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.
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 objectives for the Film and Moving Image program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
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.
FYS 100 First Year Seminar FMI 101 Cinema I: Storytelling FMI 102 Cinema II: Continuity FMI 201 Cinematography I: Black & White FMI 202 Cinematography II: Color FMI 204 Broadcast Production FMI 211 Basic Screenwriting FMI 221 Art & Craft of Editing I FMI 222 Art & Craft of Editing II 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 334 Film Aesthetics FMI 390 Internship FMI 401 Senior Project: Pre-Production FMI 402 Senior Project: Production FMI 441 Sound Design VCD 125 Fundamentals of Digital Media
Students must also complete the courses for one of the tracks listed below.
Cinematography/Editing Track (15 credits)
FMI 303 Lighting for the Camera FMI 306 Experimental Cinema MOGR 330 Typography in Motion MOGR 331 Intermediate Motion Graphics VCD 230 Typography I
Producing/Writing Track (15 credits)
FMI 311 Advanced Screenwriting FMI 313 Script Analysis FMI 352 Grant Writing FMI 355 The Business of Filmmaking FMI 451 Film Distribution and Intellectual Property
Last Updated: 06/08/2017
Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
The Cinematography/Editing Track provides additional focused study in the art, craft, technologies and changing practices of moving-image capturing and editing. Students learn the skills necessary to enter into careers as professional cinematographers and/or editors.
Upon completion of the Film & Moving Image Cinematography/Editing Track, graduates will be able to:
- Operate professional cameras with proficiency.
- Demonstrate the ability to capture moving images in studio and field environments using both ambient and artificial light.
- Produce professional-quality moving-image content using current editing and motion-graphics software.
- Employ industry-standard moving-image terminology when presenting, discussing and critiquing their work. Work independently and/or as part of a crew to achieve clearly articulated artistic outcomes.
- Produce industry-standard deliverables using current and emerging production and post-production processes
The Producing/Writing Track provides additional focused study in the art, craft, technologies and changing practices of moving-image production and writing. Students learn the skills necessary to enter into careers as professional producers and/or writers.
Upon completion of the Film & Moving Image Producing/Writing Track, graduates will be able to:
- Write film and television scripts according to industry-standard formats.
- Analyze and organize the story and financial needs of scripts using professional terminology.
- Evaluate and critique moving-image storytelling, in a variety of genres, considering professional requirements
- Work independently and/or as part of a crew to create efficiently-run productions, achieving clearly articulated artistic and distribution outcomes.
- Develop effective fundraising and marketing strategies for film and moving-image projects, applying appropriate legal and financial frameworks.
The minor in film and moving image requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a FMI prefix. 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. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.
Last Updated: 06/07/2017
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Launch, run, and build your own creative business. Students majoring in Film and Moving Image can prepare to launch their own innovative enterprise with a professional minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development.
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Visual Arts & Design Portfolios
Students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Visual Communication design are allowed to submit a portfolio of work to enhance their application and to be considered for talent-based scholarships.