Motion Pictures & Television (BFA)

Motion Pictures & Television (BFA)

The BFA degree offers a solid grounding in the creative process and business skills of entertainment, as well as an in-depth specialization in one of the key areas of filmmaking (directing, producing, cinematography, editing, production design, and screenwriting).


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

Available Online

Core Classes

MPT 105 Cinematic Storytelling Core/3
MPT 106 Edit 1: The Art of Editing Core/3
MPT 140 Lighting 1: The Art of Seeing Light Core/3
MPT 159 Cinematography 1 Core/3
MPT 204 Breaking through the Noise of Social Media Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer
MPT 205 Introduction to Producing Core/3
MPT 225 Sound Design for Film 1: Basic Concepts Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer
MPT 234 Scene Production Laboratory Core/3
MPT 285 Production Design Foundations Core/3
MPT 330 Directing Actors for Film and TV Core/3
MPT 495 Into the Industry Core/3
WRI 188 Characters and Backstory Core/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 36
Major 33
Liberal Arts 42
Elective 9
Total 120

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    4 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Context & Style course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Historical Awareness course
    1 Quantitative Literacy course
    1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course
    1 Employment Communications and Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

General Filmmaking Skills

  • Collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the process of creating a film from beginning to end

Professional Readiness

  • Apply knowledge of roles in the film industry to select an area of specialization (Midpoint Review only)
  • Effectively showcase work in an industry-standard demo reel and website (Final Review only)
  • Demonstrate professional – level achievement through the execution of a variety of projects in area of specialization (Final Review only)


  • Demonstrate proficiency in editing and color correction programs by effectively using them in projects.
  • Complete an editorial project through locked cut to include basic sound effects, scratch music underscore, and color correction


  • Create shorts that demonstrate a basic understanding of story structure
  • Write shorts where three-dimensional characters are built
  • Write shorts that contain realistic dialogue


  • Work effectively with various cameras, lenses and accessories
  • Design and execute creative lighting schemes
  • Effectively manage a scene for coverage
  • Apply principles of composition and camera movements to enhance the story


  • Guide a crew in preproduction, production, and postproduction to execute effective choices that serve the story
  • Create shorts that demonstrate a basic understanding of story structure and character development
  • Elicit engaging and believable performances from actors


  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in budgeting and scheduling
  • Demonstrate familiarity with negotiating film contracts (for actors, crew, locations, equipment, lodging, transportation, and catering)
  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal aspects of film production, including copyrights, trademarks, music licensing, and working with minors

Production Design

  • Support the look of films based on the director’s vision, including: choosing locations, creating settings, selecting props, and dressing sets
  • Communicate design concepts through basic drawing skills and visual presentations

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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