Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts: Concentration in Directing

Jeff Rush
215-204-4372
jrush@temple.edu

The BFA in Media Arts with a Concentration in Directing is an intensive, professional degree that prepares students to enter graduate Film programs or pursue professional careers in screen directing. It focuses on both fictional and non-fictional directing. Studies will culminate in the direction of an advanced creative production in the BFA Directing Project Classes. Narrative and documentary students will take the same curriculum except as follows. Narrative students will choose two from a list of three courses: Screen Directing, Screen Performance, and Scene Analysis. Documentary students will choose two from a list of four courses: Making Documentaries, Experimental Media Workshop, Anthropological Film/Media or Researching and Developing Documentaries

Students interested in applying for the Directing concentration must complete the following courses by the end of their sophomore year:

FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1171Media & Culture3
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
FMA 2396Screenwriting I4
One of the following:4
Filmmaking
Videography

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Studies: Concentration in Directing

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree may be conferred upon a student majoring in Film and Media Arts with a concentration in Directing by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 122 credit hours. Students must complete:

  1. University Requirements:
    • New students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
    • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses specified by the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and identified with the code "WI".
  2. No more than 21 FMA credits can be transferred to the major.
  3. A student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in all Film and Media Arts courses that count towards the degree.
  4. Students may take up to 6 internship credits in Film and Media Arts.
  5. Students may count a maximum of 84 FMA credit hours toward the 122 credit hours required for the degree.

FMA Foundation Courses

Film and Media Arts students will complete the following courses by the end of the sophomore year:

FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1171Media & Culture3
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3

Concentration Requirements

Courses required after completion of FMA Foundation Courses:

FMA 2241Filmmaking4
FMA 2242Videography4
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media
Film History I (1895-1950)
Film History II (1950-Present)
History of Experimental Film and Video Art
FMA 2396Screenwriting I4
FMA 2551Editing Film and Video4
FMA 2771Producing4
FMA 3000+Studies Elective3-4
FMA 3773Contemporary Screen Studies4
Select two of the following:7-8
(for Narrative students)
Screen Directing
Screen Performance
Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors
(for Documentary students)
Making Documentaries
Experimental Media Workshop
Cross-Cultural Image Making
Anthropological Film/Media
FMA 3343Screenwriting II4
FMA 3241BFA Junior Directing Projects4
FMA 4241BFA Directing Projects I4
FMA 4242BFA Directing Projects II4
FMA 3000+Advanced Writing Intensive Elective (WI)4
Total FMA Credit Hours:71-73

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts with Concentration in Directing

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1171Media Culture3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
FMA 2241Filmmaking4
FMA 2551Editing Film and Video4
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media 
Film History I (1895-1950) 
Film History II (1950-Present) 
History of Experimental Film and Video Art 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours14-15
Spring
FMA 2396Screenwriting I [WI]4
FMA 2242Videography4
FMA 2771Producing4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
FMA 3773Contemporary Screen Studies4
Select two of the following:7-8
Narrative students select from 
Screen Directing 
Screen Performance 
Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors 
Documentary students select from 
Making Documentaries 
Experimental Media Workshop 
Cross-Cultural Image Making 
Anthropological Film/Media 
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours17-18
Spring
FMA 3000+ Advanced Writing Intensive Elective [WI]4
FMA 3241BFA Junior Directing Projects4
FMA 3343Screenwriting II4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
FMA 4241BFA Directing Projects I4
FMA 3000+ Studies Elective4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
FMA 4242BFA Directing Projects II4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Electives6
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 122-124

SUGGESTED ACADEMIC PLAN FOR LA-AWAY PROGRAM

Please note that the following academic plan is for students attending the LA-Away Program in the Fall of their Junior year.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts with Concentration in Directing: LA-Away Program

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1171Media Culture3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
FMA 2241Filmmaking4
FMA 2551Editing Film and Video4
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media 
Film History I (1895-1950) 
Film History II (1950-Present) 
History of Experimental Film and Video Art 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours14-15
Spring
FMA 2396Screenwriting I [WI]4
FMA 2242Videography4
FMA 2771Producing4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
FMA 3085Internship4
FMA 3770Topics in Film Study (Entertainment Industry Perspectives)4
FMA 3696Writing Intensive Film Study [WI]4
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
FMA 3241BFA Junior Directing Projects4
FMA 3343Screenwriting II4
Select two of the following:7-8
Narrative students select from 
Screen Directing 
Screen Performance 
Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors 
Documentary students select from 
Making Documentaries 
Experimental Media Workshop 
Cross-Cultural Image Making 
Anthropological Film/Media 
 Term Credit Hours15-16
Year 4
Fall
FMA 4241BFA Directing Projects I4
FMA 3773Contemporary Screen Studies4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
FMA 4242BFA Directing Projects II4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123-125