Moving-Image Production Major Curriculum


The major in Moving-Image Production (MIP) prepares students for a range of careers or graduate studies in filmmaking. It emphasizes studio practice, the development of critical storytelling skills, and a proficiency in visual literacy.

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Pre-Major (9 CH)Introduces students to filmmaking fundamentals. Students take these courses as part of year one in preparation for the major.

Pre-Major Portfolio ReviewAfter completing the Pre-Majors students must participate in a portfolio review to proceed in the major.

Production Mode Studios (24 CH): Students select from classes built around the production modes of Animation, Documentary, Experimental, and Narrative. Over years two through four, students select from a menu of choices in these four modes, pursuing their own interests across these modes.  All students must take at least one course in each mode.

Cinema Today (2 CH)A chance for students to deepen their experience with the exhibition of cinema. This course is designed specifically for Moving-Image Production majors and students will participate in the course in both their second and third years in the major.

Moving-Image Production Electives (6 CH)Students are encouraged in their second, third, and fourth years of study to use this area to explore internships, study abroad, additional production courses, or screenwriting courses.

Senior Project (6 CH)Capstone courses working with faculty and other students to create moving-image work. 

Film Studies Minor (15 CH)15 hours in the Film Studies Minor is required for this major. The Film Studies Minor is a required supplement that students will complete slowly throughout their time in the major adding historical and critical perspective to the production skills learned in major courses.

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