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.

Join us for SAIC Day

Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. (CT)
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Join us to learn more about our unique curriculum and what it means to be "interdisciplinary." Faculty will share their insights and more on the critique and studio environment of SAIC, and we'll also go over what your first year will look like, including your art history options, seminar topics, and studio electives.

The department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation (FVNMA) reaches beyond conventional approaches to media, investigating the possibilities of nonfiction and narrative film and video, moving-image installation, analog and digital animation, interactive art, VR, AR and web-based projects and additionally offering seminar courses in media preservation, curatorial practices, and media art histories. FVNMA students often invent interdisciplinary pathways for the production of hybrid works that expand traditional forms to create new avenues of expression—acts of artistic exploration and risk-taking that the department enthusiastically supports.

The work of FVNMA faculty is represented in museums and galleries; presented at major international festivals of film and media; screened in art cinemas and at music and performance venues; embraced in community-based projects; and featured in prominent arts publications. Students take classes offered by these working practitioners, as well as with faculty across all departments, in order to develop and focus their own unique creative approaches. It is through this process that students learn to research, invent, and explore. The seminars, production classes and innovative art history offerings ensure that students receive in-depth knowledge of theories and histories relevant to moving-image art making.

Studio courses follow disciplinary paths of cinema, video art, new media art, and animation—experimental 3D and 2D. 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.

Film, Video, New Media and Animation undergrad curriculum