Bachelor of Arts in Film & Digital Media

About EWU Film

The Bachelor of Arts in Film and Digital Media will prepare you for creative roles in the filmic arts and digital media. Our 79-credit program offers an intensive experience in production and screenwriting as well as film history, theory, and criticism. A unique and defining feature of our program is the 4 full-time faculty who will oversee your studies throughout your time at EWU Film. Few programs in the region can boast of such focused attention.

EWU Film follows a cohort model, sharing courses with your peer group every quarter. You will become very familiar with the faculty as well as with other students during your time with EWU Film. You will learn to work in a team while shaping your own path.

 

Curriculum & Requirements

Film and Digital Media Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Notes: two years of a single high school world language or one year of a single college-level world language is required.

Required Courses
FILM 110INTRODUCTION TO FILMIC ARTS MEDIA PRODUCTION5
FILM 214FILM AND THE HUMANITIES5
FILM 221NARRATIVE SCRIPT ANALYSIS5
FILM 305ACTING FOR DIRECTORS AND WRITERS2
FILM 311FILM PRODUCTION5
FILM 312FILM DIRECTING AND PRODUCING5
FILM 321WRITING THE SHORT FILM5
FILM 322ADAPTATION5
FILM 365FILM HISTORY I5
FILM 366FILM HISTORY II5
FILM 410ADVANCED FILM PRODUCTION I5
FILM 417ADVANCED SCREENWRITING I4
Concentrations–complete at least two of the following series18
Criticism
SEMINAR IN FILM CRITICISM (must be repeated with topics 1 and 2)
ORAL EXAMINATION: CRITICISM
Production
ADVANCED FILM PRODUCTION II
ADVANCED FILM PRODUCTION III
ORAL EXAMINATION: PRODUCTION
Screenwriting
ADVANCED SCREENWRITING II
ADVANCED SCREENWRITING III
ORAL EXAMINATION: SCREENWRITING
Required Senior Capstone
FILM 490FILM SENIOR CAPSTONE5
Total Credits79

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General Education

University Competencies and Proficiencies

English 
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance 
Prior Learning/Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


General Education Requirements (GER)

  • Minimum Credits—180 cumulative credit hours 
    • 60 upper-division credits (300 level or above)
    • 45 credits in residence (attendance) at Eastern, with at least 15 upper-division credits in major in residence at Eastern
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥2.0

Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)

Humanities and Arts 
Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)

Diversity Course List
World Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List


Application for Graduation (use EagleNET) must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).

Use the Catalog Archives to determine two important catalog years.
Requirements in Degree Works are based on these two catalog years:

  1. The catalog in effect at the student's first term of current matriculation is used to determine BACR (Breadth Area Credit Requirements) and UGR (Undergraduate Graduation Requirements).
  2. The catalog in effect at the time the student declares a major or minor is used to determine the program requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who earn a BA in Film from EWU should be able to:

  • direct a senior-level motion picture from a short script;
  • orally support one’s creative or scholarly choices;
  • write a short script suitable for a senior-level production;
  • write an essay informed by film theories;
  • write an essay to support the historical significance of a film.

In addition, all students should be able to do two of the following three:

  • write a critical film analysis that is suitable for submission to an undergraduate scholarly conference or publication;
  • direct a motion picture suitable for entry in a film festival;
  • write an industry-standard screenplay suitable for entry in a college-level screenwriting competition.

Sample Courses

FILM 214. FILM AND THE HUMANITIES. 5 Credits.

Notes: offered every quarter.
Satisfies: a BACR for humanities and arts.
Explores the varieties of human experience as they are expressed through the vocabulary of the filmic arts. Critical viewing, thinking and writing are central.

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FILM 321. WRITING THE SHORT FILM. 5 Credits.

Notes: offered winter quarter.
Pre-requisites: FILM 214, FILM 221.
The course provides experience in writing the short film. Students will learn to develop the visual story through focusing on dramatic structure, character development, scene writing, dialogue and action. Criticism and revision are emphasized.

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FILM 305. ACTING FOR DIRECTORS AND WRITERS. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: FILM 110, FILM 214 and FILM 221 or permission of the instructor.
Explores the art of film acting from the perspectives of the director and the writer.

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FILM 322. ADAPTATION. 5 Credits.

Notes: offered spring quarter.
Pre-requisites: FILM 321.
Adapting pre-existing materials, ideas and out-of-copyright literary work into producible short screenplays. Narrative problem solving, structure, criticism and revision are central.

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