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Bachelor of Arts in Film

The Film program prepares students for creative roles in the motion picture and television industry. The 81-credit program provides intensive experience in production and writing, as well as media theory and criticism. Graduates are required to write a classically-structured, feature-length screenplay and complete a major film/video production or theory/criticism project. A faculty-student panel reviews both the script and the project as a part of the senior capstone experience.

Admission to the program is restricted to Fall Quarter. Failure to complete courses as they are offered will result in a significant delay in progress toward graduation. Transfer students, including students with AA degrees, must complete FILM 214 no later than their first fall quarter in the program.

The Film Program provides students a variety of electronic media facilities, including radio and television studios, electronic field production units and audio and video editing suites.

The location of the campus in proximity to Spokane, a center of motion picture production, allows students to participate in internship programs in a wide range of communication settings.

Transfer Requirements for Film: Students must enter the program in the fall quarter. Students should make application for major status prior to the fall quarter they intend to begin their major in FILM and consult with the department chair on transferability of courses.

All students will be admitted to full major standing only after completion of all lower-division required GECR courses and acceptance by the department.

Foreign Language Requirements for FILM: Two years of a single foreign language in high school or one year of a single foreign language at the college level is required for graduation with a BA major in FILM.

What will I study?

Required Courses

FILM 110 Introduction to Electronic Media Production (5)
FILM 214 Film and the Humanities (5)
FILM 221 Narrative Writing for the Film (5)
FILM 305 Acting for Directors and Writers I (2)
FILM 306 Acting for Directors and Writers II (2)
FILM 311 Film Production (5)
FILM 312 Film Directing and Producing (5)
FILM 321 Writing for Film I (5)
FILM 322 Writing for Film II (5)
FILM 410 Advanced Film Production (5)
FILM 417 Advanced Writing for Film (4)
FILM 420 Feature Film Writing (4)
FILM 465 Film History I (5)
FILM 466 Film History II (5)
FILM 467 Film Theory and Criticism (5)
FILM 470 Film Criticism (Topic 1) (4)
FILM 470 Film Criticism (Topic 2) (4)
FILM 482 Senior Film (1)
or FILM 483 Senior Thesis: Criticism (1)
FILM 484 Oral Examination: Screenwriting (1)
FILM 490 Film Senior Capstone (4) 

Optional Courses

FILM 439 Special Topics in the Film (1-5)
FILM 480 Field Production I (4)
FILM 481 Field Production II (4)
FILM 495 Field Experience in Radio Television (5-12)

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Direct and produce fiction and nonfiction short videos;
  • Write classically structured screen plays of varying lengths;
  • Integrate knowledge of video production, writing and critical practice to their creative work;
  • Apply theories of the filmic arts as a means of deepening their criticism.

Interesting courses I might take:

  • Acting for Directors and Writers
  • Feature Film Writing
  • Advanced Film Production

What could I do with my degree?

  • Screen Writing
  • Film Editing
  • Acting
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