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Film and Moving Image

Acquire a foundational understanding and career-oriented skill set to succeed in the 21st-century film industry.

Students majoring in Film and Moving Image learn the keys to creative storytelling and digital cinema while digging deeper into a concentrated, specialized track in preparation for a career in the field. Focused tracks include cinematography, editing, producing, and writing.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    In the Film and Moving Image major, you'll acquire a thorough grounding in the liberal arts and an understanding of the techniques used to create film/video productions. By the end of your second year in the program, you'll select a track and begin taking courses in your specialized field, culminating in a senior project that integrates your aesthetic vision with your technical training. You'll also gain internship experience that allows you to work with professionals in the field.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Create films and other moving image projects, using current crafts and emerging technologies that are grounded in a strong sense of personal style.
    • Write film and moving image proposals and screenplays.
    • Think and write critically about film and moving image history, aesthetics, global perspectives, and production techniques.
    • Navigate the business of film and moving image production and distribution.

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Film and Moving Image program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Film and Moving Image?

    Through extensive, hands-on experiences, you'll develop your technical production skills and refine your analytical and critical skills by studying works of professional and artistic merit. Beyond this core, you'll select one of four tracks: cinematography, editing, producing, or writing, culminating in a capstone experience that prepares you for a career path in a field you love.

    • Show your work to an audience during the Senior Showcase and Senior Film Festival.
    • Benefit from faculty who are active in their fields, giving you excellent professional connections.
    • Gain hands-on learning experiences beginning your freshman year.
    • Participate in an internship and learn from professionals in the industry.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Film and Moving Image. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    • EDCP 100 First Year Seminar
    • ART 106 Art History Survey
    • FMI 101 Cinema I: Visual Storytelling
    • FMI 102 Cinema II: Fundamentals of Continuity
    • FMI 103 Introduction to 16mm Film Production
    • FMI 201 Cinematography I: Black & White
    • FMI 204 Broadcast Production
    • FMI 211 Basic Screenwriting
    • FMI 221 Art & Craft of Editing I
    • FMI 231 Film and Moving Image History
    • FMI 301 Documentary/Promo Production
    • FMI 302 Narrative Production
    • FMI 304 Directing the Actor
    • FMI 331 Major Directors/Movements
    • FMI 351 Internship
    • FMI 401 Senior Project Pre-Production
    • FMI 402 Senior Project Production
    • PHOTO 141 Basic Digital Photography
    • VCD 125 Fundamentals of Digital Media

    Students must also complete the courses for one of the tracks listed below.

    Cinematography Track

    • FMI202 Cinematography II: Color
    • FMI303 Lighting for the Camera
    • FMI305 Production Design
    • FMI306 Experimental Cinema
    • FMI334 Film Aesthetics

    Editing Track

    • FMI222 Art & Craft of Editing II
    • FMI241 Sound & Sound Design
    • MOGR330 Type in Motion
    • MOGR331 Intermediate Motion Graphics
    • VCD230 Typography I

    Producing Track

    • FMI352 Grant Writing
    • FMI353 Budgeting & Scheduling Films
    • FMI354 Production Management
    • FMI355 The Business of Filmmaking
    • FMI451 Film Distribution and Intellectual Property

    Writing Track

    • FMI311 Advanced Screenwriting
    • FMI313 Script Analysis
    • FMI334 Film Aesthetics
    • FMI352 Grant Writing
    • FMI411 Feature Film Writing

    Last Updated: 03/19/2015

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    Cinematography Track

    Students in the Cinematography Track pursue an additional course of study in the art, craft, techniques, changing technologies and history of film and digital cinema image capturing, and how to become a professional Director of Photography (the industry term for cinematographer) and/or work in other camera-related positions.

    Editing Track

    Students in the Editing Track pursue an additional course of study in the art, craft, techniques, changing technologies and history of editing, as well as how to become a professional editor and/or work in other editing-related positions. In addition, students in this track learn the basics of motion graphics creation and design.

    Producing Track

    Students in the Producing Track pursue an additional course of study in techniques, changing technologies and history of moving image production, the business side of filmmaking, and how to become a professional producer and/or work in other producing-related positions.

    Writing Track

    Students in the Writing Track pursue an additional course of study in the art, craft and history of scriptwriting, both for television and for film, as well as grant/proposal writing and other commercial and media writing opportunities in the field.


    A minor in Film and Moving Image is available. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

    Last Updated: 03/19/2015

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Film and Moving Image program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Producer
• Director
• Cinematography
• Sound mixer/designer
• Editor

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

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