University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Degrees Offered
4 Year B.A., 3 Year M.F.A.
Concentrations
Cinematography, Directing, Film & Television Production, Screenwriting, Film Studies
Tuition Range
$5k to $10k

Film School details

Undergraduate/graduate film school located in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's a state school, so tuition is very affordable. If you are not a resident, you would pay out of state tuition for your first year, then the remaining three years you can pay instate rates as long as you get a Nevada ID or DL License as soon as you arrive. (need to maintain residency for one year before instate rates kick in). Public transportation runs almost 24/7.
The school doesn't have actual concentrations, but the elective offerings you can make your own concentrations for screen writing, directing, production, cinematography and even acting (acting classes are taught by Clarence Gilyard - he acted in Die Hard, Top Gun and was in every episode of Walker Texas Ranger). They do not offer any producing courses. There are core classes that everyone has to take. They are as follows.

BACHELORS DEGREE
Here is a list of the undergrad classes.
FIS 100 - Introduction to Film
FIS 110 - Language of Film
FIS 216 - Intro to Screenwriting
FIS 220 - Film Production I

these above classes are usually the perquisites for all other classes within the film department. However, if you email the professors before you register, some are willing to lift the registration requirement so you can enroll in the class. It's usually for the film history or studies classes, since a lot of those double as English classes.
FIS 414 - Cinematic Structure
FIS 300 - Film Criticism
or FIS 400 - Film Theory (this class is death by power point, but shows cool movies)

Select three courses from the following:

FIS 350 - Historical Survey of Screen Acting
FIS 410 - Major Figures in the Cinema (can take twice if based on different person)
FIS 440 - The European Film
FIS 441 - Drama and Film of German Expressionism
FIS 445 - The Rise of Irish Cinema
FIS 446 - History of the Russian Film
FIS 470 - Women in Film
FIS 474 - Sex in the Cinema
FIS 475 - Modern Latin American Film
FIS 493 - Studies in British Film
FIS 494 - History of the American Film (can take twice if focus is on different decade)


Select two courses from the following:

FIS 409 - Politics and the Film
FIS 443 - From French Literature to Film
FIS 444 - Documentary Film and Video
FIS 495 - Film and Literature
FIS 496 - American Hero in Film and Literature
FIS 497 - Genre Studies in Film (Can take three times as long as different topic)


Then you take seven electives within the film department.

Then 18 credits of general electives can be film or non film.
There is also a two course foreign language requirement.


It's best to just check the catalog. Not all courses are offered every year. Some courses are only offered once a year. So plan accordingly.
The Genre Studies class, I took three times, the max you can take it. I recommend taking the one about Horror film over the summer. It's taught by David Schmoeller, who wrote and directed the film Puppet Master. The writing for television courses are taught by a former writer of the series, Coach, Northern Exposure, and Early Edition. A well known film critic Elvis Mitchell also teaches a few classes. A good amount of the professors and instructors are currently working in the industry in Los Angeles and fly into Vegas once or twice a week to teach class then go back home to LA.


TUITION/FEES
**Film department usually charges an extra fee not listed below for each class, not by credit. It goes towards maintaining film equipment to use for your in and out of class films/projects**


Undergraduate courses$207.25 per credit
Undergraduate Student Services Fee $1 per credit
CSUN Fee $1.97 per credit for Undergraduates Students only
Graduate courses $264 per credit
Graduate Student Services Fee $5 per credit
Nonresident Undergraduate student (1-6 credits) $207.25 + $228.00 per Undergraduate credit + Fees
Nonresident Undergraduate student (7 or more credits) $6,955 per semester + $207.25 per Undergraduate credit + Fees
Nonresident Graduate student (1-6 credits) $264 + $290.50 per Graduate credit + Fees
Nonresident Graduate student (7 or more credits) $6,955 per semester + $264 per Graduate credit + Fees
Good Neighbor for Undergraduate students $435.25 per Undergraduate credit + Fees*
Good Neighbor for Graduate Students $554.50 per Graduate credit + Fees*
*Effective Fall 2011, the Good Neighbor and Alumni Dependent tuition will be discontinued. Students receiving discount at that time may continue to receive the discount so long they are continuously enrolled.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) $311.00 per Undergraduate credit + Fees
New Student Fee $120 one time fee for Undergraduates
$35 one time fee for Graduates
GPSA special fee for Graduate Students $18 per semester
Mandatory Health Insurance $2246.14 annual Graduate students taking 9 or more credits and Law students taking 12 or more credits
Study Abroad Education Fee $2 per semester
Rebel Recycling Fee $1 per semester
Student Health Fee $72 per semester
Technology Fee $4 per credit
iNtegrate Fee $3 per credit — In effect as of Fall 2009. This fee is to support the implementation of the iNtegrate student information system and its related applications.
Distance Education Course Fee $34 per credit distance education course
Student Life Facilities Fee $173 per semester 4 or more credits
International Student Fee $145 per semester for all International Students (F1/J1Visa)
Late Payment Fees Late fees are calculated at $25 per day, up to $250 for accounts not paid in full by the due date of January 13, 2017.
Payment Plan Late Payment Fee Any unpaid balance on a deferred payment plan is subject to a penalty fee of 10 percent (minimum $10) for each installment not paid by the installment due date.
Late Registration Fee $50 beginning on Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Reinstatement Fee $75 For students whose registration or enrollment was cancelled due to nonpayment of fees. Students must pay their balance in full in addition to the reinstatement fee.
Academic Success Initiatives Fee $25 For Undergraduate students enrolled in 1 or more credits.



List of ALL courses offered

Courses - University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Acalog ACMS™



FIS 100 - Introduction to Film
FIS 110 - Language of Film
FIS 200 - Film Analysis
FIS 216 - Intro to Screenwriting
FIS 220 - Film Production I
FIS 300 - Film Criticism
FIS 314 - Script Supervising and Continuity Style
FIS 315 - Film Editing
FIS 316 - Advanced Nonlinear Film Editing
FIS 317 - Film Sound
FIS 320 - Filmmaking Fundamentals
FIS 325 - Staging for the Screen
FIS 326 - Cinematography
FIS 327 - Film Production Design
FIS 328 - Basic Grip and Electrical
FIS 329 - Cinematography II
FIS 330 - Pre-Production Approaches for Film and Video
FIS 332 - Working in Film and TV Industry
FIS 335 - Professional Film Production Methods
FIS 338 - Advanced Directing Workshop
FIS 339 - Acting for the Film Director
FIS 340 - Narrative Cinematography Workshop
FIS 350 - Historical Survey of Screen Acting
FIS 352 - Scene Work for Directors
FIS 400 - Film Theory
FIS 409 - Politics and the Film
FIS 410 - Major Figures in the Cinema
FIS 414 - Cinematic Structure
FIS 415 - Story Development
FIS 416 - Screenwriting I
FIS 417 - Screenwriting II
FIS 418 - Writing for Television I
FIS 419 - Writing for Television II
FIS 420 - The Short Film Workshop
FIS 422 - Short Film Archiving
FIS 431 - Music Video
FIS 432 - Industry vs. Artistry in Film and Television
FIS 434 - Producing For Hire (hasn't been offered in years)
FIS 440 - The European Film
FIS 441 - Drama and Film of German Expressionism
FIS 443 - From French Literature to Film
FIS 444 - Documentary Film and Video
FIS 445 - The Rise of Irish Cinema
FIS 446 - History of the Russian Film
FIS 447 - Documentary Techniques
FIS 448 - Master Directing
FIS 449 - The History of French Film
FIS 450 - Directed Studies in Film
FIS 453 - Co-Curricular Film Project
FIS 470 - Women in Film
FIS 472 - Advanced Post Production Techniques
FIS 473 - 3D Visual Effects for Film
FIS 474 - Sex in the Cinema
FIS 475 - Modern Latin American Film
FIS 479 - Adaptation Stage to Screen
FIS 485 - Screen Acting for a Living
FIS 493 - Studies in British Film
FIS 494 - History of the American Film
FIS 495 - Film and Literature
FIS 496 - American Hero in Film and Literature
FIS 497 - Genre Studies in Film

MASTER OF FINE ARTS
This is a fully funded MFA program. Meaning it's FREE. They also give you a $10,000 a year stipend to live off of. The only thing is, you must teach Intro to Screenwriting or TA for two undergrad classes a semester. This is a three year program. The head of this program only accepts 2 or 3 people a year. ( I took a few undergrad classes with him, that's what he told me. They don't list that on the website).

Master of Fine Arts - Writing for Dramatic Media | Academics | University of Nevada, Las Vegas

https://www.unlv.edu/sites/default/files/assets/degrees/fine-arts/Handbook-MFA-DramaticMedia.pdf
State
Nevada
School URL
http://www.unlv.edu/film
GRE Required?
No
Portfolio Required?
No
Film Copyright
Student
Minimum GPA
2.3
SAT Required?
Yes

Latest reviews

Pros
  • Professors don't restrict what subject/genre can be filmed for student projects unless you are in Pr
  • The professors who still work in the business actually live in Los Angeles and fly in once a week.
Cons
  • Some professors have been out of the business for a long time
I attended this school from Jan 2015 to Dec 2016 after transferring in from a community college. Overall, I had a great experience. As with any college, you will have professors/instructors that you hate and are full of themselves. One thing about this school that really annoyed me is, when students skip half the semester they still get A's. It seems like a lot of professors just give a blanket grade to the entire class. The horror movie class in the summer semester is great. It's taught by the writer/director of Puppet Master.
RateMyProfessor is a great website to determine what classes to take. Stay away from any classes taught by West McDowell and/or May Luong and any production classes taught by and Kynan Dias. Any other classes taught by Kynan are absolutely great. Jason, the guy who runs the equipment room and teaches some classes, is always willing to help students outside of class. Very approachable. Take any class you can with Professor Sean Clark. He is by far the best professor there.
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