The Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Filmmaking (BAS DF) is a practitioner-oriented, applied degree that will prepare students for a range of positions in the rapidly changing field of digital film, including jobs in video production, directing, cinematography, screenwriting, and acting. The degree will also prepare them for digital content production in a variety of industries, including jobs with branding, marketing, and advertising companies, businesses in any industry that creates digital content for training purposes, and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Advisor / Program Contacts
The BAS DF program adds knowledge, skills, and abilities in filmmaking expertise to students' professional technical education and work experience. Upon successful completion of the program, all students will be able to:
- Consciously develop a responsible, socially, culturally, and historically relevant aesthetic and apply it to filmmaking disciplines (such as producing, directing, acting, scriptwriting, editing, cinematography, and post-production).
- Demonstrate competency as a practitioner in a range of filmmaking disciplines.
- Assess productions for quality control, ethical compliance, and sound business practices.
- Demonstrate leadership, project management, and effecive collaboration on filmmaking teams.
- Evaluate emerging technologies in filmmaking and industry trends to maintain currency and drive innovation.
- Integrate specialization in two or more filmmaking disciplines in an advanced film project.
Required & Prerequisite Courses
Olympic College’s BAS DF degree is designed to ensure a smooth pathway for students who hold an Associate in Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T) or Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree in Digital Filmmaking from Olympic College. The BAS DF program also seeks to enroll students with a similar professional technical degree from another community or technical college; any associate degree and filmmaking-related expertise; or at least 90 or more quarter hours of college-level credit and filmmaking-related expertise. Such students who enroll full-time will typically be able to complete the BAS DF program in two years with little additional preparation.
As an open door institution, Olympic College seeks to accommodate as many qualified students as possible. The application requirements for admission to the BAS DF program establish minimum qualifications to provide maximum access to the degree and at the same time ensure student success at the baccalaureate level.
Prerequisites to Program Entry
- Filmmaking-related associate degree or 90+ quarter hours of college-level credits from a regionally accredited institution
Associate degree or 90+ quarter hours of college-level credits from a regionally accredited institution
Completion of filmmaking-related coursework or submission of portfolio (see Filmmaking Course Preparation for BAS DF Entry)
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
- 2.0 GPA or higher in each general education course needed for program entry (see General Education Course Preparation for BAS DF Entry)
General Education Course Preparation for BAS DF Entry
As part of their associate-level coursework, students applying for entry into the BAS DF program should have earned at least 30 quarter hour credits of general education in the following areas:
Humanities: ENGL& 101, CMST& 220, and two other courses from OC Humanities Distribution
Natural Sciences: Any college-level math course from OC Natural Sciences Distribution
Social Sciences: One course from OC Social Sciences Distribution
Filmmaking Course Preparation for BAS DF Entry
Although students entering the BAS DF from Olympic College’s AAS-T DF have, as part of their associate program, all the filmmaking-related course preparation they need to succeed at the bachelor’s level, interested students from other degree programs may or may not have sufficient filmmaking-related knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to succeed.
In order to establish a baseline of filmmaking-related preparation needed for program entry, students desiring to enter the BAS program from associate degree programs not closely related to digital filmmaking will have two options to demonstrate their technical expertise and readiness for success. These options are in addition to meeting other requirements for entry—associate degree or 90+ quarter hours of college-level credit; at least 2.5 cumulative GPA; and at least 2.0 GPA in each general education course which meets program entry requirements.
Option 1: Students who do not hold a filmmaking-related associate degree may meet BAS DF program entry requirements by completing 25 quarter hours of filmmaking coursework in several film production disciplines (see course list, below).
Option 2: Students who do not hold a filmmaking-related associate degree but who have demonstrated filmmaking experience in two or more production disciplines (producing, directing, scriptwriting, acting, etc.) may meet BAS DF program entry requirements by submitting a portfolio for evaluation by BAS DF faculty. The scope, criteria, and evaluation process for demo reels is established by BAS DF faculty and publicized to all prospective students.
|DRMA 201||Introduction to the Art of Film or other equivalent intro to film course||5|
|FILM 240||Acting for the Camera 1 or other equivalent acting course||5|
|FILM 245||Screenwriting 1 or other equivalent screenwriting course||5|
|FILM 280||Film Directing 1 or other equivalent film directing course||5|
|FILM 285||Digital Filmmaking 1 or other equivalent film production course||5|