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School of Dance, Film, and Theater

HTC in Film

Josh and Cody



There are five elements to the Honors Tutorial Program in Film:  


1. Tutorials
Eight individual tutorials on topics in Film Studies and Film Production are required. Possible tutorial topics in Film Production include all aspects of film and video pre-production, and post-production; screenwriting; producing; directing; and special topics in film/video production. Possible tutorial topics in Film Studies include: film theory, criticism, history (including history of experimental, documentary and narrative film and video), historiography, film and society, research methods, and international cinemas. The thesis is also taken as a tutorial. 

2. Liberal Arts education
The nature of the film medium requires a broad background in liberal arts and a multidisciplinary approach to learning. Students are expected to select 12 credit hours of elective courses in film, history, English, telecommunications, comparative arts, foreign languages, and other disciplines. 

3. Production and scholarship courses in film
Breadth of understanding can often best be achieved through practical courses in film and video production and courses in film scholarship. Because film is a collaborative art, tutorial students will join with other students in the appropriate courses. In the second year each student will select her/his area of specialization within one of two overall areas: (1) film studies or (2) film/video production. 

4. Minor area of specialization
The student will plan a cognate minor consisting of three courses outside the Film Division. These courses will be chosen according to the individual plan developed by the students with the Director of Studies. Students wishing, for example, to enter careers in producing or arts administration should complete a cognate minor in management, accounting, or business. 

5. Thesis
Each student is required to complete a thesis. This may take the form of a completed video, feature length screenplay, or a major research thesis. The Director of Studies and the Thesis Advisor will approve the topic and scope of the thesis no later than the beginning of the Fall Semester in the student’s senior year. 




1. Tutorials meet once a week. Missed tutorials must be made up as soon as possible.

2. Failure of a student to show up for a tutorial may result in a grade reduction of a grade.

3. The Director of Study will meet each tutor during the 5th or 6th week to discuss the progress of each tutorial.

4. The Head of the Film Division will meet with the Director of Study for a progress report on tutorials he may be conducting.

5. The Director of Study will meet with each HTC student to check on the progress of his or her tutorial by the 6th week of classes. 



Each HTC student is required to complete a Junior Year Project. For production students, this would be a creative work consisting of a film, video or feature-length screenplay.  



In addition to documents issued from the Dean of Honors Tutorial College regarding thesis requirements for HTC students, the following policies will be observed for students in the HTC-Film Program:

1. The Director of Study (DOS) must approve all thesis prospectuses submitted by students in the Honors Tutorial Program in Film. 

2. The DOS must approve the student’s choice of Thesis Committee. The purpose of this is to insure that each student fully utilizes the expertise of the faculty in developing his/her thesis. 

3. The Chair of the Thesis Committee will become the “Tutor of Record” and is to meet with the advisee at least every other week as well as be responsible for submitting thesis grades and written evaluations. 

4. The Director of Study will serve as an ex-officio member of all HTC thesis committees unless asked to serve as a voting member of the committee. 

5. The Thesis Advisor determines when the thesis is ready to be presented to the entire committee for defense. 

6. The student must schedule a formal Oral Defense of the thesis with the Thesis Committee. If the committee requests modifications to the thesis, the Thesis Advisor will withhold approval until completion. Once the student has passed the thesis defense, the completed Report on the Oral Thesis Examination/Dissertation Defense and Report of Final Grade form must be completed by the Thesis Committee and returned to the Film Division main office. 

7. Upon final approval, the student will proceed to the release version of the completed project. To achieve a release version, a film will have been on-lined, color-corrected, and audio-mixed.

A release version of the film will be:

  • For High Definition projects, a BluRay master disk that conforms with ITU-Recommendation 709 HD broadcast standards.
  • For Standard Definition projects, an uncompressed on-line, audio-mixed, color-corrected Beta SP dub that conforms with ITU (International Television Union) Recommendation 601 broadcast standards.
  • A color-corrected and audio-mixed 16mm release print.