Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts
Cultivate your voice as an independent filmmaker and gain advanced production skills with the Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts in Temple’s School of Theater, Film and Media Arts. Develop a specialization by focusing on one of four degree concentrations within this major, including Cinematography, Post-Production, Producing and Screen Studies. This 121-credit bachelor’s degree prepares you for independent project-based film work, a professional career in media production or related graduate-level coursework.
Within the Film and Media Arts program, you will develop both theory- and practice-based skills. Coursework covers, among other topics, the major theories of image making and new technologies as well as the social, political, and economic forces that shape media arts and culture. You’ll also refine your creative vision through hands-on courses in all aspects of media production and have access to state-of-the-art professional cameras.
Film and Media Arts BA students enjoy an energetic campus culture located in central North Philadelphia. A prime city for filmmakers and enthusiasts, Philadelphia is home to top-of-the-line production facilities, such as SunCenter Studios. The Philadelphia Film Society hosts an annual Film Festival premiering critically acclaimed films ranging from local artists's works to larger-scale productions.
Courses are taught by esteemed faculty who have been honored with Oscar, Emmy, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Fulbright, Sundance and international awards. Graduates have gone on to become cinematographers, editors and screenwriters, among other roles. Learn more about potential careers for Film and Media Arts BA students.
Choosing between a BFA and a BA in Film and Media Arts
Deciding whether a BFA or BA is right for you depends on your academic needs and professional goals. The BFA in Film and Media Arts offers an intensive, arts-based degree program concentrating on Directing, Media Arts or Screenwriting. The BFA focuses on developing students’ creative voices and powers of personal expression. The BA in Film and Media Arts provides a more general approach to the field, giving students the option to focus their studies in one of four concentrations—Cinematography, Post-Production, Producing and Screen Studies.