• B.F.A. in Creative Producing

Dodge College of Film & Media Arts


B.F.A. in Creative Producing

» Develop the skills to oversee the complete production of a film from concept to screen

The B.F.A. in Creative Producing is a hands-on program that explores all aspects of producing including both managing a film set and developing creative ideas into a finished project. In this program, you will develop your storytelling, business, legal, organizational and collaborative skills that are vital for establishing your career in the entertainment industry.

You will learn how to oversee the complete production of a film from concept to the screen through a project-based curriculum that trains you to take the lead.

Your education culminates in the completion of a fully developed portfolio including two thesis projects you have produced as well as a thesis book for a proposed project with detailed plans for rights acquisition, story development, pitching, budgeting, packaging, marketing, distribution and exhibition.

+ - 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 fundamental skills necessary to identify creative material as well as to manage the business elements of production, legal and intellectual property rights, marketing, financing and distribution internationally for film, television and the internet.
  • Articulate the functions and roles on a film set and work collaboratively within that structure.
  • Through closely mentored projects, students will be able to demonstrate the requisite knowledge and skills to produce film or media projects from start to finish.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a comprehensive project proposal that presents a compelling presentation of the material.

+ - Degree Requirements

Majors in creative producing must successfully pass CRPR 334 with a grade of "B–" or better. If a student receives a grade lower than "B–" then he or she must repeat the course and additional courses that may be taken concurrently are restricted to 100 and 200–level courses until the successful completion of CRPR 334 with a grade of "B–" or better.

core requirements (57 credits)

FTV 130

Introduction to Visual Storytelling

3

FTV 140

Introduction to Film Aesthetics

3

SW 227

Screenwriting Fundamentals

3

CRPR 234

Introduction to Production and Set Management

3

TWP 240

The Business of Television

3

FS 244*

History of Film to 1959

3

FS 245**

History of Film 1960–Present

3

CRPR 307

Overview of Producing

3

CRPR 317

Creative Producing and Development

3

CRPR 334

Advanced Production and Post Production Management

3

SW 357

Film Script Analysis

3

CRPR 419A

Entertainment Marketing and Promotion for Producers

3

FP 424

Senior Thesis Development

3

CRPR 449**

International Marketing and Distribution

3

CRPR 467

Production Financing

3

FTV 490

Independent Internship

3

CRPR 494**

Senior Project: Creative Development Portfolio

3

CRPR 497*

Creative Producing Senior Thesis Workshop I

3

CRPR 498**

Creative Producing Senior Thesis Workshop II

3

electives (9 credits)

TWP 265

Prime Time: The Game of Television

3

FS 304

Survey of International Film

3

SW 327

Feature Screenwriting I for Non–Screenwriting Majors

3

FS 342

Film Genre Studies

3

PRA 351

Business Presentations

3

PRA 370

Internet Communications

3

FP 371

Location Filmmaking

3

NWD 389

Cross–Cultural Documentary

3

CRPR 423

Producing for Broadcast

3

CRPR 425

Producing the Independent Film

3

SW 427

Feature Screenwriting II for Non–Screenwriting Majors

3

FS 443

Advanced Topics in World Cinema

3

CRPR 451

Production Rights and Contracts

3

CRPR 477

International Co–Productions

3

 

total credits

 

66

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.F.A. in Creative Producing.

*offered fall semester only
**offered spring semester only

+ - Core Faculty

For a complete list of Dodge College faculty, view our faculty directory

Pavel Jech, Film Division Chair

Alex Rose

Travis Knox

Russell Schwartz

Kiku Terasaki

Harry Ufland

Madeline Warren

Eric Young

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