Filmmaking (BFA) Curriculum

With our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll get a head start on your filmmaking craft by starting Filmmaking classes in your first semester. By the time you finish your first year, you will have taken upward of five courses related to your major!

Filmmaking Curriculum 2014-2015


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
(DFM 110)

Visual & Digital Fundamentals
(GDD 111)

College Algebra
(MTH 120) OR

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric Iof Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Screenwriting I
(DFM 228)

Audio Production
(MCM 130)

Fundamentals of Acting
(THE 140)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Film Studies: Screenings
(DFM 100a)

Film History
(DFM 210)

Cinematography & Lighting
(DFM 225)

Choose 200-level COR
(COR XXX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Second Semester

Film Studies: Screenings
(DFM 100b)

Film Theory
(DFM 220)

Audio & Visual Digital Editing
(DFM 230)

Choose 200-level COR
(COR XXX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

DFM Elective


Third Year

First Semester

Film Studies: Screenings
(DFM 100c)

Digital Filmmaking I
(DFM 310)

Video Compositing & Special Effects
(DFM 330)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

DFM Elective

Second Semester

Digital Filmmaking II
(DFM 315)

Digital Music
(DFM 120) OR
Advanced Audio Production & Sound Design
(MCM 330)

Local Contexts, Global Connections
(COR 330)

Local Contexts, Global Connections
(COR 330)

General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Business of Film
(DFM 320)

Independent Film Project
(DFM 410)

DFM Internship
(DFM 490) OR
DFM Elective

Natural Science Elective with Lab
(SCI XXX)

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Senior Portfolio
(DFM 420)

DFM Internship
(DFM 490) OR
CCM Elective

Contemporary Media Issues
(MCM 315) OR
Legal Issues in Communication
(MCM 360)

General Elective