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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Film BA, Production Specialization

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The production specialization is designed to build specific skills in media production from a strong foundation of general knowledge in film. Students can choose from a 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.

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, and multi-camera studio production, as the curriculum allows and their interests dictate.

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 and capstone project.

Students must maintain a 2.4 GPA or higher with a minimum grade of C- in all courses counted toward fulfilling the film major or minor requirements.

Film Core Requirements

Program Information
The Film Program is an innovative, interdisciplinary, undergraduate program leading to a BA in film. Students complete a sequence of core courses and choose a specialization in cinema studies, production or screenwriting. Minors are available in cinema studies and screenwriting.

Majors, Specializations and Minors
The Film Program provides students the opportunity to pursue a course of study in either the critical study of film, the production and technical aspects of the moving image or writing for the screen. The Film Program employs a scholarly, creative, and professional approach to the study of film and seeks to help each student discover his or her talent as an independent critic, artist, and communicator. The program provides an education in the history and theory of film and basic learning experiences in production and screenwriting within the context of a liberal arts education.

The Film Program requires a sequence of core courses. After completing the core, students will be required to choose one of three specializations focusing on either cinema studies (which examines the history, theory, criticism and aesthetics of film), production (which exposes students to the fundamentals of production processes in film), or screenwriting (which allows students to develop mastery in a variety of narrative screenplay and teleplay writing disciplines). Minors are also offered in cinema studies and screenwriting.

Admission Requirements
A film specialization or minor can be selected by students using the normal major or minor declaration process and with assistance from a faculty advisor. Any student who has a minimum CWU grade point average of 2.4 or higher may be admitted to this program. Admission is dependent upon the number of slots available.

Graduation Requirements
Students must maintain a 2.4 CWU GPA or higher with a minimum grade of C- in all courses counted toward fulfilling the film major or minor requirements.

Bachelor of Arts
(NOTE: Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single world language.)

Required Courses Credits: 30

Select one of the following for 4 credits:

Department-Approved Electives Credits: 7

Course credits taken above not used to satisfy a requirement may be used as elective credits. Students may repeat the following variable topic courses with different topics: ENG/FILM 461, ENG/FILM 462, ENG/FILM 463, and FILM 215.

Total Credits: 75

College and Department Information

Film Program  
College of Arts and Humanities  

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