Film & Video

Major: Film & Video
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 186.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code: 50.0602
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
27-2012; 27-4031; 27-4032

About the Program

The film and video major offers a balance of technical craft and artistic vision that prepares students to pursue professional careers in the film industry. The program is hands-on with ample production opportunities from the first year of study supported by a strong emphasis in the liberal arts and foundations of design. There is also substantial coursework in screenwriting and film studies.

This highly competitive program, with only sixty-four freshmen accepted annually, features smaller classes that foster student-faculty interaction and mentoring, as well as ample access to excellent equipment. The unique Drexel co-op and Los Angeles Summer Program enhance education by providing students with professional employment experience.

The Film and Video program also offers minors in Film Studies and Video Production.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact the program director:

Tom Quinn
Film & Video
Department of Cinema and Television
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
teq23@drexel.edu

For more details, visit the College's Film and Video page.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students select a minimum of 12 credits12.0
Required Natural Science-students select a minimum of 8 credits8.0
Required Social Science-students select a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Electives24.0
Co-operative education (two terms)0.0
AWCOMAD Requirements
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
IDM 100Introduction to Web Development3.0
PHTO 110Photography3.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
Film and Video Core Courses
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
FMST 103Film History III: Trends3.0
FMST 250The Documentary Tradition3.0
FMST 304Film Voice and Style3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
FMVD 200Acting for the Screen3.0
FMVD 202Directing for the Screen3.0
FMVD 210Documentary Video Production3.0
FMVD 215Narrative Video Production3.0
FMVD 218Intermediate Cinematography3.0
FMVD 220Experimental Video Production3.0
FMVD 226Intermediate Sound3.0
FMVD 228Visual Storytelling3.0
FMVD 235Intermediate Lighting3.0
FMVD 237Intermediate Editing3.0
FMVD 286Producing for Features3.0
FMVD 322Production Workshop I3.0
FMVD 323Production Workshop II3.0
FMVD 495Senior Project in Film and Video (3 semesters at 3.0 credits)9.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
TVPR 100TV Studio: Basic Operations3.0
Four Advanced Production Choice Courses12.0
Includes TVPR-TV Studio 200 level course and any non-required TVPR or FMVD course at 300 level or above. Also includes SCRP courses at 300 level or above. Does not include FMVD 399 or FMVD 490.
Film Studies or Television Studies Course3.0
Select any Film Studies (FMST) or Television Studies (TVST) course not already listed as required.
Total Credits186.0

 

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plans of Study 

Co-op Cycle A  

(See below this plan for Co-op Cycle B)

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
IDM 100Introduction to Web Development3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
TVPR 100TV Studio: Basic Operations3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
FMST 250The Documentary Tradition3.0
FMVD 200Acting for the Screen3.0
FMVD 210Documentary Video Production3.0
FMVD 218Intermediate Cinematography3.0
FMVD 228Visual Storytelling3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
FMVD 202Directing for the Screen3.0
FMVD 226Intermediate Sound3.0
FMVD 237Intermediate Editing3.0
PHTO 110Photography3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
FMST 103Film History III: Trends3.0
FMVD 215Narrative Video Production3.0
FMVD 235Intermediate Lighting3.0
FMVD 286Producing for Features3.0
Natural science elective 4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
Advanced Production elective3.0
Arts and humanities elective 3.0
Film/Television Studies elective3.0
Social science elective 3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
FMST 304Film Voice and Style3.0
FMVD 220Experimental Video Production3.0
FMVD 322Production Workshop I3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
Advanced Production elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
FMVD 323Production Workshop II3.0
Arts and humanities elective 3.0
Social science elective 3.0
Free elective 3.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
FMVD 495Senior Project in Film and Video3.0
Advanced Production elective*3.0
Social Science elective3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
FMVD 495Senior Project in Film and Video3.0
Advanced Production elective*3.0
Arts and humanities elective 6.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
FMVD 495Senior Project in Film and Video3.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 186.0

Co-op Cycle B

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
TVPR 100TV Studio: Basic Operations3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
IDM 100Introduction to Web Development3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
FMST 250The Documentary Tradition3.0
FMVD 202Directing for the Screen3.0
FMVD 237Intermediate Editing3.0
FMVD 286Producing for Features3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 5
FMVD 215Narrative Video Production3.0
FMVD 235Intermediate Lighting3.0
FMVD 226Intermediate Sound3.0
FMVD 228Visual Storytelling3.0
PHTO 110Photography3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
FMST 103Film History III: Trends3.0
FMVD 210Documentary Video Production3.0
FMVD 200Acting for the Screen3.0
FMVD 218Intermediate Cinematography3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
Advanced Production elective3.0
Arts and humanities elective 3.0
Film Studies/Television Studies elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
FMST 304Film Voice and Style3.0
FMVD 220Experimental Video Production3.0
FMVD 322Production Workshop I3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
Social science elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
FMVD 323Production Workshop II3.0
Advanced Production elective*3.0
Arts and humanities elective 3.0
Social science elective3.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
FMVD 495Senior Project in Film and Video3.0
Advanced Production elective*3.0
Arts and humanities elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
FMVD 495Senior Project in Film and Video3.0
Advanced Production elective*3.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
FMVD 495Senior Project in Film and Video3.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 186.0
*

 See degree requirements.

 

Co-Op/Career Opportunities

Opportunities

Students who study film and video can move on to careers as film or video directors, producers, video or film editors, directors of photography (film), camerawork, as well as grips and special effects coordinators.

Co-Op Experiences

Some past co-op employers of film and video students include:

  • USA Network, New York
  • Comcast, Philadelphia
  • Bad Robot, Los Angeles
  • ICM, Los Angeles
  • Focus Features, New York
  • Law & Order, New York
  • NFL Films, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
  • Tribecca Film Center, New York
  • National Geographic Television, Washington DC
  • NBC, New York
  • Paramount Studios, Los Angeles
  • MTV, New York

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Facilities

Film and Video facilities include a shooting studio with green screen; two screening rooms; a fully equipped HD television studio; post-production labs for editing, color correction and audio recording & mixing;  specially outfitted multimedia rooms; state of the art film production equipment including cameras, steadicams, lighting and audio equipment.

Additionally, the college operates DUTV, a HD cable television station reaching over 350,000 households.

Minor in Film Studies

The Minor in Film Studies comprises courses that cover the major artistic and institutional developments in cinema from its late-nineteenth-century origins to the present. As these courses cover a variety of critical topics that are essential to any film studies curriculum - such as the study of major genres and auteurs, the technologies and techniques contributing to the development of the medium, as well as the historical circumstances that influenced the cinema's evolution since its inception - they will establish a sound critical foundation for students to choose and to flourish in the subsequent courses required for the minor.

The Minor in Film Studies is open to all University students.

Required Courses:
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
FMST 103Film History III: Trends3.0
Select five of the following:15.0
The Documentary Tradition
Hitchcock
The Western
Film Comedy
Rock - N - Roll Cinema
Special Topics in Cinema Studies
The Cinematographer's Art
Controversial Films
Breakthroughs of Contemporary Film Directors
Great Years in Cinema: 1999
Hollywoodland I
Hollywoodland II
French New Wave
Italian Neo Realism
The Horror Film
Contemporary Cinema
Total credits24.0

Minor in Video Production

The Minor in Video Production provides a thorough foundation in filmmaking craft. Once core required courses are completed, students have the opportunity to apply newly acquired skills in their choice of several advanced film production courses or to explore television studio production. 

The Minor in Video Production is open to all University students.

Required Courses
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
Four of the following courses:12.0
Documentary Video Production
Narrative Video Production
Experimental Video Production
Intermediate Lighting
Special Effects Make-up
Special Topics in Production
Writing the Short Film
TV Studio: Basic Operations
TV Studio: Live Directing
Total Credits24.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Film & Video Faculty

Ian N. Abrams, BA (Duke University). Associate Professor. Screenwriting, movies, film, Hollywood.
John Avarese, BS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Composer, film and video scores, mixing and sound design.
Alison Bagnall, BA (Yale University). Visiting Professor. Filmmaker
David Culver, AS (Graham Junior College) Manager of the Paul F. Harron Studios/DUTV. Associate Teaching Professor. Film, Video, Station Management, Emerging Media Technology
David Deneen, BFA (Philadelphia College of Art). Assistant Teaching Professor. Film & video.
Gerard M. Hooper, MFA (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Film and video; European and non-western cinema.
D. B. Jones, PhD (Stanford University). Professor. Film and video; cinema studies.
Matthew Kaufhold, MA (University of North Carolina) Program Director, Screenwriting and Playwriting. Associate Teaching Professor. Screenwriter, Producer.
Karin P. Kelly, MFA (New York University) Department Head, Cinema and Television. Associate Professor. Film and video; filmmaker and author.
Yvonne D. Leach, MFA (Temple University). Associate Professor. Television studies.
Thomas Quinn, MFA (Temple University) Program Director, Film & Video. Assistant Professor. Writer, Director, filmmaker.
Philip W. Salas, BS (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Utilization of advanced set top box data to measure fragmented viewing behavior. Impact of new television distribution technologies on traditional broadcasters and multichannel program providers.
David A. Schwartz, BA (Rider University). Associate Teaching Professor. Steadicam operator; cameraman.
Andrew Susskind, BA (Harvard University) Program Director of TV Production & Media Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Producing for Television, The Sitcom, Directing Single and Multi-Camera
Jocelyn Tarquini-Motter, MFA (American Film Institute). Assistant Teaching Professor. Editing.
Albert S. Tedesco, MA (University of Pennsylvania) Director of the Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television Management. Teaching Professor. Media Management, Organizational Structure, Research Methods, Media Ethics, Media Law, The Regulatory Environment, Technology Assessment, Media Theory, Media Analytics
Gregory S. Wolmart, MFA (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Cinema studies; film history.
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