Bachelor of Arts in Film

About

The Bachelor of Arts in Film Program prepares you for creative roles in the filmic arts. The 79-credit program provides an intensive experience in production and screenwriting as well as film history, theory, and criticism. Before you graduate, you’ll write a classically structured, feature-length screenplay and complete an advanced production project or a theory/criticism project. A faculty-student panel reviews both the screenplay and the project as a part of the Senior Capstone experience during Spring quarter.


How to Apply

Admission to the program is restricted to fall quarter. The Film Program requires a very specific sequence of courses, most of which are offered only once a year. Failure to complete courses as they are offered will result in a significant delay in progress toward graduation. You should consult with the department chair about the program and its requirements and declare your major status as early as possible: no later than the fall quarter that you begin your major in FILM. You should complete all, or nearly all, of your BACR courses before beginning the Film Program.

To apply for a major status, contact dayers5@ewu.edu.


Transfer Requirements for Film

You must begin the program in the fall quarter. You should apply for major status prior to the fall quarter that you intend to begin your major in FILM and consult with the department chair on transferability of courses. Transfer students, including students with AA degrees, must complete FILM 214 no later than their first fall quarter in the program.

Curriculum & Requirements

Film Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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

Required Courses
FILM 110INTRODUCTION TO FILMIC ARTS MEDIA PRODUCTION5
FILM 214FILM AND THE HUMANITIES5
FILM 221NARRATIVE SCRIPT ANALYSIS 5
FILM 305ACTING FOR DIRECTORS AND WRITERS2
FILM 311FILM PRODUCTION5
FILM 312FILM DIRECTING AND PRODUCING5
FILM 321WRITING THE SHORT FILM 5
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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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in Film from EWU should be able to do the following:

  • 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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