The big picture

The art of film. The business of film. At Watkins, we believe you can—and must—learn to excel in each. In our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film program, you will discover your voice and learn to tell stories that move, captivate, and inspire audiences. You also will gain the practical skills you need to thrive as a filmmaker in a competitive marketplace.

As you explore this art form, you will:

  • learn to decipher the physical and metaphysical aspects of the world around you
  • master basic techniques of writing, producing, shooting, and editing
  • conceptualize, represent, and embody your insights in narrative films, documentaries, music videos, and web series

Along with the artistic exploration of film, you will learn the business side of launching a successful and profitable career. Much of your study will delve into the development, financing, and promotion of your work.

Turning your creativity into your life’s work

At Watkins, you will have a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the film community. Our professors are filmmakers, and they leverage their professional networks to introduce you to visiting artists with visionary perspectives and successful careers.

You also will test your new skills and ideas through internships in thriving companies and productions. Here’s a sample of where Watkins students have developed their craft in recent years: