University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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Film BFA - Film, Video, Animation, and
New Genres


BFA Degree Requirements
BFA Degree Curriculum
BFA Degree Opportunities


Our undergraduate program of study is committed to helping students develop their creative, conceptual and technical abilities. Through their education here, we ask students to look as deeply as they can into themselves, and as hard as they can at the world, and in the process say something about it all through media: film, video, audio, installation, new genres. The faculty, staff and students are actively engaged in the making of art and the interplay between art and ideas. We think of the university as a place where these activities converge, bringing the community and the worlds of art, technology and media together. We offer an inter-related BFA track: Film/Video/Animation/New Genres, that provide varied approaches to the study and making of art in the world today. Our goal is for you to become a creative thinker, an informed viewer and an art maker — someone whose imaginative skills are matched by an ability to learn and use the technologies to say something important; whose habit is to work, to take risks for what is in the mind and heart, to make the world a better place.

Information on applying to UWM and the Department of Film.

For further information
Rob Yeo, Program Manager
(414)-229-6015
contact.uwm.edu


BFA Degree Requirements

The Film/Video/Animation/New Genres Track of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film requires 120 credits distributed as follows:

Requirements Credits
University Core Curriculum
45
Required Film Courses*
66
General Electives
96
  120cr. Total

* Includes the 18-credit Film Core Curriculum 

Students are admitted to the Film Major as a result of a portfolio review that occurs upon completion of 21-24 credits of work in Film/Video/Animation/New Genres and Conceptual Studies. Portfolio reviews occur once at the end of each semester. 

Click here for the University Course Requirements for the BFA Degree in Film (Film/Video/Animation/New Genres Track). * Includes the 18-credit Film Core Curriculum Students are admitted to the Film Major as a result of a portfolio review that occurs upon completion of 21-24 credits of work in Film/Video/Animation/New Genres and Conceptual Studies. Portfolio reviews occur once at the end of each semester.

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BFA Degree Curriculum

The Film/Video/Animation/New Genres Track of the BFA degree in Film is weighted toward production in film, video, and new media integrated with courses in conceptual studies that emphasize the intersection of theory and practice. This is accomplished through a required sequence of 7-8 introductory, pre-portfolio courses followed by a series of electives and capstone projects to make up the 66-credit major.

The following outline will serve as a guide in planning a major in Film (Film/Video/Animation/New Genres Track). Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their PSOA and departmental advisors throughout their studies at UWM. All course waivers or changes in the requirements of the major must have the written approval of the Department Chair.

film/video/animation/new GENRES REQUIREMENTS (120 CREDITS)

  1. Peck School of the Arts Core Curriculum
  2. Film Department Foundation Classes
  3. Pre-Portfolio Studios
  4. Portfolio Review
  5. Film/Video/Animation/New Genres Electives
  6. Conceptual Studies Electives
  7. Senior Project
  8. Complementary Electives
  9. General Electives

PECK SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CORE CURRICULUM (45 CREDITS)

FILM DEPARTMENT FOUNDATION CLASSES (18 CREDITS)

Course Title Credits
Film 114 Film and Experience 3
Film 115 Media Archaeology 3
Film 116 Experimentation with Media 3
Film 201 Introduction to Experimental Media Arts 3
Film 202 Current Topics in Media Arts Production 3
Film 210 Concepts of Production in the Media Arts 3
18 cr. Total

PRE-PORTFOLIO STUDIOS (6 CREDITS)

Course Title Credits
Film 220 Basic Elements of Filmmaking I 3
Film 222 Basic Elements of Video 3
Film 253 Introduction to Photography 3
Film 255 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
  (Take 2 courses) 6 cr. Total
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PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Students are admitted to the Film Major as a result of a portfolio review that occurs upon completion of 24 credits of work. The portfolio consists of final projects from two Pre-Portfolio Studios. Portfolio reviews occur once at the end of each semester.

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film/video/animation/new GENRES ELECTIVES (15 CREDITS)

Refer to Course Descriptions

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CONCEPTUAL STUDIES ELECTIVES (6 CREDITS)

Refer to Course Descriptions

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SENIOR PROJECT (9 CREDITS, 2 semesters)

Course Title Credits
Film 509 Senior Project I 3
Film 510 Senior Project II 6
9 cr. Total
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COMPLEMENTARY ELECTIVES (12 CREDITS)

Photography, Conceptual Studies or Film/Video/Animation/New Genres; min. 3 cr. 300-level or above.

Refer to Course Descriptions

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GENERAL ELECTIVES (9 CREDITS)

Chosen from departments outside of Film

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BFA Degree Opportunities

Collaborations

The Film Department works with such local groups as the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Center for 21st Century Studies, the Woodland Pattern Book Center, the Institute of Visual Arts, the Walkers Point Center for the Arts, MATA, the UWM Union Theatre, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, the Wisconsin Film Festival, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, The Milwaukee International Film Festival and a diverse array of academic departments such as Architecture, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Guest Artists

The Film Department periodically invites innovative film and video makers to teach during the summer or for a semester.

Su Friedrich
Peter Hutton
Chris Sullivan*
Colleen Sullivan*
John Terry*
Stan Brakhage
Andrej Zdravic*
Robert Beavers
Nina Fonoroff
Babette Mangolte
Miranda July
Peggy Ahwesh*
Dee Dee Halleck
Luis Recoder
David Gatten
Cauleen Smith*
Owen Land
George Kuchar*
Gary Adkins*
Lewis Klahr
Martin Arnold*
Reggie Hudlin*
Helen DeMichelle
Jennifer Reeves
James Benning*
Vincent Grenier*
Naomi Uman
Leighton Pierce
Sharon Couzins
Chris Bratton*
Michael Snow
Dan Sandin
Tony Conrad*
Jennifer Montgomery*
Peter Wollen
George Stoney
Tom Palazzolo*
Jane Veeder
Greta Snider
Matthias Muller
Glen Fogel
Brad Lichtenstein*
Barbara Lattanzi*
Erik Saks*
Mary Filippo
Keith Sanborn *
Harun Farocki
Sadie Benning

*As Visitng Faculty

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