Digital Film, BS


Program Description

The BS in Digital Film program provides advanced and transferrable training in cinema production and film theory - combined with unique opportunities to work on real-world commercial, documentary, and narrative film sets via DSU Films - our in-house professional production company. Covering a broad range of topics and disciplines, students take core courses in narrative film production, screenwriting, editing, directing, cinematography, producing, sound design/mixing, documentary, film history and film theory. Upper division students are then given the opportunity to specialize in their preferred disciplines – culminating in professional internships and collaborative capstone film productions.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Digital Film Core Requirements 

FILM 1000History of Film3
FILM 2100Audio for Digital Film3
FILM 2130Beginning Screenwriting3
FILM 2660Introduction to Digital Film Production3
FILM 3000Business of Film3
FILM 3100Film Theory and Analysis3
FILM 3240Lighting/Grip for Digital Film3
FILM 3500Documentary Production3
FILM 3640Digital Motion Picture Pre-Production3
FILM 3660Digital Film Production4
FILM 3680
FILM 3685
Digital Film Editing
and Digital Film Editing Lab
FILM 4700Advanced Digital Film Production4
FILM 4900RDigital Film Internship3
FILM 4980Senior Capstone in Digital Film4
Total Hours45

Digital Film Elective Requirements

Complete at least 6 credits from the following:
FILM 3620Advanced Screenwriting3
FILM 4300Writer's Room3
FILM 4400Cinematography3
FILM 4500Directing3
FILM 4800
FILM 4805
Advanced Digital Film Post-Production
and Advanced Digital Film Post-Production Lab
Complete at least 3 additional elective credits above or from the following:
2-Dimensional Design (FA)
Digital Photography (FA)
Genres and Production
Short Production
Understanding Film (HU, GC)
Stage Makeup I
Stage Craft
Scene Design I
Costume Design I
Diversity in Film (FA)
Acting Studio: Acting for the Camera
Stage Makeup II
Stage Combat
Scene Design II
Costume Design II

Additional Program Requirement 

Complete additional upper division credits to bring the total to no less than 40 Upper Division Credits

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
FILM 2660 Introduction to Digital Film Production 3
FILM 1000 History of Film 3
SSC 1010 Trailblazer Connections 2
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
General Education (Literature / Humanities) 3
Spring Semester
FILM 2130 Beginning Screenwriting 3
FILM 2100 Audio for Digital Film 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Physical Science) 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
FILM 3660 Digital Film Production 4
FILM 3680
FILM 3685
Digital Film Editing
and Digital Film Editing Lab
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (Life Science / Lab) 4
Spring Semester
FILM 3640 Digital Motion Picture Pre-Production 3
FILM 3000 Business of Film 3
FILM 3240 Lighting/Grip for Digital Film 3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
General Elective 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
FILM 4700 Advanced Digital Film Production 4
FILM 3500 Documentary Production 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
Digital Film Elective Course 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
FILM 3100 Film Theory and Analysis 3
Digital Film Elective Course 3
General Electives 9
4th Year
Fall Semester
FILM 4900R Digital Film Internship 3
Digital Film Elective Course 3
General Education (Mathematics) 3
General Electives 6
Spring Semester
FILM 4980 Senior Capstone in Digital Film 4
General Electives 12
 Total Hours120

BS Digital Film Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Assess and critique the efficacy of various theoretical filmmaking techniques by surveying the evolution of cinematic language within various historical and cultural contexts.
  2. Identify and apply professional film industry standards regarding set protocol, etiquette, and safety through practice operating in various capacities on film sets.
  3. Examine, assess and apply technical skills related to a variety of audio-visual equipment, hardware, and software required during the pre-production, production, & post-production processes.
  4. Design, coordinate and execute meticulous production plans and schedules for collaborative film projects from conception to delivery.
  5. Appraise and apply various visual, aural, and written communication techniques to convey the elements of story