PLO 1: Essential Skills & Competencies

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fluency in visual storytelling, plus the technical skills and business understanding relevant to film making:
    • Demonstrate excellence in visual storytelling on film, using concepts of mise-en-scene and montage, movement, production design, performance, sound and music.
    • Integrate visual and audio components to support narrative and character.
    • Display understanding of character development, narrative structure and function.
    • Convey ideas clearly and confidently in their work, their speech and their writing.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the film making process, crew positions, the business practices of creating, distributing and marketing their product.

PLO 2: Critical Thinking & Creative Process

Graduates will be able to:

  • Develop creative vision and apply appropriate stylistic choices:
    • Evaluate and synthesize different points of view and determine appropriate solutions to serve specific project requirements.
    • Apply critical thinking and flexibility to formulate appropriate, practical, and actionable responses to any project requirements.
    • Move confidently and creatively between inquiry, theory and practice.
    • Integrate life-long learning practices to constantly evolve career-relevant skills.
    • Develop creative point of view from observation and engagement with the world.
    • Think broadly, be receptive to provocative ideas, and be prepared to generate novel and unexpected outcomes.

PLO 3: Cultural Literacy & Contextual Relevance

Graduates will be able to:

  • Be aware of the context and reception of their creative production, understand that filmed entertainment is a global commodity:
    • Constantly and prominently consider the cultural, social and economical environment in which their ideas live.
    • Recognize, be curious and tolerant of cultural and social diversity.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of historical, current and innovative events and ideas, and interpret those viewpoints through the framework of film.
    • Articulate the diverse ethical components associated with any cultural production.
    • Assess the impact their actions have on other individuals, communities and the sustainability of our environment.

PLO 4: Areas of Emphasis

Graduates will be able to:

  • Excel in one or more of the following areas of emphasis: Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Screenwriting, Producing:
    • DIRECTING: Use cinematic language to create technically accomplished and aesthetically engaging films. Creatively express story through blocking of camera and performers. Demonstrate cooperative, collaborative skills to bring together the disciplines of filmmaking into a cohesive whole in a production environment.
    • CINEMATOGRAPHY: Advance the narrative of the story through the science, craft and aesthetics of cinematography.
    • EDITING: Advance the narrative of the story through the science, craft and aesthetics of editing.
    • SCREENWRITING: Write a well-structured story in proper format. Demonstrate mastery of character, dialogue, writing visually. Pitch story ideas competently.
    • PRODUCING: Identify viable film and television ideas and understand rights acquisition. Develop screenplays. Demonstrate mastery of financing, pitching, production, post-production supervision, marketing, distribution and advertising.

PLO 5: Quality of Execution

Graduates will be able to:

  • Become experts in the execution and articulation of their craft:
    • Combine excellent craft skills with strong conceptual abilities.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the current film making technologies, and adaptability as technologies change.
    • Collaborate with filmmakers, as well as artists in other disciplines on projects.

PLO 6: Professional Practice

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the economic, legal, moral, and social ramifications of their practice:
    • Collaborate across disciplines, having a critical and practical understanding of other related crafts and the manner by which projects are developed across multiple disciplines.
    • Understand and use safe practices and procedures in the filmmaking process.
    • Understand basic business principles of film, such as intellectual property, rights acquisition, contract law, freelancing strategies and entrepreneurial thinking.
    • Have broad insight into the film industry.
    • Be entrepreneurial.