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Academics Film B.A. in Film

B.A. IN FILM

WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Film professionals are expert storytellers with the opportunity to create content that can touch hearts, change minds and truly change the world we live in. From web-based shorts to corporate work to feature films and beyond, film offers the opportunity to share your vision in meaningful and rewarding ways.

The Bachelor of Arts in Film degree program will provide you with a strong foundation in all aspects of filmmaking and will give you an in depth education in a specialized area of filmmaking: writing, directing, cinematography, producing, production design, or editing—preparing you to script, shoot, edit, produce, and distribute a wide range of digital content. In the process, you’ll experiment with creating narrative films, documentaries, advertisements, public service announcements and more—both for yourself and for outside clients.

Degree Type:

Bachelor's

Program Length:

120Weeks

Is Flashpoint’s Film Degree Program Right for You?

Are you the type of person who:
  • Has a strong desire to create and tell stories through a career that is evolving and changing with technology?
  • Wants to experience immersive hands-on learning in a collaborative setting?
  • Is passionate about film, and energized by the idea of creating digital moving images?
  • Wants to build a career in the dynamic film industry, and have the ability to work in all facets of visual media?
  • Has deep curiosity and drive? Filmmakers are always learning and growing, and must have the tenacity to work hard and do whatever it takes for the art and the deadline.

Career Paths

  • Set Production Assistant
  • Office Production Assistant
  • Production Manager
  • Assistant Director
  • Art Production Assistant
  • Art Director
  • Director
  • Grip
  • Script Supervisor
  • 2nd Assistant Camera
  • Camera Operator
  • Cinematographer
  • Assistant Editor
  • Editor
  • Sound Editor
Gainful Employment Information

For more information about this film degree program’s graduation rate, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here for this program’s gainful employment disclosure.

What You Can Learn

In the first two years of this degree program in film, students have the opportunity to build broad and transferable skills in screenwriting, cinematography, producing, directing, and post-production. Here are some of the topics students will have the opportunity to cover.

  • Principles of cinematography and how to use a variety of professional cameras
  • Principles of lighting for the camera
  • Principles of directing
  • Principles of screenwriting and Final Draft screenwriting software
  • Principles of editing and various professional editing software
  • Principles of producing and leading projects from development through post-production

Course Schedule

Year 1
  • Computer Technology
  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Simulations/Production-in-Action
  • Screenwriting
  • Directing
  • Cinematography
  • Post-Production
  • Writing and Producing for New Media
  • Production Module I
  • Advanced Topics: Film Production
  • Documentary Theory and Production
  • Business of Film
  • Production Module II
  • Flashpoint Studios
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4
  • Elective 5
  • Elective 6
  • See Catalog for Electives
Year 2
  • Portfolio Development
  • Breaking into the Business
  • Advanced Topics: Film Production
  • Advanced Topics: Film Technologies
  • Production Module III
  • World Cultures
  • Western Civilization
  • Art History
  • Language, Symbols, and Society
  • The Hero’s Journey
  • General Math
  • Location Audio
  • Sound Design for Visual Media I
  • Capstone Experience I
  • Capstone Experience II
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • The Biology of Humans
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Oral Communication
Critical Studies

Flashpoint Chicago Critical Studies Program aims to educate students in the art and science of communications and the diverse media of contemporary storytelling within an exploration of the liberal arts. Our rigorous course of study and practice prepares graduates to be analytical thinkers and effective communicators who are creative, knowledgeable, and responsible contributors to advancing a curious, thoughtful, and compassionate global community. Flashpoint strives to assess student learning and achievement to the core competencies of critical studies that are intended to capture the broad spirit of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Learn more about our Critical Studies Department here.

WHY FLASHPOINT CHICAGO IS THE BEST FOR FILM

Project-based curriculum. At Flashpoint, you get immersed from day one. Classes are designed to put you to work collaboratively in teams on real-world projects. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the principles of cinematography, lighting, directing, screenwriting, editing, producing and more. All of that as you also build your confidence and a professional portfolio to help you launch your career.

Cross-disciplinary experience. Unlike traditional film schools, Flashpoint joins students from different programs in a capstone course each year to work on a project alongside those who are fulfilling the various roles in the marketing and creative process. This reflects the on-the-job reality that may become your career, and starts here in your first year.

High-tech campus. The Flashpoint campus is loaded with world-class environments and equipment. Featuring a professional screening room, film and recording studios, sound design suites, visual effects labs and more—this is the place to get prepared for your career.

Practicing professionals as your instructors. Faculty at Flashpoint don’t just teach—they mentor. In our focused, personalized environment you’ll get maximum attention and support from instructors who know you, and will guide every step of your education.

Deep industry connections. With the endorsements and support of some of the industry’s top players, Flashpoint offers incredible opportunities to meet your future employer through career services workshops, speaker events, portfolio shows and more.

Support every step of the way. With financial aid options for those who qualify, seamless transfer credit assistance, academic support workshops, and so much more—the Flashpoint community has a deep commitment to the success of every student from the first day of class to graduation and beyond.

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