Digital Filmmaking

Are you tech-savy, highly creative, and want to tell original stories? Our major in Digital Filmmaking will build your skills and our faculty will inspire your artistic vision. You can create compelling stories and share information through words, images, movement, and sound, while sparking emotion and action in your audience. 

Ambrose Advantages

  • Experienced Faculty
  • The Lastest Software To Create Your Vision
  • Show Off At Regional Film Festivals

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As a Digital Filmmaking major, you'll have a full spectrum of tools to create compelling stories. Your education – based in the liberal arts – is designed to expand your world view and broaden your experiences, which makes for a better filmmaker. Act on your potential and be guided by professors who will encourage you to experiment, be innovative, and authentic to your artistic vision.

More About the Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking

What Will I Learn?

Coursework as a Digital Filmmaking major will include developing your knowledge of film history, from the silent era to modern digital cinema.

Additionally, you'll gain familiarity with historically relevant movies, techniques, and their context both domestically and internationally.

In practicum classes, you will produce quality cinematic fiction or non-fiction works to submit to regional film festivals such as Snake Alley, Landlocked, and Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.

This program is interdisciplinary, so you can easily take courses in television and radio production, theatre, design, art, and media law. We want you to have broad skills and make it easy to earn a second degree, too.

Pairing this degree with a Theatre major or minor from SAU's award-winning Theatre Department would be an excellent choice. You can also consider a second major or minor in TV/Radio or Multimedia Journalism

What is the career outlook for filmmaking?

Do you live under a rock? Visual media is everywhere.

Filmmaking is part of your binge-worthy TV shows, the advertising you see on any screen, what you watch in movie theatres, and any online streaming service.

Occupations in filmmaking include producing and directing, of which there is a 12 percent growth through 2026 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Art directing and film/video editors are also possible careers.

What makes this program unique?

Creativity should never be contained. We encourage you to grow your filmmaking skills and artistic voice in and out of the classroom – and have fun while doing so.

We plan to offer extra-curricular projects such Gorilla Filmmaking, 24-hour film competitions, and Cell Phone Filmmaking competitions that would be open to all students at St. Ambrose. For filmmaking majors, that creates a bit more competition in a way that can fuel your drive.

We hope to host campus and regional film festivals where you can show off your work and pick up tips and techniques from other students, too.

St. Ambrose is an active and diverse campus and community. Throughout your education, you can take part in service activities, learn and act on social injustice, join student clubs and organizations that reflect, build, and challenge your goals and values. You'll expand your world view, learn more about your peers, neighbors, community, and yourself. As a filmmaker, you'll gain a broad foundation from which to tell your stories.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Digital Filmmaking (52 credits)

This major includes 12 credits that also count as general education credits. Courses cross-listed are referred to by the Digital Filmmaking course name.

Read course descriptions in the online course catalog

DFLM 115 Introduction to Film History
+WI DFLM 210/THTR 210 Survey of American Film
DFLM 224/COMM 224 Digital Media Production
+DFLM 105/THTR 105 Beginning Acting: Voice & Body
WI-DFLM318/THTR 318 Introduction to Script Analysis
DSGN 210 Computers in Art
ART 240 Digital Photography
DFLM 337/COMM 337 Digital Media Practicum I
DFLM 310 Comparative International Film
DFLM 315 Digital Film Production Practicum
DFLM 312/THTR 312 Directing
WI-DFLM 375/COMM 375 Digital Media Production Management
COMM 335 Techniques of Audio Production
WI-DFLM 432/COMM 432 Media Law
DFLM 454/COMM 454 Documentary Production
+DFLM 415 Digital Film Production Capstone

One of the following:
+ENGL 240 Fiction into Film
IS 210 Topics: Culture and Civilization (when related to film)
+SPAN 316 Introduction to Hispanic Film Studies
SPAN 334 Seminar in Spanish Cinema & Media
+WGS 320 Gender & Film

+satisfies a general education requirement
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Plan to Graduate

This is the course outline to graduate in four years with a bachelor's degree in Filmmaking. This plan assumes the student has not taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Check the online course catalog for prerequisite information.

Year One

DFLM 115 Intro to History of Film 3 WI-DFLM 218 Intro to Script Analysis 3
THTR 105 Beginning Acting 3 DFLM 224 Digital Media Production 4
New Student Seminar 1 KIN 149 Wellness Concepts 1
InfoLit 1 KIN fitness 1
Quantitative Reasoning 3 Oral Communication 3
ENGL 101 Composition 3 PHIL 100-200 level 3
Total 14 Total 15

Year Two

WI-DFLM 210 Survey of American Film 3 DFLM 337 Digital Media Practicum 3
DFLM 335 Techniques in Audio 3 DSGN 210 Computers in Art 3
DFLM Intro to Design: Theatre/Film 3 Foreign Language 102 3
THEO 100-200 level 3 Natural Science 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Social Science 3
Total 15 Total 15

Year Three

DFLM 315 Digital Film Practicum 3 DFLM 375 Digital Media Practicum I 3
DFLM 312 Directing 3 ART 240 Digital Photography 3
Humanities (not DFLM) 3 Liberal Arts Perspective 3
300-level Elective 3 300-level Elective 3
PHIL/THEO 3 300-level PHIL/THEO 3
Total 15 Total 15

Year Four

DFLM 415 Digital Film Production Capstone 3 WI-DFLM 432 Media Law 3
Liberal Arts Perspective 3 DFLM 454 Documentary Production 3
DFLM 310 Comparative International Film 3 Electives 9
Electives 6
Total 15 Total 15

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Jim Baumann, PhD, Chairperson

Communication Department
Galvin Fine Arts Center, Office 35
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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