Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film

The mission of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Program is to provide a deeply immersive, experiential learning environment that promotes creative expression, best practices, and collaboration as students prepare for a variety of career paths in motion picture production for traditional and emerging media markets.

The 120 semester credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film program builds knowledge of the craft of film through a series of core courses culminating in a production workshop and portfolio experience. The program consists of 66 semester credits that cover a variety of aspects of film production including narrative and commercial filmmaking and screenwriting.

In addition, students take 45 semester credits in general education and 9 semester credits in business courses designed to support their professional goals as filmmakers and broaden their understanding and experience of other subject areas.

Core courses include*:

  • Visual Design and Media
  • Film Language
  • History of Film
  • Production Workshop I
  • Audio Foundations
  • Lighting Theory
  • Digital Production
  • Screenwriting I
  • Directing I
  • Cinematography I
  • Editing I
  • Production Workshop II
  • Production Design
  • New Media
  • Capstone

* Course offerings are subject to change.

Among these elective course options are*:

  • Producing Practices
  • Motion Picture Development
  • Cinematography II
  • Directing the Actor
  • Advanced Editing
  • Digital Post-Production
  • Sound Design
  • Feature Screenwriting I
  • Feature Screenwriting II
  • Writing the Television Drama
  • Writing the Television Comedy
  • Master Seminar
  • Marketing Media
  • Commercial Production
  • Music Video Production
  • Cinematography Portfolio
  • Narrative Portfolio Pre-Production
  • Narrative Portfolio Production
  • Narrative Portfolio Post Productions
  • Artist in Residence
  • Industry Internships

* Full elective listings are available in the course catalog. Course offerings are subject to change.

Upon the completion of the Film Program students should be able to:

Graduating students should be equipped to:

  • Apply film aesthetics in a specific filmmaking discipline. (Visual Literacy, Problem Solver)
  • Analyze the global context of media production and distribution. (Problem Solver, Global)
  • Collaborate effectively and ethically to accomplish professional goals. (Ethics, Collaboration, Communication)
  • Use contemporary motion picture tools to communicate a story or concept. (Communication, Adept)
By Rachel Etter

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