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Film and Electronic Arts

Undergraduate Programs

Option in Narrative Production (code FEA_BA02) (120 units)

51 units required for the major.

Students meeting the requirements for admission to the major may apply for admission into the production option by presenting a portfolio to the department in January of their sophomore year, or in subsequent Januarys. Admission to the option will be in the Fall semester only. Portfolios will be comprised of 1) a statement of purpose, 2) a critical analysis of a film or television show, 3) a sample of creative work (either writing, visual art or a short film or video) and 4) two letters of recommendation. Although a transfer student may apply to the FEA production option prior to learning whether or not they have been admitted to the university, they cannot be accepted into the option until they have been officially admitted to the university. The Film and Electronic Arts Department is not involved in the university admissions process.

Students admitted to this option are required to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA average in all major course work in order to retain their place in the option. Students admitted to the option are also required to abide by the rules and regulations as specified in the FEA Department's Policies and Procedures handbook, which is available for purchase through the department.

Students may apply to the FEA Option in Narrative Production when they have completed a minimum of 72 units, but may not apply after they have completed more than a maximum of 88 units.

Requirements

Lower Division Core

  • Take the following course during the pre-major year:
    • FEA 299 Media Aesthetics (3)
  • Take the following courses:
    • FEA 205 Film History (3)
    • FEA 206 History of Broadcasting (3)

Take the following courses in the following sequence:

1. Fall Semester of Junior Year:

  • FEA 303 Film and Electronic Media Writing (3)
  • FEA 307 Audio Production (3)
  • FEA 309 Production I: Cinematography (3)
  • FEA 415 Media Editing (3)

2. Spring Semester of Junior Year:

  • FEA 302 Film Theory I: Classical (3)
  • FEA 304 Writing the Short Script (3)
  • FEA 328 Film and Video Lighting (3)
  • FEA 336 Production II: Film Production (3)

3. At the end of their junior year, students must select a two-semester track of specialization for their senior year.

A. Production and Directing

  • Take the following courses in the Fall:
    • FEA 327 Production Management (3)
    • FEA 340 Production III: Advanced Production A (3)
    • FEA 344 Advanced Cinematography II (may be taken in junior year)
  • Take the following courses in the Spring:
    • FEA 342 Production IV: Advanced Production B (3)
    • FEA 375 Producing and the Business of TV (3)
  • Take one international cinema course from the following courses:
    • FEA 392A, 392B, 392C, 392D, FEA 454/ITAL 454, FEA 456/FREN 456, FEA 457/GERM 480, FEA 458/RUSS 428, SPAN 428

B. Cinematography

  • Take the following courses in the Fall:
    • FEA 341 Advanced Cinematography I (3)
    • FEA 344 Advanced Cinematography II (may be taken junior year)
    • Take one international cinema course from the following: FEA 392A, 392B, 392C, 392D, FEA 454/ITAL 454, FEA 456/FREN 456, FEA 457/GERM 480, FEA 458/RUSS 428, SPAN 428.
  • Take the following course in the Spring:
    • FEA 343 Directing (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • FEA 320 Sound Design (3)
    • FEA 327 Production Management (3)
  • Take three additional units of FEA elective