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The Film BFA Program: Student Learning Outcomes



  • Students will complete an extensive body of amateur work as writer/directors.
  • In addition to training as writer/directors, students will become proficient in other production and postproduction skills (editing, camera, sound).
  • Students will be able to apply theoretical, critical and historical concepts when making style choices in their own projects, and in referencing or analyzing the medium of cinema.
  • Students will be able to research, gather, and synthesize information.
  • Students will be able to develop and present their own arguments.
  • Students will learn the rudiments of narrative filmmaking in the short form and be able to apply these skills to long-form work.
  • Students will learn the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking, and become versatile in the range of its forms (direct cinema, cinéma vérité; re-enactment; the documentary essay; the place film; diary forms; and the documentary of systems and abstract processes: finance, globalization, and the environment). Young people have a healthy sense of outrage; they are inspired by the greater good. Documentary trains them to vision the possible, to make films that matter.
  • Students will be able to start careers in the entertainment industry, in broadcasting, journalism, art, advertising and arts management.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to depart from traditional or comfortable ways of thinking, to explore, to wander, to get lost, to journey down unfamiliar channels and emerge with renewed perceptions in order to innovate, add to cinematic practice.

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