LMU SFTV's Film and Television Producing B.A.

LMU SFTV’s Film and Production B.A. program gives undergraduates the necessary skills for directing and producing for television. Each course promotes mastery of the filmmaking process from conceiving and pitching ideas to the post-production phase. Many undergraduates are admitted with no prior experience collaborating on films, and all undergraduates complete the program with strong portfolios and the toolkit to become multidimensional industry professionals.

Intersectionality, historical trends, and emerging technologies in the industry underscore the program. Years 1-2 prepare film students with an arsenal of industry best practices and a deep dive into telling stories that excite audiences. As upperclassmen, film students specialize in one of six areas:
  • Creative Producing
  • Production Management/Assistant Directing
  • Directing
  • Cinematography
  • Post-Production
  • Online Storytelling
By year 4, film students work in their chosen specializations. Take a look at the year-over-year program breakdown.

Year 1​


Fall
  • SCWR 120 - Storytelling for the Screen (3 semester hours)
  • FTVS 1010 - Art of Cinema (4 semester hours)
  • FFYS 1000 - First Year Seminar (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours
Spring

  • PROD 101 - Production Bootcamp (3 semester hours)
  • RHET 1000 - Rhetorical Arts (3-4 semester hours)
  • FTVS 1020 - Art of Screen Media (4 semester hours) Recommended, not required
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Year 2​


Fall Semester
  • PROD 200 - Making the Short Film (3 semester hours)
  • RECA 250 - Sound Design (3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours
Spring

  • PROD 250 - Writing, Producing, and Directing Episodic Television (3 semester hours) or ANY 200-, 300- or 400-level Production course 3 semester hours (may be taken any semester)
  • PROD 341 - Cinematography I (3 semester hours)
  • PROD 379 - Directing I: From Script to Stage (3 semester hours)
  • Select between:
    • SCWR 327 Developing and Writing the Short Film (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 326 Intermediate Pre-Production (3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Year 3​


Fall Semester
  • PROD 366 - Post Production I (3 semester hours), (may also be taken concurrently with PROD 390 or PROD 392)
  • Select between:
    • FTVS 2100 World Cinema 1 (1895-1955) (4 semester hours)
      OR
    • FTVS 2117World Cinema 2 (1955-1990) (4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours
Spring

  • Select between:
    • PROD 390 - Intermediate Production: Producing and Directing the Fiction Short (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 392 -Intermediate Production: Producing and Directing the Documentary Short (3 semester hours)
  • RECA 367 - Sound for Filmmakers (3 semester hours), (required concurrently with PROD 390 or 392)
  • FTVS Upper Division Elective (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Year 4​


Fall OR Spring
  • Select between:
    • PROD 490 - Advanced Production: Producing and Directing the Fiction Short (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 492 - Advanced Production: Producing and Directing the Documentary Short (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 460 - Capstone Experience: Advanced Practicum (3 semester hours)
  • Select 3 semester hours, among:
    • PROD 380 Music Video Production (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 381 Production Design (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 431 Web Series Development (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 433 Developing, Selling, and Monetizing Digital Content (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 435 Film and Television Development (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 439 Producing Master Class (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 440 - Cinematography III (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 466 - Advanced Editing: Practicum for Editors (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 464 - Visual Effects (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • RECA 467 Post-Production Sound (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 484 Visual Design (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 488 Directing the Camera (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 489 - Advanced Directing Seminar (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • PROD 480 - Advanced Production Seminar (1-3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours