BFA in Film & Video Program
APPLICATION DEADLINE for FALL 2023 Admission:
Regular: April 24th
Extended May 1st
About the Program
First established in 1941 as the Masters Institute of Film Techniques, the mission of the BFA in Film & Video is to teach the art and craft of filmmaking, to explore the history and theory of film and video, and to provide intensive hands-on experience in fiction and documentary media production. Embedded in a humanities education, the program nurtures students to discover their unique voice and provides them with the knowledge and diverse skills to enter an ever-changing media world.
Courses in screenwriting, directing, producing, camera, sound, and editing prepare students to produce their thesis films in the second year. Students also take critical studies courses in the history, theory, and aesthetics of cinema to inform and contextualize their production skills.
The more things change, the more things stay the same. Working with technology is an important and integral part of the learning experience. As a program, however, we also understand that regardless of what camera you shoot on or what editing software you use, good storytelling is still the goal.
Undergraduate students in the BFA in Film & Video program use a range of prosumer flash card HD video cameras such as the Blackmagic Design, Panasonics AC160, HMC150 and AG-UX9, as well as the Sony A7III and GH4. The program provides a variety of location lighting, grip, and sound recording equipment for classroom assignments and student projects. Editing facilities include two non-linear digital editing labs using Premiere editing software and Macintosh computer systems. In addition, the department has two large lecture classrooms that can project film or video, two production studios with lighting and grip equipment, a "black box" theatre space that can also project film or video, and a resource center / conference room.