Film production

Major in film production

49 credit hours

  • Comm 202, Oral Communication3
  • Comm 204, Expository Writing3
  • Comm 212, Digital Media Production 3
  • Comm 240, Communication Research 3
  • Comm 270, Media Law and Ethics 3
  • Comm 312, Advanced Digital Media Production 3
  • Comm 386, Film 3
  • Comm 410, Senior Seminar 3
  • Comm 411, Film Capstone Research1
  • Comm 413, Senior Film Capstone3
  • Two additional production courses6
    • Comm 294, Advanced DM Methods: Pre-production
    • Comm 296, Advanced DM Methods: Production
    • Comm 298, Advanced DM Methods: Post-production
    • Comm 314, Advanced Digital Media Immersion
  • One Theater department course 3
    • Thea 225, Introduction to Theater
    • Thea 235, The Power of Story
    • Thea 334, Acting
    • Thea 338, Directing
    • Thea 350, Playwriting
  • Columbia College Semester in LA (SiLA)12
    Comm 385-LA, LA Speaker Series (3)
    Comm 399-LA, LA Elective (3)
    Comm 409-LA, LA Internship (6)
  • At least four semesters participation in GCTV, Theater, and/or FiveCore MediaNC

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in film production will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of core communication principles and research methods.
  2. Create a diverse multimedia portfolio.
  3. Demonstrate a set of professional skills and competencies.
  4. Engage the campus and community through co-curricular media involvement.
  5. Demonstrate learning and competence in completing one or more internships.
  6. Report that courses and other collegiate training prepared them for a position in communication or a related career.
  7. Engage in meaningful discussion about media, professionalism, and ethics.
  8. Connect to the film industry and produce a capstone film that demonstrates a level of mastery of the film form in their senior year.

Planning guide for film production majors

First year Goshen Core
Intro to Visual Media
Digital Media Production
Other 200-level courses in major
Second year Goshen Core
Advanced Digital Media Production
Other 200 and 300-level courses in major
Third year Goshen Core
Courses in major
Film Capstone Research
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
SiLA (Semester in LA)
Balance of major
Senior Seminar
Senior Film Capstone

Planning and advising notes

This major cannot be completed solely in residence at Goshen College. It requires one full semester of study at the Columbia College Semester in LA (SiLA), or an approved alternative off-campus program, including Comm 409. SiLA requires all students to apply to Columbia College as a non-degree seeking student. Attendance at Goshen College does not guarantee acceptance into the SiLA program. The SiLA program and Goshen College have specific criteria each student must meet, which may include GPA requirements, community living standards, references, and/or samples of past work. See for current admission requirements and more information.

Comm 411 is to be completed prior to Columbia College Semester in LA (SiLA); Comm 413 is to be completed in the final semester of study on campus. At least one production elective needs to be completed before SiLA.

In addition to courses listed above, other recommended electives include Comm 255, Engl 230, Thea 245, and Thea 332.

Students may not earn a major in film production and also a major in theater with a film studies concentration. It is, however, possible to earn a second major in theater with a different concentration area.

All film production majors must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses required for their major and/or minor. Failure to attain this level of achievement requires the student to either repeat the course (for specific requirements) or take an additional course (an option for elective courses) and achieve a grade of C- or higher.

A maximum of 45 credit hours in communication courses may be applied to a degree. Also, no more than 12 credit hours in experiential learning (Comm 209, 294, 296, 298, 409 or 412) may be applied.