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Film & TV Production - Directing Suggested 4-year Plan

» Film & TV Production - Directing Area of Study (B.F.A.): Suggested 4-year Plan for 2023-24

How to Use your 4-year Plan

  • This is a suggested 4-year plan for your major and not meant to replace regular academic advising.
  • The plan is flexible and can be changed to accommodate studying abroad, a second major/minor(s) or AP/IB credits.
  • You should work with an academic advisor to develop a plan that meets your interests and goals.
  • You must earn a minimum of 120 credits to graduate and 72 major-specific credits to earn a B.F.A. in Film & TV Production.
  • Transfer students should contact the program advisor for degree planning.
  • If you have any questions, please contact dodgeacademicsupport@chapman.edu.

Suggested 4-year Plan

  • We encourage you to select your General Education (GE) and minor/second major/Themed Inquiry/Honors program around the plan below. Once you fill your GE classes around your major classes, you will have a better idea of space remaining each semester when choosing your Exploration Focus.
  • To be enrolled full time, you must take at least 12 credits a semester.
  • In order to graduate within 4 years, we recommend you take 30 credits a year.

Year 1

Fall Semester (9 credits for major)

  • FTV 130 - Introduction to Visual Storytelling (3 credits)*
  • FS 244 - History of Film to 1959 (3 credits)
  • SW 127 - Writing for Film and TV I (3 credits)

Spring Semester (9 credits for major)

  • TV 140 - Introduction to Film Aesthetics (3 credits)
  • FP 133 - Audio Techniques (3 credits)
  • FP 239 - Directing I (3 credits)

* You must earn at least a B- in FTV 130 in order to satisfy major requirements. (You must earn a C- or above in all other courses to satisfy major requirements.)

 


 

Year 2

Fall Semester (12 credits for major)

  • FP 237 - Cinematography I (3 credits)
  • FP 115 - Editing I (3 credits)
  • TWP 246 - History of Television (3 credits)
  • FP 280 - Intermediate Production Workshop (3 credits) or TWP 114 Introduction to Television Production: Studio (3 credits)

Spring Semester (12 credits for major)

  • FS 245 - History of Film 1960-Present (3 credits)**
  • FP 318 - Performance for Directors (3 credits)
  • CRPR 234 - Introduction to Production and Set Management (3 credits)
  • SW 297 - Short Script Workshop (3 credits)

** FS 244 - History of Film to 1959 is a prerequisite for this course.

 



Year 3

Fall Semester (9 credits for major)

  • FP 338 - Directing II (3 credits)
  • FP 293 - Production Design I (3 credits)
  • One of the following:
    • VRAR 210 - Introduction to VR and AR (3 credits)
    • TWP 311 - Advanced Multi-Camera TV Production (3 credits)
    • TWP 320 - Narrative Television Workshop (3 credits)
    • DOC 335 - Documentary Production (3 credits)

Spring Semester (9 credits for major)

  • FP 331 - Advanced Production Workshop (3 credits)***
  • One of the following:
    • FP 315 - Editing II (3 credits)
    • FP 333 - Audio Design (3 credits)
    • FP 337 - Cinematography II (3 credits)
    • FP 436 - Production Design II (3 credits)
  • One of the following:
    • TWP 265 - Prime Time: The Game of Television (3 credits)
    • TWP 327 - Seminar in Television Writing: Comedy (3 credits)
    • TWP 328 - Seminar in Television Writing: Drama (3 credits)
    • SW 357 - Scripted Story Analysis (3 credits)
    • FP 424 - Thesis Script Development (3 credits)
    • DOC 463 - Writing the Documentary (3 credits)

*** You must earn at least a B- in FP 331 in order to satisfy major requirements. (You must earn a C- or above in all other courses to satisfy major requirements.)



 

Year 4

Fall Semester (6 credits for major)

  • FP 438 - Directing III (3 credits)
  • One of the following:
    • TWP 445 - Television Pre-Production: Series (3 credits)
    • VRAR 494 - Advanced VR/AR Workshop (3 credits)
    • TWP 495 - Short Form Television I (3 credits)
    • DOC 496 - Documentary Pre-Production, Senior Thesis I (3 credits)
    • TWP 494 - Multi-Camera Television Production Workshop (3 credits)
    • FP 497B - Directing Senior Thesis Workshop I (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6 credits for major)

  • FP 370 - Visual Effects for Live-Action Production (3 credits)
  • One of the following:
    • TWP 488 - Pilot Production (3 credits)
    • TWP 496 - Short Form Television II (3 credits)
    • DOC 497 - Documentary Post-Production, Senior Thesis II (3 credits)
    • FP 498B - Directing Senior Thesis Workshop II (3 credits)

 

Chapman Catalog

Film & TV Production (B.F.A.)


View all requirements, courses, and electives and elective groups on the Film & TV Production (B.F.A.) catalog page.