Combine basic creative skills with the business, legal and organizational aspects of the entertainment industry.
Combine basic creative skills with the business, legal and organizational aspects of the entertainment industry.

»B.F.A. in Creative Producing

You’re not exactly a control freak, but you do like to be in charge. And while you consider yourself creative, you don’t exactly hang with the fringe. Truth be told, you like working with numbers. But more than anything, you want to be a part of the Hollywood scene. 

Creative Producing combines basic creative skills with the business, legal and organizational aspects of the entertainment industry. As a producer, you’d be involved in: 

  • Identifying marketable creative content — for TV pilots, feature films, etc.

  • Securing the rights to that creative material

  • Procuring financing to fund projects

  • Finding distributors to release projects

  • Organizing, budgeting and scheduling productions

  • Assembling a team and collaborating with key creative artists to execute a collective vision

  • Overseeing the entire process — from pre- to post-production and beyond 

And when you leave us, you’ll have in hand a fully developed portfolio including a film or media production you’ve personally produced as well as a thesis book for a proposed film or media production — with detailed plans for rights acquisition, story development, pitching, budgeting, packaging, marketing, distribution and exhibition — to showcase your abilities and help get your foot firmly in the door.

+-You'll Study

A B.F.A. in Creative Producing from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts can prepare you for a career in production and distribution for the film and television industry. Along with a strong foundation in arts education, you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the key components of creative producing, including:

  • Storytelling and script development
  • The entire production process
  • Financing, marketing, distribution and exhibition
  • Entertainment law
  • Domestic and international cinema

+-Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

    •    Demonstrate the skills necessary to identify, develop and market creative material appropriate for film, television and the Internet

    •    Through critical essay and writing assignments, demonstrate an understanding of the development of film language, including aesthetic perspectives

    •    Through closely-mentored projects, demonstrate the knowledge and collaborative skills necessary to produce a film or media project from start to finish

    •    Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the business elements of producing, including production management, intellectual property, rights and issues, financing, marketing and distribution

+-Degree Requirements

Core Requirements (51 credits)

FTV 130

Introduction to Visual Storytelling

FTV 140/140L

Introduction to Film Aesthetics/Introduction to Film Aesthetics Lab

SW 227

Screenwriting Fundamentals

TWP 240

The Business of Television

FS 244/244L*

History of Film to 1959/History of Film to 1959 Screening Lab

FS 245/245L**

History of Film 1960–Present/History of Film 1960– Present Screening Lab

CRPR 317

Creative Producing and Development

CRPR 334

Production and Set Management

SW 357

Film Script Analysis

CRPR 360

Overview of Producing

CRPR 419A

Entertainment Marketing and Promotion for Producers

CRPR 449**

International Marketing and Distribution

CRPR 467

Production Financing

FTV 490

Independent Internship

CRPR 494**

Senior Project: Creative Development Portfolio

CRPR 497*

Creative Producing Senior Thesis Workshop I

CRPR 498**

Creative Producing Senior Thesis Workshop II

Elective Course (3 credits)

TWP 262

Prime Time: The Game of Television

FS 304

Survey of International Film

SW 327

Feature Screenwriting I for Non–Screenwriting Majors

FS 342

Film Genre Studies

PRA 351

Business Presentations

PRA 370

Internet Communications

FP 371

Location Filmmaking

NWD 389

Cross–Cultural Documentary

CRPR 423

Producing for Broadcast

CRPR 425

Producing the Independent Film

SW 427

Feature Screenwriting II for Non–Screenwriting Majors

FS 443

Advanced Topics in World Cinema

CRPR 451

Production Rights and Contracts

CRPR 477

International Co–Productions

*offered fall semester only
**offered spring semester only

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