Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Motion Pictures & Television

General

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Program Description

The BFA degree offers a solid grounding in the creative process and business skills of entertainment, as well as an in-depth specialization in one of the key areas of filmmaking (directing, producing, cinematography, editing, production design, and screenwriting).

Course Description

Semester 1

  • MPT 105: Cinematic Storytelling
    Core / 3 Units
  • MPT 106: Edit 1: The Art of Editing
    Core / 3 Units
  • MPT 166: The Power of Story
    Core / 3 Units
  • MPT 205: Introduction to Producing
    Core / 3 Units

Semester 2

  • LA 104: Respect for Acting
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 108: Composition for the Artist
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 120: Art History Through the 15th Century
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • MPT 159: Cinematography 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • MPT 225: Sound Design for Film 1: Basic Concepts
    Core / 3 Units
  • MPT 285: Production Design Foundations
    Core / 3 Units
  • MPT 330: Directing Actors for Film & TV
    Core / 3 Units

Semester 3

  • LA 291: Designing Careers
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • MPT 140: Lighting 1: The Art of Seeing Light
    Core / 3 Units
  • MPT 234: Scene Production Laboratory
    Core / 3 Units
  • MPT 378: Directing 2
    Core / 3 Units
  • WRI 188: Characters & Backstory
    Major / 3 Units

Semester 4

  • LA 121: Art History Through the 19th Century
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • MPT 204: Power of Social Media
    Major / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • MPT 259: Cinematography 2
    Major / 3 Units
  • MPT 271: Lighting 2: Film + Digital
    Major / 3 Units
  • MPT 315: Experimental Filmmaking 1
    Major / 3 Units

Semester 5

  • LA 110: Writing the Short Story
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 281: Film History 1: Pre-1940
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • MPT 236: Edit 2: Avid Fundamentals
    Major / 3 Units
  • MPT 351: Lighting 3: Film
    Major / 3 Units
  • MPT 359: Cinematography 3
    Major / 3 Units

Semester 6

  • LA 124: Physics for Artists: Light, Sound, and Motion
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 171: Western Civilization
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 282: Film History 2: 1940-1974
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • MPT 135: Virtual Reality/360 Production: The New Frontier
    Major / 3 Units
  • MPT 235: Virtual Reality/360 Production & Post-Production
    Elective / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • MPT 415: Experimental Filmmaking 2
    Major / 3 Units
  • MPT 459: Cinematography 4
    Major / 3 Units

Semester 7

  • LA 127: Topics in World Art
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 382: Film History 3: Contemporary Cinema
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • MPT 471: Senior Narrative A
    Major / 3 Units
  • MPT 498BD: The Business of Drone: Designing a Career Around Drones
    Major / 3 Units

Semester 8

  • LA 388: Survey of Asian Cinema
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 462: Power of Myth and Symbol
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • MPT 472: Senior Narrative B
    Major / 3 Units
  • MPT 495: Filmmaker Portfolio: Breaking Into the Entertainment Industry
    Core / 3 Units
  • MPT 500: Internship in Motion Pictures & Television
    Elective / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • N/A: Any Course
    Elective / 3 Units

Unit Requirements

Degree Requirements

BFA Motion Pictures & Television Degree Requirements

  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or 108 Composition for the Artist
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
  • 1 Written Communication: Composition
  • 1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking
  • 1 Written Communication: Context & Style
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness: Western Art
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness: Surveys
  • 1 Historical Awareness
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy
  • 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences
  • 1 Employment Communications & Practices

After the above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

General Filmmaking Skills

  • Collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Create shorts that demonstrate a basic understanding of story structure and character development
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the process of creating a film from beginning to end

Professional Readiness

  • Apply knowledge of roles in the film industry to select an area of specialization (Midpoint Review only)
  • Effectively showcase work in an industry-standard demo reel and website (Final Review only)
  • Demonstrate professional – level achievement through the execution of a variety of projects in the area of specialization (Final Review only)

Editing

  • Demonstrate proficiency in post-production technology and techniques
  • Achieve Avid certification
  • Demonstrate proficiency in at least two other editing programs

Screenwriting

  • Write shorts that are marketable and/or appealing to a general audience
  • Deliver a polished feature script or TV pilot

Cinematography

  • Work effectively with various cameras, lenses, and accessories
  • Design and execute creative lighting schemes
  • Effectively manage a scene for coverage
  • Apply principles of composition and camera movements to enhance the story

Directing

  • Guide a crew in preproduction, production, and postproduction to execute effective choices that serve the story
  • Elicit engaging and believable performances from actors

Producing

  • Acquire or originate and develop material for a project that can be pitched in a professional setting
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in budgeting and scheduling
  • Demonstrate familiarity with negotiating film contracts (for actors, crew, locations, equipment, lodging, transportation, and catering)
  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal aspects of film production, including copyrights, trademarks, music licensing, working with minors, unions, finance, and distribution
  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal aspects of film production, including copyrights, trademarks, music licensing, working with minors, unions, finance, and distribution

Production Design

  • Support the look of films based on the director’s vision, including choosing locations, creating settings, selecting props, and dressing sets
  • Communicate design concepts through basic drawing skills and visual presentations

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
Last updated Apr 2020

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For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university i ... Read More

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