Bachelor of Science in Independent Digital Film

This program is no longer accepting new students and/or re-entering students into the program.
Delivery Method: Online and On-Ground Modality
Campus: Madison Only

The Independent Digital Film program is specifically designed for the filmmaking and production business including the production process, writing screenplays and distribution and funding of films. This program prepares students for the reality of a filmmaking career. The Independent Digital Film program prepares its graduates for a career in this growing industry.  The Motion Picture and Television production industry has been America’s biggest creative economy and its biggest export. It is dominated by small businesses, individual craftsmen, and freelancers, and it’s an industry which combines creativity, technology, business, and production. If you love how film can inspire and entertain but want to know how to run a production business, this program is for you. The industry depends on an economically diverse workforce and vast project collaboration. Over 285,000 people in the US are employed in the production, marketing, manufacturing and distribution of creative film works. The Independent Digital Film program covers all areas of the industry and students will obtain the skill set needed to get started as an Independent Filmmaker. Students will be prepared for the reality of the marketplace through the instruction of the behind - the - scenes aspects of filmmaking including how the industry works for independent films, web-based productions and other avenues of exhibition. This program will equip students with the hierarchical processes and skills to make quality short films culminating in a Digital Film Final Project in the fourth semester. From managing productions, to finding distributors and production assistants, there will continue to be an increased need and a priority given to highly trained and experienced employees. In addition to attendance in all courses, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments. These assignments include but are not limited to reading, exercises and problem solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations. A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for every one (1) hour of lecture.  Upon successful completion of the program (see graduation requirements section of the catalog), students could seek or obtain entry-level employment in a film related field. 

Program Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate key components and skills sets related to screenwriting, film production and industry standard film equipment.
  2. Apply essential general business skills related to project management and production costs within the film industry.
  3. Differentiate the many varieties of independent films, including short films, film festivals and private funding.
  4. Apply concise verbal and written communication as it pertains to clients and collaborators.

Course Code

Course Title

Contact Hours

Semester
Credit
Hours

 

Concentration Requirements

 

 

AD400

Directing the Actor

60

3.0

AD409

Critical Studies: Art Direction and Design

60

3.0

BU310

Business in a Legal and Economic Context

60

3.0

BU402

Structure and Management of Independent Film Companies

60

3.0

BU415

Digital Film Funding and Distribution

60

3.0

BU430

Contracts, Releases and Paperwork

60

3.0

FT303

Sound Theory for Digital Film

60

3.0

FT322

Advanced Camera and Lighting Theory

60

3.0

PM305

Digital Film Pre-Production Analysis

60

3.0

PM450

Digital Film Production Management

60

3.0

SP412

Senior Digital Film Project or Externship

105

4.0

SW311

Narrative Structure, Genre, and Script Analysis

60

3.0

SW320

Screenwriting

60

3.0

Transfer Credit

Transfer in minimum 45 semester credit hours in a film or media concentration

0

45.0

 

Total

825

85.0

 

General Education Requirements

 

 

AC320

Financial Accounting

60

3.0

HU313

Advanced Public Speaking

60

3.0

HU315

Role of Mass Communications in Culture and Politics

60

3.0

HU402

Writing Across Genres

60

3.0

HU410

Applied Ethics

60

3.0

SO310

Economics: Principles and Policies

60

3.0

SO404

Introduction to Social Psychology

60

3.0

Transfer Credit

Transfer in minimum 15 semester credit hours in general education

0

15.0

 

Total

420

36.0

 

Grand Total

1,245

121.0

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