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Sample Courses in the Film + Video Major

First Year
Image/Time
Color
Object/Environment
Video Production

Second Year
Screenwriting
The Art of Editing
Cinematography
History of Narrative Cinema
Collaborative Studio

Third Year
Junior Production Workshop
Documentary Workshop
Experimental Video
Sound Design
Narrative Video
Writing the Short Film

Fourth Year
Senior Film Thesis I/II
Internship
Time: A Seminar

About the Curriculum

You’ll learn about every aspect of the business from active professional filmmakers, including an Oscar nominee and recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim and Sundance fellowships. You’ll use the same high-tech equipment the pros use, including Black Magic cameras, a variety of digital editing systems in our state-of-the-art digital imaging and editing labs, and a purpose built, acoustically isolated film-shooting studio. In addition to creating your own films, you’ll do an internship, maybe on a film or TV show being shot in Philly – like “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Creed” – or in New York, Los Angeles, or abroad. A class assignment might take on a city-wide film competition and the UArts entries will sweep the awards, as they did with a contest sponsored by the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Or you might find yourself collaborating via the Internet with film students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Glasgow. You’ll have study abroad options in England, Australia, Ireland, Finland, South Korea, Scotland, New Zealand, and Italy. And in addition to exploring Philadelphia’s vibrant film and art scene, you’re only two hours from New York’s galleries and museums showcasing contemporary film and video.

Graduates of the Film + Video program will:

  • Express a developed personal, artistic vision
  • Demonstrate technical and aesthetic proficiency in creating films
  • Acquire professional film skills in a collaborative environment
  • Develop an understanding of professional practices in the field of film
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze various historical and cultural contexts in film

To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film + Video, students will complete a total of 126 credits as follows:

  • 39 credits in the Film + Video Major
  • 18 credits in College of Art, Media & Design Core Studies
  • 6 credits in School of Film Core
  • 4.5 credits in Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio
  • 12 credits in Art and Film History
  • 30 credits in the Liberal Arts
  • 16.5 credits in Free Electives