Students in the filmmaking practices concentration receive grounding in fundamental production skills; entertainment and media ethics; feature, short and episodic screenwriting; and general film industry history and practices. Students will have the option of two tracks of study in the upper division: screenwriting or pre-professional. Students who choose the track in screenwriting will be required to take multiple writing courses at the intermediate and advanced levels; students in the pre-professional track will chose among a series of course options in each of the areas of writing; producing; and film and media technology. Production experience is regularly available through select lower-division courses that provide creative coursework options; the upper-division course FMP 300 Focus on Film (3); and credited opportunities to work on projects produced by students, faculty and the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. All students will complete a yearlong senior project, initiated and developed by the students and supported with dedicated faculty mentorship.
Students pursuing the film and media production concentration develop a comprehensive and practical knowledge of production; awareness and impact of media and entertainment on audiences and culture; and an understanding of the role of the artist in society. Students have access to digital cameras, lighting and sound equipment, post-production software and facilities, and other resources and technologies that will give them an opportunity to produce a final capstone project of exceptional technical quality. Within this concentration, students have the option of three tracks of study: directing, producing or media and technology. Each of these focused courses of study is supported by the degree-wide emphasis on ethical filmmaking practices, innovative creative expression and preparation for a career as an industry professional.
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All film students enter as majors in the filmmaking practices concentration. After completing the five required core film degree courses (15 credits), students are eligible to apply to the selective, studio-based concentration in film and media production. Students who enter ASU as a first-year student typically apply for the film and media production program in their third or fourth semester; transfer students may apply earlier depending on academic record, experience and preparation.