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Academic Program Guide

Motion Picture Arts Production

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Fall 2020 and after)

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in 10 semesters for freshmen and 8 semesters for transfers. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The Motion Picture Arts: Production major is a limited access program. Admission is highly selective.

General Education and any university requirements that can’t be met within the major should be completed before starting the program. Admitted freshman will complete these during their first year. Transfer applicants are encouraged to consult with the mapping coordinator during the application process.

Mapping Coordinator: Mary Correia

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Mathematics3
GE Core Natural Science and Lab4
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice (FIL 2001 Intro to Cinema Studies)3
GE Writing course3
Milestones 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics course ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics3
GE Natural Science3
GE Natural Science Lab1
GE Ethics3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice (Multicultural Y)3
Milestones 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics course ( ≥ C minus )
Complete GE statewide core courses
Complete Multicultural Y course
Complete Natural Science lab
Complete any remaining GE electives (IDS2453 in major can count towards GE)
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Term 3 hrs
FIL2110 - Story Development & Screenwrting I1
FIL2113L - Screenwriting Workshop1
FIL2423 - Filmmaking I3
FIL2557 - Motion Picture Editing3
FIL2043 - History & Practice of VFX and Animation3
FIL2090 - Professional Communication (Oral Competency)1
Milestones 3
Complete FIL2090 ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Term 4 hrs
FIL4923 - Undergraduate Film Seminar1
FIL3932 - Special Topics3
FIL2731 - Intro. to 3D Animation2
FIL3363 - Documentary Filmmaking3
IDS2453 - Reality & Illusion in World Cinema3
Milestones 4
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Summer hrs
FIL3433 - Filmmaking II2
FIL2481 - Acting for Filmmakers2
FIL4972 - Production Management2
FIL3516 - Film Camera & Lighting2
Term 5 hrs
FIL3132 - Screenwriting II2
FIL4434 - Advanced Filmmaking2
FIL2557 - Motion Picture Editing1
FIL2533 - Motion Picture Sound2
FIL2726 - Compositing I2
FIL3972 - Thesis Film Support2
FIL3516 – Camera & Lighting 2
Milestones 5
Complete a Pre-graduation Check with College
Civic Literacy requirement
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Term 6 hrs
FIL4434 - Advanced Filmmaking3
FIL3516 - Film Camera & Lighting2
FIL2481 - Acting for Filmmakers1
FIL2557 - Motion Picture Editing2
FIL2533 - Motion Picture Sound1
FIL3641 – Motion Picture Production Management3
FIL3963 - BFA Qualifying Exam0
Milestones 6
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Summer hrs
FIL4135 - Thesis Development3
FIL4923 - Undergraduate Film Seminar2
Film Elective2
Film Elective2
Term 7 hrs
FIL4973 - Thesis Film12
Term 8
FIL4973 - Thesis Film3
FIL4970 - Thesis Defense0
FIL4613 - Marketing & Exhibition3
FIL4933 - Professional Development3
Film School Elective (with permission of instructor)3
Milestones 7
Complete Pre-Graduation Check with Registrar
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Milestones 8
Apply for Graduation in 1st 2 weeks of semester
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major (BFA or MFA): Director, Writer, Producer(Executive, Assistant, Unit), Director of photography, Editor, Post-production coordinator, Casting director, Production designer, Art director, Supervising art director, Set decorator, Costume designer, Costumer, On-set costume assistant, Makeup, Production manager, Post-production supervisor, Propmaker, Property master, Storyboard artist, Set dressing foreman, Set designer, Animatics, Animatics supervisor, Graphic designer, Visual development coordinator, Foley mixer, Sound effects recordist, Supervising sound editor, Production sound mixer, Sound editor, Dialogue Supervisor, Visual effects coordinator, Visual effects creative supervisor, Animation supervisor, Effects animator, Electrician, Best boy electric, Grip, Gaffer, Best boy lighting, Marketing coordinator, Production accountant, Craft service, Location manager, Script Supervisor.

International Opportunities: During the first two terms or upon completion of BFA program. International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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