First established in 1941 as Masters Institute of Film Techniques, the BFA Film & Video Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts provides a broad range of fundamental production skills in the areas of fiction and documentary media production. Courses in screenwriting, directing, production, and editing prepare students to create projects in both 16mm film and digital video. Students also take critical studies courses in the history, theory, and aesthetics of cinema to inform and contextualize their production skills.
Grade Point Average
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA for courses within the major to remain matriculated in the program. Transcripts are reviewed at the end of every semester by the BFA advisors to determine your GPA and status in the program. Two consecutive semesters below a 3.0 GPA for BFA coursework will prevent a student from continuing in the program.
Thesis ProjectsA thesis project is required of all students graduating with a BFA degree. Students have the option of choosing one of the following three for a thesis project:
10 minute film or video production
30 page fiction screenplay
25-50 page research paper in an area of critical studies.