Information on how to become a Concentrator

If you would like to concentrate in AFVS, we ask the following:

1. Students who would like to concentrate in AFVS need to have taken at least one AFVS course in their proposed area of focus, or be in the process of taking one their sophomore year, at the time of concentration declaration

2. Students who would like to concentrate in AFVS are asked to have an advising conversation with a member of the department. Please e-mail Paula Soares, Manager of Academic Program at or Professor Ruth Lingford, Director of Undergraduate Studies at for more information.

For the fall 2020 term, please have this advising conversation by Monday, November 16.


Students wishing to combine AFVS with another concentration must send a written statement to the Director of Undergraduate Studies describing what they hope to accomplish by combining the two concentrations. Use previous or possible future work to illustrate how the two concentrations do not merely support one another, but are indeed combined. Having interests in, or taking courses in, two fields is not sufficient: a joint concentration must culminate in a senior thesis acceptable to both departments, integrating the work done in each.

Studio Arts and Film/Video Production

Those interested in the Studio Arts or Film/Video Production can choose from among several introductory courses in photography, filmmaking, animation, video art, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.  These are course numbers AFVS 10-69 (intermediate studio and production courses are generally numbered AFVS 110-169). Note:  AFVS 50A and B, the year-long introductory filmmaking course, is ordinarily taken starting in the fall of the sophomore year, and students should plan accordingly.

Film and Visual Studies

Students interested in Film and Visual Studies can choose from a wide array of courses on the history and theory of the moving image, art, media and critical studies, generally numbers AFVS 70-79 and 170-299.  Specifically, AFVS 70 (The Art of Film) is recommended as an introductory course, along with AFVS 73 (Exploring Culture through Film) and AFVS 181 (Film Theory, Visual Thinking).  These courses are required for the film and visual studies concentration and offer an excellent introduction to the area.