Filmmaking Major (B.F.A.) - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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Program Overview

The Filmmaking Major is a pre-professional program through which undergraduate students create their own films and actively participate in all aspects of the filmmaking medium. Students are encouraged to develop their own creative voices by producing works in the various genres of narrative, documentary, and experimental films, culminating in a thesis project in one of these categories.

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Curriculum Requirements  

All university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, click here.)  In addition, students pursuing Filmmaking must complete the requirements below.


FILMMAKING MAJOR

Complete 74 semester hours including the following 5 requirement(s):

  1. CORE REQUIREMENTS

    Complete 2 requirements for 12 semester hours:

    1. Complete 4 courses:

    2. Complete the following course a minimum of 8 times: There is no credit associated with this course.

  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

    Complete 2 requirements for 32 semester hours:

    1. Complete 9 courses:

    2. Complete 1 course from the following:

      ENFL 310 Screenwriting I 3
  3. ELECTED STUDIO COURSES

    Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

    ARPH 200 Photography Beginning I: Contemporary Art Form 3
    ARPH 201 Digital Photo and Imaging I 3
  4. FILM HISTORY/CRITICAL STUDIES

    Complete 2 requirement(s) for 12 semester hours:

    1. Complete for 3 semester hours.

      ENFL 208 Introduction to the Film 3
    2. Complete 3 courses for 12 semester hours from:

      ENFL 255 World Film 3
      ENFL 260 Major Film Genres 3
      ENFL 350 Three Directors 3
      ENFL 356 The Contemporary Film 3
      ENFL 357 American Film to 1945 3
      ENFL 358 American Film 1945 to the Present 3
      ENFL 360 Film Comedy 3
      ENFL 392 Analysis of Cinematic Movement 3
      ENFL 410 Screenwriting II 3
      ENFL 496 Seminar in Film 3
  5. SENIOR YEAR THESIS FILM

    Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours:


Course Descriptions:

ARPH200: Photography Beginning I: Contemporary Art Form

The essentials of the photographic process including developing, enlarging, and exhibiting. Trips, films, discussions, lectures, criticism and demonstration. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. (6 hours studio.) 3 sh.

ARPH201: Digital Photo and Imaging I

The objective of this course is to teach students basic digital photography and imaging tools. The class will learn how to operate a digital camera, flatbed and film scanners, photographic quality inkjet printers as well as Adobe Photoshop skills for basic digital darkroom techniques, image editing and manipulation. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. (2 hours lecture, 3.75 hours studio.) 3 sh.

ENFL208: Introduction to the Film

The history and aesthetics of film from its beginning to the present, with special attention to the evolution of technique, influential art movements and national cinemas, pivotal directors and films. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENFL255: World Film

Films from the major film producing countries including the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Russia, England, India and Japan. Within that framework, special topics will be defined: a specific period, a particular theme or problem, comparison/contrast of several national cinemas. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENFL260: Major Film Genres

Examples from the major film genres, such as the Western, the crime film, the musical, the horror film, and film noir, with special emphasis on American film and principles of genre criticism. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENFL310: Screenwriting I

The art and craft of writing for the screen will be both studied and practiced. After studying the fundamentals of effective cinematic story construction and dialogue writing, students will be required to write a half hour film script. Cross listed with Art and Design, ARFM 310. Starting Summer 2012: The art and craft of writing for the screen will be both studied and practiced. After studying the fundamentals of effective cinematic story construction and dialogue writing, students will be required to write a half hour film script. Cross listed with Art and Design, FILM 310. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and ARFM 200.

ENFL350: Three Directors

A comparative study of three major film directors. The focus - using an auteurist derived methodology - will be to investigate a common problem or challenge confronted by each of the three directors. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL356: The Contemporary Film

Beginning with American film noir and European films which emerged after World War II, the course traces the major films, directors, critical theories and other influences which make up the contemporary film and define a specifically modernist sensibility. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL357: American Film to 1945

An investigation of the foundations and development of the classical Hollywood style focusing on genres and directors of significance. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL358: American Film 1945 to the Present

An investigation of filmmaking in the United States following World War II, focusing on the genres, directors and aesthetic movements of significance. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL360: Film Comedy

Film comedies from all periods in relation to comic theory and its application with particular emphasis on American films of the 20's and 30's. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL392: Analysis of Cinematic Movement

In the cinema, movement is created by a variety of strategies; three of the most powerful are the mobility of the camera, the juxtaposition of shots (editing) and aspects of performance. This course will examine the variety of aesthetic dynamics created through camera, editing and performance. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL410: Screenwriting II

This course is a continuation of Screenwriting I in which each student will work on a major screenwriting project: two one-half hour episodes, an hour long script or a first draft of a feature film. In developing the project, the individual needs of the student will be addressed. Cross listed with Art and Design, ARFM 410. Starting Summer 2012: This course is a continuation of Screenwriting I in which each student will work on a major screenwriting project: two one-half hour episodes, an hour long script or a first draft of a feature film. In developing the project, the individual needs of the student will be addressed. Cross listed with Art and Design, FILM 410. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

ENFL496: Seminar in Film

An advanced course devoted to the intensive study of a specialized topic in cinema studies. Topics will vary. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. (3 hours seminar.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.