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B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts

The B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts is an artistic degree emphasizing developing the unique creative voice of each student. The degree requires 48 credits within the major (122 credit hours total, including the University Curriculum and electives) and culminates in the production of a thesis film/media project

Admission and Degree Requirements

Admission to the B.F.A. is limited and requires application through a selective process. For details and deadlines, see B.F.A. Admission Process. Upon acceptance into the B.F.A., in addition to the course requirements below, students are required to pass FILM 1301 with a grade of C- or better to receive their degree.

Note on class attendance: Due to limited class space and enrollment pressures, a student who fails to appear on the first day or who fails to attend three consecutive class meetings during an academic term without establishing contact with the instructor may be administratively dropped from a course.

B.F.A. Thesis Film

The B.F.A. degree requires enrollment in a year-long thesis film course and completion of a senior thesis project. Therefore ALL B.F.A. students must submit a thesis project pre-production proposal packet the spring semester of their junior year; specifically, proposals are due by the end of the first school week after spring break. Details about what to include in the proposal packet are available in the department office.

Proposals will be reviewed by the faculty and students will be notified about any potential problems that need to be addressed prior to registration in FILM 5311 Thesis Film 1. Students not submitting proposals will not be allowed to register for this course or shoot a thesis project.

The ensuing academic year, B.F.A. students will register for FILM 5311 (Thesis Film 1) in the fall and then FILM 5212 (Thesis Film 2) and FILM 5199 (Presentation and Critique) in the spring. Each senior B.F.A. student will be required to present his/her project as a work-in-progress in the Presentation and Critique course for feedback, then presenting the finished project later in the semester after it has been approved by the committee.

All students registered for FILM 5212 will have, at most, until the second day of final exams that semester to complete the proposed project to the satisfaction of their committees. This means thesis defenses should be scheduled no later than mid-April to allow time to address any issues or concerns raised by the committee at the defense.

B.F.A. Curriculum

Requirements for the Degree Credit Hours
Core Meadows requirement
MSA 1001 or MSA 1101: First-Year Arts Community Experience (B.F.A. pre-admits enroll their first semester at SMU; current SMU students admitted to the B.F.A. enroll the first fall after their acceptance)
Studies requirements 9
Industry requirements 9
Production requirements 21
Capstone requirement 9
Total 48

(note: 48 credit hours for the major, 122 total credit hours required for B.F.A. degree)

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