The Film BFA Program: Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all film majors must complete the following requirements (102–104 credits, outlined below by year) and maintain the board-of-study standards for academic and professional conduct. Requirements for the major include:

  1. A minimum of 24 credits in film history, criticism, and/or theory: CIN 1500 and 1510, plus four additional courses
  2. Satisfactory completion, as determined by the Film Board of Study, of the 16-credit senior thesis film

Note: Criteria for advancement also include the student’s fitness and potential for a professional life in the field, as determined by the board of study. Advancement each year is by invitation of the board of study following a scheduled, mandatory review of each student’s work. Any student on warning or probationary status is reviewed at the end of the semester (fall or spring). There is an ongoing assessment of professional growth in all work for all students.

Freshman Year: 33 credits
TAC 1050 and 1060/Acting Workshop for Film
   and Design/Technology*
4 credits
TFI 1090 and 1100/Exercises in Storytelling* 6 credits
TFI 1160 and 1170/Film Workshop* 10 credits
CIN 1500 and 1510/Introduction to Cinema Studies I and II 8 credits
TFI 2010/Film Editing I 3 credits
TFI 2090/Cinematography I 2 credits
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)
Note: CIN 1500 and 1510 are prerequisites for all other film history courses.
Sophomore Year: 27 credits
TFI 2000 and 2050/Introduction to Documentary:
   Nonfiction Film*
10 credits
TFI 2020/Film Editing II 3 credits
TFI 2100/Cinematography II 2 credits
TFI 2310 and 2320/Directors’ Scene Workshop* 6 credits
TFI 2810/Writing for Film I 2 credits
CIN —/Film history elective 4 credits
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)
Junior Year: 20–22 credits
One of the following two-semester courses: 6–8 credits
   TFI 3200 and 3210/Film Directors’
      Workshop* (8 credits) or
   TFI 3460 and 3470/Documentary
      Workshop I and II (8 credits) or
   TFI 3610 and 3620/Experimental
      Workshop* (6 credits)
TFI 3090/Cinematography III 2 credits
TFI 3320/Screenwriting I 2 credits
TFI 3810/Writing for Film II 2 credits
CIN —/Two electives in film history, criticism, and/or theory 8 credits
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)
Senior Year: 22 credits
TFI 3725/The Business of Film 2 credits
TFI 4180 and 4190/Senior Production: Filmmaking* 16 credits
CIN —/One elective in film history, criticism, and/or theory 4 credits
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)

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