Film (Filmmaking Practices) (BA)

Students in the filmmaking practices concentration receive grounding in fundamental production skills; entertainment and media ethics; feature, short, and episodic screenwriting; and general film industry history and practices.

Students will have the option of two tracks of study in the upper division: screenwriting or preprofessional. Students who choose the track in screenwriting will be required to take multiple writing courses at the intermediate and advanced levels; students in the preprofessional track will chose among a series of course options in each of the areas of writing; producing; and film and media technology. Production experience is regularly available through select lower-division courses that provide creative course work options; the upper-division course FMP 300 Focus on Film (3); and credited opportunities to work on projects produced by students, faculty, and the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. All students will complete a year-long senior project, initiated and developed by the students and supported with dedicated faculty mentorship.

Bachelor's degree students in film begin their studies in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in the filmmaking practices concentration. All students complete the same 15-hour core requirements in their first two years of study.

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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, and film management or to enter advanced graduate-level education. Screenwriting will allow 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.

Example Careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians11.9%$41,780
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture2%$48,080
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio9.1%$69,100
Multimedia Artists and Animators6%$63,630
Talent Directors9.1%$69,100
Technical Directors/Managers9.1%$69,100

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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