FILM

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film
Curriculum
Total credit hours: 120

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Visual Arts Core Requirements 12
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals 3
ART 162 Drawing I 3
ART 163 3-D Design 3
ART 164 4-D Design (Time Based Media) 3
Visual Arts Elective Explorations 6
Various Visual Art Electives 6
General Education Elective Explorations 9
Various General Education Electives 9
Film Concentration (choose one) 9-12
Cinematography
FLM 371 Motion Picture Lighting 3
FLM 372 Pre/Post Digital Imaging 3
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A 3
FLM 412 Film Production IV-B 3
Directing
FLM 262 Acting for Directors 3
FLM 301 Production Fundamentals 3
FLM 362 Advanced Directing 3
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A 3
FLM 412 Film Production IV-B 3
Editing
FLM 294 Motion Graphics 3
FLM 391 Intermediate Editing 3
FLM 392 Film Sound II 3
FLM 490 Advanced Editing 3
Producing
FLM 301 Production Fundamentals 3
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A 3
FLM 412 Film Production IV-B 3
Screenwriting
FLM 330 Advanced Screenwriting 3
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A 3
FLM 430 Writing Serialized Stories 3
FLM 431 Screenwriting Workshop 3

BFA in Film – Cinematography Concentration
First Year
 ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals ART 162 Drawing I
ENG 101 English Comp. I ENG 102 English Comp. II
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting
FLM 112 Tech I FLM 291 Intro to Editing
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
FLM 201 The Early Dev. of Cinema FLM 202 Mod. Intern’l Cinema
ART 163 3D Design ART 164 4D Design
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera FLM 210 Film Production I
FLM 261 Directing Workshop FLM 292 Film Sound I
FLM 299 Portfolio Review
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
MAT 101 Math for Visual Arts COM 220 Fund. of Speech
FLM 211 Film Production II FLM 311 Film Production III
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay FLM 372 Digital Imaging
FLM 371 Motion Picture Lighting FLM 451 Film Ind Bus & Fin
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
HIS 101 History of World Civ I HIS 102 History of World Civ II
SCI 3XX Science Series ANT 101 Anthropology
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A FLM 412 Film Production IV-B
General Education Elective FLM 499 Senior Presentation
Film Concentration Elective Film Concentration Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

BFA in Film – Directing Concentration
First Year
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals ART 162 Drawing I
ENG 101 English Comp. I ENG 102 English Comp. II
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting
FLM 112 Tech I FLM 291 Intro to Editing
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
FLM 201 The Early Dev. of Cinema FLM 202 Mod. Intern’l Cinema
ART 163 3D Design ART 164 4D Design
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera FLM 210 Film Production I
FLM 261 Directing Workshop FLM 292 Film Sound I
FLM 299 Portfolio Review
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
FLM 301 Production Fundamentals COM 220 Fund. of Speech
FLM 211 Film Production II FLM 311 Film Production III
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay FLM 451 Film Ind Bus & Fin
FLM 262 Acting for Directors FLM 362 Advanced Directing
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
HIS 101 History of World Civ I HIS 102 History of World Civ II
SCI 3XX Science Series ANT 101 Anthropology
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A FLM 412 Film Production IV-B
MAT 101 Math for Visual Arts FLM 499 Senior Presentation
General Education Elective Film Concentration Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
BFA in Film – Editing Concentration
First Year
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals ART 162 Drawing I
ENG 101 English Comp. I ENG 102 English Comp. II
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting
FLM 112 Tech I FLM 291 Intro to Editing
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
FLM 201 The Early Dev. of Cinema FLM 202 Mod. Intern’l Cinema
ART 163 3D Design ART 164 4D Design
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera FLM 210 Film Production I
FLM 261 Directing Workshop FLM 291 Film Sound I
FLM 299 Portfolio Review
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
FLM 294 Motion Graphics COM 220 Fund. of Speech
FLM 210 Film Production II FLM 311 Film Production III
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay FLM 451 Film Ind. Bus & Fin
FLM 391 Intermediate Editing FLM 392 Film Sound II
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
HIS 101 History of World Civ I HIS 102 History of World Civ II
SCI 3XX Science Series ANT 101 Anthropology
MAT 101 Math for Visual Arts FLM 490 Advanced Editing
General Education Elective FLM 499 Senior Presentation
Film Concentration Elective Film Concentration Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

BFA in Film – Producing Concentration
First Year
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals ART 162 Drawing I
ENG 101 English Comp. I ENG 102 English Comp. II
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting
FLM 112 Tech I FLM 291 Intro to Editing
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
FLM 201 The Early Dev. of Cinema FLM 202 Mod. Intern’l Cinema
ART 163 3D Design ART 164 4D Design
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera FLM 210 Film Production I
FLM 261 Directing Workshop FLM 292 Film Sound I
FLM 299 Portfolio Review
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
FLM 301 Production Fundamentals COM 220 Fund. of Speech
FLM 211 Film Production II FLM 311 Film Production III
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay FLM 451 Film Ind Bus & Fin
General Education Elective Film Concentration Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
HIS 101 History of World Civ I HIS 102 History of World Civ II
SCI 3XX Science Series ANT 101 Anthropology
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A FLM 412 Film Production IV-B
MAT 101 Math for Visual Arts FLM 499 Senior Presentation
Film Concentration Elective Film Concentration Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
 

BFA in Film – Screenwritting Concentration
First Year
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals ART 162 Drawing I
ENG 101 English Comp. I ENG 102 English Comp. II
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting
FLM 112 Tech I FLM 291 Intro to Editing
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
FLM 201 The Early Dev. of Cinema FLM 202 Mod. Intern’l Cinema
ART 163 3D Design ART 164 4D Design
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera FLM 210 Film Production I
FLM 261 Directing Workshop FLM 292 Film Sound I
FLM 299 Portfolio Review
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
COM 220 Fund. of Speech FLM 330 Adv. Screenwriting
FLM 211 Film Production II FLM 311 Film Production III
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay FLM 451 Film Ind Bus & Fin
General Education Elective Film Concentration Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
HIS 101 History of World Civ I HIS 102 History of World Civ II
SCI 3XX Science Series ANT 101 Anthropology
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A MAT 101 Math for Visual Arts
FLM 431 Screenwriting Workshop FLM 430 Writing for Series
Film Concentration Elective FLM 499 Senior Presentation
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

Although the Plans of Study describe a 4-year completion schedule, full-time students who work while attending the institution, or who for various reasons cannot manage a 15-credit hour-per semester workload may alternatively plan to complete the degree program in 4 1/2 or 5 years.  A majority of Watkins students have historically made the decision to complete their Plan of Study in 5 years.  Since Watkins changes tuition by the credit hour rather than by the semester, the total cost of tuition remains the same regardless of whether the students completes the BFA in 4, 4 1/2 or 5 years.

Visual Arts Core or General Education courses and some Film elective courses may be taken over the summer.

 

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Facilities

  • Two production stages outfitted with rolling set pieces that create a variety of shooting opportunities such as the front of a house and/or brownstone and interior rooms including staircases and bookcases and furniture. Both stages have board-controlled lighting grids.
  • Students working in the small sound stage

    Students working in the small sound stage

    Two large digital editing labs with Avid, Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools editing software.

  • Post-production audio/music studio with Pro Tools, an ADR booth and Foley pits for completing dialogue, music and sound design work.
  • 8200 cu. ft mix theater with ProTools HD surround for full Dolby 5.1 film mixes.
  • Color Correction Suite with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 9.0 with a Tangent 3 trackball Control Surface.
  • Student Writing Lab equipped with Final Draft software for writing screenplays and Microsoft Office.
  • A 200-seat professional movie theater with state-of-the-art projection and sound.
  • Production office for student meetings and other tasks necessary to arrange our 50-plus student productions mounted each semester. Auditions for actors are held every fall and spring,  and more than 200 cataloged head-shots and actor resumes.
on set working on the Fisher Dolly

on set working on the Fisher Dolly

EQUIPMENT

A film equipment room houses all the film school’s production equipment. Students follow industry practices for the check-out and returning of gear. Only students in production classes may check out equipment. Current equipment includes:

  • Three Arri SR-1 16mm camera packages with accessories
  • Two Canon 5D Mark III camera package with accessories.
  • One Canon 5D Mark II camera package with accessories.
  • Two HPX 170 cameras
  • Sony EX3 camera
  • Canon 5D Mark 3 kit
  • Five 744T Sound Devices Hard Disc Recorders
  • Prime lens for DSLR
  • Post Production Studio

    Post Production Studio

    Panasonic HVX 100 mini DV camera packages

  • Digital and Film camera tripods
  • Two FR-2 Field Memory recorders
  • Three DAT Packages
  • NAGRA IV-S
  • Zoom H4N SD card recorders
  • Eight Sennheiser shotgun microphone kits
  • Two Redrock Ultra Cages that include Matte Boxes and Follow Focuses
  • A large assortment of grip and lighting equipment including HMI Pars

Many internship opportunities are available and The Film School encourages students to take advantage of these resources. The following is a partial list of companies and film productions where students have had the opportunity to intern in the last couple of years:

Film House

CMT (Country Music Television)

Taillight TV

NPT (Nashville Public Television)

Dick Clark Productions

Gomez Photography

Pivot TV – LA

NuMynd Studios

MTV – NY

Participant Media – LA

Stoker (Feature Film)

Broken Film Partners

AC. Inc.

Nomadic Independence

A Matter of Time (Feature film)

StagePost

Anyone’s Ghost (Feature Film)

ABC- TV, Nashville

The Discovery Channel

HiDef Entertainment

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Watkins requires all film students enrolled in FLM 112.01, Tech I, and all production classes taken subsequently to provide their own laptop computer.  The recommended hardware:  Apple Macbook Pro with at least 4GB of RAM.  Please consult The Film School Chair or the Information Technology and Equipment Services for approval of any other computer.