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Bachelor of Arts in Film

Overview:   The Film program prepares students for creative roles in the filmic arts. The 81-credit program provides intensive experience in production and screenwriting as well as film history, theory, and criticism. Graduates write a classically structured, feature-length screenplay and complete an advanced production project or a theory/criticism project. A faculty-student panel reviews both the screenplay and the project as a part of the Senior Capstone experience during Spring quarter.

How to Apply:  Admission to the program is restricted to Fall quarter.  The Film program requires a very specific sequence of courses, most of which are offered only once a year.  Failure to complete courses as they are offered will result in a significant delay in progress toward graduation. Students should consult with the department chair about the program and its requirements and declare their major status as early as possible, no later than the fall quarter that they begin their major in FILM. Students should complete all, or nearly all, of their GECR courses before beginning the Film program.

To apply for a major status, students should contact the Department Secretary at to set up an appointment with the Department Chair. 

Transfer Requirements for Film: Students must begin the program in the fall quarter. Students should make application for major status prior to the fall quarter that they intend to begin their major in FILM and consult with the department chair on transferability of courses.  Transfer students, including students with AA degrees, must complete FILM 214 no later than their first fall quarter in the program.

Foreign Language Requirements for FILM:   Two years of a single foreign language in high school or one year of a single foreign language at the college level is required for graduation with a BA major in FILM.

What will I study?

Required Courses

FILM 110 Intro to Filmic Arts Production (5)
FILM 214 Film and the Humanities (5)
FILM 221 Narrative Script Analysis (5)
FILM 305 Acting for Directors and Writers I (2)
FILM 306 Acting for Directors and Writers II (2)
FILM 311 Film Production (5)
FILM 312 Film Directing and Producing (5)
FILM 321 Writing the Short Film (5)
FILM 322 Adaptation (5)
FILM 410 Advanced Film Production (5)
FILM 417 Advanced Screenwriting (4)
FILM 420 Feature Film Writing (4)
FILM 465 Film History I (5)
FILM 466 Film History II (5)
FILM 467 Film Theory and Criticism (5)
FILM 470 Film Criticism (Topic 1) (4)
FILM 470 Film Criticism (Topic 2) (4)
FILM 482 Oral Examination: Production (1)
or FILM 483 Oral Examination: Criticism (1)
FILM 484 Oral Examination: Screenwriting (1)
FILM 490 Film Senior Capstone (4) 

Optional Courses

FILM 439 Special Topics in the Film (1-5)
FILM 480 Advanced Film Production I (4)
FILM 481 Advanced Film Production II (4)
FILM 495 Field Experience in Radio Television (5-12)

For a full description of courses, download the Film Program Brochure 

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Direct and produce fiction and nonfiction short videos.
  • Write classically structured screen plays of varying lengths.
  • Integrate knowledge of video production, writing and critical practice to their creative work.
  • Apply theories of the filmic arts as a means of deepening their criticism.

Interesting courses I might take:

  • Film and the Humanities
  • Writing the Short Film
  • Acting for Directors and Writers
  • Film Theory and Criticism

What could I do with my degree?

  • Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography
  • Producing
  • Film Editing
  • Acting
  • Film Criticism
  • Script Analysis
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