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Skidmore College
Media and Film Studies

About the Structured Field Experience

The Structured Field Experience should serve as a student's culminating work in the minor and can be credit-bearing or non-credit bearing. It offers students a chance to both build on and depart from their coursework in the minor in creative ways that develop their personal and professional interests and aspirations. Regardless of credit status (credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing), it should be completed through independent work such as internships, independent studies, the Storytellers' Institute, or other independent projects involving critical and/or creative media work, rather than conventional seminar or studio courses. Non-credit-bearing experiences may be voluntary or paid. The SFE should include a minimum of 120 hours (the equivalent hours expected for a 3-credit course) and must be pre-approved by a designated SFE advisor or the director of the program.

Please consult the Structured Field Experience Contract Form for additional information. This and the Structured Field Experience Reflection Form will guide you through the process for obtaining approval and completing this capstone for the minor.

Satisfactory completion of the SFE requires electronic submission of a reflection component to your designated SFE advisor and MFS Director, final approval by your SFE advisor or director of the program, and submission of the SFE Reflection Form to the Registrar’s Office and MFS Director. There's a handy checklist below...

Any Media and Film Studies (MFS) affiliate faculty may serve as SFE advisors (here is a complete listing of eligible faculty advisors).


  • I have completed at least two MFS courses, including MF101.
  • I have arranged for an SFE faculty advisor.
  • My SFE has been pre-approved by my SFE faculty advisor or MFS Director.
  • If this is a non-credit bearing internship, I will have my off-site internship advisor/mentor sign my SFE Reflection Form.
  • Regardless of experience I have identified a mentor.
  • At least 75% of the experience will be substantive/professional (e.g., not Xeroxing or other clerical work).
  • I will send an electronic copy of the reflection component to my designated SFE faculty advisor and the MFS Director for filing and assessment purposes by the last day of classes (if completed in summer by the end of the first week of classes in the fall).
  • I will submit one copy of the SFE Reflection Form to the Registrar’s Office and one copy to the MFS Director.