Filmmaking Curriculum

Official Bulletin Curriculum

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Photography and Film with a concentration in Filmmaking

FRESHMAN YEAR in Art Foundation: 32 credits

ARTF 131 Drawing Studio (3)
ARTF 132 Surface Research (3)
ARTF 133 Space Research (3)
ARTF 134 Time Studio (3)
ARTF 139 Project (1)
ARTF 139 Project (1)
ARTH 103 Survey (3)
ARTH 104 Survey (3)
Core UNIV 111 (3), Core curriculum
Core UNIV 112 (3)
Core Quantitative Literacy (3)
Core Social/Behavioral Science (3-4)


 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL, 15-16 credits

PHTO 275 Film as Material (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. Prerequisite: sophomore standing in the department. Study of the fundamental techniques and processes of 16mm film production, including cameras, lighting and composition. Emphasizes technical proficiency and individual artistic expression.
PHTO 280 Moving Pixels (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: sophomore standing in the department. Introduction to digital video, computer imaging and interactive multimedia as tools of artistic expression and social inquiry.
PHTO 281 Digital Imaging One (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. Prerequisite: sophomore standing in the department. Digital still image camera is required. Study of fundamental techniques and processes of digital image-making, including image capture, manipulation and digital printing. Emphasizes professional standards, technical proficiency and individual artistic expression.
UNIV 200 (3)
A research and academic writing course that emphasizes academic argument, information retrieval, analysis and documentation. A minimum grade of C is required. Core curriculum
ARTH 270 History of the Motion Picture (3)
Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. The history of development of the motion picture from its early beginnings to the present, with both technical and aesthetic consideration. Students engage in analysis and discussion after viewing selected films.

SPRING, 15-16 credits

PHTO 260 Experiments in Sequencing (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 243. Explores the history, contexts and applications of sequencing as a unifying artistic practice. Emphasis is placed on sequencing as it relates to visual communication and contemporary multimedia.
PHTO 377 Film Image (3)
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. An examination of production techniques and problems encountered by the filmmaker in creating the motion picture image. A selected number of narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films are viewed as source material and dealt with from a production point of view. The films chosen for discussion vary from semester to semester
PHTO 295 Revolutionary Cinema (3)
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 280. Investigates a range of experimental/underground/alternative moving image art forms and styles and covers key historical moments in the avant-garde. Emphasizes attentive viewing and critical analysis of works that challenge dominant media conventions.
Core Natural/Physical Science (3-4)
Course from approved list. Core curriculum
ARTH 271 History of the Motion Picture (3)
Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. The history of development of the motion picture from its early beginnings to the present, with both technical and aesthetic consideration. Students engage in analysis and discussion after viewing selected films.


 

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL, 16 credits

PHTO 350 Concepts One (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: UNIV 200 or HONR 200 and PHTO 281. Students utilize the aesthetic and technical skills mastered in previous courses to explore photography and moving image media as conceptual tools. Emphasizes both historic and contemporary contextualizations of the medium and fosters development of a long-term, personal artistic project.
PHTO 390 Writing for the Screen (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV 200 or HONR 200. Explores basic theory and formal aspects of story, structure and character through readings, workshops and writing exercises. Students develop skills specific to writing and pre-producing a short fiction, documentary or experimental film.
Elective — Non-Major Arts Studio (4)
Any 4 credit studio course from any of these subjects: ARTS, COAR, CRAF, GDES, KINE, PAPR, SCPT
GenEd Elective (3)
Any course from these range of subjects: ANTH, BIOL, CHEM, ECON, ENGL, ENVS, FRSC, HIST, HUMS, INSC, INTL, MASC, MATH, MGMT, PHIL, PHYS, POLI, PSYC, RELS, SCTS, SOCY, STAT, UNIV, WMNS, WRLD.
Core Humanities/Fine Arts (3)
A humanities/fine arts course from an approved list. Core curriculum

SPRING, 15 credits

PHTO 361 Sound and Color (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: PHTO 280 and PHTO 281. Explores advanced concepts and techniques in sound design, editing, color grading and postproduction workflow for film, video and multimedia.
PHTO 394 Documentary One (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: UNIV 200 or HONR 200, PHTO 360 and 390. Introduces strategies for developing, shooting and editing various types of documentary and nonfiction media including, but not limited to, the electronic essay, biography/portraiture, ethnographic film and new genres. Covers key historical moments and ethical issues related to the representation of the real world.
PHTO 475 Advanced Production Workshop (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 390. A practical, intensive workshop in which students work collaboratively in standard industry crew positions to complete a single project. Students explore craft, aesthetics, storytelling and production issues at an advanced level.
GenEd Elective (3)
Any course from these range of subjects: ANTH, BIOL, CHEM, ECON, ENGL, ENVS, FRSC, HIST, HUMS, INSC, INTL, MASC, MATH, MGMT, PHIL, PHYS, POLI, PSYC, RELS, SCTS, SOCY, STAT, UNIV, WMNS, WRLD.
Open Elective (3)
Any course at the University


 

SENIOR YEAR

FALL, 15 credits

PHTO 436 Senior Suitcase (3)
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Examines a range of professional practices and tools applicable to building a career in the media arts. Students develop ancillary materials related to their overall student film portfolio. Emphasizes practical skills, marketing and audience-engagement issues.
PHTO 484 Thesis Film One (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 475. Students complete writing, pre-visualization, preproduction and initial production on their thesis films. Students engage in workshops, screenings and critiques in order to further develop their professional identities and to advance their understanding of the methods and tools deployed by independent film and media artists.
PHTO 494 Documentary Two (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 394. Students will explore advanced concepts and techniques in documentary and nonfiction media creation through in-class exercises, screenings, independent productions and group critiques.
ENGL 215 Literature (3)
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An inquiry into literary texts, emphasizing critical thinking and close reading. Individual sections will focus on a unifying question or problem. Students will study selected texts and their times with an emphasis on developing skills in one or more of the following areas: reading, writing, research and/or oral communication.
Open Elective (3)
Any course at the University

SPRING, 12 credits

PHTO 485 Senior Thesis Film Two (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 420. Critical analysis and development of a yearlong creative thesis project with emphasis on the completion of a conceptually coherent body of work. Course emphasizes professional standards, technical mastery and individual artistic expression informed by historical perspectives and theory. This course is a capstone experience integrating effective oral, written and visual communication, critical thinking and advanced studio techniques.

School of Arts Elective (3)
Any course from the School of Arts

Open Elective (3)
Any course at the University

Open Elective (3)
Any course at the University


 

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University bulletin with official curriculum

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