Digital Filmmaking


For the tech savvy and highly-creative, our major in Digital Filmmaking can make your artistic vision a reality.

Master the tools of your trade – words, images, movement, and sound – then merge your skills with imagination to evoke emotion and ignite action.


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 have a full spectrum of tools to produce compelling stories. Your education – based in the liberal arts – will enlighten and expand your worldview to provide new life experiences, two things that make a better filmmaker. Act on your potential with guidance by professors who encourage experimentation, innovation, and expression of your authentic, artistic voice.


More About the Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking

What Will I Learn?

Digital Filmmaking majors develop a foundation in film history, from the silent era to modern digital cinema.

You'll learn about historically relevant movies, techniques, and their context domestically and internationally.

Your practicum classes are hands-on. Dive into the production of quality cinematic fiction or non-fiction works that you will submit to regional film festivals such as Snake Alley, Landlocked, and Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.

At St. Ambrose, learning is broad and interdisciplinary. You can delve into other areas of media and production, and earn a second degree, too. Take courses in television and radio production, theatre, design, art, media law, and more.

You can also minor in Theatre, Digital Media Production, or Multimedia Journalism. Students and faculty in all three programs are consistently recognized with award-winning performances, skills, reporting and creative programming.

What is the career outlook for filmmaking?

Creativity should never be contained. We want you to grow your skills and artistic voice in and out of the classroom – and have fun at the same time.

We plan to offer extra-curricular projects such Gorilla Filmmaking, 24-hour film competitions, and Cell Phone Filmmaking competitions. We'll let all SAU students participate because it will create a bit more competition and fuel your drive.

We hope to host campus and regional film festivals so 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. Here, you can take part in service activities, act on social injustice, and join student clubs and organizations that reflect, build, and challenge your goals and values. You'll learn more about your peers, neighbors, community, and yourself. As a filmmaker, you'll gain a broad foundation from which to tell your stories, and your involvement may ignite new ideas and creativity, too.

What makes this program unique?

Creativity should never be contained.We want you to grow your skills and artistic voice in and out of the classroom - and have fun at the same time.

We plan to offer extra-curricular projects such Gorilla Filmmaking, 24-hour film competitions, and Cell Phone Filmmaking competitions. We'll let all SAU students participate because it will create a bit more competition and fuel your drive.

We hope to host campus and regional film festivals so 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. Here, you can take part in service activities, act on social injustice, and join student clubs and organizations that reflect, build, and challenge your goals and values. You'll learn more about your peers, neighbors, community, and yourself.

As a filmmaker, you'll gain a broad foundation from which to tell your stories, and your involvement may ignite new ideas and creativity, too.

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

Required
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

FallCreditsSpringCredits
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

FallCreditsSpringCredits
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

FallCreditsSpringCredits
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

FallCreditsSpringCredits
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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Communication Department
Galvin Fine Arts Center, Office 35
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6048
BaumannJamesA@sau.edu

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