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About the Program

The B.F.A. in Film Production focuses on visual storytelling and fosters the development of your creative voice and artistic expression in the context of a rigorous liberal arts education. This comprehensive program emphasizes a hands-on, project-based approach in which you will learn all the aspects of film production through the use of our state-of-the-art facilities and best industry practices. You will receive a solid foundation in all aspects of filmmaking under the guidance of award-winning filmmakers, many of who still work in the industry.

At the end of the sophomore year, you choose an area of specialization in directing, cinematography, editing, sound design or production design. In the third year, you create a 10-minute Advanced Production project that involves collaborating with students from all the different areas of specialization. Your education culminates in the fourth year with the creation of a Thesis film that provides you with a professional portfolio piece to serve as a calling card to the industry.

Dodge College students own the rights to all of their projects.

+ - 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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