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As a Film, Television and Video Production major, you will learn the process of filmmaking in its entirety. You will develop an understanding of theory and aesthetics, film criticism and the history of your medium. Students will work together to create fictional narratives, documentaries, experimental films, commercials and television series.

47th in Best Colleges in Film and Photography in the U.S.

Webster's Film, Television, and Video Production program is proud to be one of the few film programs in the greater St. Louis area focusing on production.

The program is ranked 47th by Niche.com for Best Colleges for Film and Photography in America, 76th in 2022 Most Popular Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts in the U.S., and 4th in 2022 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Missouri by Collegefactual.com.

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“I enjoy the collaborative, head-down approach that the Webster film community employs. There are hidden gems within the program, so the competition is incredible and healthy.”

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Learn From and Network with Industry Professionals

Film, Television, and Video Production majors and minors learn how people, concepts and technology work together to create the final images we see on screen. In addition, students will develop an understanding of the various roles required on set, balancing theory with extensive hands-on experience that is crucial for gaining production knowledge.

This program offers a systematic and thorough approach in learning the craft and aesthetics of motion picture production in both traditional and digital formats. The Film, Television and Video Production program gives you the opportunity to become a media professional with skills necessary for communicating and creating in any medium that contains a moving image.

Early in the program, students develop and execute their own projects. Progressing through the curriculum, undergraduates continue to make their own movies or focus on different areas of interest such as directing, producing, cinematography, editing, animation, or visual effects.

Learn from award-winning filmmakers and video producers who have worked in all facets of production and for networks and studios including Netflix, A24, Adobe, SIGGRAPH, HBO, Sundance, Universal, Microsoft, PBS, and The Discovery Channel share practical, real-world techniques.

Learn on our state-of-the-art equipment packages including ARRI Alexa Mini LF, Sony FS-5 and A7, Blackmagic Pocket 4K Cinema Cameras, Aputure LED, LiteMat, Pavotube, KinoFlo, ARRI Tungsten and M18 HMI Light, and more. We also preserve 16mm film equipment that is taught as a special topic. Updated post-production facilities let students engage in industry standard software including, but not limited to: Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Davinci Resolve, Avid, NUKE, Cinema 4D, and Maya.

16th in the Midwest

Webster University continues to be highly ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report, now listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities and included in four best-of categories. This year, the University's score rose to its highest level since the ranking system was established.

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Curriculum for Webster's Film, Television and Video Production programs

Our program prepares students in each of these areas, ensuring that they are ready to enter any facet of the industry upon graduation. Whether students want to be a director, cinematographer, editor, visual effects or motion graphics artist, producer, gaffer, grip or any of the many other jobs available, this degree provides the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to succeed. Students will be immersed in real-world production environments at every level, starting from the moment they arrive, using industry-standard equipment and software. Students will learn fiction, nonfiction and experimental approaches; they will then be given the opportunity to specialize as their own path dictates.

Required: 33 hours

FTVP 0501, FTVP 0502, or FTVP 0503 Program Meeting is required every semester for students enrolled in FTVP courses.

  • FTVP 0501 Program Meeting (0 hours)
    or FTVP 0502 Program Meeting (0 hours)
    or FTVP 0503 Program Meeting (0 hours)
  • FTVP 1100 Produce and Direct (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1200 Camera and Light (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1300 Edit and Color (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1400 Graphics and Effects (3 hours)
  • AUDI 1000 Audio Production for Non-Majors (3 hours)
  • FLST 1000 Film and Television Appreciation (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2100 Advanced Producing (3 hours)
    or FTVP 2150 Advanced Directing (3 hours)
    or FTVP 2200 Advanced Camera and Light (3 hours)
    or FTVP 2300 Advanced Edit and Color (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3100 Experimental Film and Video (3 hours)
    or FTVP 3110 Documentary Production (3 hours)
    or FTVP 3120 Narrative Filmmaking (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3500 Production House (3 hours)
  • FTVP 4000 Professional Development in Film, Television, and Video Production (3 hours)
  • MDST 4950 Internship* (3-6 hours)
    or FTVP 4200 Senior Overview* (3-6 hours)

*Capstone course

Skills: 12 hours

  • FTVP 2100 Advanced Producing (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2150 Advanced Directing (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2200 Advanced Camera and Light (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2300 Advanced Edit and Color (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2400 Motion Graphics (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2450 Visual Effects (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2500 Event and Studio Production (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3000 StoryLab (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3100 Experimental Film and Video (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3110 Documentary Production (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3120 Narrative Filmmaking (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3150 Topics in Film, Television or Video Production (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3210 Cinematography (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3300 The Socially Responsible Filmmaker (3 hours)
  • SCPT 3300 Writing the Short Script (3 hours)

Theory: 9 hours

  • FLST 2050 History of Film (3 hours)
  • FLST 2060 Modern World Cinema (3 hours)
  • FLST 2070 History of Animation (3 hours)
  • FLST 3160 Topics in Film Studies (3 hours)
  • FLST 3170 Topics in Documentary Film Studies (3 hours)
  • FLST 4160 Survey of Film Theory and Criticism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2070 History of Broadcasting (3 hours)
  • MDST 2100 Media Literacy (3 hours)

Although any combination of these courses can be taken to fulfill the degree requirements, courses can be grouped by areas for students who want to focus on a particular aspect within film, television and video production.

Producing and Directing Narrative Films

  • FTVP 2100 Advanced Producing (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2150 Advanced Directing (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3300 The Socially Responsible Filmmaker (3 hours)
  • FLST 2050 History of Film (3 hours)
  • FLST 2060 Modern World Cinema (3 hours)
  • SCPT 3300 Writing the Short Script (3 hours)

Documentary Film and Video

  • FTVP 2300 Advanced Edit and Color (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3110 Documentary Production (3 hours)
  • FLST 3170 Topics in Documentary Film Studies (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3300 The Socially Responsible Filmmaker (3 hours)

Cinematography

  • FTVP 2200 Advanced Camera and Light (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3210 Cinematography (3 hours)
  • PHOT 1000 Photo I (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2000 Photo II (3 hours)

Postproduction

  • FTVP 2300 Advanced Edit and Color (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2400 Motion Graphics (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2450 Visual Effects (3 hours)

18 Credit Hours

Students may have a major and a minor within the same department in the School of Communications; they may not major and minor within the same subject matter area.

Required Courses

  • FLST 1000 Film and Television Appreciation (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1100 Produce and Direct (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1200 Camera and Light (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1300 Edit and Color (3 hours)
  • 6 hours of additional FTVP courses

The certificate in documentary production is designed to give students from all academic disciplines within the university an opportunity to explore the theory and practice of documentary production and documentary film studies.

Students will complete courses in media production focusing on the documentary, classes in the history of documentary film and media and courses that support the theoretical foundations of documentary studies in such areas as anthropology and media studies.

Requirements

  • FTVP 1100 Produce and Direct (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1200 Camera and Light (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1300 Edit and Color (3 hours)
  • FTVP 3110 Documentary Production (3 hours)

In addition, a minimum of 9 credit hours are to be chosen from the following (3 credit hours from the following production course list and 6 credit hours from the following theory course list):

Production Courses - 3 credit hours

  • An additional production course at the 2000-level or above

Theory Courses - 6 credit hours

  • ANSO 2060 Culture and Communication (3 hours)
  • FLST 3170 Topics in Documentary Film Studies (3 hours)
    or PHIL 3110 Philosophy and Film (3 hours)
    or HRTS 3160 Human Rights in Film: Documentaries (3 hours)
    or ISTL 3550 Advanced Topics in Global Studies: Human Rights & Documentaries (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2070 History of Broadcasting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2380 Free Expression and the First Amendment (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3080 Global Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3120 Global Affairs Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3190 Topics in International Journalism (3 hours)
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Alumni Testimonial

“I have received jobs, studied abroad in Europe and have experienced events that I wouldn't have had the chance to otherwise.”

Mallory Ingles
Mallory Ingles

BA in Film, Television, and Video Production, '20

Alumni Success and Job Outlook

Film, Television, and Video Production alumni have worked on films and TVs including Manchester by the Sea, Moonrise Kingdom, The Bourne Ultimatum, Spider-Man 2, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Ghost Who Walks, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Late Night with Seth Meyer. Their works have been shown on diverse platforms such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, TLC, Disney, Hallmark Channel, Nickelodeon, MTV, ESPN, Marvel Studio, Sundance, Fox Network, and elsewhere.

  • Film and video editors and camera operators jobs are predicted to increase by 29% through 2030. As of May 2021 (U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics), the median annual wage for camera operators for television, video and film was $49,230 and for film and video editors was $62,680.
  • Jobs for broadcast, sound, and video technicians are predicted to increase 21% through 2030. As of May 2021, the median annual wage for broadcast, sound, and video technicians was $49,050 (U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics).
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The west wing of Sverdrup will be rebuilt as a state-of-the-art media production and communication education facility, providing our students the most up-to-date and unique technology in the entire region.

Learn more about the Sverdrup renovations including plans, progress updates, room relocations, and more.

 

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