A Filmmaking Degree—Your Biggest Production
Do you use a camera to tell your story? In the online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production program, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the film industry.* This program is focused on all elements of filmmaking and production, from storytelling and scriptwriting to sound design, lighting, broadcast graphics, editing, compositing, and acting and directing. You’ll also be given a solid foundation in industry-related topics with courses that teach you theory, criticism, and the history of film and media.
This program is offered in a convenient online format that allows you to study at home—or anywhere you have an internet connection. You’ll learn alongside other students who share your creative passion—and gain insight from professional instructors** who bring real-world experience into your online classroom.
As a student, you’ll also complete an internship that will help you to build your hands-on skills while building your resume. You will also have the opportunity to produce a digital film from start to finish. Once you’ve graduated, you may apply for positions in broadcasting and news editing or jobs such as movie producer, television camera operator, video editor, or filmmaker.
What Will I Study?
Our curriculum is designed to help develop the tools and skills to pursue employment in the industry. Students will be mentored by faculty – many of whom are working or have worked in the industry and obtain invaluable guidance to create a standout portfolio.
Learn to evaluate the visual and audio potential of locations—and choose the proper film and sound tools to achieve a story’s intended look.
Video & Audio Foundations
Focus on writing and creating scripts that tell a compelling story—from initial research to proposals to final scripts.
Study the production processes from the producer and director’s points of view.
Producing & Directing
Explore the many styles of cinematography including principles of camera operation, use of lenses, composition, and lighting techniques.
Learn how editing serves as a form of creative problem-solving—using approach, pace, tone, and rhythm of sequences.
Put all of your skills together to write, produce, direct, and edit a significant, sophisticated, digital film in a chosen genre.
Senior Thesis Project
Each degree offered includes an Introductory Technology Fee designed to provide you with the technology you need to get started with your program. The fee covers the cost of an iPad, Apple Pencil and a smart keyboard. In addition, each program includes a Technology Fee that provides the industry-relevant tools and specialized software you’ll need as you move through coursework and assignments. The items included as part of this fee will support your collaboration with other students and assist you in creating a portfolio to present to potential future employers.
• Students have the option to opt out of the Introductory Technology Fee and/or Technology Fee and purchase necessary technology on their own. Tuition includes required eBooks and basic software for all courses within the student's program of study. Students are responsible for procuring and/or replenishing any other equipment or materials as required. Please contact your enrollment counselor for a full list of items that make up the technology fee. Technology specifications are subject to change and/or be replaced with a comparable item due to vendor availability. Some technology fee components are distributed over the course of a student’s program; some technology fee components are downloadable items.
- Laptop and External SSD
- Professional headphones
- Light Meter
- 4k Camera, lenses, and Accessories
- Boom Pole and Accessories
- Microphone Kit
- Filter Kit
- Light Kit
- Program specific software, including the Adobe Suite.
Upcoming Start Dates
Prospective students may apply for admission at any time. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and prospective students are encouraged to apply as early as possible prior to their intended start date. Admitted students may begin their program of study at the start of any quarter (i.e., October, January, April, or July) or mid-quarter (i.e., February, May, August, or November).
If you’re ready to apply, please follow these simple steps: Complete an online application form. Then, within 10 days of applying, send us your high school transcript or high school equivalency certification (or exam, depending on the context) (such as the GED®), and any other college or military transcripts you may have. In the meantime, we’ll work with you to arrange a virtual interview where we can get to know you and your interests in attending college.
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To successfully participate in online learning, students must have a computer and stable internet connection. Additional software and hardware differs by program of study. Have questions about whether you’re set up to start online learning? Talk to one of our Admissions Representatives.