Mission Statement

The B.F.A. in Film at Pratt Institute prepares students to become innovative and professional moving image artists by developing each student’s creative vision. Through the production of a series of projects, students gain analytical, technical, and communication skills. The program provides a foundation in all aspects of the production of time-based media and encourages students to explore various modes of filmmaking, including narrative, documentary, experimental, video art, and hybrid. Graduates are expected to demonstrate excellence in artistic vision, professional skills, and a contextual understanding of their work in contemporary culture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the BFA in Film, the student is expected to be competent in the following areas:

  • Student analyzes cinema from a theoretical, historical, and cultural context and applies this knowledge in the production of time-based projects.
  • Student demonstrates technical, aesthetic, and conceptual proficiency in the pre-production, production, post-production, and exhibition of time-based media in keeping with contemporary practices in the field.
  • Student communicates creative ideas in a professional manner.
Film Curriculum - 2017 Film Electives - Fall 2018

Curriculum

Requirements for BFA (Film), 2018

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-140 Visualization/Representation

    FDC-160 Light Color Design Lab

    FVID-105 Film Fundamentals

    FVID-106 Technical Practices

    HAD-111 Themes in Art and Culture I

    HMS-101A Literary and Critical Studies I

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-141 Visualization/Representation/Concept

    FDC-161 Light Color Design Studio

    FVID-110 Fiction I

    HAD-362 History of Film


  • Semester 2 Core

    Take a 3 credit Social Science 'Global' Core Elective from the following courses. Remember that 2 of your 3 Core Electives MUST be writing intensive courses from the subjects SSWI or MSWI.

    SS-203G Global History to 1800
    OR
    SS-204G Global History Since 1800
    OR
    SS-209G Introduction to Anthropology
    OR
    SS-218G Salvation from Despair: Spiritual Awakenings in the Ancient World
    OR
    SS-220G Islam from Muhammad to the Great Khans
    OR
    SS-236G Comparative Revolutions
    OR
    SS-246G Lines in the sand:Borders, Nation-State And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-249G Secret Activities of the CIA And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational Perspective
    OR
    SS-278G Caribbean Music and Festivals: Shapers Of National and Global Identities
    OR
    SSWI-222G Making/Faking Nature
    OR
    SSWI-234G Century of Genocides
    OR
    SSWI-241G Cities and Globalization
    OR
    SSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800
    OR
    SSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses.

    FVID-201 Nonfiction Video I

    FVID-211 Ways of Seeing Cinema

    FVID-220 Sound for Film/Video

    HAD-361 History of Documentary Film

  • Semester 3 Core

    Take a Social Science 'Thinking' Core Elective from the following courses. Remember that 2 of your core electives must be writing intensive from the subject SSWI or MSWI.

    SS-201T Sustainable Core
    OR
    SS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and Protest
    OR
    SSWI-210T General Psychology
    OR
    SSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and Settlers
    OR
    SSWI-233T Violence As Politics
    OR
    SSWI-235T Education and Society
    OR
    SSWI-237T Death & Dying
    OR
    SSWI-240T Shaping the Contemporary City
    OR
    SSWI-250T The Ethics of Research
    OR
    SSWI-255T Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in The Humanities
    OR
    SSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of Gender
    OR
    SSWI-276T Music,Creativity, and Consumption
    OR
    SSWI-288T Animals:Ethics and Representation
    OR
    SSWI-291T England Bloody England: Nation, Myth, Identity
    OR
    SSWI-228TP Introduction to Theory and Critique
    OR
    SSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses.

    FVID-205 Expanded Cinama

    FVID-261 Screenwriting

    HMS-201A Literary and Critical Studies II

    Complete a History of Art and Design Elective
  • Semester 4 Core

    Complete a 3 credit Math/Science Core Elective from the list below. Remember that 2 of your 3 Core Electives must be Writing Intensive from the subjects SSWI or MSWI.

    MSCI-220C Science of Light
    OR
    MSCI-222C Intro. to Electronics
    OR
    MSCI-223C Astronomy
    OR
    MSCI-225C Starstruck: Meet Our Universe
    OR
    MSCI-232C Chemistry of Arist's Materials
    OR
    MSCI-250C Geology
    OR
    MSCI-251C Planet Earth
    OR
    MSCI-252C Natural Catastrophes
    OR
    MSCI-283C Breeders, Propagators, & Creators
    OR
    MSWI-210C Science & Society
    OR
    MSWI-224C The Physics of Acoustic Music
    OR
    MSWI-230C Chemistry of Pigments
    OR
    MSWI-260C Evolution
    OR
    MSWI-270C Ecology Environment and Anthropocene

  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits and 3 All Institute elective credits.

    FVID-302 Fiction II

    FVID-305 Cinematography + Lighting Design


  • Semester 6

    Complete the following courses and 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits.

    FVID-321 Editing and Post

    FVID-312 Professional Practices

    COMPLETE 6 CREDITS OF FILM ELECTIVES
  • Semester 7

    Complete the following courses plus 6 Liberal Arts Post-Core (300/400) level Elective Credits.

    FVID-401 Senior Studio I

    FVID-425 Thesis Pre-Production Sound

    COMPLETE A 3 CREDIT FILM ELECTIVE
    COMPLETE A PRATT INTEGRATIVE COURSE
  • Semester 8

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core (300/400) Level Elective credits and 6 All Institute elective credits.

    FVID-402 Senior Studio II

    FVID-426 Thesis Post-production Sound

    FVID-427 Thesis Final Sounds Mix