At SFAI, students study filmmaking in the broader context of contemporary art practice.
The curriculum investigates the full range of moving-image genres, including experimental, narrative, documentary, animation, and hybrid forms.
Students learn the craft of filmmaking in courses that teach skills of production and postproduction, enabling them to realize their ideas. The curriculum is flexible, keeping current with the ever-changing digital arena from multi-platform to alternative distribution. The program encourages students to push the boundaries of the medium by integrating film with gallery-based objects, performance, and sound-based works. A variety of methods of display—from traditional theatrical screening, to single- and multi-channel installation, to alternative contexts such as emerging small screen and interactive formats—are explored.
Our Film program is equipped to support work in 16mm, Super 8, DV, and high-definition video. Equipment for off-campus use includes a variety of 16mm, Super 8, mini-DV, and HD cameras, DAT and SD audio recorders, HD editing hardware, including Creative Cloud and Final Cut Pro on Macintosh platform, digital editing suites, and 5.1 mix studio.
Private suites with 24-hour access are available for both analog and digital editing. Other facilities include a production studio, sound recording suite, digital editing suites, 5.1 mix studio, and the SFAI Lecture Hall, which is available for professional presentations to large audiences. See Digital Technology Resources for more information.
Analog and Wet Lab Resources
See a sample four-year academic plan for past students.
|Liberal Arts Requirements||33|
|Art History Requirements||15|
|Introduction to Film||3|
|Film Production / Post Production I||3|
|Film Production / Post Production II||3|
|The Art of Screenwriting||3|
|Senior Review Seminar||3|
|Electives in any studio discipline||24|
|BFA Graduate Exhibition||0|
|Global Art History||3|
|Modernity and Modernism||3|
|Art Since 1945||3|
|History of Film||3|
|Art History Elective||3|
Program Learning Outcomes