BFA Film Production

The LIU Brooklyn BFA in Film is a comprehensive degree that helps students prepare for careers in the film and visual effects industries. The program takes a hands-on approach that enables students to become involved in production projects spanning multiple genres. Starting in their first semester, students enrolled in the program will work with state-of-the-art equipment, hardware and software, and be mentored by industry professionals.

The BFA combines 36 credits in foundational and theory courses, providing students with a practical understanding of the history, technology, and aesthetics undergirding the film and visual effects industries. Class instruction will be strengthened and supported by immersion into the creative process allowing students to work on film projects each semester. In the 5th and 6th semesters, students begin taking Filmmaking Studio (A, B, C, D). This sequence is designed as 12 credits of pure production. In addition, each student must take 21 credits of specialized electives to develop a particular area of skill in the areas of directing, cinematography, screenwriting, producing, editing and/or visual effects. Before students graduate, they will also complete at least one internship assignment at one of the many media companies, post-production companies or sound stages in the NYC area. In their final year students, will create their thesis project, (total of 6 credits) developed in conjunction with a mentor/advisor. This thesis project will be exhibited as part of their thesis review in their final semester.

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
12 credits of Foundation courses 
MA 100 Media Aesthetics 3
MA 119 Business of Media Arts 3
MA 150 Writing for Visual Media 3
MA 113 Media Arts in 21st Century  3
And 12 credits of Media Arts skills courses
MA 124 Computer Graphics I 3
MA 106 Video Workshop 3
MA 101 Audio Production I 3
MA 118 Digital Photography I 3

12 credits from ONE of the following five areas of recommended  emphasis:

An Integrated track is made up of 12 credits from two or more Areas of Concentration:

MA 199 - Internship is recommended in all areas of elective

Advanced undergrads may also take graduate courses if approved by the instructor. These courses will count towards the students undergraduate major.

Computer Graphics Concentration
Digital Design/Animation/Interactive & Visual Effects
MA 132 Computer Graphics II 3
MA 135 Motion Graphics I 
MA 124 Digital Publishing I 3
MA 133 Digital Illustration I 3
MA 1361 World Wide Web Publishing  3
MA 161 Dig. Portfolio/Exhibition 3
MA 1341 3D Computer Graphics I 3
MA 1342 3D Computer Animation 3
MA 207 3D Logo Animation 3
MA 186 Gaming 3
MA 239 Survey of Computer Art 3
MA 199 Media Arts Internship 3
Digital Audio Concentration
Music/Sound Design & Radio
MA 197 Digital Audio I  3
MA 110 Digital Audio II  3
MA 114.1 Digital Audio III
MA 114.2 Digital Audio IV  3
MA 1012 Audio Production II  3
MA 147 Studio Recording for the Music Producer 3
MA 160 Podcasting  3
MA 206 Radio Production 3
MA 199 Media Arts Internship 3
Film & Television Production
Writing/Cinematography/Directing/Editing
MA 1081 Video Workshop II 3
MA 145 Video Workshop III 3
MA 155 Directing the Moving Image 3
MA 152 Screenplay 3
MA 204 Short Form Video 3
MA 102 Television Production I  3
MA 103 Television Production II  3
MA 1032 Television Production III 3
MA 1581 On-Camera Performance I 3
MA 1582 On-Camera Performance II 3
MA 1583 On-Camera Performance III 3
MA 1585 Voice Over Performance 3
MA 178 Fairy Tales: From Disney to JLo 3
MA 187 Film & Television Studies 3
MA 188 Film Noir: The Dark Side of America 3
MA 227 Action Cinema 3
MA 199 Media Arts Internship 3
Photography Concentration
Digital/Fine Arts/Creative
MA 118 Digital Photography I 3
MA 122 Digital Photography II 3
MA 123 Studio Photography 3
MA 111 Photojournalism 3
MA 162 Photo Exhibition  3
Media Management Concentration
Business Marketing
MA 255 Prod Management  3
MA 580 Independent Producer 3
MA 257 The Music Business 3
MA 222 Social Media Theory & Practice 3
MA 199 Media Arts Internship

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses
English Composition
ENG 16/ ENG 16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
History
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
Philosophy
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
Speech
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Mathematics
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3


Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 87
Total Core Requirement Credits 34-45
Total Degree Credits 122

Courses

MA 100 Media Aesthetics 

This required foundation course introduces students to the fundamentals of media arts and visual literacy - light, color, composition, perspective, time, motion, sound - and discusses how they are applied in the various forms of contemporary media. In a workshop environment, using media objects as texts, students also explore narrative, art history, philosophy of media, spectatorship, theories of perception and their own creativity.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 101 Audio Production I 

An introduction to the art and science of audio production. Topics include basic sound theory, audio aesthetics, acoustics, sound reproduction and recording, the sound studio, remote sound recording, editing and mixing, the development of new audio technology, and creating audio for visual media. Students work individually and in teams on a variety of studio and field projects.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 102 Television Production I 

Introduction to the principles and practice of multi-camera TV studio production. This course covers the basic production roles and techniques including producing, directing, switching, scripting, shooting, audio, electronic graphics and on-camera performance. Students apply the skills learned in class to producing and directing a TV talk show and musical production.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 103 Television Production II 

An intermediate level course expanding the techniques and applications of TV studio production covered in Television Production I. Students focus on producing and directing scripted studio productions such as TV dramas and news programs. Basic lighting techniques and set construction are also covered.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 106 Video Workshop I 

An introduction to the principles and practice of portable digital video production. Working in crews on field projects, students explore the techniques and aesthetics of single-camera videography, sound recording, location lighting, and video editing.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 110 Music Production II 

An intermediate-level continuation of MA 107 in a workshop environment. Weekly individual access to studio facilities is provided.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 113 Media Arts in the Twenty-first Century 

This required course is a survey of the histories and developments of a variety of interrelated media, including photography, film and television, digital audio, computer arts and the Internet. Through class lectures, discussions, screenings and readings, students will study these art forms as developed by various individual and institutions within various movements and countries. This is a Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) course and serves to acquaint students with the basic concepts, methods and theories that frame academic inquiry into media arts. Students will be required to write multi-draft papers and to maintain a portfolio of their class essays to be submitted at the end of the semester.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 114.1 Music Production III 

An advanced, project-oriented continuation of MA 110, that integrates the concepts and techniques involved in digital sound with an examination of music manipulation and creation. Mastery of previously studied material is stressed. Emerging formats and technology are discussed. Unconventional and experimental software is examined and used.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 114.2 Advanced Music Production 

Advanced Music Production is a project-oriented continuation of MA Digital Audio courses. Integration of the concepts and techniques involved in digital sound and examination of music manipulation and production is the focus. Mastery of previously studied material is stressed. ProTools and Logic software is used as a tool to further develop students' skills in mixing music. Advanced techniques in the utilization of audio processing devices such as EQ, compression, and reverb among others are covered.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 119 Business of Media Arts 

A required course providing majors with an overview of media companies and corporate media structures. Students will learn business strategies and methods for starting, running and marketing a media company. Guest speakers from the industry will conduct presentations on content creation opportunities and employment trends.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 133 Digital Illustration I

An introduction to the skills and concepts of digital publishing, emphasizing layout and design fundamentals, graphics, typography, and computer-based input and output for print. Also, page layouts and structured drawing programs on the computer are reviewed.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 135 Motion Graphics I 

An introduction to Motion Graphics using industry standard software. Students will learn and work with time-based graphics design, motion path animation, dynamic media, and special effects for video, film and the Web.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 145 Video Workshop III

A capstone course in digital imaging acquisition, production and editing. This course will put together the skills you have acquired in Video Production I & II. Students work as a team to produce broadcast quality work. Topics include: advanced lighting, cinematography, editing, producing, marketing & distribution. Students work together using HD workflow to edit a class project, create their own PSA/commercial and a 5-10 min narrative story.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 147 Studio Recording for the Music Producer

Focuses on music production and the fundamentals of studio recording, including the experience of producing and creating music in a state-of-the-art recording studio with live musicians. Topics include an overview of prominent music producers and their techniques, musical form and structure, the basics of sound and hearing, microphone technology and design, the art of microphone placement, audio signal flow, overdubbing, and mixing of multi-track audio. Students learn how to record and work with the sonic characteristics of individual musical instruments as well as listen to previous recordings of different musical genres all in an effort to heighten their listening sensibility. This innovative class creates an interdisciplinary learning environment, which enables students from various musical and engineering backgrounds to come together for the common goal of producing music.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 150 Writing for Media 

Students in this required foundation class explore the many tools media artists use to get from creative concept to media production; from initial idea to final expression. In a workshop environment students practice: creative thinking and writing, treatments, project proposals, artist statements. Students create a portfolio of media writing samples as their final assignment.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 152 Screenplay 

This workshop is designed to develop screenwriting skills for film and television. Emphasis is on practicing effective story-telling techniques including: narrative structure, beat sheets, character development, table-readings and directing actors. Working independently or in groups, students complete two short screenplays as their semester-long assignments.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 155 Directing the Moving Image 

This is an advanced course in single camera style film and television production. We will explore the role of the director in modern digital filmmaking. Students will participate in projects that will develop a language for talking with actors, communicating with the director of photography and production designer. We will look at the importance of casting, script notes and how to create a dynamic shot list and shot diagrams. This class will utilize all that they have learned in previous production classes and develop new skills that will deepen the student¿s understanding of how to read a script, how to apply visual components to their story and how to transform these blueprints into a powerful film.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 160 Podcasting I 

In our technology driven world, the Internet's form of broadcasting, known as podcasting, is the new face of radio journalism today. As the Internet has improved and evolved over the years, audio podcasting has developed as an important source of global communication. A podcast is a program-driven show, usually with a host and/or theme that is broadcast over the internet and is broken into parts or episodes. Various types of podcasts include comedy shows, news and information, and music shows, among others. This course concentrates on podcast development and creation. From the idea stage to the final product, students will work on developing their own podcasts using a computer audio workstation.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 162 Photography Portfolio/Exhibition 

This is an advanced level photography class designed for graduating photography students. Students may work in any size, format or media, digital or traditional. Through the review of other photographers' work, completion of class assignments, and participation in critiques, students will be required to plan and execute their final photography exhibition.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 178 Fairy Tales: From Disney to J-Lo

An exploration of how fairy tale motifs are used in movies and how this can affect a females psyche over time. What 17th century standards and prejudices are being passed down to young viewers sitting in front of their DVDs entranced by Disney? How are fairy tales evolving or being deconstructed in the movies to fit the more feminist-minded p.c. mold today?

Credits: 3.00 




MA 186 Gaming: The Art of Play

A universal and timeless activity, humans play games! As children we engage in a chosen mindset in which we may amuse, or role play that we are an imaginary character, in an imaginary context. We may invite our friends to participate in our imaginings, and once agreed, we collaborate in an interplay of mindsets of context and characters. To play as children is thought to sculpt our minds and have transformative cognitive effects. As we age, we begin to play games. Games are structured with rules, challenges and goals, and winners and losers. Plus, they may have cognitive rewards as well. This class considers the structure of play in gaming, from early video games such as Pac Man, to portable commercial games like Nintendo, to contemporary gaming software. What are the similarities, differences, and advancements? Well, we will have to play to find out!

Credits: 3.00 




MA 187 Film and Television Studies 

A survey of the history and development of world cinema and television. Through screenings and discussions, students study this twentieth-century art form as developed by various countries, individuals and movements. The development of cinema and television as an industry and a part of the larger economy; as a series of technical innovations, as a history of aesthetic forms, as a social, cultural and political force and as a reflection of the ideas of its society are explored.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 188 Film Noir: The Dark Side of America 

An exploration of the noir tradition from its origins in German expressionism and American gangster films to its classic period after World War II and its current widespread contemporary acceptance. Noir is explored as visual style, as subversive attitude and as an historical series reflecting American anxiety from World War II to the present.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 197 Independent Study 

This course is designed to give students in their junior or senior year an opportunity to do independent work under the guidance of a member of the Media Arts faculty. There are no regular class meetings. Students may undertake either a production (video, screenplay, photography, graphic design or Audio Production) or a research paper.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 199 Media Arts Internship 

During their junior and senior years, Media Arts majors are strongly recommended to undertake an internship with a media industry organization in New York City. Consultation with the Department Internship Coordinator and the approval of the Department Chair is required. May be taken more than once for credit.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 204 Short Form Media Making I 

Short Form Media Making emphasizes making, and serves as a weekly creative gym where students get hands on time to develop, create and complete short, fun creative works in various mediums and styles, including commercials, music videos, personal short documentary profiles, Prezzies, experimental and found footage works, short animations, and web based artworks. The course includes screenings, media skill sessions, group exercises and individual student projects they choose, create and output. The goals of this class are to give students an opportunity to create something weekly, to try new forms of media making they have not experiences (such as podcasts and vlogs) and apply skills they are learning in other classes into their short project work. The opportunity to create and hone these projects in portfolio enhancing and makes for additional marketable skills.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 206 Advanced Editing 

A video production class in advanced non-linear video editing, examining the art, form and concept of the "Cut." Students work with Final Cut Pro will learn the art of story-telling through a variety of techniques and styles. Topics include narrative film-style editing, and montage-style editing used in music videos and commercials.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 207 3D Logo Animation 

This is an introductory level class in the design and creation of 3D Logo animations for Video, Film and the web. Students will learn techniques in 3D modeling , surfacing, lighting, animation, special effects and rendering specifically for logos.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 239 Survey of Computer Art 

A New Media theory class in Computer Art, this class will chronologically span the pioneering efforts of the first generation of computer artists to the latest in Internet and computer installations. Class sessions will include lectures, in-class presentations, and on-site gallery and museum exhibitions. Lively theoretical papers and discussions will be required. Fulfill's LIU Brooklyn's Writing Intensive (W.I) requirement.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 257 The Music Business 

A look at the jazz performer in today's business world: record production, music publishing, the concert, club and gig scene, copyrights, contracts, and career promotion.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 580 Independent Producer 

A hands-on approach to the production management tasks of the independent producer of film, video or multimedia. Topics include: script breakdown, scheduling, budgets, writing the business plan, marketing and distribution. Students will complete a production handbook and mock business plan as their final projects.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 1012 Audio Production II 

Audio Production II is an advanced audio production class dealing with intensive remote sound recording techniques for ENG/EFP video, film, and radio. Workshops will include advanced application and techniques for single-microphone and multi-microphone mixes. Topics will include boom operation, time code, music playback, multi-track recording for narration, dialogue and music, Foley artist, FX recording, stereo recording and sound editing.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 1032 Television Production III 

An advanced course expanding the techniques and application of TV studio production covered in Television Production II. Students focus on producing and directing scripted studio productions such as TV dramas and news programs.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 1081 Video Workshop II 

This is an intermediate level course that will expand upon the material covered in MA 106, Video Workshop I. This course is designed to assist students in the exploration of more sophisticated video production aesthetics, concepts and technologies, including non-linear editing (Final Cut Pro), lighting, electronic cinematography, sound for video, directing and producing. Class members will practice and refine their production skills by completing a series of creative and challenging projects.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 1342 3-D Computer Animation 

An introduction to the fundamentals of three-dimensional computer animation for film/television, print, video games and interactive media. Students learn and work with techniques in basic animation, morphing, inverse/forward kinemations, SFX, motion path editing and procedural animation, motion path animation, character animation, inverse and forward kinemation, dynamics, and special effects animation.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 1361 Web Design I 

An introduction to the basic principles of Web Page design and production. Students work with the most widely used graphics, authoring and HTML editing software packages in the industry. Students conceive and design their own Internet-ready Web site. (Formerly MA 136.)

Credits: 3.00 




MA 1581 On- Camera Performance I 

An introduction to the practice and principles of on-camera performance for broadcast and moving image media. Students work on writing and creating characters, auditioning skills (commercial vs dramatic), teleprompter news reading, improvisation and scene study. Using closed-circuit television interactively, students see their work each class.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 1582 On-Camera Production II 

An intermediate workshop designed to expand upon the skills and knowledge gained in On-Camera Performance I. Emphasis is on cold reading, character creation, teleprompter reading and scene analysis.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 1583 On-Camera Performance III 

An advanced workshop designed to enable a small group to work collaboratively on mastery of techniques learned in MA 1582. Emphasis is on audition technique and creating monologues.

Credits: 3.00 




MA 1585 Comm/Voice Over Performance

This course is the study and practice of oral performance for radio, TV, theater, and non-broadcast applications. Students study the techniques of master communicators and vocalise; reading aloud, monologues, and public speaking exercises to develop clear diction, proper placement and confidence. Special sessions in commercial copy writing provide insight into the marketing and production side of creating a commercial or narration. Simulated (recorded) auditions, script analysis, and chats with casting agents and performers prepare students for the real thing.

Credits: 3.00 

Typical Sequence

Semester 1

FIL 101 

Early films 1900-1950

3

FIL 105

Film Theory

3

FIL 106

Film Production I

3

Core

6-9

Semester 2

FIL 102

Films 1950 through The Present

3

FIL 109

Writing the screenplay

3

FIL 107

Film Production II

3

Core

6-9

Semester 3

FIL 115

Cinematography

3

FIL 125

Computer Graphics and Visual Effects I

3

FIL 112

Editing and sound acquisition

3

Core

6-9

Semester 4

FIL 123

Digital Documentary I

3

FIL 118

Production Management

3

FIL 144

Film Concepts: Directing I

3

Core

6-9

Semester 5

FIL 128

Visual Components of Storytelling

3

FIL 135

Filmmaking Studio A

3

FIL 137

Filmmaking Studio C

3

Core

6-9

Semester 6

FIL 136

Filmmaking Studio B

3

FIL 138

Filmmaking Studio D

3

FIL

Electives

6-12

Core

3-6

Semester 7

FIL 187

Capstone

3

FIL 199

Internship

1-3

FIL 

Electives

6-12

Semester 8

FIL 188

Thesis

3

FIL

Electives

6-12

Credit Requirements

Foundation and Theory         

36 credits

Filmmaking Studio A, B, C, D

12 credits

Specialization Electives

21 credits

Internship

1 to 3 credits

Capstone

3 credits

Thesis  

3 credits

Total    

76-78 credit

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