The production specialization is designed to build specific skills in media production from a strong foundation of general knowledge in film and television. Students can choose from a wide range of courses that offer both introductory as well as more advanced study in all aspects of mediated storytelling, from writing and producing to directing, cinematography, and editing. The production specialization emphasizes exploration of the student’s personal creative voice through hands-on productions. This process allows students to develop skills in all areas of the craft, exploring both the creative and technical aspects of film/video production.
All students in the production specialization begin by making short programs, then progress to more complex productions while learning the collaborative nature of film/video production through crew experiences. Students are encouraged to experiment with traditional narrative structures, documentary, multi-camera television production, and/or new media as the curriculum allows and their interests dictate. Student projects can range from traditional films to the most intensely personal experimental works.
To complete the learning experience and help students prepare for the job market, all students pursuing the production specialization are strongly encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities and are required to compile a portfolio. FVS 489 - Senior Colloquium and FVS 490 - Cooperative Education are designed to facilitate these goals. Those students wishing to continue on to graduate film school may also want to complete an independent film or video production project. FVS 492 - Practicum is designed to fill this role.
Students must maintain a 2.4 GPA or higher with a minimum grade of C- in all courses counted toward fulfilling the film and video studies major or minor requirements.