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BFA in Film Production

The BFA in Film Production is an immersive, pre-professional major which gives students numerous opportunities to make films in a conservatory environment.

Best for students pursuing a career in the film/television industry

 BA in Film 

The BA in Film is a flexible liberal arts major giving students a breadth of knowledge through film electives and minor/double major options.

Best for students who want to double major or go to grad school

 


 

Choose between our immersive, pre-professional BFA in Film Production or our flexible liberal arts BA in Film. Whatever your goals, we have a major to suit your needs. Students enroll in film courses starting freshman year.

 


 

BFA IN FILM PRODUCTION

The BFA in Film Production is an 81-hour pre-professional major providing an immersive, conservatory-style educational experience for students pursuing a career in the film industry. Hands-on instruction in pre-production (writing, producing), production (directing, cinematography, production design), and post-production (editing, sound, visual effects) provides students foundational concepts and practical skills which are reinforced through their work on short films. Film studies courses emphasize critical and analytical thinking through the study of global film culture, history, and aesthetics.

BFA in Film Production students will rotate through “below-the-line” (technical) and “above-the-line” (creative) roles on two short film production cycles, leading to a final thesis film cycle where seniors choose an area of emphasis (directing, cinematography, producing, production design, editing, sound). By the time of their graduation, every BFA in Film Production student will be ready to enter the workplace with nearly 30 student film credits for their resumé.

Students applying for the BFA in Film Production must take 12 hours of Film core curriculum their first year (FILM 100, 201, 202, 250) and submit to a portfolio review during their second semester seeking admission. Twenty-four students per academic year will be selected for admission into the program based on the quality of their creative portfolio, their professionalism in class and on set, and their scholastic work.

The BFA in Film Production requires 81 semester hours. No course with a grade of “D” or below may be counted toward this major or fulfill prerequisite requirements for any major in the School of Media. After admission, students must follow a prescribed class schedule to ensure completion of the program in four years (including the first year of core courses), as outlined in the four-year plan.

 

In addition to a portfolio review, students applying for the BFA in Film Production must meet the following academic requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 hours of coursework applicable to a baccalaureate degree; 
  2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5; 
  3. Completion of ENG 100 with a grade of ‘C’ or better and 15 additional hours in the Colonnade Program; 
  4. Completion of the following courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better: FILM 100, FILM 201, FILM 202, FILM 250.

Students who are not selected for the BFA in Film Production or opt-out of the portfolio review process will have the option of pursuing the BA in Film if they meet the BA in Film’s admission requirements.

After admission into the BFA in Film Production, students must follow a prescribed class schedule to ensure completion of the program in four years. Colonnade courses may only be taken during the semesters in which they are listed below. This schedule is designed to eliminate overlap between semesters with film production cycles and semesters with Colonnade courses. Colonnade courses may also be taken during the winter or summer terms.

 

See the BFA in Film Production 4-Year Plan

 

 

 

BA IN FILM

The BA in Film provides undergraduates a strong foundation in both film production and film studies. This combination allows students to gain the practical skills to succeed on a film set in both “below the line” and “above the line” roles, to experience the mechanics of film production in industry and independent settings, and to develop facility in critical and analytical thinking through the study of global film culture, history and aesthetics.

 

The BA in Film requires 36 semester hours. No course with a grade of “D” or below may be counted toward this major or fulfill prerequisite requirements for any major in the School of Media. One-half of the hours in the Film major must be at the 300- or 400-level.

In addition to meeting institutional requirements for graduation, the Film major must have a minor or second major that is outside of both the School of Media and the Film Studies minor and is approved by the major faculty advisor. Students may not select a minor from those offered within the School unless taken as a second minor.

Prospective majors may take no more than 12 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of coursework applicable to a baccalaureate degree;
  2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5;
  3. Completion of ENG 100 with a grade of ‘C’ or better and 9 additional hours in the Colonnade Program;
  4. Completion of the following courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better: FILM 100, FILM 201, FILM 202, FILM 250.

Students not meeting the above admission requirements will not be admitted to the Film major and cannot register for any additional courses in the major.

REQUIRED COURSES: 17 hours

(pre-requisites in parentheses)

FILM 100: Film Industry and Aesthetics
FILM 155: Film Attendance [0 credit hours] [must complete 2x]
FILM 201: Introduction to the Cinema
FILM 202: Basic Film Production (FILM 100 and 201)
FILM 250: Screenwriting I (FILM 201 or BCOM 325)
FILM 282: Film Production Workshop I [2 credit hours] (FILM 202)
FILM 369: Introduction to World Cinema (FILM 201)

 

RESTRICTED ELECTIVES: 19 hours

(courses may have prerequisites)

Editing
BCOM 366: Editing I (BCOM 266 or FILM 201) or
FILM 256: Film Editing I [2 credit hours]

 

Film Studies (6+ Hours)
FILM 366: History of Narrative Film [spring even years] (ENG 100, 200)
FILM 367: Introduction to Film Genres [2 credit hours]
FILM 399: Special Topics in Film [Repeatable with change of content]
FILM 465: Film Genres [spring] (ENG 100, 200, & FILM 201) [May be taken twice as long as genres differ]
FILM 466: Film Theory [fall odd years] (FILM 201, 366 & ENG 365)
FILM 469: Topics in World Cinema (FILM 369)
ENG 309: Documentary Film [spring odd years] (ENG 200)
ENG 365: Film Adaptation [fall even years] (ENG 100, 200)
BCOM 481: Problems in Mass Communication [Special Topic: World Cinema/Study Abroad] (permission of instructor)
PS 303: Politics in Film [fall even years]
ANTH 448: Visual Anthropology (JR standing or higher)
ENG 295: Pop Culture & Gender [spring] (JR standing or higher)

 

Film Production (6+ Hours)
FILM 382: Film Production Workshop II [2 credit hours] (FILM 282)
FILM 450: Feature Screenwriting (FILM 250)
FILM 482: Film Production Workshop III (FILM 382)
FILM 486: Film Capstone (SR standing)
BCOM 266: Basic Television Production (SJB 101 or BCOM 201)
BCOM 367: Field Production I (BCOM 266, 366)
BCOM 378: Film Animation
BCOM 380: Editing II (BCOM 366)
BCOM 463: Field Production II (BCOM 266, 366, 367)
BCOM 466: Television Directing (FILM 367)
BCOM 480: Editing III (BCOM 380)
PJ 231: Introduction to Photojournalism
PJ 330: Intro to Short Form Documentary
PJ 433: Advanced Short Form Documentary (PJ 330)
PERF 101: Acting
THEA 303: Acting for the Camera

 

See BA in Film 4-Year Plan

 

 

 

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