2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Dec 08, 2022  
2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog

Film, B.A.

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Get a college degree that gives you job skills, opportunities to develop your own creative vision, and have fun while learning! Steeped within the traditions of independent filmmaking, students learn the fundamentals of fiction and non-fiction film through a production-based, hands-on program. Learn more on the Film Program website.

Our curriculum integrates creative exploration and technical skill development with film theory and history, grounded in a liberal arts education that fosters ethical storytellers who artfully explore the human condition in creative ways.

In our foundational Filmmaking I-IV core classes students will develop and master the fundamentals of film and digital production while learning industry protocols, practices and technical workflows. Creating impactful, cinematic stories through the craft and artistry of directing, writing, cinematography, and editing are key components of these courses. We offer advanced electives in other areas such as screenwriting, cinematography and directing.

Students have an opportunity to focus on the environment, social change, natural history and science filmmaking. Humboldt County is home to prime location filming: beaches, redwood forests, Victorian villages, rural farmland, coastal port towns and more.

All aspects of the program stress professionalism with an emphasis on quality as well as collaborative and creative processes. Small class size allows for robust participation and discussion by all students and individualized instruction with faculty who are working professional filmmakers.

Students are encouraged to develop films that will identify and reach underserved audiences that exist outside mainstream media and commercial venues. Our program educates students to be an independent voice that is part of the change advocated by Cal Poly Humboldt’s mission statement.

The way audiences consume media and the way filmmakers make and deliver it is constantly evolving. Our program prepares graduates who will be flexible in this ever-shifting environment by stressing solid story development, combined with creative and technical agility. Graduates find jobs as cinematographers, videographers, camera assistants, film editors, sound mixers, boom operators, grips, gaffers, associate producers, line producers, documentary directors, media consultants, screenwriters, script supervisors, production designers, production coordinators, art directors and production assistants.

Students are encouraged to have a minor area of study that complements their film interests, expands their skill set, enhances the depth of their culminating reel (i.e. portfolio), and advances their post-education professional employment opportunities. Interdisciplinary studies foster better critical thinkers and more active participants in social change. The combination of a science or social science minor and a film major empowers students to better disseminate their research to new and underserved audiences, which in turn positively impacts society.

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

Film Elective Courses

Complete two courses (8 units) from the following:

Production Elective Courses

Complete two courses (8 units) from the following:

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will have demonstrated:

  • fundamental aesthetically-driven technical skills essential to 16mm filmmaking and/ or digital media production
  • development of films grounded in ethical storytelling and production processes
  • application of creative problem solving and collaborative practices in their work
  • integration of film vocabulary and/or analyze global film studies
  • synthesis of knowledge with skills through the creation and completion of short films.

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