Learn the art and business of film production by doing - and the "doing" opportunities are endless!
Learn the art and business of film production by doing - and the "doing" opportunities are endless!

»B.F.A. in Film Production

Martin Scorsese. Steven Spielberg. Catherine Hardwicke. Quentin Tarantino. [Your Name Here].

Every famous director has his or her own story. Some apprenticed under other directors. Some started in television, then moved on to feature films. Others were actors or screenwriters who wanted to take the directing reins into their own hands. But one thing they all have in common is experience. These are people who took advantage of every opportunity to learn more and do more while climbing the ladder in this highly competitive industry.

Let’s face it — the more experience you have in any profession, the more marketable you’re going to be. At Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, you’ll get more hands-on experience than at any other film school out there.

At Dodge College, we put a camera in your hands the very first day. Every class is like a film workshop; you learn by doing. And the “doing” opportunities are endless: intense filmmaking activities — writing, directing, shooting, editing — are going on at all hours of the day and night in and around our facility, Marion Knott Studios, as well as on location. And the technology available to you is unimaginable: two sound stages, insert stages for cinematography and television / broadcast journalism, a Foley stage, Dolby surround mixing, a motion capture stage, and dedicated spaces for pre- and post-production. Basically, there’s nothing that can be done in Hollywood that you can’t do at Dodge.

You’ll study under master storytellers who’ve honed their craft over a lifetime of award-winning work and who have a combined filmography of more than 300 feature films, a record unmatched by any other film school in the country. And our location, just a heartbeat from Hollywood, enables internships with studios and production companies as well as visits from major Hollywood directors, cinematographers, editors, screenwriters and others.

At Dodge College, you’re given the freedom to discover what really excites you as you find your own creative voice. You’ll interact and collaborate with other students who are just as passionate about storytelling for the screen and ready to contribute great things to your productions. And at the end of your four years, you’ll have a solid education in filmmaking, extraordinary first-hand experience and a reel of your best work to use as a calling card to the industry

+-You'll Study

In conjunction with a broad, liberal arts course of study, you’ll have the opportunity to explore all the creative aspects of filmmaking — writing, directing, cinematography, post-production, producing, sound, and more. You will learn:

  • How film language and the aesthetics of storytelling for the screen have evolved over time
  • How the social and cultural contexts of a given era influence filmmakers
  • How visual effects contribute to storytelling today
  • How to manage pre-production: break down a script, scout locations, create a schedule

And you will:

  • Write a script
  • Direct a scene
  • Light and shoot a scene
  • Edit picture and sound
  • Work on a senior thesis film

+-Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

    •    Exhibit an understanding of the fundamental components of visual storytelling, story structure and story analysis
    •    Articulate the various functions and roles on a film set, and can work collaboratively within that structure
    •    Through closely-mentored projects, demonstrate technical proficiency in a specific filmmaking discipline (Directing, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Design, Producing, Production Design)
    •    Through critical essays, writing assignments, and visual production exercises, demonstrate an understanding of the development of film language, including aesthetic perspectives

+-Degree Requirements

Core Requirements

Students must choose an emphasis in either cinematography, directing, editing, production design or sound design, prior to their junior year, to pursue for their advanced area of study requirements. However, they are still free to take classes in other disciplines.

FP 115

Editing I

DA 120

Introduction to Digital Arts

FTV 130

Introduction to Visual Storytelling

FP 133

Audio Techniques

FTV 140/140L

Introduction to Film Aesthetics/Introduction to Film Aesthetics Lab

FP 201

Actor-Director Workshop

SW 227

Screenwriting Fundamentals

FP 237

Cinematography I

FP 239

Directing I

FS 244/244L

History of Film (to 1959)/History of Film (to 1959) Lab

FS 245/245L

History of Film (1960 - present)/History of Film (1960 - present) Lab

FP 280

Intermediate Production Workshop

CRPR 334

Production and Set Management

SW 357

Film Script Analysis

Students may choose at the end of the sophomore year to have an area of study other than writing or directing. Such students may elect to take one of the following courses in place of FTV 331 Advanced Production with the understanding that they will continue this specialization in Senior Project Workshop. Consent of advisor is required:

Editing II

Audio Design

Production Design I

Cinematography II

Three Upper-Division Elective Courses

Electives include all courses offered by the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Cinematography area of study (15 credits total)
requirements
(12 credits)

FP 337

Cinematography II

FP 437

Cinematography III

FP 497A

Cinematography Senior Thesis Workshop I

FP 498A/498L

Cinematography Senior Thesis Workshop II/Lab Senior Thesis Workshop II

one of the following (3 credits)

FP 315

Editing II

FP 336

Production Design I

Directing area of study requirements (15 credits)

FP 331

Advanced Production Workshop

FP 338

Directing II

FP 424

Senior Thesis Development

FP 497B

Directing Senior Thesis Workshop I

FP 498B/498L

Directing Senior Thesis Workshop II/Lab Senior Thesis Workshop II

Editing area of study (15 credits)
requirements (12 credits)

FP 315

Editing II

FP 415

Editing III

FP 497C

Editing Senior Thesis Workshop I

FP 498C/498L

Editing Senior Thesis Workshop II/Lab Senior Thesis Workshop II

one of the following (3 credits)

FP 325

Art and Craft of Foley and ADR

FP 333

Audio Design

FP 382

Music Composition for Filmmakers

Production Design area of study (15 credits)
requirements 
(12 credits)

FP 336

Production Design I

FP 481

Set Decoration

FP 497D

Production Design Senior Thesis Workshop I

FP 498D/498L

Production Design Senior Thesis Workshop II/Lab Senior Thesis Workshop II

one of the following (3 credits)

FP 436

Production Design II

FP 446

Drawing and Storyboarding

FP 458

Digital Production Design

FP 486

Costume Design

Sound Design area of study (15 credits)
requirements
(12 credits)

FP 325

Art and Craft of Foley and ADR

FP 333

Audio Design

FP 497E

Sound Design Senior Thesis Workshop I

FP 498E/498L

Sound Design Senior Thesis Workshop II/Lab Senior Thesis Workshop II

one of the following (3 credits)

FP 315

Editing II

FP 382

Music Composition for Filmmakers

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