Filmmaking BFA

School of Communication and Media

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Filmmaking Coordinator: Roberta Friedman

For questions about this program, please contact Roberta Friedman and/or Tony Pemberton.

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Filmmaking BFA: The Big Picture

You’ve always been captivated by the moving image – whether on TV, in movies, in cartoons or video games. But now you’re ready to do more than just watch: you want to produce your own work for the screen.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Filmmaking encourages and equips students to realize their artistic visions through observation, imagination, storytelling, and technique. Courses in directing, editing, cinematography, screenwriting, production – and even 2-D and 3-D animation – prepare you to produce imaginative, critically appreciated narrative, documentary, and experimental films.

As an art form and industry, “filmmaking” embraces everything involving the moving image, including time-based art and edgy independent projects as well as documentary and fictional blockbuster hits. As a filmmaking major, you will be encouraged to develop your personal vision and creative voice by producing works in various genres, along with a culminating thesis project in one of the categories. You will develop skills and become adept at storyboarding, editing, cinematography, sound recording, screenwriting, producing and directing.

The program is supported by a liberal arts and humanities curriculum that will develop your critical thinking skills and foster a broadly-informed perspective for determining filmmaking subject matter. To enhance career options after graduation, we intentionally correspond our course content to the needs of the filmmaking industry by hiring working professionals to teach courses and by offering practice-oriented seminars, a Film Forum speaker series, and internship programs.

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What You Will Study

As a Filmmaking major, you will learn about the art of the moving image through introductory and advanced-level courses that introduce the basic elements of screenwriting, 8mm and 16mm film production, sound recording, cinematography and film editing. Coursework on the film business focuses the financing, marketing, and distribution of films. Senior-year students develop studio projects in their chosen areas of specialization and a culminating thesis exhibit.  The curriculum includes a range of humanities courses to broaden your education and inform your artistic work. Small classes are taught by a faculty of professional filmmakers and artists who are up-to-date on filmmaking practices and provide instruction on industry-standard equipment and software. You will also have access to invaluable experiences through internship and cooperative education opportunities.

For complete Filmmaking BFA course requirements and examples of student work, go to:

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Faculty and Facilities

Through the Filmmaking program, you will study with full-time faculty, adjuncts and visiting guest artists, including renowned filmmakers and film critics who bring impressive credentials in the production and post-production of documentary, live action and feature-length films. Their works have been shown in the US and abroad at film festivals like Sundance and on such television stations as HBO, Bravo, A&E, and WNET. Our faculty are active filmmakers who have received funding from organizations such as the Princess Grace of Monaco Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The School of Communication and Media houses state-of-the-art, fully equipped production studios including a facility used exclusively for filmmaking. The Filmmaking Studio provides liberal access to industry-standard equipment and software, including an editing table, silent and synch sound cameras, Arriflex Cameras, an Oxberry animation stand, Panasonic 24P Cameras, 16mm & DVCAM, AVID, and FINAL CUT HD. Students interested in video production have further access to a specialized computer lab located in College Hall.

For more information on School facilities, go to:

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Careers in Filmmaking and Professional Resources

One of the best ways to get an idea of the varied jobs and career paths in the film industry is to read the credits at the end of a movie. There are countless jobs that are critical to film production that our graduates can pursue. Sample career titles include:

  • Art Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Associate Producer
  • Best Boy
  • Boom Operator
  • Camera Operator
  • Casting Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Director of Photography
  • Director
  • Dolly Grip
  • Editor
  • Executive Producer
  • Foley Artist
  • Gaffer
  • Key Grip
  • Line Producer
  • Location Manager
  • Negative Cutter
  • Postproduction Supervisor
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Manager
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Screenwriter
  • Set Designer
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Sound Designer, Engineer
  • Talent Scout

Please visit the links below for additional professional and career-related information:

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Apply Now

To apply to the BFA in Filmmaking program, or to any program in the School of Communication and Media, please visit School Admission.

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