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BA or BFA in Film, Television + Media Arts

Students in the film, television and media arts program receive intensive hands-on training in all phases of digital media production. They hone their individual creative and technical skills to their highest levels in the context of: a firm grounding in media history; writing for the media; film, television and media arts theory, ethics and rigorous production practice.

Our FTM students learn the essential skills necessary to join our alumni as both sophisticated, highly creative content providers and excellently prepared specialists in their chosen fields. We emphasize hands-on film, television and interactive media making and creative collaboration, and help students begin to develop a personal creative style.

What's the difference between the BA and the BFA degrees?
Both programs initially follow the same course of study. Students are immersed in techniques of visual storytelling that demand expertise in single and multi-camera video production, and writing and producing for film, radio, television and the Internet. Because good media practice also requires a solid understanding of media history and theory, the curriculum is balanced with courses that explore the role and impact of mass media in society.

Formal coursework for both programs is taught on campus, both in Connecticut and in Los Angeles. Additionally we offer a number of international options for education abroad, which have in recent years included production course work in Ireland; Nice, France; and in Cape Town and Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The bachelor of arts (BA) program offers a broader perspective and is dedicated to a more traditional approach to a liberal arts education. With a 46-credit load in the core and FTM curriculum, the program explores a broad range of topics outside the major and requires an 18-credit minor.

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) program delivers a more intensive approach to acquiring the kind of real-world knowledge that drives the industry today. With a 64-credit load in the core and FTM curriculum and no minor requirement, students take more classes in their chosen field and have a greater opportunity to explore areas of interest through an expanded choice of FVI electives in production practice, history and theory.

BFA program admission eligibility:

  • Current high school students who have been admitted to the FTM program at Quinnipiac can immediately apply for separate admission to the BFA program. The portfolio requirement is waived until August or December after their first year at Quinnipiac.
  • Transfer students who have been admitted to the FTM program at Quinnipiac can immediately apply separately for admission to the BFA program. The portfolio requirement is waived until August or December after their first year at Quinnipiac.
  • Enrolled undergraduate Quinnipiac students can apply for admission to the BFA program in August or December after their first year with the portfolio requirement.
  • Students denied admission into the BFA program can and should resubmit new portfolio and application materials for reconsideration in August or December after their first year at Quinnipiac.

What you'll study:
In concert with a diverse course of study, you'll explore the creative components of filmmaking - directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, producing, sound acquisition, digital imaging (D.I.T.) and more.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • Film language and the aesthetics of storytelling for the screen
  • How to create a unique visual syntax and implement special effects to contribute to contemporary storytelling
  • Pre-production: script breakdown, location scouting and permitting, schedule and budget creation, and casting
  • Writing for a variety of media and screenplay formats, emphasizing visual storytelling techniques and new modes of narrative strategies

And you will:

  • Collaborate on a variety of projects which may include short documentary and narrative films, music videos, commercials and public service announcements (PSAs)
  • Learn the fundamentals of creative cinematography and lighting
  • Edit picture and sound for pacing and dramatic impact
  • Produce a senior thesis film in tandem with a production crew, or write a professional-quality feature film screenplay suitable for the current marketplace.

The Current Job Market

Our FTM graduates are well positioned to pursue careers working for themselves or for others in the creation of a broad range of digital material for all current and emerging media platforms. They are prepared to work for corporate, entertainment and not-for-profit institutions engaged in delivering entertainment and information programming to audiences around the world and have a firm foundation to pursue graduate work, including a master of fine arts degree.

For questions, please contact Liam O'Brien

Curriculum + Requirements - BA degree with minor

The bachelor of arts degree in film, television and media arts includes 46 credits and a minor (typically 18 credits) that will complement their career and/or personal interests. This minor can be from any program either inside or outside the School of Communications (except a minor in film, television and media arts).

Course Title Credits
Required School of Communications core courses (12 credits)
Must be completed by the end of sophomore year
JRN 160 Introduction to Media Writing 3
MSS 101 Media Industries and Trends 3
MSS 220 Media History 3
MSS 340 Communications Law and Policy 3
Other required FTM courses (25 credits)
FTM 110 Fundamentals of Media Production I 3
FTM 112 Fundamentals of Media Production II 3
FTM 230 Animation & Mobile Media 3
FTM 240 Analysis of the Moving Image 3
FTM 245 Writing and Producing Media 3
FTM 372 Scriptwriting 3
FTM 450 Senior Seminar 3
FTM 494 Senior Project Colloquy 1
FTM 495 Senior Project (capstone) 3
Electives, select three (9 credits)
FTM 310 Projects in Animation & Mobile Media 3
FTM 320 History of Film I 3
FTM 342 Directing Film and Television 3
FTM 355 Projects in Single-Camera Production 3
FTM 375 Advanced Camera and Lighting 3
FTM 380 Projects in Audio Production 3
FTM 390 Projects in Multi-camera Production 3
FTM 392 Post-Production Techniques 3
FTM 393 Advanced Animation Techniques 3
FTM 397 Summer Production Project 4
COM 215 Social Media: Leveraging the Digital Age 3
COM 490 Internship 3
Other courses with department chair's approval

Out-of-department minor

Curriculum + Requirements - BFA Degree

The 64-credit bachelor of fine arts degree is highly competitive. Candidacy for this degree can only be obtained through a successful separate application that includes a portfolio review. Candidates for the BFA degree are selected in September or February of a student's sophomore year. To apply to the BFA, please download the application (PDF).

Requirements (64 credits)

Course Title Credits
Required School of Communications core courses (12 credits)
Must be completed by the end of sophomore year
MSS 101* Media Industries and Trends 3
JRN 160* Introduction to Media Writing 3
MSS 220* Media History 3
MSS 340 Communications Law and Policy 3
Other required FTM courses (37 credits)
FTM 110 Fundamentals of Media Production I 3
FTM 112 Fundamentals of Media Production II 3
FTM 230 Animation and Mobile Media 3
FTM 240 Analysis of the Moving Image 3
FTM 245 Writing & Producing Media 3
FTM 320 History of Film I 3
FTM 322 History of Film (& Television) II 3
FTM 342 Directing Film & Television 3
FTM 372 Scriptwriting 3
FTM 450 Senior Seminar 3
FTM 494 Senior Project Colloquy 1
FTM 495 Senior Project (capstone) 3
COM 490 Internship 3
Electives, select five (15 credits)
FVI 310 Projects in Animation & Mobile Media 3
FVI 342 Directing Film & Television 3
FVI 355 Projects in Single-Camera Production 3
FVI 375 Advanced Camera & Lighting 3
FVI 380 Projects in Audio Production 3
FVI 390 Projects in Multi-camera Production 3
FVI 392 Post-Production Techniques 3
FVI 393 Advanced Animation Techniques 3
FVI 397 Summer Production Project 4
COM 215 Social Media: Leveraging the Ditigal Age 3
COM 491 Advanced Internship 3
Other courses with department chair's approval
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