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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.

Beginning courses cover fundamentals and techniques, and develop the visual senses. Advanced courses expand on students' knowledge and help them to assemble a well-developed portfolio. Emphasis is placed on photography and filmmaking as fine arts. All students in the program work in narrative, documentary and experimental genres, and learn both film-based and digital technology.

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:

  • Students will be able to communicate ideas and emotions.
  • Students will possess broad-based photo/film experience.
  • Students will have participated in specialized technical classes.
  • Students will exhibit familiarity with the history of the medium.
  • Students will communicate an appreciation for diversity.
  • Students will 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 (33 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 History of the Motion Picture, ARTH 271 History of the Motion Picture 6
ARTH 374 Studies in Film 3
Studio art elective 3
   
Major requirements (51 credits)  
PHTO 420 Senior Portfolio 3
200-level photography and film (PHTO) 5
300- and 400-level photography and film (PHTO) 43
   
Open electives (3 credits) 3
   
Total minimum requirement 120

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