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 outcomes 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.
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.
FMI 202 Cinematography II: Color FMI 303 Lighting for the Camera FMI 305 Production Design FMI 306 Experimental Cinema FMI 334 Film Aesthetics
FMI 222 Art & Craft of Editing II FMI 441 Sound Design MOGR 330 Type in Motion MOGR 331 Intermediate Motion Graphics VCD 230 Typography I
FMI 352 Grant Writing FMI 353 Budgeting & Scheduling Films FMI 354 Production Management FMI 355 The Business of Filmmaking FMI 451 Film Distribution and Intellectual Property
FMI 311 Advanced Screenwriting FMI 313 Script Analysis FMI 334 Film Aesthetics FMI 352 Grant Writing FMI 411 Feature Film Writing
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Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
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.
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.
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.
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: 03/01/2016
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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:
• Sound mixer/designer
Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.
Visual Arts & Design Portfolios
Students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Visual Communication design are encouraged to submit a portfolio of work to enhance their application and to be considered for talent-based scholarships.