Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Lens-Based Media

The School of Film and Photography (SFP) prepares students to meet the challenges of a rapidly expanding media environment as creative artists and critical thinkers. Our students develop their own voices as tomorrow's leaders through intensive hands-on exploration of motion picture, photography, theatre and new-media production.

The School of Film and Photography offers a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) with concentrations (options) in Film or Photography, plus a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Integrated Lens-Based Media. 

The BA and BFA degree options share a common foundation dedicated to the relationships between film and photography. This integrated foundation permits students to take courses in Film or Photography while they complete the requirements of the option they have selected as their concentration. Students who pursue the BFA will be able to design their own curricular path in consultation with their advisor. 

After the completion of a successful freshman year of introductory courses in media production, analysis, and history, students will continue to develop advanced skills and knowledge of filmmaking and photography over the next the three years.

Both degree options provide flexibility for students to broaden their education with course work outside of the School of Film and Photography. Our students are encouraged to study abroad, minor in another area of interest, and even double major.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Lens-Based Media in the School of Film & Photography at MSU-Bozeman provides students with an intensive, interdisciplinary course of study in cinematic and photographic media that culminates in the creation of a comprehensive capstone project. The BFA in Integrated Lens-Based Media prepares students to pursue graduate study and for careers as professional artists.

A minimum of 120 credits are required for the BFA degree. 42 of the 120 must be Upper Division (UD) credits (300 or 400).

Freshman YearCredits
FILM 101IH - Understanding Film and Media3  
FILM 112 - Aesthetics of Film Production I3  
PHOT 113RA - The Magic of the Darkroom I3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3  
US Core3  
PHOT 213 - The Magic of the Darkroom II  3
Choose one of the following:  3
ARTZ 105IA - Visual Language - Drawing
ARTZ 109IA - Visual Language: Comprehensive Foundation
ARTZ 110RA - Visual Language: Ideation and Creativity
University Core or Electives  9
Year Total: 15 15
Sophomore YearCredits
FILM 212 - Aesthetics Film Production II4  
PHOT 258 - View Camera4  
University Core or Electives7  
PHOT 255 - Intro to Color Photography  4
Choose one of the following (can be taken fall or spring):  3
FILM 201D - Film History I: Origins to the 1960s (F)
FILM 202D - Film History II: 1960s to the Present (SP)
University Core or Electives  8
Year Total: 15 15
Junior YearCredits
PHOT 401 - Contemporary Issues in Photography3  
Film Studies Elective3  
Production Electives6  
Additional Relevant Courses*3  
PHOT 301 - Photography: Global Histories and Perspectives (SP)  3
Film Studies Elective  3
Production Electives  6
Additional Relevant Courses*  3
Year Total: 15 15
Senior YearCredits
Senior Capstone - choose one of the following:**5  
FILM 490R - Undergraduate Research
FILM 499 - Senior Production
PHOT 490R - Undergrad Research
PHOT 499 - Senior Production Photography
Additional Relevant Courses*6  
University Core or Electives4  
Senior Capstone - Choose one of the following:  5
FILM 490R - Undergraduate Research
FILM 499 - Senior Production
PHOT 490R - Undergrad Research
PHOT 499 - Senior Production Photography
Additional Relevant Courses*  3
University Core or Electives  7
Year Total: 15 15
Total Program Credits: 120

Film Studies Electives - Choose two of the following:

ARTH 391Special Topics1-4
FILM 381Studies in Film3
FILM 481Advanced Studies in Film3
GRMN 422IHGerman Text & Cinema3
JPNS 361IHJapanese Text and Cinema3
LS 451Film, Photos, and Culture: A Global Perspective3
NASX 360IHNative Americans and Cinema3
PHL 328Philosophy and Film3
PSYX 263CSThe Psychology of Film3
SPNS 352IHU.S. Latino Text & Cinema3

Production Electives - Choose four of the following, including two FILM and two PHOT courses:

FILM 251Scriptwriting3
FILM 253Television Production3
FILM 254Acting for Film3
FILM 304Live Production and Camera4
FILM 333Production Management3
FILM 341Special Effects Makeup for Film3
FILM 351Advanced Script Writing3
FILM 352Editing3
FILM 354Lighting3
FILM 355Cinematography3
FILM 356Production Design3
FILM 357Directing3
FILM 359Sound Design3
FILM 370Color Grading for Film & TV3
FILM 371Non-Fiction Film Production4
FILM 372Fiction Film Production4
FILM 373Experimental Film Production4
FILM 494Seminar/Workshop1-4
PHOT 331Prof Practices in Photography4
PHOT 350Landscape and the Book4
PHOT 352Advanced Lighting Practices4
PHOT 355The Experimental Color Darkroom4
PHOT 359Alternative Photographic Techniques4
PHOT 371Portraiture4
PHOT 373Image & Text4
PHOT 374The Experimental B&W Darkroom4
PHOT 494Seminar/Workshop1-4

*Discuss with your advisor which courses throughout the University will be relevant to your proposed course of study to fulfill a total of 15 credits. Courses can be SFP courses over and above the requirements of the degree or non-SFP courses.

**Entry into Senior Capstone requires senior standing in FILM, an accepted proposal, and completion of the Junior Production Requirement. If pursuing a role as Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Sound Designer, Production Designer or Lighting Designer, please take the corresponding 300-level production elective prior to FILM 499. Entry into PHOT Senior Production requires senior standing. A research capstone can substitute for a Production capstone if desired; it is the student's responsibility to find a faculty member to oversee.

Some courses are only offered fall or spring, some every other year. Discuss a course plan with your advisor. Students must meet university requirements of 42 upper division credits (300-400 level courses).