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2013-2014 University Catalogue 
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Film & Video, Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Peter Rose \ \ 215.717.6554
Program Director


The curriculum for Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film & Video is built around a progressive sequence of classes designed to teach professional skills and critical viewing habits and to expand the students’ sense of the possibilities of the media. An introduction of fundamental ideas and techniques comprises the first two years. Within the two remaining years, the student is expected to refine techniques, to develop a sense of personal vision, to pursue activities directly related to professional practice, and to understand the larger cultural and aesthetic context in which their ideas and activities exist. Classes involve a synthesis of hands-on instruction, lecture, screening and critique.

Program Objectives

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Video will:

  • Master the writing, staging, shooting, lighting, and directing of filmed subject matter and the use of the full range of film and video equipment;
  • Learn to record, edit, design, and mix sound tracks, and master software used for sound editing, manipulation, and mixing;
  • Master digital video editing;
  • Learn and create new ways to see, record, and present moving imagery;
  • Learn to practice the arts of documentary, experimental, and narrative film, and master at least one of them;
  • Learn to work with actors; and
  • Develop collaborative skills and be comfortable working with others and expressing their ideas to fellow artists, crew personnel, and collaborators.

This major provides students with a background in all phases of film and video production, including film cinematography, videography, film and video editing, and sound/image manipulation. Film and Video students acquire a strong background in criticism, theory, and history of media and take advantage of a wide range of internship and study abroad opportunities.

Program Requirements (126 credits)

University Common Curriculum (4.5 Credits)

Additional information available on the University Common Curriculum  page.

CAMD College Core (18 credits)

Required CAMD Core


  • Select 1 course from subjects: IMAG or TIME


  • Select 1 course from subjects: OBJT or ENVI


  • Select 2 courses from subjects: IMAG, TIME, OBJT, or ENVI

CAMD School Core (6 credits)

All CAMD students are required to complete 6 credits of School Core coursework during their first three semesters.  Students are free to select courses from any school or cross-college program.  Refer to the CAMD School Core  page for additional information.

Discipline History (12 credits)

Liberal Arts Distribution (30 credits)

Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject HUMS

Period Interpretation (6 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject LAPI, level 800 (Select 1 course from subject PIPT)
  • Select 1 course from subject LAPI, level 900 (Select 1 course from subject PITC)

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject LACR, level 200 (excluding LACR 210) (Select 1 course from subject SIFT)

Liberal Arts Electives (12 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects: LAAH, LALL, LAPR, LASM, or LASS
  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • ARAB (Arabic), FRCH (French), ITAL (Italian), LITT (Literature)
    • PHIL (Philosophy), RELI (Religion)
    • MATH (Math), SCIE (Science)
    • ANTH (Anthropology), PHIL (Philosophy), PSYC (Psychology), SOCI (Sociology)
    • STCU (Cultural Studies), STDA (Dance Studies), STGS (Gender & Sexuality Studies),
      STMU (Music Studies), STPF (Performance Studies)
  • Select courses from  : Art History or LA Elective.

Electives (15 credits)

  • Complete 15 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.