• B.F.A. in Film Production
Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

B.F.A. in Film Production

» Learn all the aspects of film production through a hands-on, collaborative project-based approach to storytelling

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 your junior year, you collaborate on a 10-minute Advanced Production project with students from all the different areas of specialization. Your education culminates in the final 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.

And the best part? You own all of the rights to your projects.

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+ - 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, editing, production design, 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 a broad and foundational understanding of the fundamental components of visual storytelling, story structure and story analysis.
  • Articulate the essential 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, and 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

Students pursuing the B.F.A. in Film Production 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 FTV 130A which requires a "B-" or better.
  • Students receiving a grade lower than "B-" in FTV 130A must repeat that course and are restricted to enrollment in 100 and 200-level courses.
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits from upper division courses in the major.
  • Complete the senior thesis workshop required by the student's area of study.

Core Requirements (42 credits)

Area of Study Requirements (24 credits)

Students must complete all the requirements within one of the following areas of study

Total Credits: 66

Cinematography Area of Study (24 credits)

requirements (21 credits)

One of the following (3 credits)

Directing Area of Study (24 credits)


Editing Area of Study (24 credits)

Requirements (21 credits)

One of the following (3 credits)

Production Design Area of Study (24 credits)

Requirements (21 credits)

One of the following (3 credits)

Sound Design Area of Study (24 credits)

Requirements (21 credits)

One of the following (3 credits)


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