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Minor, Film and Design: Curriculum

The film and design minor addresses increasing demand in media and design industries, locally and globally, for professionals who are highly competent in the creative work of crafting impactful visual narratives using traditional and emerging technologies. The minor is a collaboration of Northwestern University Qatar and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Qatar, the two degree granting institutions, in partnership with the Doha Film Institute. The film and design minor will create advanced learning opportunities for students that are not possible without the minor. This minor has limited capacity. Therefore, interested students should work with their academic adviser to apply.


Film and Design minor requirements

  • One core course: Film and Design Collaborative (enrollment approved by application).
  • Five elective courses at NUQ or VCUArts Qatar, but at least one in either institution, not including the Film and Design Collaborative.
  • Each of these courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. 
  • Participation in one practical experience, such as an internship, work opportunity, production, workshop, or lab may, if pre-approved, count as a course.
  • Visual portfolio and presentation


Core Course

INTERDIS 204: Film and Design Collaborative

Electives at NU-Q

MIT-143 – Acting: Basic Techniques

MIT-243 – Acting 1: Principles of Characterization

MIT-260 - Foundations of Screenwriting

MIT-312 - History of Film

MIT-313 – Documentary Film: History and Criticism

MIT-322 – History of Animation

MIT-342 – Advanced Acting

MIT-351 – National Cinema

MIT-360 – Topics in Media Writing (Screenwriting)

MIT-372 – Editing

MIT-377 – One Person Documentarian

MIT-379 – Topics in F/V/A Production: Directing Actors; The Director’s Vision; Docufiction

MIT-380 – Lighting and Cinematography

MIT-382 – Foundations of Sound Design

MIT-390 – Directing the Camera

MIT-392 - Documentary Production

MIT-393 - 2D Computer Animation

MIT-395 – 3D Computer Animation

MIT-398 – Music Documentaries

MIT-398 - Production Research

MIT-398 – Women and Documentary

MIT-399 – Independent Study

Electives at VCUArts Qatar
  • Film and Design Studio, I (Exploring Design through the Lens)
  • Film and Design Theory
  • Film and Design Lab, I (Applied Internship)
  • Film and Design Studio II (Immersive Narratives)
  • Film and Design Lab II (Analytical Tools of Film & Design)
  • Wardrobe / Costume Design
  • Digital Design Fabrication
  • Sonic Jeel, Sound Design (Graphic Design)


Double counting rules: 

Northwestern Qatar students pursuing the Film and Design minor may not double-count courses to fulfill the major requirements and the minor.

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