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 and refine your technical production skills and develop 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.