2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Film, Television and Digital Media Program, BS/BA


Students wishing to major in film, television and digital media are must complete the following requirements for graduation:

  • A minimum of 124 semester hours overall, including at least 42 hours earned at the 30000 level or above
  • TCU Core Curriculum requirements
  • A minimum of 37 semester hours in the FTDM major courses, including at least 12 hours at the 30000 level or above
  • A minor of at least 18 hours; all requirements of the minor department must be followed
  • A grade of "C" or better in all courses taken in the FTDM department
  • FTDM 10113 History of Broadcasting; FTDM 10123 History of Film; FTDM 10143 Introduction to Film and Television Aesthetics; FTDM 20213 Basic Video Production; FTDM 20523 Business of Media; FTDM 30103 Media Analysis;  FTDM 40901 Senior Seminar.  

Students pursuing the BA degree must demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of one of the following:

CHIN 20063Intermediate Chinese II


FREN 20063Fourth Semester College French


GRMN 20063Intermediate German


GREE 20063Fourth Semester College Greek (Hellenistic)


ITAL 20063Fourth Semester College Italian


JAPN 20063Fourth Semester College Japanese


SPAN 20203Intermediate Spanish 2


SPAN 20213Intensive Intermediate Spanish 2


This requirement can be met either by satisfactory completion of coursework taken at or transferred to TCU or by presenting satisfactory scores on recognized standardized tests (AP, CLEP or SAT II). Required scores on standardized tests are in the Credit by Exam booklet available from the Office of Admission. For languages not taught at TCU, 6 semester hours at the sophomore level, transferred to TCU from another accredited institution, will satisfy this requirement. Students may also provide evidence of competency in the non-English language by successfully completing one academic year in a secondary or post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction is other than English, for which the student will receive 12 credit hours.

It is strongly recommended that FTDM majors complete FTDM major courses in this order:

Step One: Departmental Core Requirements

FTDM 10113History of Broadcasting


FTDM 10123History of Film


FTDM 10143Introduction to Film and Television Aesthetics


Step Two: Take two courses in each of three areas:


FTDM 20213Basic Video Production


FTDM any other FTDM production course


FTDM 20523Business of Media


FTDM any other FTDM industry course

Critical Studies

FTDM 30103Media Analysis


FTDM any other FTDM critical studies course

Step Three:

Complete any combination of three additional FTDM production, industry or critical studies courses. 

Note: FTDM open electives may not be used to fulfill FTDM major requirements.

Step Four:

Complete FTDM 40901 Senior Seminar (1 semester hour) in the last semester of the senior year.

Responsibility for knowing course prerequisites lies with the student. Students who wish to apply for "permission of instructor" or "permission of department" to take a class must submit a written request prior to registration. The department does not guarantee that all who wish to enroll in these classes will be accepted.