Film Major

The Film Major gives students a full overview of all the aspects of creating a moving image story as a movie, video, internet content, or TV episode. Students begin shooting with HD cameras their first year while taking both film history and film appreciation courses. The course of study continues with screenwriting, advance production, and post-production courses but then allows students to further explore their particular interests with a wide range of major electives. Internships and independent studies are also available.

Major Requirements

The film major and all concentrations share 27 credits of FILM requirements, which means that students can commit to one of the concentrations as late as their junior year. In the last of the required courses, FILM 4312, each student will work in the area of their concentration.

Electives in the Film Major (15 to 18 credits)

Note: Three credits in an internship may be used to fulfill elective credits.

Directing Concentration

Students in the film directing concentration focus on all the various aspects that a director must consider and incorporate into their storytelling process. Besides learning how to break down and visually approach a film project, directing students will study how to work with and direct actors, the pre-production process, the importance of telling a story visually, and recognizing how their work may fit into the larger picture of culture and society.

Directing students work their entire senior year on making their senior thesis films, which receive an exciting and widely attended public screening at a local movie theater!

Requirements for the Directing concentration (9 credits)

Electives in the Directing concentration (6 to 9 credits)

Note: Three credits in an internship may be used to fulfill elective credits.

Editing & Post Production Concentration

The Editing and Post Production Concentration is a rigorous course of study for students who have a special interest in the art and science of editing the moving image. Whether working in Avid, Premiere, Final Cut or any other non-linear editing system, the concepts, concerns, and artistic approaches to achieving the final edit remain the same. The Core Major Requirements are the same as the standard Film Major, thus students may elect this concentration as late as their junior year. The Editing Concentration requirements, which are a mix of cross-discipline courses, educate students in the craft and practice of post-production, enabling them to work as editors on senior student film projects to build a reel and help start them on a future career working professionally in the post-production industry.

Requirements for the Editing & Post Production concentration (9 credits)

Electives in the Editing & Post Production concentration (6 to 9 credits)

Note: Three credits in an internship may be used to fulfill elective credits.

Cinematography Concentration

The Cinematography Concentration at FDU is unique and one of the only ones offered in undergraduate programs. Our alumni work in the industry and have made our program highly regarded and recognized in the profession.

The Cinematography Concentration is a rigorous course of study for students who have a special interest in the art and science of photographing the moving image. Whether the capture medium is film, video or a new digital process, the concepts, concerns, and artistic approaches to achieving the right visual imagery are the same. The Core Major Requirements are the same as the standard Film Major, thus students may elect this concentration as late as their junior year. The Cinematography Concentration requirements, which are a mix of cross-discipline courses, educate students in the craft and practice of cinematography, enabling them to work as the Director of Photography on senior thesis film projects to build a camera reel and help start them on a future career working professionally in the camera and lighting industry.

Requirements for the Cinematography concentration (9 credits)

Electives in the Cinematography concentration (6 credits)

Note: Three credits in an internship may be used to fulfill elective credits.

Producing Concentration

The Producing concentration allows students to pursue the organizational and business skills required of the producer in the film industry. Available courses within the discipline now include the study of Producing for Film, Television, and Streaming Content, as well as Distribution in all media formats. The Producing concentration allows students to incorporate course work from Business and Communications, creating an interdisciplinary approach to those seeking to pursue this area of study.

Requirements for the Producing Concentration (6 credits)

Electives in the Producing Concentration (6 credits)

Note: Three credits in an internship may be used to fulfill elective credits.

Course Descriptions

  • ANIM1750 By learning how to animate virtually any aspect of each element using Adobe After Effects, students create high- impact communications combining moving imagery, graphics, video, text, and sound. This course focuses on manipulating moving images, dynamic effects and compositing techniques to produce animated content for virtually any media. The focus is on quality design and animation targeted at high-end commercial style production. Color management and enhancement tools used in the manipulation of photos and videos while preserving clarity and color integrity are also covered in this course.

  • ART1191 Fundamentals of black-and-white photography.

  • CINE2350 A look at how developments in film language and changes in society formed the basis of a truly American cinema, not always helmed by Americans. Examples will be taken from: D.W. Griffith, F.W. Murnau (American Films), Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, Hoard Hawks, John Ford, Frank Capra, William Wyler Orson Welles, Roman Polanski, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Ritt, Sam Peckinpah, Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, John Singleton, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson among others.

  • FILM1005 THE LANGUAGE OF CINEMA. Techniques in camera, story, and editing are stressed. Narrative and Documentary productions are assigned, as the class pursues both an understanding of basic production and storytelling concepts.

  • FILM1501 A basic introduction to the art of telling the visual story, examining the work of the screenwriter, art director, producer, director, actor, music composer, editor and studio executive. Such subjects as a films theme and focus, genre and market are closely discussed. The class consists of viewing film clips, readings and discussions on what are all the elements that contribute to the visual story - the how and why.

  • FILM2208 TECHNIQUES OF THE PROFESSIONAL CREW. This course focuses on pre-production, production, working as a team and at reaching an understanding of all the crafts and crew positions that go into production. Script breakdowns, scheduling, and advanced production techniques such as sound mixing, booming, lighting and camera work, as well as beginning editing skills are the focus of this class.

  • FILM2214 Learn the basics and aesthetics of Film/Video sound and music. Class will involve workshops and lectures in recording live sound, post production mixing and sound design.

  • FILM2250 Students leanr the basics of screenplay structure, character development, dialogue, rising and falling action, conflict and resolution by writing scripts and reading and analyzing successful screenplays. Students complete short scripts that may be used in other classes as shooting assignments.

  • FILM2255 Students will learn how to identify, develop, and produce single camera field productions for TV spot news, TV news feature stories, and TV news magazine segments. Students will write, direct, shoot, and edit in a fast turnaround schedule common in the TV news industry.

  • FILM3209 MASTERING THE ART AND CRAFT OF FILM PRODUCTION. A continuation of our filmmaking sequence. Student stories and productions are pursued. The focus of this course is on individual project design and management, stressing new and advanced production techniques.

  • FILM3210 Course presents advanced nonlinear edting approaches to film and video, through the use of practical asignments and introducing a knowledge of the history of film editing and its practice.

  • FILM3211 Lighting is what creates mood, depth and believability on the screen. This class covers both the art and the craft of lighting, from the physics of light and basic electricity to lighting units, film lighting styles and professional techniques. Students learn from in class lighting demonstrations, out of class lighting assignments, watching and discussing the lighting techniques of the masters in cinematography.

  • FILM3212 A continuation of Postproduction I; in depth aesthetic exploration using nonlinear editing styles and procedures, including planning special effects and their implementation in digital postproduction.

  • FILM3214 Advanced study of camera work from angles, frame composition, filters, and camera movement to exposure, focus and lenses. Course will include viewing and discussion of camera work in film, video and telivision as well as practical, in-class exercises and critiques. Students will also learn about film stocks, and development processes by shooting 16mm in class assignments and will examine the work of famous significant directors of photography.

  • FILM3350 The history of film from the earliest attempts to visually reproduce motion to the sophistication of today's motion picture production, through the discussion and screening of such films as by D.W. Griffith, Alfred Hitchcock, Cecil B. DeMille, Frank Coppola and international artists and their films. (Film clips and full screenings).

  • FILM3363 The advanced student will study both the theory and techniques of directing the narrative film.

  • FILM3426 THE BUSINESS OF MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION: What is the role of producer as both artist and business person? Emphasis will be on the financing of film and media projects, assembly of creative team, and analysis of material from the producer's perspective. We will look into budgets, and how to plan film and television production, with an emphasis on the role of producer and creative organizational techniques of producing.

  • FILM3427 FINDING THE AUDIENCE AND THE MARKET: How does a film, television, or media project move from concept to market? This class will focus on the marketing and distribution of films across multiple platforms and methods of exploitation. We will study both traditional and new methods of exploiting media, from working with large established companies to self-distribution.

  • FILM3430 Reality TV is now an undeniable part of popular culture both in the US and abroad and has become a major successful genre in Television. Students will learn the unique production procedures that shooting a reality TV show requires. Students will exam the long running, Emmy Award winning and internationally popular TV series Project Runway. Students will learn first-hand by using Project Runway as a model to create, produce and edit their own Reality series that will then be aired on the FDUTV YouTube channel.

  • FILM4311 This course is designed to prepare electronic filmmaking and digital video design majors for exit from the program. Each student will create an original narrative or documentary production, or other approved project, at short or feature length.

  • FILM4312 This course is designed to prepare electronic filmmaking and digital video design majors for exit from the program. Each student will create an original narrative or documentary production, or other approved project, at short or feature length.

  • FILM4465 WORKING WITH NON-PROFIT, CORPORATE, AND GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS: Students gain world experience, working on production for corporate clients, or for non-profit or government organizations. Students handle concepts, scripts and fill the roles of script writers, camera operations, production managers, sound-mixer, boom, editor, etc. resulting in a training, corporate image or marketing-type film.

  • THEA1110 This course is designed to provide students with some basic acting techniques. Regardless of previous training and experience, if any, this class will give students a strong foundation on which to build in terms of concentration, focus, motivation, and presentation. This course will include physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation, conflict exercise, monologue and scene work. Emphasis will be placed on practical execution as well as academic theory.