Film Production (BA)

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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This program offered by School of Communications/Electronic and Photographic Media Department

Program Description

The film production major offers a systematic and thorough approach to learning the craft and aesthetics of motion picture production in both traditional and digital film formats.

Early in the program, students develop and execute their own projects. As they progress through the program, they may continue to make their own films or they can focus on different areas of interest, such as directing, producing, cinematography, editing, animation and visual effects. They may explore these areas in a variety of disciplines, such as narrative, documentary, experimental or independent production.

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Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of the program will be able to:

  • apply technical knowledge in the execution of pre-production, production and post-production of motion pictures. (CRAFT)
  • analyze global cinema, working from a theoretical and historical context, to then apply this knowledge in the process of making motion pictures. (ARTISTRY)
  • recognize, apply, or present ideas to their peers, using basic terminology and procedures of the motion picture industry, including aesthetic and theoretical terminology. (PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION)

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Senior Overview vs. Internship Option

During their senior year, students have the choice of working on a short film for their Overview project or pursuing an internship. 

Students who choose to work on an Overview project must submit, for review and approval, a Petition to Proceed with Senior Overview as part of FILM 4600 Overview Pre-Production. Students qualify for this overview after successfully completing FILM 3750 Film II Post-Production.

Students wanting to pursue an internship must pass Portfolio Review requirement prior to enrolling in MEDC 4950 Internship. Students qualify for Portfolio Review after successfully completing FILM 3750 Film II: Post-Production.

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 59 required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

  • AUDI 1000 Audio Production I for Non-Majors (3 hours)
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3 hours)
  • FILM 1000 Filmmaking Fundamentals (3 hours)
  • PHOT 1000 Photo I (3 hours)
  • MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications (3 hours)
  • FLST 1800 Film Appreciation (3 hours)
  • FLST 2050 History of Film (4 hours)
  • FLST 2060 Modern World Cinema (4 hours)
  • MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media (3 hours)
  • FILM 2320 Filmmaking I (3 hours)
  • FILM 3730 Film II: Production (3 hours)
  • FILM 3750 Film II: Post-Production (3 hours)
  • FILM 3900 Lighting for Film and Video (3 hours)
  • MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media (3 hours)
  • FILM 4550 Film Directing (3 hours)
    or FILM 4560 Advanced Cinematography (3 hours)
    or FILM 4570 Producing for Film (3 hours)
    or FILM 4580 Advanced Editing (3 hours)
  • FILM 4700 Professional Development in Film Production (3 hours)
  • FILM 4620 Senior Overview (3 hours)
    or MEDC 4950 Internship* (3 hours)

*Capstone Course 

In addition, a minimum of 6 credit hours from the following:

  • VIDE 1000 Video Production I (3 hours)
  • ANIM 1000 Animation I (3 hours)
  • ANIM 2010 Experimental Animation (3 hours)
  • VIDE 2500 Post-Production (3 hours)
  • FILM 3150 Topics in Film Production(3 hours)
  • SCPT 3500 Writing Screenplays for Film (3 hours)
  • VIDE 4000 Documentary Video Production (3 hours)
  • VIDE 4100 Experimental Video (3 hours)
  • AUDI 4500 Soundtracks for Visual Media (3 hours)
  • FILM 4600 Overview Pre-Production (3 hours)

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