• 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.


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+ - 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

Students pursuing the B.F.A.in Creative Producing are required to:

  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.000 for all required major courses.
  • Complete all courses in the major for a letter grade, except for independent internships.
  • Pass courses in the major with a "C-" or higher, except CRPR 234 and CRPR 334 which require a "B-" or better.
  • Successfully pass CRPR 234 and CRPR 334 with a grade of "B-" or better. Students receiving a grade lower than "B-" must repeat CRPR 234 and CRPR 334 and are restricted to enrollment in 100 and 200-level courses.
  • Complete a minimum of 21 credits from upper division courses in the major.
  • Complete the senior thesis workshops CRPR 497, CRPR 498.

Core Requirements (63 credits)


Electives (9 credits)


Total Credits: 72

+ - Core Faculty

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