The Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres in the Peck School of the Arts offers an integrated program of study leading to a BFA in Film.

Requirements

 The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film requires 120 credits, and is distributed as follows:

University Core45
FVANG Requirements72
General Elective3
Total Credits120

University Core

The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Fine Arts is 120. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

General Education Requirements 1
Competencies 1
Oral and Written Communication – Part A and Part B 2
Quantitative Literacy (QL) – Part A and Part B 2
Foreign Language 2
Distribution Requirements 1
Humanities6
Natural Sciences (Must include one lab)6
Social Sciences6
Cultural Diversity 2
Electives
Additional Electives12
Credits in Peck School of the Arts 312
University Credits3
Total Credits45
1

Learn more about the General Education Requirements.

2

Credits may be utilized in required curriculum areas.

3

Up to 12 credits inside the Peck School of the Arts (9 required, the remaining 3 may remain inside FVANG as an elective) in at least 3 of the 4 departments outside the student's discipline (Art and Design, Dance, Music, and Theater).

Course of Study

The Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres degree program is an integrated course of study in which students create individual projects in film, video, or other media every semester. This is accomplished through an 18-credit Foundation requirement taken during the first year, followed by a series of required and elective courses in the 72-credit major.

Students in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres are required to have a laptop computer and video editing software.

Major Requirements

FVANG Requirements
Department Foundation
FILM 110Foundation Topics: (Students are required to complete 2 sections for 6 credits of FILM 110)6
FILM 180Foundation Production: Fiction6
FILM 181Foundation Production: Nonfiction6
Foundation Review 1
FILM 222Digital Filmmaking3
Select one of the following:3
16mm Filmmaking
Writing for Film
Animation I
Introduction to Digital Arts
300+ level Production Electives 2
Select 15 credits15
300+ level Portfolio Electives 3
Select 6 credits6
Contextual Electives 4
FILM 303Current Topics in Media Arts Production3
Select two additional Contextual Electives6
FVANG Electives
Select 6 credits at any level6
300+ Professional Practice/Internship 5
Select 3 credits3
Senior Project
FILM 509Senior Project I3
FILM 510Senior Project II6
General Elective
Select 3 credits from any department(s) outside of Film3
Total Credits75
1

Foundation Review for admission to major includes completion of Department Foundation courses (FILM 110 @ 6cr, FILM 180, and FILM 181). Review consists of 2 final projects made in Department Foundation courses and a copy of current academic transcript submitted to department faculty for review by advertised deadline in Fall and Spring semesters. Check your emails for Foundation Review deadlines.

2

Production Electives (15 credits required): Technology or skill focused, multiple assignments to learn skill. A full list of eligible Production Elective courses will be available each semester and can be found here: https://uwm.edu/arts/student-resources/current-students-forms-procedures/.

3

Portfolio Electives (6 credits required): Theme-based class, focused on creation of work in relation to the specific topic. A full list of eligible Portfolio Elective courses will be available each semester and can be found here: https://uwm.edu/arts/student-resources/current-students-forms-procedures/.

4

Contextual Electives: Lectures including history, theory, and writing towards a variety of creative projects. Choose from: FILM 303 required, plus 6 credits from the full list of eligible Contextual Elective courses found here: https://uwm.edu/arts/student-resources/current-students-forms-procedures/.

5

Professional Practice Electives (3 credits required): Focused on professionalization, roles and jobs in film, media & art worlds. A full list of eligible Professional Practice courses will be available each semester and can be found here: https://uwm.edu/arts/student-resources/current-students-forms-procedures/.

Film, Video Animation, and New Genres Electives

Consult your academic advisor in the Peck School of the Arts Student Services Office for electives in the PSOA Core Curriculum and General Education Requirement courses.

FILM 150Multicultural America (Satisfies UWM's Cultural Diversity requirement)3
FILM 203Media Workshop: (subtitle)3
FILM 22016mm Filmmaking3
FILM 222Digital Filmmaking3
FILM 231Writing for Film3
FILM 232Animation I3
FILM 234Introduction to the Screenplay3
FILM 255Introduction to Digital Arts3
FILM 297Study Abroad:1-12
FILM 301Film Art for Non-Majors (subtitle)3
FILM 305Digital Cinema and the Computer (Satisfies UWM's OWCB - Oral & Written Communication - Part B)3
FILM 316Filmmaker as Theorist/Practitioner: (subtitle)3
FILM 318Film and the Visual and Performing Arts: (subtitle)3
FILM 319Theory/Practice Seminar: (subtitle)3
FILM 320The Art of the Short Film3
FILM 323Film as a Modernist Art Form3
FILM 324Genre and the Horror Film3
FILM 325Indie Cinema3
FILM 326Philosophy and Film3
FILM 327Cartoons, Animation, and the Graphic Novel3
FILM 328Radical Cinema3
FILM 329Sociological Cinema3
FILM 330Structuring Gaps3
FILM 332Miyazaki Shorts and Features3
FILM 336Visual Effects and Illusion in Cinema3
FILM 341Theory/Practice Seminar: (subtitle)3
FILM 342Milwaukee Underground Film Festival3
FILM 343The Business of Animation3
FILM 344The Producer's Role3
FILM 345The Screenwriting Business3
FILM 346Documentary Projects: doc/UWM3
FILM 360Portfolio Topics:3
FILM 361Animation Studio3
FILM 362Documenting Community3
FILM 363Mumblecore: Fundamental Cinema3
FILM 364Music Video Production3
FILM 365Sex and Gender in Film and Video3
FILM 366Experimental Sound Techniques3
FILM 367Personal Cinema3
FILM 368Dreams: Yours, Mine, Ours3
FILM 379Storyboarding3
FILM 380Production Topics: (subtitle)3
FILM 382Visual Effects3
FILM 385Experimental Animation3
FILM 386Interactive Animation3
FILM 388Stop Motion Animation3
FILM 390Directing3
FILM 391Cinematography3
FILM 392Documentary Filmmaking3
FILM 393Sound Design3
FILM 394Film Score Studio3
FILM 395Preproduction3
FILM 396Video Installation3
FILM 397Drawing for Filmmakers3
FILM 398Editing and Post-Production3
FILM 399Advanced Independent Study3
FILM 419Advanced Theory/Practice Seminar:3
FILM 420Intermediate Media Arts Module: (subtitle)3
FILM 434Film Aesthetics: (subtitle)3
FILM 442Media Internship1-3
FILM 446Advanced Documentary Projects: doc/UWM3
FILM 460Advanced Portfolio Topics: (subtitle)3
FILM 461Landscape Cinema3
FILM 462Humor and Filmmaking3
FILM 463Experimental Documentary3
FILM 464Observational Documentary3
FILM 465Experimental Narrative3
FILM 466Appropriated Media3
FILM 480Advanced Production Topics:3
FILM 481Advanced 16MM Film Production3
FILM 482Advanced Cinematography3
FILM 483Post-Production Sound3
FILM 484Field Recording and Digital Audio 3
FILM 486Advanced Animation3
FILM 497Study Abroad: (subtitle)1-12
MUSIC 327Studio Techniques3
MUSIC 328Interactive Electronic Music3
MUSIC 420Advanced Computing and Music3

Plan of Study

The following outline will serve as a guide in planning for studies in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their school and departmental advisors. All course waivers or changes in the requirements of the major should be directed to a department or school academic advisor and must have the written approval of the department chair.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
FILM 110 Foundation Topics: 3
FILM 180
Foundation Production: Fiction
or Foundation Production: Nonfiction
6
Select two of the following: 6
History of Film I: Development of an Art (GER-H)
University Core 1
University Core 1
 Credits15
Spring
FILM 110 Foundation Topics: 3
FILM 181
Foundation Production: Nonfiction (Foundation Review)
or Foundation Production: Fiction
6
University Core 1 6
Submit for Foundation Review 2
 Credits15
Year 2
Fall
FILM 222 Digital Filmmaking 3
Select one of the following: 3
16mm Filmmaking
Writing for Film
Animation I
Introduction to Digital Arts
FVANG Elective 3
Select two of the following: 6
History of Film I: Development of an Art (GER-H)
University Core 1
University Core 1
 Credits15
Spring
FVANG Production Elective 3 6
FVANG Portfolio Elective 4 3
Select two of the following: 6
FVANG Contextual Elective 5
University Core 1
University Core 1
 Credits15
Year 3
Fall
FILM 303 Current Topics in Media Arts Production 3
FVANG Production Elective 3 3
FVANG Portfolio Elective 4 3
University Core 1 6
 Credits15
Spring
FVANG Production Elective 3 3
FVANG Contextual Elective 5 3
FVANG Elective 3
University Core 1 6
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
FVANG Production Elective 3 3
FVANG Professional Practice/Internship 6 3
FILM 509 Senior Project I 3
University Core 1 6
 Credits15
Spring
FILM 510 Senior Project II 6
FVANG Contextual Elective 5 3
University Core 1 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120
1

Consult your academic advisor in the Peck School of the Arts Student Services Office for requirements in the University Core Curriculum.

PSOA Arts Distribution Requirement for FVANG is part of the 45-credit Core: University competencies, 18 credits of GER requirements, 12 credits outside Peck School of the Arts, up to 12 credits inside the Peck School of the Arts (9 required, the remaining 3 may remain inside FVANG as an elective) in at least 3 PSOA departments outside the student's discipline (Art and Design, Dance, Music, and Theater), and 3 credits outside FVANG.

2

Foundation Review for admission to major includes completion of Department Foundation courses (FILM 110 @ 6cr, FILM 180, FILM 181). Review consists of 2 final projects made in Department Foundation courses and a copy of current academic transcript submitted to department faculty for review by advertised deadline in Fall and Spring semesters. Check your emails for Foundation Review deadlines.

3

Production Electives: Choose from FILM 234, FILM 379, FILM 380, FILM 382, FILM 385, FILM 386, FILM 390 - 398, and FILM 480 - 486. A full list of eligible courses will be available each semester and can be found here: https://uwm.edu/arts/student-resources/current-students-forms-procedures/.

4

Portfolio Electives: Choose from FILM 360 - 368, FILM 399, and FILM 460 - 466. A full list of eligible courses will be available each semester and can be found here: https://uwm.edu/arts/student-resources/current-students-forms-procedures/.

5

Contextual Electives: Choose from: FILM 303 required, plus 6 credits from FILM 305, FILM 319, FILM 320, FILM 323 - 332, FILM 336, and FILM 419. Refer to approved list of topics & repeat limits (FILM 305 counts as OWCB). A full list of eligible courses will be available each semester and can be found here: https://uwm.edu/arts/student-resources/current-students-forms-procedures/.

6

Professional Practice Electives: Choose from FILM 342 - 346, FILM 442, and FILM 446. A full list of eligible courses will be available each semester and can be found here: https://uwm.edu/arts/student-resources/current-students-forms-procedures/.

Advance to the Major

Students are admitted to the Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres major upon completion of:

  • the UWM Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Part A requirement;
  • the Quantitative Literacy (QL) Part A requirement;
  • 18 credits of the department Foundation Curriculum: FILM 110 (6 credits), FILM 180 (6 credits) and FILM 181 (6 credits);
  • passing Foundation Review.

Advising

Location: Theatre 120
Reception Hours: 9AM-4PM Monday through Friday
(closed on university holidays)
Contact: (414) 229-4763

Academic advising is an important aspect of long-term academic success. At the Peck School of the Arts, we offer professional academic advising in the following undergraduate disciplines: art, dance, film, music, and theatre.

Advisors provide students with individualized advising to assist them in areas such as: degree requirements, major options, course selection, campus resources, college success strategies, graduation assessment, academic policies and procedures, etc. 

For more information on Peck School of the Arts advising, please visit http://uwm.edu/arts/advising/.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a GPA of 3.500 or greater in the major and the academic department's recommendation.

High Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or greater and the academic department's recommendation.

Departmental Honors are granted to students recommended by their academic department for Honors excellence in performance not reflected in the GPA.

Dean's Honors are granted to students with major achievements in one or more of the arts.

Honors in the Peck School of the Arts

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.