Filmmaking Major (B.F.A.)

You’ve always been captivated by the moving image – whether on TV, in movies, in cartoons or video games. But now you’re ready to do more than just watch: you want to produce your own work for the screen. The filmmaking program will help you realize your artistic vision through observation, imagination, storytelling, and technique. Courses in screenwriting, directing, editing, cinematography, and production prepare you to produce imaginative, critically appreciated narrative and documentary films.

Program Requirements

Students must complete General Education requirements and World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Core Requirements
CMDA 110Introduction to Communication and Media Arts3
CMDA 210Theorizing Communication and Media Arts3
CMDA 220Writing for the Media3
CMDA 320Transmedia Projects3
CMDA 490Colloquium Series 10
Major Requirements
FILM 200Film Making I4
FILM 205Acting for Filmmakers3
FILM 230Introduction to Screenwriting3
FILM 255Film Story Analysis3
FILM 260Film Making II4
FILM 265Principles of Cinematography3
FILM 277Audio Production for Film/Digital Media3
or TVDM 277 Audio Production for Film/Digital Media
FILM 300Documentary Workshop3
or TVDM 300 Documentary Production
FILM 310Intermediate Screenwriting3
or ENFL 310 Intermediate Screenwriting
FILM 360Film Editing3
FILM 410Advanced Screenwriting3
FILM 430Film III: Directing Workshop3
Elected Studio Courses
Select 12 credits from the list (see below)12
Film History/Critical Studies
ENFL 208Introduction to the Film3
Select one of the following:3
World Film Before 1945
World Film After 1945
American Film to 1945
American Film 1945 to the Present
Select two of the following:6
Special Topics in Film Studies
Major Film Movements
Major Film Genres
Major Film Directors
World Film Before 1945
World Film After 1945
Intermediate Screenwriting
Three Directors
The Contemporary Film
American Film to 1945
American Film 1945 to the Present
Film Comedy
Gender and Sexuality in Film
Class, Race and Ethnicity in Film
Analysis of Cinematic Movement
Advanced Screenwriting
Seminar in Film
Senior Year Thesis Film
FILM 491Thesis Project I3
FILM 492Thesis Project II3
Total Credits80

Elected Studio Courses

ARST 205Photography3
ARPH 201Digital Photo and Imaging I3
CMDA 360Communication and Media Coop Ed4-16
CMDA 440Independent Study1-3
ENFL 251Special Topics in Film Studies3
ENFL 496Seminar in Film3
FILM 222Production Design I3
FILM 250Film Forum3
FILM 261Theatre - Film Collaborations I3
FILM 262Filmmaking Workshop1
FILM 280Film Art: Historical and Contemporary3
FILM 282The Avant-Garde Cinema3
FILM 283Mythic Structure in Screenwriting3
FILM 321Writing the Feature Film3
FILM 322Writing Television/Web Series3
FILM 323Adaptation3
FILM 324Writing for Interactive Media3
FILM 361Theatre - Film Collaborations II3
FILM 363Integrated Media3
FILM 364Production Management3
FILM 365Motion Graphics3
FILM 367Production Design II3
FILM 368Producing: Development through Distribution3
FILM 420Independent Study in Production Design3
FILM 422Art Directing Workshop3
FILM 440Actor/Director Master Class3
FILM 452Game Development3
FILM 455Commercial Directing3
FILM 460Experimental Film/Digital Workshop I3
FILM 461Experimental Film/Digital Workshop II3
FILM 462Advanced Master Class in Screenwriting3
FILM 463Advanced Film Workshop3
FILM 464Filmmaking Internship1-9
TVDM 221Developing the Documentary3
TVDM 377Sound Analysis and Design3
TVDM 421New Genres in Documentary3
TVDM 441Multimedia News Production3
TVDM 477Sound Design for Film3