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Photography and Film, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) with a concentration in filmmaking

Special requirements

While in the program, students must earn a minimum grade of C in each departmental course. Students who fail to meet this requirement may be asked to change their major.

The Department of Photography and Film offers a variety of basic, intermediate and advanced photography and filmmaking classes leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Film.

The program provides students with the ability to intelligently express, investigate or document using photography and/or film and to interpret meaning in still and moving images. Emphasis is placed on photography and film as contemporary fine arts. The department promotes a fundamental and effective philosophy that students maintain creative freedom, have access to resources and are enrolled in courses in which they can refine their voices and skills through traditional and contemporary media, tools and professional working methods.

Degree requirements for Photography and Film, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) with a concentration in filmmaking

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Clearly recall a functional knowledge of the history and theory of photography
  • Assess contemporary issues within the context of photography and related media
  • Effectively communicate, visually, orally and in writing, a range of ideas and emotions for a broad range of purposes and audiences
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic to advanced photographic tools and techniques
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of current business practices of professional photographic artists
  • Meet all of the objectives associated with the Photography, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional School of the Arts requirement (9 credits)  
ENGL 215 Textual Analysis 3
General education electives 6
Collateral requirements (36 credits)  
Art Foundation Program  
ARTF 131 Drawing Studio 3
ARTF 132 Surface Research 3
ARTF 133 Space Research 3
ARTF 134 Time Studio 3
ARTF 139 Project 2
Art history  
ARTH 103, 104 Survey of Western Art 6
ARTH 270, 271 History of the Motion Picture 6
ARTH 374 Studies in Film or 370 History of Animated Film 3
Studio art electives 7
Major requirements (45 credits)  
PHTO 260 Experiments in Sequencing 3
PHTO 275 Film as Material 3
PHTO 280 Moving Pixels 3
PHTO 281 Digital Imaging I 3
PHTO 295 Revolutionary Cinema 3
PHTO 350 Concepts I 3
PHTO 361 Sound and Color 3
PHTO 377 The Film Image 3
PHTO 390 Writing for the Screen 3
PHTO 394 Documentary I 3
PHTO 436 Senior Suitcase 3
PHTO 475 Advanced Production Workshop 3
PHTO 484 and 485 Thesis Film I and II 6
PHTO 494 Documentary II 3
Open electives (9 credits) 9
Total minimum requirement 120

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