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CWU Film Program

College of Arts & Humanities

FILM DEGREE

Bachelor of Arts in Film Production

Available minors include Screenwriting, Cinema Studies, and Film Production (see below).

Course work will include a mix of production and theory classes. All film students will be expected to gain a mastery of cinema history, language, and application. Learning will be very hands-on and often collaborative. Advanced students will be be working in small teams to produce professional level projects including narrative, documentary, corporate, commercial, and marketing spots leading up to an ambitious capstone project in their final quarter.

FILM PRODUCTION MAJOR CURRICULUM

Required Classes

FILM 216 Basic Audio Technology
FILM 250 Intro to Film
FILM 267 Screenwriting Fundamentals
FILM 342 Cinema Studies I: Early American Film History
FILM 343 Cinema Studies II: Modern American Film History
FILM 344 Cinema Studies III: Film Theory
FILM 360 Cinema Studies IV: Survey of World Cinema
FILM 346 Film Producing
FILM 340 Production I
FILM 350 Production II
FILM 380 Production III
FILM 440 Production IV
FILM 450 Production V
FILM 480 Production VI
FILM 489 Film career seminar and capstone presentation

Select One:
FILM 430 Cinematography
FILM 431 Editing
FILM 432 Directing

Select One:
FILM 461 Film and Culture
FILM 462 Film Genres
FILM 463 Film Auteur

Required Elective credits: 6

TOTAL CREDITS: 75

 

Screenwriting Minor

(The screenwriting minor is open only to Film majors)

The screenwriting minor is designed to complement and round out the film production major - providing the student with a strong foundation in the unique storytelling aspects of film. Beyond the obvious writing component this minor will also better prepare the student for entry level opportunities with studios and production companies.


SCREENWRITING MINOR CURRICULUM

FILM 327  Scriptwriter in Development and Production
FILM 356  Writing for Screen Genre
FILM 357  Writing for Serial Media
FILM 460  Cinema Studies V: Advanced World Cinema
FILM 470  The Writer's Room (Repeat three times)
FILM 492  Practicum

TOTAL CREDITS: 34

 

Cinema Studies Minor 

(The cinema studies minor is open only to non-Film majors)

Students wishing to explore the history, theory, and criticism of film and television in addition to their major course of study, are encouraged to minor in cinema studies. In this minor, students examine the role of cinema as a unique twentieth-century art form and as an influence on cultural practices of enduring social significance.

CINEMA STUDIES MINOR CURRICULUM

FILM 250  Introduction to Film
FILM 342  Cinema Studies I: Early American Film History
FILM 343  Cinema Studies II: Modern American Film History
FILM 344  Cinema Studies III: Film Theory
FILM 360  Cinema Studies IV: Survey of World Cinema
FILM 460  Cinema Studies V: Advanced World Cinema
FILM 492  Practicum

Choose two of the following:
FILM 461  Studies in Film and Culture
FILM 462  Studies in Film and/or Television Genres
FILM 463  Studies in the Film Auteur

TOTAL CREDITS: 40

 

Film Production Minor

(The Film Production minor is open only to non-Film majors)

For students who would like to study film production as a supplement to a major in another area, the Film Production minor offers a solid foundation in techniques and approaches to cinematic storytelling.  Minors will graduate with a useful set of skills and vocabulary in writing, directing, editing, and camera operation.

FILM PRODUCTION MINOR CURRICULUM

FILM 216  Basic Audio Technology
FILM 217  Basic Editing: Final Cut Pro
FILM 221  Color Correction
FILM 250  Intro to Film
FILM 267  Screenwriting Fundamentals
FILM 340  Production I
FILM 350  Production II
FILM 380  Production III
FILM 453  Wildcat Films

Choose one of the following:
FILM 342 Cinema Studies I: Early American Film History
FILM 343 Cinema Studies II: Modern American Film History

Choose one of the following:
FILM 344 Cinema Studies III: Film Theory
FILM 360 Cinema Studies IV: Survey of World Cinema

TOTAL CREDITS: 38

 

Important Notes: You can apply to the Film Program as soon as you enroll at CWU. But those students who have fewer than 45 university level credits will be restricted from taking 300 or 400 level classes during their first year in the Film program. New Film Program majors with fewer than 45 credits should join the Film Club and will be encouraged to participate as Production Assistant (PA) crew members on the advanced class film projects that happen frequently through-out the school year.

 

Film Program Admission Requirements

 
  1. Be a CWU student with a valid student ID number. This means that you have been accepted to CWU AND you have confirmed to CWU that you will be attending.

  2. Have a CWU email address and use it on the application form.

  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.4 or better in all university level classes.

  4. Fill out the Film Program on-line application form below.

  5. Include a 300 word essay on "Why I want to major in Film".

  6. Press the "Submit" button when all sections have been completed.

Your materials will be evaluated by the Film Program faculty and you will be notified about their decision. 

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