Bachelor of Arts in Film
Film provides an intellectually stimulating environment for student artists and critics to exercise their creativity in the development of professional quality film & video productions as well as incisive critical approaches and analysis of contemporary media.
All students participate in a share core of required classes designed to provide a common grounding in the intellectual and critical knowledege-base of the discipline from which almost all of the upper-division courses in the specializations will draw from and build upon.
The Critical Studies specialization explores the history, theory, and criticism of film and television. Students explore not only the meanings of these texts but also the processes by which these meanings are constructed. Students examine the role of the moving image in representing and influencing significant social, cultural, and ideological changes in America and the world and develop the skills to analyze American and international film, television, and new media technologies from formal, aesthetic, historical perspectives.
All students in the Film program begin by making short programs, then progress to more complex productions while learning the collaborative nature of film/video production through crew experiences.
Students are encouraged to experiment with traditional narrative structures, documentary, multi-camera television production &/or new media as the curriculum and their interests dictate. Student projects can range from traditional films to the most intensely personal experimental works.
To complete the learning experience and help students prepare for the job market, all students pursuing the production specialization are strongly encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities and to compile a portfolio. FILM 489 "Senior Colloquium" and FILM 490 "Cooperative Education" are designed to facilitate this goal.
Those students wishing to continue on to graduate film school may also want to complete an independent film/video production project. COM 452 "Applied Video Production," FILM 492 "Practicum," and FILM 496 "Individual Study" are designed to fill this role.
Screenplay writing is a rigorous craft and—at its best—an art form all its own. Students who elect to pursue the Screenwriting Specialization will learn the key elements of creating scripts for film, serial media (TV, Webisodes, Mobisodes), and video games. Starting with the fundamentals, students will focus on story structure, plot, scene development, characterization and dialogue. As students advance through the required and elective courses,they will begin to hone their voice through a series of writing assignment designed to guide students toward mastering the basics of narrative storytelling in an environment designed to simulate the world of the professional screenwriter.
To complete the learning experience and help students prepare for the job market, all students pursuing the Screenwriting Specialization are expected to compile a portfolio. COM 327 "Scriptwriter in Development & Production" and FILM 489 "Senior Colloquium" are designed to facilitate this goal.
Those students wishing to continue on to graduate film school may also want to complete an independent scriptwriting project. FILM 492 "Practicum," and FILM 496 "Individual Study" are designed to fill this role.
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