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Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Published June 1, 2016

Student Learning Outcomes

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• Producing & Directing: Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan and execute different styles of media productions. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of their leadership and collaborative responsibilities in relationship to artistic partners, crews, clients, the wider community and their own personal development

• Writing & Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate ideas, stories and expectations in written work. Graduates will have an understanding of the historical, cultural and social contexts for moving images

• Cinematography & Lighting: Demonstrate control of camera, cinematic and lighting equipment in relation to a given subject

• Sound: Demonstrate control of audio recording and sound equipment in a variety of applications. Graduates will show ability to create a meaningful relationship between image and sound

• Editing & Post-Production: Demonstrate appropriate skill in editing with attention to duration, shot to shot relation, shot to scene and relation to the whole. Graduates will demonstrate a basic understanding of design principles in use of typography, motion graphics and animation, as well as compositing and image processing skills (where applicable)

• Professionalism: Present and conduct themselves professionally and demonstrate an understanding of specific career paths, job responsibilities, and industry expectations

Program Courses

Total Credit Hours: 180
Program-Specific Credits: 132


AUDA101 Fundamentals of Audio
DFVA101 Survey of Digital Filmmaking and Video Production
DFVA102 Introduction to Filmmaking Applications and Design
DFVA103 Fundamentals of Video Production
DFVA105 Conceptual Storytelling
DFVA107 Fundamentals of Producing and Directing
DFVA111 Principles of Cinematography
DFVA113 Fundamentals of Editing
DFVA123 Intermediate Video Production
DFVA133 Lighting for Digital Film
DFVA201 Fundamentals of Scriptwriting
DFVA202 Digital Cinematography
DFVA203 Intermediate Editing
DFVA204 Acting and Directing
DFVA205 History of Film and Media
DFVA208 Media Business Practices
DFVA212 Broadcast Graphics I
DFVA213 Studio Production
DFVA214 Advanced Scriptwriting
DFVA222 Broadcast Graphics II
DFVA223 Intermediate Audio
DFVA233 Electronic Field Production
DFVA303 Multi-Camera Production
DFVA306 Internship
DFVA307 Media Theory and Criticism
DFVA308 Media Delivery Systems and Distribution
DFVA309 Portfolio I
DFVA313 Sound Design
DFVA323 Short Media Production
DFVA332 Senior Project Preparation
DFVA333 Senior Project Production
DFVA343 Advanced Editing
DFVA353 Compositing for Digital Film
DFVA403 Senior Project Post Production
DFVA409 Portfolio II
FND135 Image Manipulation
FND150 Digital Color Theory

General Education Credits: 48

MAT100 College Mathematics
COM101 Oral Communications
PSY101 Psychology
HUM101 Introduction to Humanities
ENG104 Composition
GE2024 Art History I
GE2084 Writing II
GE3004 Art History II
GE3014 Perspectives in Global Economics
GE3024 Environmental Science

Program Electives

Program-Related Electives: Select Three

All BFA Digital Filmmaking & Video Production students should meet with Academic Director/Program Coordinator for selection of Program-Related Electives based on students’ area of interest.

General Program Electives: Select Four

FND110 Observational Drawing
FND105 Fundamentals of Design
GWDA133 Fundamentals of Web Design
GWDA204 Introduction to Writing for Interactive Media
PHOA101 Introduction to Photography
Other courses may be subject to Academic Director/Program Coordinator approval upon request* 

*Minimum of 88 internship hours for the quarter

General Education Electives:
Humanities/Fine Arts Electives: (Select 1)


ENG307 Twentieth Century Poetry
ENG310 Topics in American Literature
ENG311 Topics in British Literature
ENG312 Women in Literature
GE3034 Transformations & Adaptations
GE3054 Myths & Mythology
GE3084 Creative Writing
GE3114 Film Appreciation
GE4014 Survey of World Religions
GE4024 Western Civilization
GE4044 Southern Fiction
GE4064 Spanish

Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives: (Select 1)

SOC101 Sociology
GE2054 Social Psychology
GE3074 Principles of American Politics
GE3004 Art History II
GE3034 Transformations & Adaptations
GE3054 Myths & Mythology
GE3084 Creative Writing
GE3114 Film Appreciation
GE4014 Survey of World Religions
GE4024 Western Civilization
GE4044 Southern Fiction
GE4064 Spanish

Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives: (Select 1)

SOC101 Sociology
GE2054 Social Psychology
GE3014 Perspectives in Global Economics
GE3074 Principles of American Politics

Natural Sciences/Mathematics Electives: 4 credit hours (Select 3)

GE3024 Environmental Science
GE3104 Introduction to Chemistry
GE1014 Creative Geometry
MAT102 Statistics
COM101 Oral Communications
PSY101 Psychology
HUM101 Introduction to Humanities
ENG104 Composition
GE2024 Art History I
GE2084 Writing II
GE3004 Art History II
GE3014 Perspectives in Global Economics
GE3024 Environmental Science
General Education Electives:

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives: (Select 1)

ENG307 Twentieth Century Poetry
ENG310 Topics in American Literature
ENG311 Topics in British Literature
ENG312 Women in Literature
GE2024 Art History I
GE3004 Art History II
GE3034 Transformations & Adaptations
GE3054 Myths & Mythology
GE3084 Creative Writing
GE3114 Film Appreciation
GE4014 Survey of World Religions
GE4024 Western Civilization
GE4044 Southern Fiction
GE4064 Spanish

Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives: (Select 1)

SOC101 Sociology
GE2054 Social Psychology
GE3014 Perspectives in Global Economics
GE3074 Principles of American Politics

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Note: The Art Institute of Dallas (a campus of South University) reserves the right to alter the sequencing of classes. Some courses are offered on a rotating basis. Students should consult their Academic Advisors and/or Department Chair when creating their course schedules to ensure they are following the recommended sequence. Students must meet all co/prerequisites for courses.