Director (3)
Students explore and practice the role of director. Coaching actors, collaboration with cinematographers and editors, team management and other areas will be addressed.
FLM 168 People of Color in Film (3)
The historical and contemporary place of people of color in the film industry. This course examines the stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination that has taken place in film and television. A human rights course.
FLM 171 Film Noir and the City (3)
An analysis of the Hollywood crime dramas characteristic of the 1940s and 1950s that featured cops, crimes, gangsters and femme fatales. The social context that reflected darker times of the depression, the tension of the world war, urban sophistication, and the fight against evil will be explored as expressed and symbolized in this film genre.
FLM 172 Crime, Deviance and Violence in Film (3)
An exploration of the intersection of film, the culture of fear, and the social construction and incidence of violence and deviance in society. The course will also examine the relationship between social norms, social change and this film genre. A human rights course. (See SOC 172)
FLM 176ABC Independent Project (1-3)
A fieldwork class involving the independent design and production of a student media project, conducted with the mentorship of a film program faculty member. The topic and scope of the project is to be selected and agreed upon by student, mentor, and program director. For majors only. The course may be taken for one unit, 2 units, or 3 units, depending upon the complexity and length of the project for up to a combined total of 9 units. The course may be repeated for an accumulated total of nine units. The course may be repeated for an accumulated total of nine units. Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: FLM 139, FLM 147A, FLM 144. Carries a $25 film lab fee.
FLM 177 Human Rights & Science Fiction (3)
Both historically and contemporarily, the film genre of science fiction has been utilized to expose and explore significant human rights topics. These will be examined and analyzed for their continued relevancy to human rights issues of our times. The Mount film program's Robert Harrington Film Collection will be used in this course. (see SOC 177)
FLM 178 Suspense, Horror and Mayhem (3)
A comparative exploration and analysis of the culture of fear and sensationalism as expressed and visualized through themes of suspense, horror and Armageddon narratives, and how these genres reflect mass culture and influence individual and social behavior or act as agents of social change. (See SOC 178)
FLM 179 A History of Romance (3)
This course will explore the evolution of romance films from the earliest years of cinema to the present. The changing representation of gender, the ideal types of the male and female romantic, and as the major influence on social roles and expectations are examined. (See SOC 179)
FLM 197ABCD Internship (3,3,3,3)
Hands-on observation and experience at a film or television studio, or media marketing organization. Internship site is to be selected and agreed upon by both student and Program Director. For majors and minors only. Student must be able to provide own transportation to internship site.
FLM 198 Senior Capstone (3)
Student with senior standing completes a substantial final project based on area of emphasis or desired focus (by department advisement).
FLM 199 Special Studies (3)
Intensive and independent study in a field of special interest at the culmination of one's film studies.