Film Tutorial Major
The Honors Tutorial program in film combines a broad background in the liberal arts with professional study in film offered by faculty of the internationally recognized graduate program in the School of Film. This is a four-year program of study for exceptional students culminating in a thesis leading to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts. This program is vigorous and comprehensive and is designed for highly motivated undergraduate study within the environment of a graduate film school. Curriculum goals must include breadth of experience, depth in the selected area of concentration, and superior achievement demonstrated by tutorials, coursework and the thesis.
There are five elements to the tutorial program in film:
Six individual tutorials (one per semester) on topics are required during the freshman, sophomore and junior years. Possible tutorial topics in film production include all aspects of film and video preproduction: screenwriting, producing, directing, and special topics in film/video production. Possible tutorial topics in film studies include: film theory, criticism, history (including history of experimental, documentary, and narrative film/video), historiography, film and society, research methods, and international cinemas. Tutorials may be taken in departments outside the Film Division with permission. The Director of Studies assigns and/or approves tutors in accordance with the student's interests.
Liberal Arts Education
The nature of the film medium requires a broad background in liberal arts and a multidisciplinary approach to learning. Students are expected to select 12 hours of elective courses in history, English, media arts and studies, comparative arts, foreign languages, and other disciplines.
Production and Scholarship Courses in Film
Breadth of understanding can often best be achieved through practical courses in film and video production and courses in film scholarship. Because film is a collaborative art, tutorial students will join with other students in appropriate courses.
Minor Area of Specialization
The student will plan a cognate minor consisting of three courses in a single area of study outside the School of Film. These courses will be chosen according to an individual plan developed by the student and the Director of Studies.
Each HTC film student is required to complete a thesis which may take the form of a completed film or feature-length screenplay which will be accompanied by a scholarly paper requiring approval by the student's School of Film Thesis Committee and the Director of Studies. As an alternative, the thesis can take the form of a major scholarly paper. Its acceptance, dependent upon an appropriate mixture of research and analysis, relies upon the judgment of the student's Thesis Committee and the Director of Studies. It is expected that this major paper will constitute work of the highest quality in investigating a problem of concern to both scholars and practitioners.
Students are selected by the director of studies of the film tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior ability and sustained motivation. We look for good scores on standardized tests (30 composite score on the ACT or a combined score or 1300 on the SAT), but we also require a good high school record (class standing in the top 10%). An interview with the Director of Studies is required for acceptance into our program. Candidates for admission should submit two letters of reference, a portfolio of recent creative work and a writing sample from a high school assignment. The personalized aspects of the tutorial system occasionally make it possible for us to accept students who have not performed well on standardized measures of ability but who have demonstrated exceptional aptitude in other ways. The priority deadline for application for admission is November 15th, and admission interviews are held in January.
Change of Program Policy
Transfer opportunities are limited. Students are admitted only as freshmen. Current freshmen must apply by November 15th. They are urged to contact the HTC Office for guidance.
External Transfer Admission
Transfer opportunities are limited. Students are admitted only as freshmen. Freshmen from other institutions must apply by November 15th and are urged to contact the HTC Office for guidance.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Graduates of the Honors Tutorial program in film are prepared to begin careers as independent filmmakers and film and television industry professionals. They are well-positioned to seek and gain admission into M.F.A. programs in film and media arts.
The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
Steven Ross, Director of Studies/contact person
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