Film and Television Production Program

Film and Television Students

 

About the Program

At the School of Stage and Screen, we start with the story. Storytelling is the basic skill that ties all the others together. That is what the most successful filmmakers have in common. From screenplay through post-production, fiction or non-fiction, we use technology in service of story as students get hands-on experience on our sets and film stages and in our Avid-equipped editing rooms.

All Film and Television Production program (FTP) faculty have worked extensively in the film and television industries. They teach not only the art and technique of filmmaking but the real world skills and attitudes necessary to succeed as well.

Because the School of Stage and Screen is one of only a few universities to combine film, theatre and musical theatre, FTP students work with acting students and theatre faculty in and out of class, along with faculty from other departments and schools, including Art & Design, Music, and the College of Business. The result is a comprehensive, collaborative and immersive educational experience that enables our graduates to leap into careers in the industry or further their studies at the graduate level. 

Program Requirements

The B.F. A. in Film & Television Production (FTP) requires 69 hours of courses in the major, plus the University requirement of 42 hours of liberal studies. In addition, students must take 9 hours of electives. An internship is required, which most students normally complete in the summer between junior and senior year. 

Eight-Semester Plan for FTP Program

Program Continuation Policy

Mission Statement

To spark creativity, facilitate innovation, and cultivate artists who are confident and prepared to succeed in the entertainment industry.

Confirmed Values:

  1. We believe in the power of storytelling to transform both the audience and the artist.
  2. We surround our students with practitioners who are devoted to their disciplines and have real-world experience as artists.
  3. We encourage our students to possess an understanding of the comprehensive process in an immersive mentored environment where students learn by doing.
  4. We place a strong emphasis on technique and industry standards and their vital role in serving the artistic process.
  5. We believe students should be cognizant of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of the art form.
  6. We celebrate diverse people, perspectives, and cultural influences. 

Faculty and Staff

Name Office Email
Joshua Russell, Program Director Belk 292 jdrussell@email.wcu.edu
Brenda Lilly Belk 283 bllilly@email.wcu.edu
Joshua Overbay Belk 282 jaoverbay@email.wcu.edu
Jon Mark Nail Belk 281  
Jason Ledford Ramsey jwledford@email.wcu.edu
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