BA or BFA in Film, Television and Media Arts

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

About this program

Alphabet Johnson Unit Still

Professor David Atkins directs the grip/electric crew on a Process Trailer for the film, "Alphabet Johnson."

Are you a passionate storyteller? Do you love creating digital media content? Are you driven to share your creative vision with an audience? In the film, television and media arts programs (BA and BFA), you will receive intensive hands-on training in all phases of digital media production. In fact, from your first week at Quinnipiac and every semester thereafter you will be taking production courses and 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 over fifty 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.

Hands On

The crew starts off on the Camera Car for a day of shooting "Alphabet Johnson."

Program Overview

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 coursework for both programs is taught on campus, both in Connecticut and in Los Angeles. 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:

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BA Curriculum and Requirements

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

Course List
University Curriculum 1
Complete the University Curriculum 46
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 Fundamentals (or DR 160)3
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.

BFA Requirements

BFA in Film, Television and Media Arts Curriculum

Course List
University Curriculum 1
Complete the University Curriculum 46
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 Fundamentals (or DR 160)3
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