Filmmaking Major Curriculum

Champlain's Filmmaking BFA offers students an intensive experience in film production coupled with a strong foundational understanding of media industries, aesthetics, and criticism. The program helps students develop their personal voice in the production of narrative, experimental, and documentary film as well as corporate and other marketing work.

With our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll get a head start on your filmmaking craft. You'll have more time to hone your artistic abilities and more opportunities for meaningful internships.

Filmmaking Curriculum 2020-2021


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to Filmmaking
(FLM 110)

Media & Society
(COM 120)

Math elective
(MTH XXX)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Film Studies: Screenings
(FLM 100)

Audio Production for Film
(FLM 125)

Screenwriting I
(FLM 128)

Cinematography & Lighting
(FLM 225)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

First Semester

Film Studies: Screenings
(FLM 100)

Film History I
(FLM 210)

Audio & Video Editing
(FLM 230)

Directing & Acting for the Screen
(FLM 285)

Aesthetic Expressions
(COR 220)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Second Semester

Film Studies: Screenings
(FLM 100)

Film History II
(FLM 211)

Filmmaking I
(FLM 215)

Documentary Filmmaking 
(FLM 260)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

FLM 300-level course or FLM elective

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Natural science w/ lab

General elective

Second Semester

Production Management
(FLM 310) or
The Business of Film
(FLM 320)

Filmmaking II
(FLM 315)

Video Compositing & Special Effects
(FLM 330)

Integrative Film Practices
(CCC 310)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)


Fourth Year

First Semester

Topics in Cinema
(FLM 301)

Filmmaking III
(FLM 415)

FLM elective course

FLM production elective course*

Second Semester

Filmmaking Capstone
(CCC 410FLM)

Communication & Creative Media Internship
(CCM 493) or
CCM elective

General elective course

Upper-level media theory course or
Topics in Cinema (FLM 301) or
Media/cinema studies elective**

*FLM production electives include: FLM 325 Advanced Cinematography; FLM 328 Screenwriting II; FLM 383 Experimental Moving Image; FLM 250 Introduction to Stop Motion Animation; SON 120 Fundamentals of Digital Music; SON 282 Synthesis & Sound Design; SON 340 Film Scoring; BRD 330 Advanced Audio Production & Sound Design; FLM 389 Urban Indie Filmmaking; FLM 428 Screenwriting III; BRD 130 Audio Production

**Media/cinema elective courses include: FLM 311 Film Theory; ENG 360 Adaptations: Narrative to Film; FLM 301 Topics in Cinema; MCM 315 Contemporary Media Issues; MCM 365 Legal Issues in Communication; COM 402 Gender, Sexual Identity, & Communication; COM 406 Race, Culture, & Communication; FLM 281 Canadian Culture Through Films