DEGREE IN FILM
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designed to give students professional preparation for a career in film, television or digital media.
Students have the opportunity to master the technical and aesthetic principles of filmmaking through theoretical courses and practical exercises. The BFA program also includes an extensive "hands-on-film" work ethic.
The International Department’s BFA program is about training in filmmaking as an overall discipline. Students should come out having multiple skills to be competitive and polyvalent filmmakers.
Although we encourage specialization in the final year of the BFA degree programs, we believe that students must have a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of the filmmaking process.
The filmmaking component begins with a concentration on storytelling for the documentary to develop the student’s visual vocabulary through theoretical courses and practical exercises.
In each of these core courses, students are given weekly exercises to explore specific areas of the craft. The Cinematography and Directing classes are the most intensive with four hour practical sessions with set objectives every week.
Students will distinguish and develop the techniques implied in screenwriting and directing for their fiction cinema project as well as further develop their knowledge of editing, producing and cinematography.
Additionally, students have the opportunity attend to a series of specialized intense workshops covering a wide array of film, television and media subjects including such varied topics as Aesthetics of Sound in the Cinema, Lighting for Mood,Preparing the Film Canvas, Painting with Light, DaVinci Resolve, The Large Sensor (R)evolution, How to Make a Tease, Writing for the Screen, Adobe Premiere, AVID, etc.
Students complete the cycle with a third year of specialization where concentration is placed toward the thesis project that is oriented toward one of the five majors:
During third and final year the students prepare their thesis project through a series of specialized workshops, one-on-one tutoring and a program of independent study.
The 3rd Term (May through July) is dedicated exclusively to the production of student’s thesis project.
The Master Class Lecture Series is a weekly program where guest speakers, internationally renowned film, television and media professionals, all celebrated in their specific fields, give a two-hour lecture on the subject of their expertise with subjects ranging from the role of the talent agent to how to work with a film composer.
Recent speakers have been such notables as:
Award-winning cinematographer Agnès Godard;
Screenwriter Vincent Poymiro; Indie Producer Sophie Bramly;
Italian award-winning television director Giacomo Battiato;
Actress Charlotte Rampling; Novelist Douglas Kennedy;
father of the documentary, Director Richard Leacock;
Indiana Jones Screenwriters Gloria Katz and Willard Hyuck;
European Film Academy Award-winning Editor, Hervé Schneid...