UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


Peck School of the Arts


Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres


The Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres in the Peck School of the Arts offers an integrated program of study leading to a BFA in Film.

NOTE: Students in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres are required to have a laptop computer and video editing software.


FILM BFA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres

The Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres (FVANG) leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film requires 120 credits distributed as follows:

1. University Core Curriculum (includes Arts Distribution Requirement), 45 credits.

2.     FVANG Requirements; 72 credits

  • Department Foundation: Film 114, 116, 117, 118, 201, 231; 18 credits.
  • Foundation Studios: Film 222 required, plus one of Film 220, 232, or 255; 6 credits.
  • Foundation Review.
  • 300+ level Production Skills classes; 15 credits.*
  • 300+ level Portfolio Production classes; 6 credits.**
  • Contextual Topics: Film 303, plus 6 credits Film 316, 318, 319, 434; 9 credits.***
  • FVANG Electives, any level; 6 credits.
  • Professional Practice/Internship; 3 credits ****
  • Senior Project: Film 509, 510; 9 credits.

3.     General Elective chosen from any departments outside of Film; 3 credits.

Course of Study. The Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres degree program is an integrated course of study in which students create individual projects in film, video, or other media every semester. This is accomplished through a required sequence of six department Foundation courses and two Foundation Studios, followed by a series of required and elective courses in the 72-credit major.

Admission to the Major. Students are admitted to the Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres major upon completion of the UWM Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Part A requirement; the Quantitative Literacy (QL) Part A requirement; 18 credits of the department Foundation Curriculum (Film 114, 116, 117, 118, 201, and 231); 6 credits of Foundation Studios (Film 222 plus one of Film 220, 232, or 255); and passing Foundation Review.

The following outline will serve as a guide in planning for studies in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their school and departmental advisors. All course waivers or changes in the requirements of the major should be directed to a department or school academic advisor and must have the written approval of the department chair.

Year 1: Fall

  • 114 Film and Experience: The Filmmaker and the Viewer (3 cr)
  • 116 Listening and Recording (3 cr)
  • 117 Filmmaking Technologies and Techniques (3 cr)

Two of the following:

  • English 102 College Writing and Research (OWC-A) (3 cr) (English 233 Intro to Creative Writing (3 cr) recommended for students exempted from English 102)
  • Art History 205 History of Film I: Development of an Art (GER-H) (3 cr)
  • Math 103, 105, or 107 (QL-A) (3 cr)
  • PSOA Core Course****(3 cr)
  • University Core (GER) (3 cr)++

Year 1: Spring

  • 118 Image and Sound (3 cr)
  • 201 Introduction to Experimental Media Arts (3 cr)
  • 231 Concept Development for Film Practice (3 cr)

Two of the following:

  • English 102 College Writing and Research (OWC-A) (3 cr) (English 233 Intro to Creative Writing (3 cr) recommended for students exempted from English 102)
  • Math 103, 105, or 107 (QL-A); (3 cr)
  • PSOA Core Course****(3 cr)+
  • University Core (GER) (3 cr)++

Year 2: Fall

  • 222 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
  • 220 16mm Filmmaking II or 232 Introduction to Animation or 255 Introduction to Digital Arts
  • FVANG Elective

Two of the following:

  • Art History 205 History of Film I: Development of an Art (GER-H) (3 cr)
  • Math 103, 105, or 107 (QL-A) (3 cr)
  • University Core (GER)++ (English 215 Introduction to English Studies (3 cr) highly recommended to fulfill OWC-B & GER-H)
  • PSOA Core Course****(3 cr)+
  • FVANG Elective (3 cr)

Foundation Review is held at the end of each semester, when the Film Faculty reviews 2 self-authored media projects and a transcript from eligible students. Eligibility is attained through successful completion of Film 114, 116, 117, 118, 201, 222, 231, plus one of 220, 232, or 255.

Year 2: Spring

  • Production Skills Elective (6 cr)
  • Portfolio Production Elective (3 cr)
  • University Core (6 cr)++

Year 3: Fall

  • Film 303 (3 cr)
  • Production Skills (3 cr)
  • Portfolio Production (3 cr)
  • University Core (3 cr)++

Year 3: Spring

  • Production Skills (3 cr)
  • Contextual Elective (3 cr)
  • FVANG Elective (3 cr)
  • University Core (6 cr)++

Year 4: Fall

  • Production Skills (3 cr)
  • Professional Practice/Internship (3 cr)
  • Film 509 Senior Project I (3 cr)
  • University Core (6 cr)++

Year 4: Spring

  • Film 510 Senior Project II (6 cr)
  • Contextual Elective (3 cr)
  • University Core (3 cr)++
  • General Elective (3 cr)

Key:
* Production Skills
380, 420, and 460 classes including: Cinematography; Editing, Field Recording & Digital Audio; Lighting; Visual Effects Studio; Director of Photography; Post-Production Sound; Collaborative Filmmaking; Film Score Studio; Stop Motion Animation; DIY Camera Movement; Interactive Animation; Digital Filmmaking Workshop; Art Direction for Film. A full list of eligible courses will be available each semester.

** Portfolio Production
380, 420, and 460 classes including: Narrative Production; Experimental Narrative; Animation Studio; Zen & the Art of Filmmaking; Appropriated Media; Observational Documentary; Dreams: Yours, Mine, Ours; Experimental 16mm; Landscapes/Filmscapes. A full list of eligible courses will be available each semester.

*** Contextual Topics
Multiple classes, including 316, 318, 319, 341, and 434. A full list of eligible courses will be available each semester.

**** Professional Practice/Internship
Includes 250/450 Internship/Professional Practice; 341 The Producer's Role; The Screenwriting Business; 420 Documentary Projects (DocUWM); Inside the Film Business; Milwaukee Underground Film Festival; The Animation Business. A full list of eligible courses will be available each semester.

+ PSOA Core
Film students take 12 credits of PSOA classes outside of FVANG, including at least three different departments (Art & Design, Dance, Music, Theatre). It is highly recommended that Film majors include Theatre 110 Fundamentals of the Actor's Process as part of their PSOA Core.

++ University Core
Includes Oral and Written Communication (parts A & B), Quantitative Literacy (parts A & B), General Education Requirements in Humanities, Natural Science, Social Science, and Cultural Diversity, plus the PSOA Core, for a total of 45 credits.

Consult your academic advisor in the Peck School of the Arts Student Services Office for electives in the PSOA Core Curriculum and General Education Requirement courses.

Film, Video Animation, and New Genres Electives

Film 150 Multicultural America

Film 203 Media Workshop: (subtitle)

Film 220 16mm Filmmaking II

Film 222 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking

Film 232 Introduction to Animation

Film 234 Introduction to the Screenplay

Film 250 Internship/Professional Practice

Film 251 Theory/Practice Workshop: (subtitle)

Film 255 Introduction to Digital Arts

Film 297 Study Abroad

Film 299 Independent Study

Film 301 Conversations with Filmmakers and Critics: (subtitle)

Film 302 Video in the Classroom

Film 316 Filmmaker as Theorist/Practitioner: (subtitle)

Film 318 Film and the Visual and Performing Arts: (subtitle)

Film 319 Film Genres: (subtitle)

Film 320 Structures of Film

Film 341 Theory/Practice Seminar: (subtitle)

Film 380 Media Arts Module: (subtitle)

Film 389 Media Arts Workshop: (subtitle)

Film 399 Advanced Independent Study

Film 420 Intermediate Media Arts Module: (subtitle)

Film 434 Film Aesthetics: (subtitle)

Film 450 Advanced Internship/Professional Practice

Film 455 Integrated Film/Video Exploration

Film 460 Advanced Media Arts Module: (subtitle)

Film 470 Advanced Media Arts Workshop: (subtitle)

Film 497 Study Abroad: (subtitle)

Music 327 Analog and Digital Synthesis I

Music 328 Digital Synthesis and Systems II

Music 420 Advanced Computing and Music


 

 


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