The mission of the Digital Filmmaking & Video Production program is to prepare students for the next generation of digital production and delivery who can meet the needs of corporate communication, television, e-business, and other media outlets for their existing markets. It enables students to create compelling, effective, and aesthetical content to be delivered on CD, DVD, videotape, broadband Internet, and/or other emerging means of technology, and prepares them for successful entry-level employment in the field.
Desired Student Outcomes
1. Communication: Graduates will understand the elements of storytelling - how to communicate with an intended audience, including a refined sense of pacing and critical story elements; they will know how to collaborate with and directing all participants in a project, including crew, talent, and clients; they will have written, oral, and visual communication skills needed to communicate ideas to employers, colleagues, and clients.
2. Cinematography and Lighting: Graduates will understand the theory, techniques, and terminology of the field; will apply cinematography and lighting as components of the storytelling process.
3. Production Processes & Problem-solving: Graduates will be able to conceptualize, pre-produce (locations, wardrobe, etc.) direct and execute successful production plans; will be able to identify, anticipate and find solutions to technical, logistical, storytelling, and personnel problems.
4. Audio production processes: Graduates will be able to produce and assemble the audio elements of a film, including voice, sound effects, and musical score, automatic dialogue replacement and will have technical proficiency in recording and editing professional audio material.
5. Editing and Critical Thinking: Graduates will understand how editing styles, techniques, and approaches affect the overall story and audience reaction; will have technical proficiency in non-linear editing techniques; will be able to critique their own and others? work and apply their self-critiquing ability to editing a work.
6. Graphic Design & Visual Effects: Graduates will be able to produce effective motion graphic and compositing and animation projects displaying technical aptitude, aesthetic decision-making and an awareness of intended audience.
7. Context: Graduates will be familiar with a wide range of stories in various genres; film history; aesthetics; they will have research skills related to documentary subjects and to ensuring the accuracy of films.
8. Professionalism: Graduates will present and conduct themselves professionally; demonstrate knowledge of the film industry, including career paths, responsibilities and industry expectations; will apply business principles and practices while maintaining legal and ethical standards
Students take advantage of well equipped video and audio studios, up-to-date computer labs and a wide range of industry-proven software. Students complete this program with a sophisticated senior project included in their video portfolio of original production work. This portfolio, essential to seeking employment in the industry, demonstrates the student?s mastery of design, production and communications skills.
To receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter-credits with 60 quarter-credits in general education courses and 120 in the specialty area with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Also a student must receive a passing grade or credit for all required course work and meet portfolio requirements including participation in the Senior Portfolio Show. Graduating students must pass a required course in which a portfolio is produced and satisfy all financial obligations to The Illinois Institute of Art.