The University of Toledo offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film/Video as well as two minors programs, the Film/Video Minor and the Cinema Studies Minor.
The BA in Film/Video is offered through the Department of Theatre and Film, which is housed in the College of Communication and the Arts.
Our faculty is committed to your success as a student and as an artist. Visit our faculty page to learn more about them. You'll find they are accomplished artists inside and outside the classroom. Their professional relationships can be tremendously helpful to students making professional contacts as they begin their careers.
As a student in the UT Department of Theatre and Film you will also have many opportunities to hone your craft outside the classroom. Through internships, assistantships, faculty mentorships, collaborations with other programs, competitions, film festivals, and opportunities to study abroad, Film/Video students are offered a rich array of experience. Students will also have the opportunity to attend conferences and workshops, as well as benefit from guest artist presentations and similar events.
Film Program Student Learning Objectives:
1. Students will evaluate and critique the communication, aesthetic, and design principles in film/video, including the use of time as an expressive design consideration.
2. Through written and oral presentation, students will construct critical perspectives using the common elements and vocabulary of cinema.
3. Students will describe and analyze major events in the history of film/video, its artistic and technological evolution, and explain basic concepts of aesthetic and critical theory.
4. Students will select and apply the best practices of production and technology to their art.
5. Students will interpret and develop intermediate to advanced competence in one or more creative specializations in the art of film/video.
A minimum of 35 semester hours required of the Bachelor of Arts in Film/Video
is to include the following:
Take the following (12 hours):
FILM 2310 Film I 3
FILM 2320 Video I 3
FILM 2340 Critical Approaches to Cinema Studies 3
FILM 2350 Cinema History 3
Select 3 Hours from:
FILM 3410 European Cinema 3
FILM 3420 Third Cinema 3
Select 3 Hours from:
FILM 3370 Documentary Film 3
FILM 3380 Experimental Film 3
FILM 3390 History of Video Art 3
Select 7 Hours from:
FILM 3310 Film II 4
FILM 3320 Video II 4
FILM 3350 Screenwriting 3
FILM 3360 Production Topic 4
FILM 3730 Directing for Camera 3
FILM 4320 Film/Video Workshop 4
FILM 4350 Screenwriting II 3
Take 10 Hours of Film Electives
Honors in Film/Video
Qualified juniors and seniors may apply to work for Honors in Film/Video. The following are requirements for entrance into the Honors Program in Film/Video:
3.3 minimum GPA in Film/Video courses
3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
12 hours completed in Film/Video
A student must have completed 9 hours of honors course work in film/video before beginning the thesis project. The honors topic and project are to be developed in close conjunction with an honors faculty adviser. A student may enroll for the thesis paper in FILM 4950 Honors Thesis for a maximum of six hours of credit. The designation "Honors" on the diploma will be given to students who receive a grade of A on the honors thesis and maintain a 3.3 GPA in film/video.
FILM 1310 INTRODUCTION TO FILM
[3 hours] Introduction to the history and interpretation of cinema as art form, with emphasis on discovering how meaning is encoded in film at the levels of shot, sequence and narrative construction. (Not recommended or required for majors.) Humanities core course
FILM 2310 FILM I
[3 hours] An intensive introduction to the theory and practice of creative filmmaking utilizing the professional 16 mm format. Individual and group production exercises. Students must purchase supplies. [PREREQ.: C or better in FILM 2340]
FILM 2320 VIDEO I
[3 hours] An intensive production seminar course where digital video is explored as a means for creative expression. Students purchase supplies. For majors and minors only, or by permission of instructor. Writing Intensive (WAC) Course. [PREREQ.: C or better in FILM 2340]
FILM 2340 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO CINEMA
[3 hours] A critical approach to the development of cinema as an industrial, artistic and ideological practice. Emphasis on theories of film construction and interpretation and the development of research skills for cinema studies.
FILM 2350 CINEMA HISTORY
[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of Cinema History. Screenings included in class.
FILM 2980 CINEMA STUDIES TOPIC I
[3 hours] Topics of Cinema Studies, concentrating on a specific style, genre, or national cinema, such as, Italian Cinema, Non-Western Cinema, etc. Topics vary. May be repeated for 9 hours. [PREREQ.: FILM 2340 or FILM 1310]
FILM 2990 SPECIAL PROJECTS
[1-3 hours] Individual study provides the student an opportunity to work independently on a problem of special interest in Film/Video under the direction of the faculty. For Freshman and Sophomore students.
FILM 3310 FILM II
[4 hours] Intermediate 16mm filmmaking workshop. Emphasis on sync-sound and narrative film, advanced lighting and exposure techniques, and camera movement. Individual and group projects. Students are required to purchase supplies. [PREREQ.: Grade of C or better in FILM 2310 and 2320]
FILM 3320 VIDEO II
[4 hours] Intermediate video production; emphasis on personal and political uses of the medium. Individual and group projects. Students are required to purchase supplies. [PREREQ.: Grade of C or better in FILM 2310 and 2320]
FILM 3350 SCREENWRITING
[3 hours] This course involves practical analysis of screenplays, emphasizing story structure and characterization. Students plan, write and refine story lines before writing actual scripts. Cross-listed with ENGL 3060; WAC course [PREREQ.: Comp II]
FILM 3360 PRODUCTION TOPIC
[4 hours] Topics of Film or Video production including Animation, Sound, Lighting, Editing, etc. Individual and group projects. Students must purchase supplies. Repeatable to 12 credit hours [PREREQ.: C or better in FILM 2310 and 2320]
FILM 3370 DOCUMENTARY FILM
[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of Documentary Film. Screenings included in class. [PREREQ.: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]
FILM 3380 EXPERIMENTAL FILM
[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of Experimental Film. Screenings included in class. [PREREQ.: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]
FILM 3390 HISTORY OF VIDEO ART
[3 hours] A study of the major movements of the History of Video Art and Installation. Screenings included in class. [PREREQ.: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]
FILM 3410 EUROPEAN CINEMA
[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of European cinema. Screenings included in class. FILM 2350 recommended. [PREREQ.: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]
FILM 3420 THIRD CINEMA
[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of Third World Cinema. Screenings included in class. Non-western multicultural course [PREREQ.: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]
FILM 3730 DIRECTING FOR CAMERA
[3 hours] Directing dramatic scenes for camera with emphasis on effective director/actor communication and the creation of dramatically meaningful camera and actor blocking. [PREREQ.: C or better in FILM 2310 and 2320]
FILM 3980 CINEMA STUDIES TOPIC II
[3 or 4 hours] A non-historical approach to specific topics of cinema studies, concentrating on problems of film theory and individual research projects. Topics vary, may be repeated to 12 hours. [PREREQ.: Comp II or FILM 2350]
FILM 4320 FILM/VIDEO WORKSHOP
[4 hours] Advanced independent production projects, including screenwriting. Weekly critiques of work in progress. Requires proposal for admission. Larger projects may be completed over successive semesters. May be repeated up to 8 hours. [PREREQ.: Permission of Instructor]
FILM 4340 TOPICS IN FEMINIST CINEMA STUDIES
[3 hours] Crosslistings of film classes with the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. Specific topics vary. Check Course Schedule for specific subject and prerequisites.
FILM 4350 SCREENWRITING II
[3 hours] For students familiar with the fundamental elements of screenplays, this course devotes attention to writing a complete script. Students are expected to come to the class with a planned story line. [PREREQ.: FILM 3350 or ENGL 3060]
FILM 4360 LE CINEMA FRANCAIS
[3 hours] A study of the development of French film and its place in world cinema.
FILM 4370 CINEMA STUDIES SEMINAR (TOPICS)
[3 or 4 hours] A research oriented seminar concerning a specific topic of cinema studies, emphasizing original research culminating in an individual research project. [PREREQ.: Comp II or FILM 2350]
FILM 4940 INTERNSHIP
[1 - 3 hours] Internship with an approved program, company, or agency in Film, Video or television. Repeatable for 6 credit hours. [PREREQ.: Permission of Instructor]
FILM 4950 HONORS THESIS
[3 hours] Research or a creative project on a topic in Film or Video. Required of all BA candidates seeking department honors. (Repeatable for 6 credit hours.)
FILM 4990 SPECIAL PROJECTS
[1-3 hours] Individual study provides the student an opportunity to work independently on a problem of special interest in Film/Video under the direction of the faculty. For Junior and senior students. Check Course Schedule for specific subject and prerequisites.