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B.F.A. in Film and Television

Overview: 

The BFA in Film and Television provides professional preparation in the art and craft of filmmaking. BFA students gain training in directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing and production and post-production sound. The program offers coursework in fiction, documentary and experimental production filmmaking, and emphasizes the development of a personal artistic voice, professional standards, creative collaboration and mastery of technical skills. The BFA curriculum balances extensive coursework in production with complementing film & television studies and producing classes, as well as a pre-professional internship through the Film and Television Internship Program.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

At the completion of the degree Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Develop original work that reflects a personal artistic voice through the production of fiction and non-fiction work.
  2. Apply strong technical control in the areas of directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing and production and post-production sound.
  3. Effectively work collaboratively.
  4. Employ professional standards.
Assessment Activities: 
  1. Junior Year Documentary Reviews – Performance rubric used to assess documentaries. The documentary assignment is the culmination of the students’ first year in the program. It is also their first film to be screened off campus to a public audience. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to construct a narrative using real characters and to express the story by incorporating the conceptual and technical skills taught in the first year.
  2. Senior Thesis Film Performance Reviews – Performance rubric used to assess senior capstone films. The thesis films are a culmination of the learning done in the program. Students are not limited by genre and can produce fiction or nonfiction films. The expectation is that these films will reach high professional standards, as described in the learning outcomes.

Activity – Junior Doc Review

Outcomes

measured

F 2015

13 participants

 

Q: #1 originality

#1

4.5 out of 5.0

 

Q: #2 technical control

#2

4.2 out of 5.0

 

Q: #3 collaboration

#3

4.9 out of 5.0

 

Q: #4 professionalism

#4

4.5 out of 5.0

 

 

 

 

 

Activity - Senior Thesis Review

 

Outcomes

measured

 

S 2017

9 participants

Q: #1 originality

#1

 

4.3 out of 5.0

Q: #2 technical control

#2

 

4.2 out of 5.0

Q: #3 collaboration

#3

 

4.5 out of 5.0

Q: #4 professionalism

#4

 

4.3 out of 5.0

Indirect Student  Assessment

Exit Survey BFA Film & Television Spring 2017 Avg. Score n=13
I have been able to develop original work that reflects a personal artistic voice through the production of fiction and non-fiction work. 3.29
I have developed skills to apply strong technical control in the areas of directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing and production and post-production sound. 3.38
I have learned to effectively work collaboratively. 3.75
I recognize and can employ professional standards. 3.79

*Score Range: 4=strongly agree    3=agree    2=disagree    1=strongly disagree

Assessment Findings: 

Narrative Interpretation of Findings

The film directing work of Film and Television Students in the BFA Degree Program in the 2016 - 2017 demonstrated that students gained sophisticated knowledge and advanced skill in how to create original stories, collaborate with their peers, work professionally and create content at a exceptional level of technical, formal and stylistic rigor. For both the samples, nearly all categories improved from the 2015-2016 sample. In the two exceptions, the differences were negligible (a variation of -.1 in the collaboration category in the documentary sample, and a variation of -.2 in the  collaboration category in the thesis sample).

Of note this year, is that the film directing work in the documentary sample showed a higher level of originality in storytelling than in the previous year. It is also important to note that the student outcomes are evaluated with a high bar of expectation from the faculty and are held to standards more consistent with that of a professional working director than of an undergraduate student.

Change in Response to Findings: 

The Production Faculty continues to emphasize the teaching and nurturing of original vision, technical control, collaboration and professionalism.  In such an individualized degree program, some students will need greater support in developing their original voices. The faculty will continue to work towards the goal that all BFA students achieve an equally high level of original storytelling, technical control, collaborative approach and professionalism in their work.

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Updated date: Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:05