Program Contact: Frederick Staudmyer  203-582-6554

Students in Film, Television and Media Arts explore sequentially all dimensions of visual and audio storytelling beginning with the historical, cultural, business and professional contexts within which their own work will develop. They learn to conceive and organize ideas clearly and forcefully through writing and to shape those ideas for expression through image and sound. After mastering a full spectrum of basic techniques, students are immersed in the complex grammar of image and sound editing and the challenging artistry of lighting for both single and multi-camera environments. Mastering the acquisition, composition and manipulation of moving images and sound, they are expected to create and execute compelling stories—narrative or documentary—for current and developing distribution platforms.

Graduates of the Film, Television and Media Arts programs are well positioned to pursue careers in the entertainment industry in creation and distribution of a broad range of digital material for all current and emerging media platforms. They are prepared to work for corporate, entertainment and not-for-profit institutions engaged in delivering entertainment and informational programming to audiences around the world and have a firm foundation to pursue graduate (MA or MFA) work.

Programs of Study

The department offers a highly competitive 63-credit bachelor of fine arts degree. Candidacy for this degree can only be obtained through a successful separate application that includes a portfolio review. Candidates for the BFA are selected in September or February of a student’s sophomore year or by separate application after admission to Quinnipiac.

Students enrolled in the BFA program in film, television and media arts are not required to take a minor.

BFA in Film, Television and Media Arts Curriculum

Students majoring in Film, Television and Media Arts must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
Required School of Communications core courses 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses6
FTM drama requirement, select one course
DR 150Performance Fundamentals3
or DR 160 Acting I
or DR 220 Voice and Movement
Any course outside the School of Communications at the 200 level or higher3
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required FTM courses
FTM 102Understanding Film3
FTM 110Single Camera Production3
FTM 112Multicamera Production3
FTM 240Analysis of the Moving Image3
FTM 245Intermediate Production3
FTM 320History of Film I (to 1975)3
FTM 322History of Film (and Television) II3
FTM 342Directing Film and Television3
FTM 372Screenwriting3
FTM 450Senior Seminar in Film and Television3
FTM 493Senior Project Colloquy: Preproduction3
FTM 495Senior Project Colloquy: Production3
COM 490Communications Career Internship3
Select five of the following:15
Visual Effects (VFX) Techniques
Emerging Cinematography Techniques
Documentary Production
Projects in Single Camera and Lighting
Projects in Audio Production
Projects in Multicamera Production
Post-Production Techniques
Animation Techniques
Summer Production Project
Communications Career Internship II
Other courses with chair's approval
Total Credits123

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum. Students majoring in Film, Television and Media Arts complete their Integrative Capstone Requirement within the major with FTM 495. In place of those credits, the student must select an additional unrestricted course in the University Curriculum. 


Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Creative Thinking and Visual Literacy: Develop the ability to conceptualize and produce visual stories demonstrating aesthetic competence, fluency with visual grammar, and an appreciation of the historical context from which new forms and stories are created.
  2. Written and Oral Communication: Acquire the facility to create effective content for visual media, as well as an ability to demonstrate both written and oral proficiency within a variety of professional formats and delivery platforms.
  3. Critical Thinking and Reasoning: Develop the skills needed to critically analyze the work of others as a means to problem-solve and better inform students’ own original creative output. Achieve a proficiency in creating professional quality work within the parameters and practical limitations of a broad spectrum of production environments. Recognize works of art as visual arguments, and be able to use analytical skills to assess their effectiveness.
  4. Information Fluency: Learn to plan and produce effectively across a wide array of technical contexts, demonstrating facility and expertise with preproduction, production and postproduction phases of film, television and interactive media creation.
  5. Social Intelligence: Demonstrate an ability to work effectively within groups and production teams, to understand and manage collaborations and to act ethically, constructively and responsibly in the process of achieving individual and common goals.
  6. Diversity Awareness and Sensitivity: Acquire an understanding of and respect for the similarities and differences among human communities, including a recognition and appreciation for the unique talents and contributions of all individuals.
  7. Responsible Citizenship: Learn to recognize and analyze media-related issues and influence decisions and actions at the local, national and global community, and to become engaged as responsible citizens.

Please note: Current high school students, transfer students and matriculated Quinnipiac University students who wish to be considered for the BFA program should download a BFA application from the Film, Television and Media Arts page on Quinnipiac's website.

Admission Requirements: School of Communications

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Communications programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.