Film Concentration

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The mission of the film concentration in theater program at Rutgers-Camden is to develop the skills, craft, and imagination of its students, as well as to provide them with a strong understanding of the history and techniques of film and filmmaking within a well-rounded liberal arts context.

The curriculum includes courses in the areas of pre-production, production, post-production, screenwriting, directing, acting, production design, lighting, and film history, with a commitment to student-generated work on and off campus. As part of a strong, interdisciplinary Department of Fine Arts and theater program, filmmaking students benefit from exposure to visual art, music, new digital media perspectives, and live theater with the direction and guidance of a professionally active faculty.

The filmmaking concentration at Rutgers-Camden is built upon collaboration. Faculty and students combine the resources and methods of both areas to work together and produce material for film and the stage. Students are encouraged to explore the wide range of opportunities the program offers, including participation in student and faculty produced film productions as well as on stage or behind the scenes in the season of plays presented each year in our two performance venues: the Walter K. Gordon Theater, a state-of-the-art 650 seat proscenium house, and the Black Box Studio, a flexible space for smaller productions.

Filmmaking Concentration Requirements (45 Credits)

The filmmaking concentration is a unique collaboration between film and theater that builds on the program’s strengths and resources in both areas. Filmmaking students take a series of production courses that focus on diverse genres and techniques in filmmaking and include documentary, fiction, experimental, and film for theater productions.

Filmmaking students also take theater courses specializing in acting, directing, lighting, and production design. The concentration culminates in a senior film project where students collaborate with filmmakers, actors, and designers within the program.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • 50:354:390 Intro to Film Studies or 50:354:20 The Art of Film
  • 50:965:125 Introduction to Video and Film
  • 50:965:225 Video and Film Production
  • 50:965:325 Advance Video and Film Production
  • 50:965:425 Post-Production
  • 50:354:395 Screenwriting or 50:965:318 Playwriting
  • 50:965:320 Directing I or 50:965:271 Acting I
  • 50:965:382 Lighting Design or 50:965:314 Scenic Design or 50:965:241 Stagecraft
  • 50:700:302 Sound and Image or 50:700:449 Audio Post Production
  • 50:965:495 Senior Project Film

Additional Courses

At least two courses (six credits) from the following:

  • 50:354:300 History of Film I
  • 50:354:301 History of Film II
  • 50:354:20 The Art of Film
  • 50:354:350 Major Filmmakers
  • 50:354:391 to 394 Special Topics in Film
  • 50:354:396 to 399 Special Topics in Film Genres
  • 50:965:345 Theater and Film in Europe
  • 50:354:310 Literature and Film
  • 50:354:315 American Film
  • 50:354:320 World Cinema
  • 50:840:130 Religion and Film

At least three courses (nine credits) from the following:

  • 50:192:305 Internship in Digital Studies
  • 50:700:302 Sound and Image
  • 50:700:449 Audio Post Production
  • 50:965:241 Stagecraft
  • 50:965:242 Stagecraft II
  • 50:965:271 Acting I
  • 50:965:301 Performance
  • 50:965:302 Practicum in Design and Technical Theater
  • 50:965:303 Actor Director Workshop (BA)
  • 50:965:314 Scenic Design
  • 50:965:320 Directing I
  • 50:965:322 Directing II
  • 50:965:323 Directing for Film
  • 50:965:360 Independent Study in Theater
  • 50:965:362 Costume Design
  • 50:965:371 Acting II
  • 50:965:372 Acting for Film
  • 50:965:382 Lighting Design
  • 50:354:401 Advanced Screenwriting
  • 50:965:471 Acting III