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 Arts or 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.
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 must be completed to earn a bachelor's degree in Film and Moving Image. In addition to the foundational required courses, each student must select a specialized track to complete further study. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum.
Major Requirements (all students)
- EDCP100-FV-1 1st Year Seminar
- FMI101 - Cinema I: Visual Storytelling
- FMI102 - Cinema II: Fundamentals of Continuity
- FMI103 - Introduction to 16mm Film Production
- FMI201 - Cinematography I: Black & White
- FMI204 - Broadcast Production
- FMI211 - Basic Screenwriting
- FMI221 - Art & Craft of Editing I
- FMI231 - Film and Moving Image History
- FMI301 - Documentary/Promo Production
- FMI302 - Narrative Production
- FMI304 - Directing the Actor
- FMI331 - Major Directors/Movements
- FMI351 - Internship
- FMI401 - Senior Project Pre-Production
- FMI402 - Senior Project Production
- IS125 - Introduction to Computer Graphics
- ART106 - Art History Survey
- PHOTO141 - Basic Digital Photography
Students must also complete the courses for one of the tracks listed below.
- FMI201 - Cinematography II: Color
- FMI303 - Lighting for the Camera
- FMI305 - Production Design
- FMI306 - Experimental Cinema
- FMI334 - Film Aesthetics
- FMI222 - Art & Craft of Editing II
- FMI241 - Sound & Sound Design
- MOGR330 - Type in Motion
- MOGR331 - Intermediate Motion Graphics
- VCD230 - Typography I
- FMI353 - Budgeting & Scheduling Films
- FMI355 - The Business of Filmmaking
- FMI352 - Grant Writing
- FMI354 - Production Management
- FMI451 - Film Distribution and Intellectual Property
- FMI311 - Advanced Screenwriting
- FMI313 - Script Analysis
- FMI334 - Film Aesthetics
- FMI352 - Grant Writing
- FMI411 - Feature Film Writing
Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree under this program. Bachelor of Arts degree students must complete at least two courses in a foreign language at the intermediate level or above.
Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
The following tracks are available with their specialized learning objectives.
- Capture moving images on both film and video, using current and emerging camera technologies.
- Compose and light moving images that reflect a highly developed personal aesthetic style.
- Supervise the grip and electric members of film and video crews.
- Develop shot lists, and film/video crew and equipment plans with a director and producer as part of a team.
- Import and manage film and video footage, and create special effects and titles using current and emerging editing applications.
- Edit moving image projects with an aesthetic style appropriate to the production.
- Deliver a finished product through a variety of current and emerging post-production processes.
- Work with a director and/or clients and complete a project as a part of a team.
- Create organized industry-standard production plans for film and moving image projects.
- Write grant proposals and industry-standard budgets for film and moving image productions.
- Develop effective marketing strategies for film and moving image projects, using current and emerging understandings of the industry's legal and financial structures.
- Work with a director, as part of a team, to create an efficiently run film and moving image production.
- Analyze and write complex film and television scripts, both short and feature-length, according to industry-standard formats.
- Write grant proposals for film and moving image productions.
- Write about films and film criticism with a highly developed personal aesthetic style.
- Work with a director and/or producer and complete a project as part of a team.
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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.