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 Overview

General Education Requirements22
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements80
Free Electives15-9
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
CMST 110Introduction to Communication and Media3
CMST 210Theorizing Communication and Media3
CMDA 220Writing for the Media3
CMDA 320Transmedia Projects3
CMDA 490Colloquium Series 10
Major Requirements
FMTV 210Story Analysis and Introduction to Screenwriting3
FMTV 220Filmmaking I3
FMTV 251Acting for the Screen3
FMTV 260Film Story Analysis3
FMTV 322Film Making II4
FMTV 341Principles of Cinematography3
FMTV 276Podcasting Collaborative Projects1-3
FMTV 277Audio Production for Film/Digital Media3
FMTV 310Intermediate Screenwriting3
FMTV 360Narrative Film and TV Editing3
FMTV 410Advanced Screenwriting3
FMTV 422Film 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
The Contemporary Film
American Film to 1945
American Film 1945 to the Present
Gender and Sexuality in Film
Class, Race and Ethnicity in Film
Advanced Screenwriting
Seminar in Film
Senior Year Thesis Film
FILM 491Thesis Project I3
FILM 492Thesis Project II3
Total Credits77-79

Elective Studio Courses

ARST 205Photography3
ARPH 201Digital Photo and Imaging I3
CMDA 360Communication and Media Cooperative Education3-6
CMDA 440Independent Study1-3
ENFL 251Special Topics in Film Studies3
ENFL 496Seminar in Film3
FILM 261Theatre - Film Collaborations I3
FILM 323Adaptation3
FILM 3613
FILM 363Integrated Media3
FILM 422Art Directing Workshop3
FILM 440Actor/Director Master Class3
FMTV 204Film Forum3
FMTV 205Film Art: Historical and Contemporary3
FMTV 256Production Design I3
FMTV 280Filmmaking Tech Workshop1-3
FMTV 283Developing the Documentary3
FMTV 308Mythic Structure in Screenwriting3
FMTV 309Experimental Film and Digital Art History: 1902-Present3
FMTV 311Writing the Feature Film3
FMTV 312Writing the Narrative Series3
FMTV 314Writing for Interactive Media3
FMTV 317Narrative Development for Gaming3
FMTV 324Production Design II3
FMTV 344Motion Graphics3
FMTV 352Experimental Film/Digital Workshop I3
FMTV 358Production Management3
FMTV 377Sound Analysis and Design3
FMTV 411Special Topics in Screenwriting3
FMTV 420Production Design Mentorship3
FMTV 425Commercial Directing3
FMTV 426Advanced Film Workshop3
FMTV 452Experimental Film/Digital Workshop II3
FMTV 460Film and Television Internship1-9
FMTV 464Producing the Film: Development through Distribution3
FMTV 477Sound Design for Film3
JOUR 341Multimedia Storytelling4

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
Total Credits22

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
 Credits4
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits10