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Video and Film Production, Bachelor of Science

Philosophy

Today, video is a prevalent element of everyday life in both personal and professional settings. This has led to a growing demand for those who have artistic talent and technical ability to create engaging video content, visual effects, and motion graphics.

 

The Wilmington University Bachelors of Science in Video and Film Production provides students with a strong foundation in the core skills for all stages of production, geared towards film-making, news, corporate, educational, or entertainment. Students will explore real-world production concepts under the direction of expert faculty with extensive field experience and gain additional skills in graphic design, animation, compositing, and sound.

 

Purpose

The Video and Film Production Bachelor of Science is for students wishing to pursue careers in television, film, motion graphics, visual effects, and related fields. Students will have a strong core skill set applicable to any video work ranging from news, film, television, commercials, drama, action, corporate, or documentary applications, then allowing the students to focus on their area of interest through the concentrations. 

 

Program Competencies

Students completing the Video and Film Production (B.S.) program will be able to:

  • Develop the technical skills required for professional video production;
  • Practice a professional video workflow;
  • Utilize informational resources and other sources generally accepted as legitimate and valid;
  • Employ creative problem solving;
  • Practice professional and ethical behavior; and
  • Analyze past and current professional trends in video and film production.

 

Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Learning takes a 360 approach to experiential learning. Whether you come to Wilmington University with a vast amount of professional experience and are awarded Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), or you participate in a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity (Internships or Cooperative Education) embedded in your curriculum for credit, we provide a pathway to completing your degree.

 

Cooperative Education Option

The Cooperative Education option is an alternative to the VFP 487 - Video and Film Production Senior Project and VFP 490 - Video and Film Production Internship. Each co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must first have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must contact the Office of Work-Integrated Learning and their Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment.   For additional information on cooperative education, please visit: https://www.wilmu.edu/coel/work-integrated-learning.aspx

 

Enhance your Degree with a Certificate

 

The College of Technology's digital media department, which is focused on giving students hands-on training and real-world skills across a multimedia platform, consists of six individual Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees: Animation and 3D, Game Design and Development, Graphic Design, Photography, Video and Film Production, and Web Design.

 

Each of these degree programs has been designed with three identifiable parts:  Uniform First Year, Program Core, and 15 credits to be used towards a CoT Certificate.  All students will begin their academic career with a uniform first year before they begin to focus on their selected degree core.  After completion of the uniform first year, students will begin to enroll in their program core courses.  Finally, students in each program will use 15 career-centered course credits towards earning a College of Technology Certificate as illustrated in the table below.

 

Uniform First Year

Animation & 3D Program Core Courses

Game Design & Development Program Core Courses

Graphic Design Program Core Courses

Video & Film Production Program Core Courses

Web Design Program Core Courses

College of Technology Certificate Courses (options vary by program)

 

Accelerated Graduate Certificate Option

Students in the Video and Film Production B.S. degree program may choose an accelerated option with:

 

Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate

 

Students selecting this option can complete both their undergraduate degree and the graduate certificate by completing 120 credits (105 undergraduate credits and 15 graduate credits).  The five graduate courses (15 credits) needed for the graduate certificate would count as five courses (15 credits) towards undergraduate electives in your degree.

 

Students who complete the Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate also receive the benefit of completing five graduate level courses that count towards a Master’s degree in Information Systems Technologies (MS-IST).  Students selecting this option are not required to pursue the MS-IST degree.

 

Admission requirements include:

 

  • A minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Completion of at least 60 credits towards your degree program
  • A meeting with an academic advisor to submit an Accelerated Option Intent (AOI) form upon completion of at least 30 credits; and
  • Recommendation of the Program Chair

Note:  Students will not be eligible to register for graduate level courses until they have successfully completed at least 60 credits towards their bachelor’s degree and have an approved AOI form.  Students must receive their B.S. degree in order to receive the graduate certificate.

 

Minimum Grade Policy: Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses in order to earn the certificate.


Video and Film Production B.S. Curriculum

General Education Requirements (39 credits)

CTA 210 Intro to Technology

DSN 105 Visual Communication

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

ENG 360 Creative Writing

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

VFP 313 Aesthetics of Film

SCI Natural Science

Video and Film Production Core (63 credits)

ANI 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

DFM 200 Introduction to Digital Film-Making

DFM 300 Directing Digital Films

DFM 350 Digital Film-Making II

DSN 210 Basic Photoshop

DSN 220 Concept Development

VFP 100 Camera and Cinematography

VFP 101 Introduction to Audio

VFP 200 Adv Camera and Cinematography

VFP 202 Adv Audio Recording Techniques

VFP 203 Intro to Non-Linear Editing

VFP 222 Story Design Methods

VFP 301 Lighting for Production I

VFP 302 Lighting for Production II

VFP 350 Journalism in Practice

VFP 400 On Location Production Techniques

VFP 401 Producing the Documentary

VFP 402 Studio Production Techniques

VFP 423 Advanced Non-Linear Editing

VFP 487 Video & Film Production Senior Project

 

VFP 490 Video & Film Production Internship

OR

VFP 489 Experiential Learning in Video and Film Production

College of Technology Certificate Electives (15 credits)

Students should choose a College of Technology certificate to fulfill this elective core.  If not pursuing a College of Technology Certificate, students may choose from the following undergraduate College of Technology courses to fulfill their electives:  ANI, CSC, DFM, DSN, GMD, ISM, SEC, TEC, UAV, VFP.  Selecting an elective outside of this list will require approval of the Program Chair.

Free Elective (3 credits)

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

Completion Degree Requirements

What is a Completion Degree?

A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate degree at an accredited institution. Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.

Note that a minimum of 120 combined credits are needed to satisfy the Completion Degree requirements, including both transfer credits and credits earned at Wilmington University.

Video and Film Production Completion Degree

DFM 300 Directing Digital Films

DFM 350 Digital Film-Making II

VFP 200 Adv Camera and Cinematography

VFP 203 Intro to Non-Linear Editing

VFP 301 Lighting for Production I

VFP 302 Lighting for Production II

VFP 313 Aesthetics of Film

VFP 330 Aerial Cinematography

VFP 350 Journalism in Practice

VFP 400 On Location Production Techniques

VFP 401 Producing the Documentary

VFP 402 Studio Production Techniques

VFP 423 Advanced Non-Linear Editing

CoT Elective

 

VFP 487 Video & Film Production Senior Project

OR

VFP 490 Video & Film Production Internship

The following courses are prerequisites for a completion degree in Video and Film Production:

DFM 200 Introduction to Digital Film-Making

VFP 100 Camera and Cinematography

VFP 101 Introduction to Audio

Note:  

Some courses have prerequisites and should be taken in the correct sequence.  If your associate's degree is in an academic discipline different than the one you plan to study at Wilmington University, you may be required to take additional courses to ensure your success in your chosen program of study.


Accelerated Option with Technology Project Mgt Graduate Certificate

The Video and Film Production degree also allows students the opportunity to build a Graduate Certificate into their undergraduate curriculum.  The Technology Project Management Certificate would benefit students who are interested in pursuing video/film producing and working in the management of film production. The certificate requires 15 graduate credits.  Students will complete IST 7060 and four of the six IPM courses listed.  Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to earn the certificate.

IST 7060 Project and Change Management

Choose four (4) of the following:

IPM 6000 IT/IS Project Scope Development and Management

IPM 6010 IT/IS Project Scheduling

IPM 6030 IT/IS Project Risk Management

IPM 6040 IT/IS Project Quality Management

IPM 6050 Agile Project Management

IPM 6090 Special Topics in IT/IS Project Management



This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2021-2022 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.