Film BFA - Film, Video, Animation, and
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.
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:
|University Core Curriculum
|Required Film Courses*
* 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.
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 curriculum sheet 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.
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.
BFA Degree Opportunities
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.
The Film Department periodically invites innovative film and video makers to teach during the summer or for a semester.
Dee Dee Halleck
Keith Sanborn *
*As Visitng Faculty