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Moving Images and Thoughtful Perspective

From your first semester through your final year at OKCU, our program will deepen your knowledge, broaden your experience and shape your artistic sensibility in order to help you thoughtfully contribute to the world of moving images all around us. You'll learn about the latest production gear and workflow practices within the context of the aesthetics, ethics, and traditions of filmmaking.

Your work will set a foundation for your success in further graduate study or in the rapidly expanding local, regional, and national entertainment industries. While many of our graduates have gone on to work as production personnel in TV and film, others have started careers as independent filmmakers and visual artists. All have benefited from the collaborative atmosphere at OKCU where creative work is nurtured and new voices are discovered.

Film Courses and Curriculum

The Film Department offers two programs of study: the BFA in Film Production and the Minor in Digital Film & Media.

Courses in the BFA curriculum can be divided into three groups: Film Culture, Film Crafts, and Film Workshops. In film culture classes like History of Motion Pictures or Film Theory & Criticism, students acquire the vocabulary and conceptual framework necessary to respond with insight to the experience of movies. Film craft courses provide training and instruction in the latest techniques and workflows for filmmaking including producing and directing; screenwriting; cinematography; sound recording and design; and editing and post-production. Film workshops require students to synthesize the lessons from their other film culture and film crafts courses as they also learn to collaborate productively with their classmates in the production of a variety of short film projects. Finally, the capstone project marks the culmination of the undergraduate program. Each student develops and produces his or her own short film and presents it to a faculty committee.

For non-Film majors, the Minor in Digital Film & Media complements each participant’s major field of study by providing perspective on—and experience in—modern media production. The minor appeals to students interested in acquiring employable skills in filmmaking and analysis of audio-visual culture.

Current and prospective students should contact a member of the faculty with any questions or to make a personalized plan for degree completion.

BFA in Film Production

These courses are required for Film Production Majors

Film Culture (15 credit hours)

  • FILM 1013 - Introduction to Film Studies
  • FILM 1113 - History of Motion Pictures
  • PHIL 2513 - Ethics of Communication
  • FILM 3213 - Film Theory & Criticism
  • FILM 3363 - Cinema & International Explorations

Film Workshops (11 credit hours)

  • FILM 1024 - Intro Film Workshop
  • FILM 2024 - Intermediate Film Workshop
  • FILM 3023 - Advanced Film Workshop

Film Crafts (36 credit hours)

  • ART/DESIGN ELECTIVE (choose one)
    • ART 1043 - Foundational 2D Design
    • ART 1603 - Digital Photography I
    • THRE 1603 - Technical Drawing for Theatre
  • FILM 2013 - Writing for the Screen
  • FILM 3013 - Short Screenplay Short Film
  • FILM 2023 - Film Sound Recording
  • FILM 3023 - Sound Design & Mixing
  • FILM 2123 - Film Editing Foundations
  • FILM 3123 - Edit Theory & Practice
  • FILM 3223 - Camera & Light 1
  • FILM 3323 - Camera & Light 2
  • FILM 3513 - On-Camera Acting
  • FILM 4003 - Producing
  • FILM 4113 - Directing for the Camera

Film Capstone (4 credit hours)

  • FILM 4091 - Senior Capstone: Planning
  • FILM 4193 - Senior Capstone: Execution

Approved Electives (21 credit hours)

Approved electives may be selected from the following list, or students may select electives from allied disciplines--but only with prior advisor approval.

  • FILM 3083 - Film Internship
  • FILM 3163 - Film Genre
  • FILM 3313 - Great Films
  • FILM 3613 - Advanced On-Camera Acting
  • FILM 4063 - Specital Topics in Film
  • FILM 4123 - Advanced Post-Production
  • FILM 4013 - Feature Screenwriting
  • FILM 4023 - Summer Film Workshop

Minor in Digital Film & Media

These courses are required to earn the Minor in Digital Film & Media

The total credit hours for the minor will be 19 or 20 credit hours.

  • FILM 1024 - Intro Film Workshop
  • FILM 1013 - Introduction to Film Studies
  • or FILM 1113 - History of Motion Pictures
  • FILM 2123 - Film Editing Fundamentals
  • FILM 3213 - Film Theory & Criticism
  • or FILM 3123 - Edit Theory and Practice
  • Two additional 3000 or 4000 level FILM classes

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