Graduating with Honors in Cinematic Arts

In order to be awarded honors by our department, the student must complete an honors project. In order to be eligible to initiate an honors project, the student must:

  1. Be a member of the University of Iowa Honors Program; have 75 hours of earned credit; and be a declared major in Cinematic Arts.
  2. Prepare a written proposal during the semester prior to the two-semester Honors Project. This proposal should outline both the nature of the work and why it represents work beyond that offered in normal course offerings. The student then obtains an endorsement for this project from the faculty member who will serve as the advisor for the thesis project. A copy of this proposal, signed by the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, will remain on file in the main office for tracking purposes.

At this point the student must plan to register with the thesis advisor for two consecutive semesters of CINE:2198 Honors Tutorial at 3 credits per semester.

At the beginning of the second semester, the student and the thesis advisor solicit one other faculty member to join the project as a second member of the thesis committee.

At this time, the thesis advisor will remind all concerned about the deadline for the submission of the project for evaluation and response, which can be no later than the thirteenth week of this second semester of thesis work. The student is responsible for meeting all application, and thesis title-page submission deadlines required by the University of Iowa Honors program. See their website.

If the committee reports a successful outcome to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and if the student has maintained membership in good standing with the University of Iowa Honors Program, including maintaining the UI G.P.A. of 3.33 through the final semester, then the student is awarded Honors by the department.

Note: some areas for thesis projects may require additional prerequisite work. In Film and Video production, for example, the student must have reached the advanced level, equivalent to the course Production Workshop, before becoming eligible for Honors work.

Additional information regarding Honors Projects by Undergraduate Area:

Film/Video Production Honors Projects

Cinema majors with Honors status may elect to work on an Honors Thesis Film or Video in their senior year. Honors Thesis projects in Production are yearlong projects that generate three credits-hours per semester and must be completed in the Fall and Spring terms consecutively. Honors students wishing to complete a Thesis film or video should identify an Honors Committee of two faculty members in Cinematic Arts and submit a proposal no later than mid-April of their Junior Year. If approved, the student works independently in the fall semester, meeting with supervising faculty from the Honors Committee as needed. In the spring semester, the student attends (they register for honors credit) Advanced Production Workshop to have the benefit of both faculty and peer feedback. Before being awarded credit, the student must submit a written Honors Thesis (12-20 pages) that supports the Honors Film or Video and have public screening of the work.

Film Studies Honors Projects

Cinema majors with Honors status (established by the UI Honors Program) may elect to work on an Honors Thesis in Film Studies during their senior year. An Honors Thesis is a yearlong project that generates 3 credit hours per semester by a student registering for two consecutive semesters of CINE:2198 Honors Tutorial. Honors students wishing to complete a Thesis should identify a faculty Honors Advisor in Cinematic Arts and submit a formal proposal (1-3 pages, with a preliminary bibliography and/or filmography) no later than mid-April of their Junior Year. If approved, the student begins work on the project (locating materials, viewing, listening, notetaking, drafting portions of the Thesis) during the following fall semester, meeting with their Honors Advisor on a regular basis. By the start of the spring semester, when the student and Advisor solicit one additional faculty member to join the project as a second member of the Honors Committee, a draft of the Thesis should already be well underway. A complete draft of the Thesis (ranging from 25-50 pages, to be negotiated) must be submitted to the Honors Committee by the ninth week of the semester. A final version of the Thesis must be submitted no later than the thirteenth week of the semester (with exact dates to be confirmed as far in advance as possible). A final meeting with the Honors Committee may be arranged if desired. If the Committee reports a successful outcome to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and the student has maintained Honors status at the University of Iowa (including a 3.33 GPA through the final semester), the student will be awarded Honors by the department.

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