Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

AIU offers a professionally-focused BFA in Media Production degree program with a specialization in Digital Film and Post Production that can give students an opportunity to learn industry-current knowledge and skills applicable in today’s film, video and audio markets. This program offers an opportunity to learn the art and science of digital filmmaking. You can immerse yourself in each phase of the process by creating your own film and video project. Students can gain hands-on experience with screenwriting, filming, working with talent, lighting, and camera operation and editing the final product. .

You Can Learn How to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough technical understanding of the three phases of the motion picture production process (preproduction, production and postproduction).
  • Generate and properly utilize industry-standard paperwork to track and control all three phases of motion picture production.
  • Demonstrate technical competency with various industry-standard software, camera, grip and lighting, and recording technologies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of on-set protocol/behavior and professionalism appropriate to field, studio and postproduction applications.
  • Contribute appropriately in a variety of positions to the production of motion picture projects.
  • Develop film/video projects from concept to finished product, on time and on budget, to a client’s specifications.
  • Organize and manage self-directed film/video production projects

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Courses

Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
HUMA215Topics in Cultural Studies4.5
MATH125General College Mathematics4.5
or
MATH133College Algebra4.5
PHIL201Introduction to Philosophy4.5
or
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SSCI206Aspects of Psychology4.5
SSCI210Sociology4.5
SCIE206Biology4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Electives (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives
General Elective4.5
Internship/General Elective4.5
Total Credit Hours:9

Lower Division Core
DFAP101Production Techniques I4.5
DFAP102Audio Production I4.5
DFAP201Screenwriting I4.5
DFAP202Postproduction I4.5
DFAP211Camera & Lighting I4.5
DFAP304American Cinema4.5
Total Credit Hours:27
Upper Division Core
DFAP205Audio Production II4.5
DFAP300Field Recording Techniques4.5
DFAP309Production Techniques II4.5
DFAP314Media Postproduction II4.5
DFAP318Producing I4.5
DFAP411Pitching and Project Management4.5
DFAP412Portfolio4.5
Total Credit Hours:31.5

Specialization Options

Digital film and Post Production
DFAP310Production Techniques III4.5
DFAP320Film and Audio Aesthetics4.5
DFAP210Screenwriting II4.5
DFAP400Advanced Production I4.5
DFAP401Senior Project I4.5
DFAP402Senior Project II4.5
DFAP415Directing4.5
DFAP422Camera & Lighting II4.5
DFAP423Advanced Digital Cinematography4.5
DFAP444Postproduction Recording4.5
DFAP445Postproduction III4.5
DFAP447Animation and Motion Graphics4.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

By studying key topics in Digital Film and Post Production to complete the upper division’s core specialization requirements, AIU can give you an opportunity to learn a solid foundation in the areas of audio and electronic music production, general media production, editing, and computer-animation and special-effects production. At AIU, you can take more courses devoted to your field of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Production with a specialization in Digital Film and Post Production, your classes may include:

Production Techniques III

Students continue to develop their technical and creative skills as they create a longer-form and more advanced motion picture project. Particular emphasis will be placed on directing actors and use of the camera as an expressive tool. This concludes the first half of the production process, which will be completed in the second course, DFAP 445 Postproduction III.

Film and Audio Aesthetics

In this course, students learn to analyze film in terms of form, structure, cinematography, editing and use of sound and music.

Screenwriting II

Students continue to develop their skills in screenwriting, with particular focus on character driven, three-act narrative structure, story development and crafting dialog.

Advanced Production I

In this intensive course, students apply principles and techniques to create an advanced production motion picture project. Students are expected to finish a professional-quality work, worthy of inclusion on their show reel.

Senior Project I

Students will take an advanced-level project from concept through principle photography. Projects started in this course will be completed in DFAP 402 Senior Project II.

Senior Project II

Students will "finish" and distribute projects started in DFAP 401 Senior Project I. Particular focus will be placed upon the creation of a professional-quality, festival-ready package.

Directing

Students examine the role and responsibility of the director. Also covered is the director's role in each of the three phases of film production, including scripting, casting, creative work with actors, camera and lighting design and communicating effectively with the crew in order to achieve a specific vision.

Camera & Lighting II

In this course, students develop advanced skills in motion picture photography and a greater appreciation of lighting techniques and style. Topics will include genre-appropriate lighting techniques, source lighting, lighting for composite and special effects photography, and lighting for the mobile camera.

Advanced Digital Cinematography

In this advanced course, students explore of the potential of the video camera. Included are the elements of lenses and filters, shot framing and composition, color theory, non-tripod shooting techniques, internal electronics, aesthetics, and editing.

ostproduction Recording

Students develop skills needed to create a professional film soundtrack, including: effects editing, automatic dialog replacement (ADR), dialog editing and Foley recording.

Postproduction III

This advanced level course concentrates on workflow options and the "finishing" of digital video productions. Students edit their productions to a high standard, including titles, music, special effects and grading. Output, compression and DVD authoring will also be covered. In addition, lectures on various editing styles and techniques and the building of narrative structure enhance and build on the practical aspects of the course.

Animation and Motion Graphics

In this course students explore and develop new motion graphics/animation projects using industry-standard software. Students will develop their skills in the area of animation and time-based motion graphics using industry-standard software such as Adobe After Effects.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Ways to Save

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience
Related Degrees

Related Degrees

Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in Media Production: Specialization in Audio Recording and Sound Design

Prepare yourself for opportunities in the music industry or motion picture editing with a specialization in Audio Production and Sound Design. Study the fundamentals of audio and electronic music production, general media production, editing, computer animation and special effects production.

Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with a degree in Digital Film and Post Production?

A career in film production could take you in many different directions. For example, jobs for film and video editors and camera operators are projected to grow by 11%1 and jobs for producers and directors are expected to grow by 9%2 through 2024—faster than the national average for job growth.

The Day-to-Day Role

Jobs related to film production often involve1:

  • Researching subjects related to the production
  • Holding staff meetings to make sure the production is running smoothly and goals are being met
  • Reviewing recordings or live rehearsals to make sure they meet the standards for the broadcast or production
  • Coordinating what team members (writers, directors, managers, and others) are doing
  • Overseeing postproduction processes
  • Serving as a mediator when disagreements arise during the production process
  • Keeping up with administrative tasks, like completing reports about the production, distributing call sheets and scripts, and booking rehearsal space

In addition to the specialized knowledge you may gain in the classroom and practical experience gained on the job, working in film production may also require other skills such as1:

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively
  • Reliable decisionmaking
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Working well with teams and individuals

Source: http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/27-2012.01

If this sounds like a career path you might be interested in, AIU’s BFA in Media Production with a specialization in Digital Film and Post Production can help you move forward.

1: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators,

on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/film-and-video-editors-and-camera-operators.htm (visited August 16, 2016).

2: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Producers and Directors, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/producers-and-directors.htm (visited August 13, 2016).

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