BFA in Film and Media Arts
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in film and media arts is a professional program with a focus on hands-on production of documentary, narrative and experimental films using state-of-the-art motion picture cameras and post production facilities. The robust curriculum includes production and post-production skills, cinema studies, art history, screenwriting and more, all designed to prepare students to become directors, producers, editors, special effects artists, sound designers, screenwriters and/or independent filmmakers. Elective offerings allow students the flexibility to explore coursework in their area of interest. Students create a short format thesis film as a capstone experience in the major. The BFA in film and media arts portfolio requirement is discussed in the portfolio information page.
B.A. in Film and Media Arts
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in film and media arts is a liberal arts program that combines critical studies with production experiences and provides students with a foundation of theory and application. Blending creative expression with technology, students study critical perspectives and practice implementing techniques in emerging (digital) formats. Courses cover narrative, documentary and experimental forms and utilize both single- and multiple-camera approaches. No portfolio is required for entrance to this major.
BFA in Animation
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in animation is a professional degree program focusing on 2D and 3D computer animation, motion effects, CGI, and visual and advanced software applications. Development of visualization skills, creativity, coding, 3D modeling and printing, rigging, illustration and storytelling form the cornerstones of the program. The focus is on creative growth through intense exploration of a wide range of animation techniques, coupled with direct use of contemporary industry standards. The digital tools used in the program offer a range of potential experience, from commercial animations and visual effects, to producing content for interactive and immersive applications. Professional internships are available and encouraged. The program culminates with a senior project capstone class where students develop individual or collective industry standard animations or projects to be included in their professional reels and portfolios, as well as archived in the UT library's institutional repository. Students graduating with this degree will seek roles as creative artists within various aspects of the animation and digital media industry, involving gaming, special effects, advertising, internet media and more. No portfolio is required for entrance to this major.
BFA in New Media
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in new media is a professional program that includes courses in film, animation, new media, communication, music, writing and information technology management. The BFA in new media studies the associations between these areas in the context of academic scholarship, aesthetic exploration and technological research. The program focuses on designing and creating applications for interactive media, physical computing, networked environments, intelligent environments, virtual realities, mobile platforms and the internet. During their final semester, students produce an industry-standard final project to be presented publicly during one of the FMX open houses and archived in the UT library's institutional repository. Students graduating with this degree will seek careers as creative tech-data industry professionals in roles such as interactive display and installation producers, interface and user experience designers, virtual reality/augmented reality content makers, mobile applications developers, electronic music recorders and producers, and more. No portfolio is required for entrance to this major.
Minors are open to any student at The University of Tampa, and there is no portfolio entrance requirement. These minors could also provide a nice way to segue in to one of the professional BFA programs within FMX, by developing a portfolio, while also meeting preliminary requirements for the major. Please see Film, Animation and New Media in the UT catalog for information about minors.