Honors College and Film Studies (FST)
I. Conditions in FST regarding University and Department honors:
- Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 to be eligible to apply
- Students who meet the minimum GPA requirement are required to pitch their project to department faculty
- The department faculty will determine which Honors project proposals to support based upon the quality of the pitch and the availability of faculty to supervise Honors theses
- Decisions of the department faculty are final, there is no appeal. This policy became effective Fall 2010.
II. Honors in Critical Studies adheres to the guidelines established by the Honors College.
III. A limited number of honors projects are approved by FST faculty on the basis of a required pitch presentation.
- There will be two pitch sessions per year, one in March and the other in October. The Honors College will be informed about the exact dates and times, along with other pertinent instructions. This very same information will be posted on the Film Studies Honors page and be sent to our students via the Film Studies listserv. The pitch sessions are scheduled on a first come – first served basis and will be capped at eight for each semester. Students may sign up in the Film Studies office with Administrative Assistant Pat Torok one week prior to the scheduled pitch date.
- The format for the pitch is a ten-minute presentation with visual aids followed by a five-minute Q&A. Hard copy materials must include three copies of 1) a budget (if applicable) and 2) a 1-2 page summary that includes project description, approach, time line, outcome(s) and required resources. Criteria for selection may include feasibility, preparation, clarity, performance, and faculty and resource availability. The Film Studies faculty will select and assign the student’s Supervisor and Readers, unless other departments are filling those roles.
IV. Honors in Film Production
- Honors in Film Studies (Production) requires an exceptional and significant applied film-related project that is planned, executed, and completed.
- In film production, the completed project is the honors thesis, of which the accompanying paper is an essential supplement. The paper, 10 pages minimum in length, is a review, reflection and critique, and should honor the scholarship and contextual influences that influenced the work, e.g., what filmmakers influenced the project; what theorists inspired the approach and why?
Available equipment and studio space can only be scheduled between the last and first day of class (Summer and December). Editing privileges do not have this time constraint.
The Film Studies Department will be holding this semester’s Honors project pitch session on Friday, October 17th, at 11:00 a.m. in King Hall, Room 104. The sign-up sheet for reserving a spot will be available on Monday, October 13th in King Hall, Room 102.