• B.F.A. in Creative Producing
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B.F.A. in Creative Producing

» Creative Producing

In this program, you’ll develop the skills to oversee the complete production of a filmfrom developing creative ideas to managing a set to marketing a finished product.

You’ll put the skills to use in your senior project, which includes producing two short films or pilots and creating a professional portfolio.


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Program Overview

Earning a B.F.A. in Creative Producing will prepare you for a career in film/TV production and distribution. You’ll build a strong foundation in:

  • The entire production process
  • Storytelling and script development
  • Financing, marketing, distributing and exhibiting films
  • Entertainment law
  • Domestic and international cinema

In addition, you’ll receive a liberal arts education at Chapman. This will give you a broad base of knowledge and the opportunity to learn things outside your major. This includes subjects outside film that interest you and could influence your work.

For an in-depth look at the classes you’ll take, check out the course catalog.

Senior Project

Everything you learn in the program will culminate with your senior project. In your senior project, you’ll:

  1. Pair up with up to two different directors from our Film Production program to produce films or tv pilots.
  2. Complete a portfolio for a proposed project with detailed plans for rights acquisition, story development, pitching, budgeting, packaging, marketing, distribution and exhibition.

Check out some of the pilots Chapman students have made! >>

Where This Degree Will Take You

The Creative Producing program prepares you for a career in the production and distribution for the film and television industry. You’ll learn to:

  • Produce films/tv from start to finish
  • Present compelling project proposals
  • Collaborate with all the different roles on a film set
  • Identify creative material
  • Manage the business elements of production
  • Negotiate legal and intellectual property rights
  • Market, finance and distribute films domestically and internationally
 

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Creative Producing Careers

You can use the skills you’ll learn in the program to prepare for a number of industry roles, including:

  • Film producer
  • Television producer
  • Digital media producer
  • Commercial producer
  • Technical producer
  • Copyright specialist
  • Post-production coordinator
You’ll also be able to get free lifetime career advising from your Dodge College career advisor. That means that you can get career advice and discuss your path with your advisor even after you’ve graduated.
Devyn Bisson holding a camera
Alumna Story: Devyn Bisson '14
Creative Producing Alumna
"Within 4 months of study I was working on my first story . . . the magic of making that project captivated me so immensely that I’ve never looked back since."
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Jessica Belz '14
Creative Producing Alumna
"From greenlight to gameday, I had a hand in just about every step of the process, including budget meetings, pre-production and production meetings, casting and edits."

Program Faculty & Visiting Filmmakers

Dodge College faculty draw on vast industry experience as they help you develop your producing skills. You’ll have a personal advisor who can help you plan your career. 

In addition, you’ll learn from our Filmmaker-in-Residence. Every semester, renowned Hollywood professionals come to campus to spend 15 weeks with our students. They also work individually with groups of selected scholars.


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Core Creative Producing Faculty

Here are some of the faculty you’ll be working with and learning from, as well as some of the films they’ve worked on:

For a full list of Dodge College faculty, visit our faculty directory.

Industry Internship Opportunities

Internships are a great way to earn academic credit and gain professional experience. Your dedicated Dodge College Career Advisor will help you find and land the position that best suits your interests and goals. Over the last two years, Dodge students have interned with more than 200 different organizations in the industry, including:

Dodge's Study Abroad Programs

Stories are everywhere, so Dodge has developed study abroad programs for you to gain filmmaking experience around the world. Our Interterm (January semester) programs are popular short-term options; semester and year-long options are also available.

To provide these experiences to as many students as possible, we offer scholarships to help cover the costs of studying in another country.

Dodge College’s International Opportunities >>

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Lynnzee Highland ‘19 Creative Producing
Study Abroad Student | Greece
“Being surrounded by such strong cultural history was incredibly inspiring, and I believe it will shape the way we work as filmmakers for the rest of our lives.”

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Additional Study Abroad Opportunities

Chapman’s Center for Global Education offers thousands of courses in hundreds of locations around the world. Visit their website to learn more about all the opportunities available.

Chapman’s Center for Global Education >>

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to build your community and develop your skill set. Chapman has more than 230 clubs and student organizations on campus. You can view Dodge College’s clubs here.

Delta Kappa Alpha

Students creating a movie The Delta Kappa Alpha Professional Cinema Fraternity is especially relevant for Creative Producing majors. DKA fosters lifelong character, collaborative and creative storytelling, ethical and productive business practices, philanthropic action and fraternal bonds between students of the cinematic arts.

Admission & Tours

All applicants are required to submit the Common Application and a Creative Supplement.

You can learn more about applying here.

While you consider Chapman, we hope you’ll come visit us in person! You can:

  • Take a tour of Dodge College. These 45-minute tours are given by current students. They cover all academic programs, give you an inside look at our facilities and provide opportunities to ask questions.
  • Take a tour of Chapman. You will get to see more of campus and the residence-life area. You can take this tour back-to-back with a Dodge College tour.

Related Programs

We encourage you to explore your interests wherever they take you. Here are some other programs you might be interested in:

You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

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