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The School of Film and Photography

http://sfp.montana.edu

The School of Film and Photography (SFP) offers two distinct options leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree either in Film or in Photography.

Both the Film (MPVT) and the Photography option are in heavy demand. Therefore in order to preserve the integrity of student education, GPA-based "gates" are in place, allowing only a certain number of students to continue in each program beyond the first year. For more information about the gate requirements in each program see the individual program descriptions below.

For both the Film and the Photography options, there are specific classes that are offered only in sequence. Any prospective transfer student should send a list of courses that he/she has completed elsewhere or is in the process of completing, for evaluation by the School of Film and Photography well in advance of registering at MSU. Students who intend to transfer to SFP should seek prior approval of credit taken elsewhere in order to be certain that these credits will count toward the degree in Film or Photography. In no case may a class completed with a grade below "C" elsewhere be applied toward the departmental requirements for the degree in either Film or Photography. Any class submitted by an entering student in the Film option for transfer toward any of the first-year requirements must be approved by the SFP Director or Advisor on the basis of a review of the syllabus of the course taken elsewhere. A challenge exam may be required for any transfer credit at the discretion of the SFP Director or Advisor. All students enrolled in The School of Film and Photography will be assigned an academic advisor after acceptance to the sophomore year.

Course fees are assessed to all students enrolled in MTA 102 and MTA 103. Students who have declared a major in either option or a double major which includes Film or Photography are charged a program fee per semester (subject to annual increase) beginning their sophomore year.

THE FILM (MPVT) OPTION

The Film option curriculum begins with first-year foundation courses emphasizing an understanding and analysis of motion pictures and theatre and introduces students to the actual production process. In the second year, students complete a series of eight skills classes related to film and theatre production. In the third year, qualified students who have attained a minimum 3.0 GPA in their SFP requirements in the first two years, build upon these basics in production process workshops in required of all students in fiction film, non-fiction film and stage production. Additional course work in advanced film studies as well as professional practices courses and internship options compliment the upper division requirements. The individual student's capstone senior project is approved by the entire faculty and developed in consultation with a team of faculty advisors assigned to the project through a workshop process.

Film Option Gate Requirements

The Film (MPVT) option will accept no more tha 48 students into the sophmore year based in part on the students GPA for the required freshman Film courses and for two core courses selected from outside the School, including WRIT 101 College Writing I.

(and)

The students’ choice for satisfying the university seminar (US) core requirements.

Admission to the sophomore year also requires submission of a portfolio. The portfolio will consist of one film selected from the individual projects shot in MTA 102 and a written statement. Candidates must submit a completed application form by April 30th for admission to the sophomore year the following fall semester. Portfolios are due on the last day of spring semester finals week. The department will notify students for the following semester on or before May 30th. When any of the three required first-year Film courses have been attempted at MSU, a student's grade may change only by retaking that specific course in Film (i.e., no transfer credits or other substitutions for the specific course are permitted). In addition, admission to the upper division 300 - and 400 - level courses in Film requires a combined GPA of 3.0 in all departmental classes required at the 100 - and 200 - levels.

THE PHOTOGRAPHY OPTION

The curriculum in the Photography option offers both artistic and applied approaches to the medium, providing a solid foundation for those entering a professional field and those choosing to pursue postgraduate education. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Photography option sets high standards for production and is one of the few comprehensive four-year photography degree programs in a sizable geographical area of the north central and northwest United States. Coursework covers everything from traditional silver-based darkroom techniques to alternative processes as well as a growing emphasis in digital technologies across the curriculum.

Photography Option Gate Requirements

Photography students are required to complete MTA 103RA and MTA 106 with a grade of "B" or higher and pass a portfolio review in order to advance to the second year courses. Those accepted into the program will be required to purchase their own MAC laptop computer that meets the specifications of the department by the fall semester of their sophomore year. Students will be notified of these specifications upon a successful portfolio review outcome in May. To advance to upper division junior courses, students must complete first and second year photography classes with a minimum average GPA of 2.75. The senior year consists of two semesters of weekly seminars for critique and discussion of independent capstone projects. Students are registered for these classes only if they meet the project proposal deadlines and specifications the semester before admittance, and if project proposals are approved by the photography faculty through written and verbal presentations.


Curricula in The School of Film and Photography


FILM OPTION

The following is a recommended course plan for Film majors. Variations may occur in a student's schedule. The freshman year requirements must be successfully completed before a student may enroll in sophomore year courses. The sophomore year requirements must be successfully completed before a student may enroll in junior year courses.

Freshman Year F S
MTA 101IA--Film in America 3
MTA 102--Aesthetics of Film Production* 3
MTA 103RA--Understanding Photography 3
MTA 104--Theatre and Mass Media 3
MTA 218D--International Film & Television 3
University Core and Electives 6 9
15 15

*MTA 102, WRIT 101W and University Seminar are offered both fall and spring semesters and may be taken in either semester. The sophomore year requirements must be successfully completed before a student may enroll in junior year courses.

Sophomore Year F S
MTA 222--Light Tech & Dsgn                   3
MTA 232--Acting 3
MTA 252--Editing 3
MTA 255--Cinema/Video 3
MTA 251--Writing 3
MTA 253--Directing 3
MTA 254--Sound 3
MTA 261--Production Design 3
University Core and Electives 3 3
15 15

All required MTA first and second year courses must be completed with a minimum average GPA of 3.00 in order to advance to upper division, 300-400 level classes in this curriculum.

Junior Year F S
MTA 371--Junior Production:Nonfiction** 4
MTA 372--Junior Production:Fiction** 4
MTA 374--Junior Production:Stage** 4
Take one of the following:
MTA 379--Film Criticism 3
MTA 401--Films Studies Seminar* 3
University Core and Electives 5 4
15 15

MTA 371 and MTA 372 are offered both fall and spring semesters. These courses may be taken in either fall or spring semester. Multiple sections are taught by different instructors so that students may choose the section that best matches their interests. MTA 374 is only offered in Fall, must be taken then.

Senior Year F S
MTA 472--Sr Pd Mn Pic/TV/Video/Thtr** 2
MTA 474--Ind Sr Pd Mn Pic/TV/Vid/Thtr** 3
University Core and Electives 10 15
15 15

**MTA 472 and MTA 474 are offered both fall and spring semesters. These courses may be taken in either fall or spring semester. MTA 474 is a co-requisite of MTA 472 and must be taken concurrently.

Electives

In addition, the department requires that each student take a minimum of 9 elective credits taken from any of the following:

MTA 379--Film Criticism 3
MTA 370--Professional Practices* 2-4
MTA 318--World Cinema 3
MTA 401--Film Studies Seminar* 3
MTA 333--Basic Production Operations* 1-3
MTA 400--Production Seminar* 1-12
MTA 470--Individual Problems* 1-6
MTA 476--Career Internship* 2-12

*MTA 370, MTA 401, MTA 333, MTA 470 and 476 are repeatable courses.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation, 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.


PHOTOGRAPHY OPTION

Freshman Year F S
Take one of the following:
MTA 101IA--Film in America(F)     (or) 0/3 0/3
MTA 102--Aesthetics
MTA 103--Undrstnd Photography 3  
MTA 106--Intermediate Photography 3
University Core and Electives 9/12 9/12
15 15

Students pursuing the Photography Option will take MTA 103 Understanding Photography, in fall semester; and MTA 106, Intermediate Photography, in spring semester. Students who earn a grade of B or better in MTA 103 and MTA 106 will be eligible for faculty review of their portfolios. Following a successful portfolio review, students will be registered for second-year classes. Portfolio submissions will be accepted immediately after the scheduled critique of lab assignments in MTA 106. Students will be notified of results of reviews in a timely manner as well as computer requirements for Fall semester.

Sophomore Year F S
ART 110RA--2 D Fundamentals     (or) 4/3 4/3
ART 111RA--3 D Fundamentals     (or)
ART 112RA--Drawing
MTA 260--Intro to Color Photo 4
MTA 264--View Camera 4
MTA 301--Investigations into Photography 3
MTA 303--Early History of Photography* (or) 3
MTA 304--Recent History of Photography* 3
University Core and Electives 8/5/4 8/5/4
15 15
Junior Year F S
MTA 303--Early History of Photography* (or) 3
MTA 304--Recent History of Photography* 3
Take four of the following, two each semester: Credits
     MTA 319--Alternative Processes 4
     MTA 341--Portraiture 4
     MTA 342--Advanced Lighting Practices 4
     MTA 343--Non-Fiction Photography 4
     MTA 344--Experimental Photography 4
     MTA 360--Advanced Color Photography 4
     MTA 361--Photography: Professional Practices 4
     MTA 400--Production Seminar 4
University Core and electives 7 4
15 15

*Each student must complete both MTA 303 and MTA 304. Because these courses are offered spring semester only, alternating years it is important to take them immediately.

Senior Year F S
MTA 473--Sr Prod Photo 2 2
MTA 475--Ind Sr Prod Photo 3 3
University Core and Electives 10 10
15 15

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation, 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

PHOTOGRAPHY MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

The School of Film and Photography offers a photography minor on a space-available basis. The minor consists of 28 credits. Due to the sequential nature of the photography classes, a minor will require a minimum of 2 ˝ years to complete.

Photography majors/minors will both complete the same sequence of Photography classes their first year MTA 103 in the fall and MTA 106 in the spring. At the end of spring semester of that year, a portfolio review for acceptance into the program is conducted. All applicants who have maintained a B average in MTA 103 and MTA 106 are welcome to apply. A panel of faculty will assess and rank the student work presented in the portfolios. After the 36 seats are filled in rank order, remaining applicants who still have a successful portfolio review outcome can choose to be wait listed for the immediate fall semester only and notified should vacancies occur in the fall immediately following their portfolio review. When all vacancies are filled the wait list will be retired. Accepted majors/minors are required to purchase a MAC laptop of their choosing upon entrance into the fall semester classes of their second year.

Freshman Year (Sequential)
Credits
MTA 103RA--Understanding Photography (F) 3
MTA 106--Intermediate Photography (S) 3
Sophomore Year (Sequential)
MTA 264--View Camera (F) 4
MTA 260--Intro to Color Photography (S) 4
Junior Year
Take one of the following:
     MTA 319--Alternative Processes (S) 4
     MTA 341--Portraiture (On Demand) 4
     MTA 342--Advanced Lighting Practices (F) (On Demand) 4
     MTA 343--Non-Fiction Photography (S) 4
     MTA 344--Experimental Photography (F) 4
     MTA 360--Advanced Color Photography (S) (On Demand) 4
     MTA 361--Photography: Professional Practices (F) (On Demand) 4
     MTA 400--Production Seminar (On Demand) 4
Take one of the following:
     MTA 303--Early History of Photography (S) 3
     MTA 304--Recent History of Photography (S) 3
Any Year
Take one of the following:
     MTA 101IA--Film in America (F,Su) 3
     MTA 104--Theatre and Mass Media (S) 3
     MTA 218D--International Film & Television (F) 3
     MTA 301--Investigations into Photography (F) 3


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