Film and Digital Media - Frosh


Students are admitted to UCSC with a "proposed major" in most cases, and later petition to officially declare the major. Admission to UCSC does not guarantee acceptance into a particular major. Students must be declared in a major by the end of the second year (or equivalent), so learning about and preparing for a major is a primary goal for first-year students.

Importance of an early start:

This major is not highly sequential or course intensive. Students may begin taking courses toward the major in the first year, but it is not required.

Qualification requirements and/or prerequisites for the major:

Review Major Qualification Requirements in the General Catalog.

Frosh who intend to pursue this major should do the following things prior to the beginning of fall term...

  • Ensure your official transcripts arrive to UC Santa Cruz by July 1; all official test scores, including AP scores, must arrive by July 15.
  • Complete parts 1 & 2 of the Slug Orientation Course process to receive your enrollment appointment date.
  • Students may submit an unofficial transcript along with the syllabi for any college level film or digital media courses previously taken. These will be reviewed for possible substitution toward the major requirements. There is a limit of two substitutions accepted toward the major requirements.

...and should take these courses their first term:

Students are not required to take any film courses their first term, but we recommend taking any FILM 80 level course.

Special enrollment procedures:

Enroll in classes during your online enrollment appointment time.

Sample Academic Plan:

Review the Sample Academic Plan in the General Catalog.

Skills important for success in this major:

Critical reading and thinking skills, analytical writing abilities, cultural analysis.

Other Information:

Currently, no AP credits are accepted toward the major requirements.

Some people can complete this degree in three years.

Links to Review:

Program Description (Catalog)
Department Website
Film and Digital Media Advising

Advisor Contact Information:

(831) 459-3204 or

101 Communications Building