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BA or BFA in Film, Television and Media Arts

Overview

From directing a summer blockbuster to producing an Emmy Award-winning TV series, working in film and television requires a passion for storytelling.

By The Numbers

80+


Space to work

The School of Communications is home to over 80 multimedia workstations to bring your creative vision to life.

1,000


Tremendous opportunities

We maintain a portfolio of more than 1,000 internships from New York to Boston to Los Angeles, and our student media organizations provide multiple opportunities for real-world learning experiences.

Program Overview

A male and a female student behind a television camera on the set of a studio.

Behind the camera

Students filming at Q30, our student-run television station.

In the Film, Television and Media Arts (BA and BFA) programs, you'll combine storytelling savvy with the ability to create compelling digital content for both the large and small screens.

From day one, you'll learn how to project your creative vision to a wide range of audiences. Course work focuses on intensive hands-on training in all phases of digital media production, and has you producing content for theatrical, television and web-based distribution.

The Film, Television and Media Arts programs are dedicated to the professional growth of artful storytellers and innovative content providers in an environment that combines theory and practice across all platforms for media production and distribution. The programs demand that students become technically accomplished, aesthetically grounded and expressively mature. Course work includes digital cinema and multi-camera television, audio, animation, visual effects, interactive media production and post-production, along with courses in moving image theory, analysis, film and television history, screenwriting and industry production practice culminating in senior projects.

Our Emmy® and other award-winning faculty are active in the profession as writers, producers, editors, cinematographers and directors, and they bring those experiences back to you in the classroom.  

Course work can be supplemented with a semester of study in Los Angeles in the QU in Los Angeles program, along with internship opportunities and field acquisition course work in places as diverse as Ireland, France and South Africa. 

Our students have recently interned with more than 50 production companies, including Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, Nickelodeon, NBC Sports and ESPN.

If you’ve got a story to tell, we can help you bring it to the world.

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Our Programs

What's the difference between the BA and the BFA degrees?
Both programs initially follow the same course of study. Students are immersed in techniques of visual storytelling that demand expertise in single and multi-camera video production, and writing and producing for film, radio, television and the Internet. Because good media practice also requires a solid understanding of media history and theory, the curriculum is balanced with courses that explore the role and impact of mass media in society.

Formal course work for both programs is taught on campus, both in Connecticut and in Los Angeles during the QU in LA program. Additionally we offer a number of international options for education abroad, which have in recent years included production course work in Ireland; Nice, France; and in Cape Town and Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The bachelor of arts (BA) program offers a broader perspective and is dedicated to a more traditional approach to a liberal arts education. With a 45-credit load in the core and FTM curriculum, the program explores a broad range of topics outside the major and requires an 18-credit minor.

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) program delivers a more intensive approach to acquiring the kind of real-world knowledge that drives the industry today. With a 63-credit load in the core and FTM curriculum and no minor requirement, students take more classes in their chosen field and have a greater opportunity to explore areas of interest through an expanded choice of FTM electives in production practice, history and theory.

Please download the applications for each program below:

A separate application is required to enter the BFA program.

Student Spotlight

A student working a television camera during a Quinnipiac hockey game.

Behind the camera

Brooke Mommsen '18, films the men's hockey team as part of her work with ESPN. Mommsen is also involved with the Quinnipiac Film Society and is in the process of filming and directing her senior capstone project.

Embracing opportunities

As a Film, Television and Media Arts major, Brooke Mommsen ’18 is making the most of her final year at Quinnipiac. 

“There’s a lot I’m involved in — from the Quinnipiac Film Society to working for ESPN filming the Quinnipiac sporting events to writing and directing my senior capstone, Ursa Minor.”

Mommsen said she is proudest of her work on her capstone with her team.

“We chose to produce a 15- to 20-minute narrative film. It will show the culmination of our experiences and training at Quinnipiac University.”

Mommsen also said how Quinnipiac has provided her with many opportunities to work with companies relevant to her major. 

“I’m employed by ESPN to film Quinnipiac’s sporting events. I found out about the job through the School of Communications, so it’s great knowing that Quinnipiac has many beneficial working relationships with large companies.”

“I’m really excited to be a part of the Quinnipiac vs. Yale hockey game — especially because it is my senior year,” said Mommsen. “I feel a lot of pride in our school and I think the games bring everyone together — even if you’re not athletic, you’re still a part of the culture when you attend the game.”

Our Work - Student Reel

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A males and female professor holding Emmy awards they received for field work.

Head of the class

Film, Television and Media Arts professors Becky Abbott and Liam O'Brien and History professor Christine Kinealy, not pictured, recently won an Emmy for their work on "Ireland's Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora."

Award-Winning Faculty

Talent that wins awards

Professors Becky Abbott and Liam O'Brien (Film, Television and Media Arts) and Christine Kinealy (History) recently earned an Emmy for their work on "Ireland's Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora."

The 49-minute film explores the historic, social and political circumstances that made the Great Famine almost inevitable. The film is viewed through the eyes of the descendants of those who survived the Famine, as well as descendants of those who fled Ireland through the Canadian quarantine station at Grosse Ile, Quebec, in 1847, and those whose maternal ancestors emigrated to Australia under the Earl Grey scheme, 1849-52.

The documentary — which earned the award in the informational/instructional category — was filmed, edited and co-produced by Abbott and co-produced by Liam O’Brien. Kinealy served as a historical adviser.

The film debuted on our Mount Carmel Campus and will air across PBS stations this fall.

Facilities

BA Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Film, Television and Media Arts Curriculum (with minor)

University Curriculum 146
Required School of Communications core courses 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses6
FTM Drama Requirement, select one course
DR 150Performance Fundamentals3
or DR 160 Acting I
or DR 220 Voice and Movement
Any course outside of the SoC at the 200-level or higher3
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required FTM courses
FTM 102Understanding Film3
FTM 110Single Camera Production3
FTM 112Multicamera Production3
FTM 240Analysis of the Moving Image3
FTM 245Intermediate Production3
FTM 372Screenwriting3
FTM 450Senior Seminar in Film and Television3
FTM 493Senior Project Colloquy: Preproduction3
FTM 495Senior Project: Production3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
FTM 230
Animation and Mobile Media
FTM 310
Projects in Animation and Mobile Media
FTM 320
History of Film I (to 1975)
FTM 322
History of Film (and Television) II
FTM 342
Directing Film and Television
FTM 355
Documentary Production
FTM 375
Projects in Single Camera and Lighting
FTM 380
Projects in Audio Production (EN 303 GDD 303)
FTM 390
Projects in Multicamera Production
FTM 392
Post-Production Techniques
FTM 393
Advanced Animation Techniques
FTM 397
Summer Production Project
COM 490
Communications Career Internship
Other courses with chair's approval
Minor Courses18
Total Credits123
1

 All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.

2

Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.

Minor Requirement

Students majoring in the BA in Film, Television and Media Arts program are required to take a minor (typically 18 credits) that will complement their career and/or personal interests. This minor can be from any program either within or outside the School of Communications. However, a student enrolled in the BA in Film, Television and Media Arts program may not minor in the film and television minor offered by the School of Communications.

Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.

BFA Curriculum and Requirements

BFA in Film, Television and Media Arts Curriculum

University Curriculum 146
Required School of Communications core courses 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses6
FTM drama requirement, select one course
DR 150Performance Fundamentals3
or DR 160 Acting I
or DR 220 Voice and Movement
Any course outside the School of Communications at the 200-level or higher3
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required FTM courses
FTM 102Understanding Film3
FTM 110Single Camera Production3
FTM 112Multicamera Production3
FTM 240Analysis of the Moving Image3
FTM 245Intermediate Production3
FTM 320History of Film I (to 1975)3
FTM 322History of Film (and Television) II3
FTM 342Directing Film and Television3
FTM 372Screenwriting3
FTM 450Senior Seminar in Film and Television3
FTM 493Senior Project Colloquy: Preproduction3
FTM 495Senior Project: Production3
COM 490Communications Career Internship3
Electives
Select five of the following:15
FTM 230
Animation and Mobile Media
FTM 310
Projects in Animation and Mobile Media
FTM 355
Documentary Production
FTM 375
Projects in Single Camera and Lighting
FTM 380
Projects in Audio Production (EN 303 GDD 303)
FTM 390
Projects in Multicamera Production
FTM 392
Post-Production Techniques
FTM 393
Advanced Animation Techniques
FTM 397
Summer Production Project
COM 491
Communications Career Internship II
Other courses with chair's approval
Total Credits123
1

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.

2

Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.

Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.