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Film, Video, New Media, and Animation: Undergraduate Overview

As a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio (BFA) student studying in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation, you will have access to state-of-the-art shooting, editing, and production equipment plus a large, diverse list of course offerings to address your individual artistic needs.

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Choose Your Concentration

The curriculum gives you a flexible set of interdisciplinary theory-practice, topics, and genre classes as well as disciplinary course sequences to choose from as you decide which of the following paths or combinations of paths to follow:

  • Film
  • Video
  • Installation
  • New media
  • Animation
  • Nonfiction

Topic and Genre Classes

Topic and genre classes explore existing and new combinations of media technologies within the context of critical theories, histories, and collaboration. These courses bring together students working in a variety of forms: narrative, installation, animation, nonfiction, new media, and other areas of alternative and independent media.

Production in Disciplinary Paths

Studio courses follow disciplinary paths of cinema, video art, installation, new media art, and animation—experimental 3D and hand-drawn. These classes provide rigorous technical training through sequences in each path that advance practical and critical skills, connecting your work to wider interdisciplinary concerns. Courses engage historical, critical, aesthetic, cultural, and technological issues through the making of experimental media art.