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Students who pursue the BA in film with a concentration in filmmaking practices receive grounding in fundamental production skills; entertainment and media ethics; feature, short, and episodic screenwriting; and general film and media industry history and practices.
Students have the option of two tracks of study in the upper division: screenwriting or preprofessional. Students who choose the track in screenwriting are required to take multiple writing courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. Students in the preprofessional track chose among a series of course options in each of these areas: writing, producing, and film and media technology.
Production experience is regularly available through select lower-division courses that provide creative coursework options, the upper-division course FMP 300 and credited opportunities to work on projects produced by students, faculty, and the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. All students complete a year-long senior project, initiated and developed by the students and supported with dedicated faculty mentorship, and are supported in their professional goals through the innovative Film Spark program in Santa Monica, Calif.
Film (Filmmaking Practices) (BA)
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The filmmaking practices concentration provides preprofessional students with the knowledge and experience to prepare them for entry-level positions in media and entertainment production; producing; public relations, marketing and management; or to enter advanced graduate-level education. Screenwriting allows students to develop a diverse and unique writing portfolio and an understanding of the creative and professional skills required to establish and maintain a successful career as a writer.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Multimedia Artists and Animators||8.4%||$70,530|
|Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary||12%||$66,930|
|Audio and Video Equipment Technicians||12.9%||$42,190|
|Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture||7%||$53,550|
|Media and Communication Workers, All Other||9.9%||$47,900|
|Public Relations Specialists||8.8%||$59,300|
|Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio||12.2%||$71,620|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).