Cinema Studies & Film Production

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Cinema Studies and Film Production Degree Program Overview

The Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Cinema Studies and Film Production

Cinema Studies and Film Production is a 120-credit program that embeds a fully-articulated program in cinema studies and film production within the context of a liberal arts philosophy emphasizing the education of the person as a whole. The program takes a craft approach to filmmaking, providing students with very high levels of technical skills while fostering the student's personal development as a creative artist. The student's personal interest in filmmaking is nurtured in light of a range of historical models, from classic Hollywood narrative films to revolutionary "Third Cinema" to experimental filmmaking and documentary. Structural sophistication, technical excellence, and artistic ambitiousness are the landmarks of the films and videos produced by graduates of the B.A. program.

The B.A. in Cinema Studies and Film Production is designed so that it can be completed in eight semesters of full-time coursework. Students with a B.A. in Cinema Studies and Film Production are ready to begin their careers as filmmakers or go on to graduate work in the fields of cinema studies and/or film production. Graduates of the B.A. program in Cinema Studies and Film Production have the skills and knowledge to qualify for a variety of possible positions at television stations, advertising agencies, production companies, and studios.

Every Bachelor of Arts degree candidate must complete Burlington College's General Education requirements and must earn a minimum of 120 credits to achieve a degree. The following course requirements are specific to the Cinema Studies and Film Production major.

Cinema Studies & Film Production Requirements

45 credits past the 6 entry level credits are required. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Other coursework may be substituted with permission of academic advisor.

Entry Level (100): 6 credits
Introduction to Cinema Studies Film Production I
Intermediate Level (200): 15 credits
Film Production II
Non-linear Editing
Introduction to Screenwriting
Cinema Studies Electives * - 3 credits
Film Production Elective - 3 credits

Upper Level (300): 21 credits
Location Audio
Topics in Cinema Studies
Cinema Studies Elective * —6 credits
Film Production Electives—6 credits

Internship: 3 credits
Film Studies Degree Project I & II (3 credits each): 6 credits

Total Credits Above Entry Level: 45

Intermediate Level Film Production Electives (200)
Cinema studies electives must include 3 credits in Theory/Criticism/Aesthetics. The additional 6 credits of cinema studies electives should be in more than one of the following categories of cinema studies courses: national cinema survey courses, genre courses, "films of" director courses, and special topics courses.

Documentary Production I
Documentary Production II
Experimental Filmmaking
Introduction to Animation
Flash Animation
Photoshop I
Acting and Directing

Intermediate Level Cinema Studies Electives (200)
Filmmakers and Film Theories *
Film as a Subversive Art *
Hollywood and Its Alternatives *
Film Comedy
The Festival Experience: Lake Placid Film Forum
"The Films Of" (a specific director)

Upper Level Film Production Electives: (300)
Film Production III
Writing the Feature I
Writing the Feature II
Audio Post Production
After Effects
Advanced Non-linear Editing
Producing and Industry Literacy

Upper Level Cinema Studies Electives (300)
French Cinema
German Cinema
Non-fiction Film
Horror Film
Shades of Noir
Italian Cinema
Middle Eastern Cinema
Third World Cinema *
Ways of Seeing *

* These courses meet the Theory/Criticism/Aesthetics requirement.


General Education Requirements
  • Demonstration of proficiency in academic computing
  • Vision and Revision (or assessment of writing sample)
  • Research and Reflection

Evidence of proficiency in the four fundamental learning skills 

  • Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Researching

3 credits in each of the following areas of the liberal arts 
  • Creative Expression
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Historical Consciousness
  • Media Literacy
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Responsible Action
  • Scientific Thought
  • Social Awareness

Cinema Studies and Film Production is a 120-credit program that embeds a fully-articulated program in cinema studies and film production