Filmmaking Major (B.F.A.) - Undergraduate - 2010 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 94 semester hours including the following 5 requirement(s):

  1. FILMMAKING REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete 3 requirement(s) for 42 semester hours:

    1. Complete 4 requirement(s):

      1. Complete the following 8 courses:

        ARFM 200 Film Making, Beginning I 3
        ARFM 210 Film Making, Beginning II 3
        ARFM 230 Introduction to Screenwriting: The Short Forms 3
        ARFM 240 Sound Recording and Design 3
        ARFM 360 Film Editing 3
        ARFM 363 Principles of Cinematography 3
        ARFM 463 Film Finance, Marketing, and Distribution 3
        ARFV 220 Video with Computer Multi-media, Introduction A 3
      2. Complete ARFM 220 for 4 semester hours

        ARFM 220 Documentary Film Workshop 4
      3. Complete ARFM 300 for 4 semester hours

        ARFM 300 Film Making, Intermediate 4
      4. Complete ARFM 400 for 4 semester hours

        ARFM 400 Film Making, Advanced 4
    2. Complete 1 course from:

      ARFM 310 Screenwriting I 3
      ENFL 310 Screenwriting I 3
    3. Complete 1 course from:

      ARFM 410 Screenwriting II 3
      ENFL 410 Screenwriting II 3
  2. REQUIRED STUDIO COURSES

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete 1 course from:

      ARPH 200 Photography Beginning I: Contemporary Art Form 3
      ARPH 201 Digital Photo and Imaging I 3
    2. Complete 1 course from:

      ARPF 261 Introduction to the Fine and Performing Arts 3
      THTR 105 Acting I 3
  3. ELECTED STUDIO COURSES

    Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

    ARDW 200 Drawing, Beginning I 3
    ARDW 201 Life Drawing, Beginning I 3
    ARFD 122 Foundations II: 2D Design 3
    ARFD 123 Foundations III: Visual Organization - 3D Design 3
    ARFD 125 Foundations V: Color, Light and Time 3
    ARFM 450 Independent Study in Film 3
    ARFM 462 Narrative Film Workshop 3
    ARFM 464 Filmmaking Internship 3
    ARFV 230 Video with Computer Multi-Media, Introduction B 3
    ARGD 200 Graphic Design, Beginning I 3
    ARGD 210 Graphic Design, Beginning II 3
    ARGD 300 Graphic Design, Intermediate 3
    ARGD 410 Interactive Multimedia Design 3
    ARGD 423 Advertising Design 3
    ARGS 260 Visual Arts Workshop 1-12
    ARIL 220 Illustration, Beginning I 3
    ARIL 260 Introduction to Cartooning 3
    ARIL 321 Intro to 3-D Computer Illustration and Animation Arts 3
    ARIL 421 Advanced 3-D Computer Illustration and Animation Arts 3
    ARPH 201 Digital Photo and Imaging I 3
    ARPH 210 Photography Beginning II: Contemporary Art Form 3
    ARPH 211 Digital Photo and Imaging II 3
    ARPH 300 Photography Intermediate: Contemporary Art Form 3
    ARPH 400 Photography Advanced: Contemporary Art Form 3
    ARPH 463 Commercial Photography 4
    ARSC 200 Sculpture, Beginning I 3
    ARSC 210 Sculpture, Beginning II 3
    ARSC 300 Sculpture, Intermediate 3
  4. FILM & ART HISTORY COURSES

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. FILM & ART HISTORY I

      Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

      1. Complete 5 courses:

        ARHS 105 Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval 3
        ARHS 106 Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance to Modern 3
        ENFL 208 Introduction to the Film 3
        ENFL 250 Major Film Directors 3
        ENFL 255 World Film 3
      2. Complete for 3 semester hours

        ENFL 260 Major Film Genres 3
    2. FILM & ART HISTORY II

      Complete 1 course from:

  5. FILMMAKING SENIOR YEAR THESIS FILM

    Complete the following 2 courses:

    ARST 400 Major Studio Project I (B.F.A.). Starting Spring 2011: Major Studio Project I 6
    ARST 410 Major Studio Project II (B.F.A.). Starting Spring 2011: Marjor Studio Project II 7

Course Descriptions:

ARDW200: Drawing, Beginning I

Basic elements of line, tone, composition, and perspective; exploration of traditional and experimental media and materials; and investigation of still life, landscape, life drawing, portraiture, and abstraction. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

ARDW201: Life Drawing, Beginning I

Structure and proportions of the human figure. Study of skeletal and muscular structure, the figure at rest and in motion, isolated and in a setting. Expressive as well as analytical approach to drawing. Exploration of traditional as well as current techniques and media. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

ARFD122: Foundations II: 2D Design

Foundations II introduces students to the principles of 2-dimensional design in a variety of media. Major principles covered include composition, line, shape, volume, movement, value, rhythm, repetition, variation, scale, size, perspective, proportion, texture, balance, unity, harmony, and contrast. The course content consists of a variety of projects focusing on critical, theory-based problem solving, together with lectures and demonstrations. 3 sh.

ARFD123: Foundations III: Visual Organization - 3D Design

An introduction to the 3rd dimension of the world that we inhabit ("made" things, natural forms, and the occupation of space). Three-dimensional sensibility is progressively developed when basic components are manipulated by the effective use of direction, balance, axis, orientation, and relationship; in other words, organization (composition). Assignments in light, shape, shadow, depth, form, and movement are examined in a natural progression from 2D knowledge to 3D. Activities include lectures, conceptualization, observation, creation, discussion, and critical analysis for each project. The aesthetic consideration of materials and tools in this context add to the expressive output of three-dimensional study. The process may begin with concept, material or observation; it continues by way of lecture, demonstration, critical analysis and class discussion until each project is crafted to completion. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFD 121.

ARFD125: Foundations V: Color, Light and Time

Color functions in many ways - as a visual phenomenon of light, as a perceptual occurrence, as a pigment with specific mixing properties, and as an element with powerful expressive and symbolic potential. It is important that artists and designers understand the principles and properties of color for use in their work in any medium. This course introduces students to the history, theory, and interdisciplinary use of color and color systems via lectures, demonstrations, and exercises. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFD 121.

ARFM200: Film Making, Beginning I

Basic elements of super 8 film production: script, camera, lighting, sound, editing, animation. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

ARFM210: Film Making, Beginning II

Basic elements of 16 mm film production. Script, camera, lighting, sound, editing, animation. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 200.

ARFM220: Documentary Film Workshop

Students will study the forms, styles and techniques of documentary filmmaking (Cinema Verite, Reality TV, Essay Form) and apply this knowledge through the creation of small exercises and a short documentary film. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 210.

ARFM230: Introduction to Screenwriting: The Short Forms

An introduction to the art of screenwriting through short writing exercises; analysis of produced screenplays and films along with the completion of a short screenplay. Students will be expected to develop creative as well as technical aspects of the craft. 3 sh.

ARFM240: Sound Recording and Design

An introduction to the art of Sound Recording and Design through demonstration and lectures on theory and practice as well as exercises recording sound, mixing, and designing soundscapes for film. Students will be expected to develop creatively as well as learn the technical aspects of the craft. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 200.

ARFM300: Film Making, Intermediate

Intensive focus on narrative scene direction: techniques of cinematography, sound recording and cinematic language are explored in the creation of short scenes and exercises shot both in Film and Video. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 210.

ARFM310: Screenwriting I

The art and craft of writing for the screen will be both studied and practiced. After studying the fundamentals of effecive cinematic story construction and dialogue writing, students will be required to write a half hour film script. Cross listed with English, ENFL 310. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and ARFM 200.

ARFM360: Film Editing

Principles and techniques of film editing: artistic and esthetic concepts; practice with standard editing equipment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 210.

ARFM363: Principles of Cinematography

Exercises in the use of camera equipment and practice in composition, perspective, interpretive lighting and camera movement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 210.

ARFM400: Film Making, Advanced

Intensive focus on the cinematic sequence. Building on the techniques of narrative scene construction, the progression of scenes in a sequence is explored. Advanced techniques in Sound Design, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Direction of actors will also be explored. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 300.

ARFM410: 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 English, ENFL 410. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 310.

ARFM450: Independent Study in Film

Topics selected with the approval of the instructor. May be repeated twice for a maximum of 9.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 300.

ARFM462: Narrative Film Workshop

Narrative film production; individual or group expression in making a fictional film. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 210.

ARFM463: Film Finance, Marketing, and Distribution

An overview of the financing, marketing, and distribution of feature films, shorts, and television projects. Students will learn financing procedures involved in production, contractual arrangements, legal obligations, and the skills that will help them prepare budgets for production as well as for marketing, film festivals, and distribution. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

ARFM464: Filmmaking Internship

Advanced students fulfill a portion of their Filmmaking Concentration requirements working for a professional film, television, or media company and gaining field experience. This experience should enable the student to gain working knowledge of the film/video industry under the supervision of a mentor in the field and a faculty member at the college. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 210.

ARFV220: Video with Computer Multi-media, Introduction A

Students are introduced to criteria for aesthetic decision-making by producing video projects that record the real world, persuade or move viewers to action, express the student's personal visions and illustrate aesthetic values. Students are given skills of video production and its relationship to visual aesthetics. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

ARFV230: Video with Computer Multi-Media, Introduction B

Continuation of ARFV 220. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFV 220.

ARGD200: Graphic Design, Beginning I

Introduction to graphic design principles. This course is involved in taking basic design information and translating it into a graphic design context, with main emphasis on communicating original ideas in a creative manner. Projects deal with graphic design principles, i.e., visual communication of information, composition, color, type, illustration, materials and methods of graphic design. Introduction to critique and presentation, along with the principle of the designer/client relationship. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFD 122.

ARGD210: Graphic Design, Beginning II

Focus on the various disciplines within graphic design: print (flat and folding), package, product and environmental graphics. Further exploration of typefaces and use of typography as well as advanced methods of comping and presentation. Emphasis on hand comping and computer typesetting. Beginning development of student portfolio. Overview of the history of design. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARGD 200.

ARGD300: Graphic Design, Intermediate

Layout and mechanicals. Printing methods and proper preparation of mechanicals and computer files for pre-press and printing. Advanced comping methods (computer, printing papers, marker comping). Continued development of portfolio of student work. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARGD 210 and 211.

ARGD410: Interactive Multimedia Design

This course is an introductory experience in multimedia design on the Macintosh computer. It provides students with a conceptual background and the working knowledge necessary to produce a variety of interactive multimedia materials for the Web and presentation visuals. The focus of the course is on developing the skills, techniques, and creative components needed to create interactive and animated visuals, including the integration and editing of audio and video components. Current predominant software will provide the instructional course platform. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARGD 210 or permission of instructor.

ARGD423: Advertising Design

The specific nature of advertising and its connection to graphic design. What is involved in creating an advertising campaign. How designers work with advertisers and copywriters. A brief history of advertising and advertising agencies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARGD 300.

ARGS260: Visual Arts Workshop

Selected studio topics which represent current concerns within the contemporary world of the visual arts. May be repeated for a maximum of 24.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 1 - 12 sh.

ARHS105: Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval

The history of Western art and architecture from Prehistoric Europe through the Middle Ages. The course covers ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, Greece and Rome, then Byzantine, Early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic art. Museum visits and extensive reading. Required for Fine Arts majors. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, World Literature or General Humanities. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets the University Writing Requirement for ANIL, FAAH, FAED, FASF, FASH, FASI, FASL, FAST and GRDN majors. 3 sh.

ARHS106: Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance to Modern

The history of Western art and architecture from the fifteenth century to the present. Included are the arts of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Romantic, Impressionist and Modern periods. Museum visits and extensive reading. Required for fine arts majors. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, World Literature or General Humanities. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets the University Writing Requirement for FAAH, FAED, FASF, FASH, FASI, FASL and FAST majors. 3 sh.

ARIL220: Illustration, Beginning I

A study of the major historical and contemporary themes of illustration and its influences. Through slide presentation the work of leading illustrators will be shown and discussed and the relationship between illustration and fine art will be explored. Illustration assignments will provide concrete experience of the related thematic issues and introduce formal approaches and relevant techniques. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFD 122.

ARIL260: Introduction to Cartooning

A studio exploration of the single-panel cartoon, humorous illustration, and the editorial cartoon through discussion, examination and experimentation. Cartoon formats, concepts, styles, techniques and history will be discussed. The student will experience creating cartoons from the isolation of an idea to the point of completion for publication. Students will receive ongoing one-on-one critiques. Each major project assignment will culminate in a group critique, which will also serve as the "publication deadline" for each project. 3 sh.

ARIL321: Intro to 3-D Computer Illustration and Animation Arts

An exploration of 3-D computer-generated imagery and animation combining traditional illustrative techniques and digital technology. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARIL 230.

ARIL421: Advanced 3-D Computer Illustration and Animation Arts

A 2nd level computer illustration and animation course introducing industry standard software: Maya. A mix of traditional animation principles from storyboarding to character development as well as inverse kinematics and keyframing will be taught. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARIL 321.

ARPF261: Introduction to the Fine and Performing Arts

Examination through study and experience of esthetic and practical considerations in theater, music, dance and visual arts. Problems of form, style, media and meaning. Team taught. 3 sh.

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. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 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. 3 sh.

ARPH210: Photography Beginning II: Contemporary Art Form

The essentials of the photographic process including developing, enlarging, portfolio creation, exhibiting, trips, videos, discussion, lecture, critiques, and demonstrations. A continuation of ARPH 200, Photography Beginning Level I: A Contemporary Art Form. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARPH 200.

ARPH211: Digital Photo and Imaging II

The objective of this course is to expand on the knowledge base learned from Digital Photo and Imaging I. The students will acquire a higher level of competency in operating a digital camera, utilizing digital photographic tools and operating output devices for printing. Students will be introduced to page layout software to produce multiple photographic sequences. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARPH 201.

ARPH300: Photography Intermediate: Contemporary Art Form

Continuation of ARPH 210. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARPH 210.

ARPH400: Photography Advanced: Contemporary Art Form

Workshop, discussion, lecture, demonstrations, criticism; photography as an intensive learning experience; light sensitive materials, controls, photographic approach, selection, system and view camera. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARPH 300.

ARPH463: Commercial Photography

Workshop and problem-solving of commercial applications in photography: view camera to 35mm, color and black and white materials, studio lighting, photo illustration, photo essay, marketing. Field trips, visiting professionals. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: ARPH 400.

ARSC200: Sculpture, Beginning I

Sculptural concepts using materials like plaster, metal, plastics, stone and wood. Gallery and museum visits. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

ARSC210: Sculpture, Beginning II

The course will focus on the figure (working from life) with auxiliary experiences in mold-making and casting. The materials will be clay (plasticine), plaster and armatures. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

ARSC300: Sculpture, Intermediate

Continuation of ARSC 200 and ARSC 210. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARSC 200 and ARSC 210.

ARST400: Major Studio Project I (B.F.A.). Starting Spring 2011: Major Studio Project I

With faculty advisement, each senior student will design and develop a studio project in a chosen area of specialization. The body of the work will be completed in Major Studio Project II. Starting Spring 2011: This course is a 6-credit course designed to help BFA in Studio students create a body of work for their BFA in Studio Thesis Exhibition. 6 sh.

Prerequisites: FASF and FLMK B.F.A.majors only and departmental approval. Starting Spring 2011: ARFD 122, ARFD 123, ARFD 125, ARDW 200, ARHS 105, ARHS 106, ARHS 451, ARGS 280.

ARST410: Major Studio Project II (B.F.A.). Starting Spring 2011: Marjor Studio Project II

With faculty advisement, each senior student will complete and present a body of work in an area of extended specialization, the same area of specialization already established and explored in Major Studio I. Starting Spring 2011: This course is a 7-credit course designed to help BFA in Studio students create, refine and bring to completion a body of work for their BFA in Studio Thesis Exhibition. 7 sh.

Prerequisites: ARST 400.

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. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. 3 sh.

ENFL250: Major Film Directors

Focusing on the life and work of influential filmmakers, the course addresses such issues as auteur criticism, the nature of successful collaborations (scriptwriting teams, director/cinematographer) and performance theory. 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 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 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. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and ARFM 200.

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. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

THTR105: Acting I

Basic introduction to acting for the non-major; involving exploration of one's self and experiencing inwardly; deepening the personal involvement and significance of actions; improvisation and exercises for perception, self-awareness and justification. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.