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 professionally trained creative artists and informed critical thinkers. Our students develop their own voices as tomorrow's leaders through intensive hands-on exploration of film, photography and related media.

The School of Film and Photography offers two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Film and Photography and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Integrated Lens-Based Media. The BA offers separate concentrations (options) in Film or Photography. Each of these two options offer ample opportunity to explore both areas if desired, while providing a strong focus for students to pursue professional career opportunities in the area of their choosing. Students who wish to explore the relationship between Film and Photography even further as integrated artistic media may apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Program in Integrated Lens Media.

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. As a professional degree, the BFA in Integrated Lens-Based Media prepares students to pursue graduate study and for careers as professional artists.

Students apply for admission to the BFA in the spring of their sophomore year, after having completed a prescribed sequence of foundational courses in the production, analysis, and history of film and photography. Admission into the program is limited to students who have already been admitted into both the Film and Photo option at the conclusion of their freshman year. Students admitted into the program are assigned two advisors–one photographer and one filmmaker–with whom they design a customized curriculum for the final two years of the degree.

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 112 - Aesthetics of Film Production I3  
PHOT 113RA - The Magic of the Darkroom I3  
Take one of the following either semester:3  
ARTZ 105IA - Visual Language - Drawing (or Spring)
ARTZ 109IA - Visual Language: Comprehensive Foundation (or Spring)
ARTZ 110RA - Visual Language: Ideation and Creativity
University Core and Electives16  
FILM 101IH - Understanding Film and Media (or Fall)  3
PHOT 213 - The Magic of the Darkroom II (or Fall)  3
University Core and Electives1  9
Year Total: 15 15
Sophomore YearCredits
FILM 212 - Aesthetics Film Production II4  
PHOT 258 - View Camera4  
University Core and Electives17  
Film Electives - Take one of the following either semester:  3
FILM 201D - Film History I: Origins to the 1960s
FILM 202D - Film History II: 1960s to the Present
PHOT 255 - Intro to Color Photography  4
University Core and Electives1  8
Year Total: 15 15
Junior and Senior YearCredits
PHOT 401 - Contemporary Issues in Photography3  
Studies Electives - Take two of the following either semester:46  
FILM 381 - Studies in Film (Fall or Spring)
FILM 481 - Advanced Studies in Film (Fall or Spring)
Production Electives - Take two FILM and two PHOT either semester:12  
FILM 251 - Scriptwriting (S)
FILM 253 - Television Production (S)
FILM 254 - Acting for Film (F)
THTR 304 - Theatre Production (S)
FILM 333 - Production Management (F)*
PHOT 350 - Landscape and the Book (S)
FILM 351 - Advanced Script Writing (F)*
FILM 352 - Editing (S)
PHOT 352 - Advanced Lighting Practices (F)
FILM 354 - Lighting (S Alternating Years)
FILM 355 - Cinematography (F)
FILM 356 - Production Design (S Alternating Years)
FILM 357 - Directing (S)*
FILM 359 - Sound Design (F)
PHOT 359 - Alternative Photographic Techniques (S)
FILM 370 - Color Grading for Film & TV (S)
FILM 371 - Non-Fiction Film Production (S)3
PHOT 371 - Portraiture (S)
FILM 372 - Fiction Film Production (F)3
FILM 373 - Experimental Film Production (F)3
PHOT 373 - Image & Text (S)
PHOT 374 - Experimental Photography (F)
PHOT 494 - Seminar/Workshop (F, S On Demand)
or FILM 494 - Seminar/Workshop
University Core and Electives19  
PHOT 301 - Photography: Global Histories and Perspectives  3
Additional Relevant Courses2  15
Senior Capstone (Fall, Spring)3  10
FILM 490R - Undergraduate Research
PHOT 490R - Undergrad Research
FILM 499 - Senior Production
PHOT 499 - Senior Production Photography
University Core and Electives1  2
Year Total: 30 30
Total Program Credits: 120

The ILBM degree is 79/120 credits total. Students must meet university requirements of 42 upper division credits (300–400 level courses) within the 120 total. The ILBM degree provides a minimum of 28 upper division credits within the required courses for the major.