FTT major Kathleen Bracke and FTT prof Bill Donaruma on location in Ireland

FTT’s film concentration offers a robust curriculum in both production and film/media studies.  Although there are no separate concentrations within the film concentration, students particularly interested in one area or the other have ample opportunity to build a course of study that meets their goals.  With careful planning, film students can arrange at least half of their coursework in their area of interest.

The Notre Dame Student Film Festival , which screens films made by undergraduate students as class projects, is a direct outgrowth of our academic program and an annual launching pad for student filmmakers as they begin their careers in the entertainment industry.

Student Film Festival in Browning Cinema

Film courses are taught regularly in the Browning Cinema, and film production students have access to a soundstage and editing suites, all housed in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Core Requirements

  • Basics of Film & Television
  • Global Cinema I & II
  • Critical Approaches to Screen Cultures
  • Three 3-credit-hour 40k electives
  • 9 hours of FTT general electives

Course Descriptions


  • Writing for Screen and Stage
  • Animation Cinema: History and Theory
  • Writing the Short Film
  • The Film Producer: From Concept to Distribution
  • Internet Television Production
  • Intro to Film & Television Production & Lab 
  • Digital 3D                          
  • 3D Digital Production for Animation and Video Games
  • Moving Pictures                  
  • JavaScript                           
  • Sound & Music Design-Digital Media
  • Film/ Great War/ Memory & Lab
  • Perspectives on Gender 
  • Graphic Wounds: Graphic Novels
  • Digital Cinema Production
  • Documentary Video Production & Lab
  • Advanced Digital Cinema Production 
  • Screenwriting: Writing the Feature Film
  • Topics in Film Production
  • Girls' Media & Cultural Studies
  • Postmodern Narrative
  • Sex and Gender in Cinema
  • The Telly in Transition: British TV Today + Lab
  • Contemporary Hollywood
  • The Post-Realist Cinema
  • Media Culture
  • Walt Disney in Film & Culture
  • Sinatra
  • The Apartment Plot
  • Film, Television, and Law:  Lights, Camera, Murder
  • Media Stardom and Celebrity Culture
  • Media Industries
  • History of Documentary Film
  • Women & Documentary
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Broadcasting and Cable        
  • Introduction to New Media
  • Sports and Television               
  • Film and Digital Culture
  • Special Effects for Studio & Stage
  • Acting for the Camera
  • FTT Internship         
  • Cinema, Gender and Space
  • TV as a Storytelling Medium
  • Religion and Television
  • Advanced Newsgathering & Visual Storytelling
  • Media and the Presidencial Elections
  • Media, Memory, & History
  • Shakespeare and Film
  • The Culture of Portable Media Devices
  • Screen Culture: Vampiric Convergence
  • Digital Devices
  • Contemporary Media Practices
  • Telling About Society
  • Seminar on Art and Pop Culture
  • ND Film Society
  • Thesis/Undergrad Research