RutgersFilmmakingCenterUndergraduate BFA Handbook2017-present

Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the ArtsDigital Filmmaking Undergraduate Handbook 2016-present2Rutgers Filmmaking CenterB.F.A. Digital Filmmaking Handbook 2017-presentIntroduction4General InformationRegistrationDegree Requirements AuditsAdding & Dropping ClassesAcademic Warning NoticesAppealing GradeFilm Screening AttendanceProduction Credit55555RCDF Undergraduate DegreeBFA ProgramBFA Program RequirementsBFA Degree RequirementsBFA Liberal Arts RequirementsBFA ElectivesIndependent StudyInternship ProgramRutgers University Requirements in EnglishByrne First-Year Seminar Program6666677777788BFA Digital Filmmaking Review SystemArtistic ReviewSophomore ReviewJunior Review9999Artistic Probation and DismissalGeneral PrinciplesArtistic ProbationArtistic Dismissal1010Academic Probation and DismissalAcademic ProbationAcademic Dismissal1011111111Appeal12FacilitiesCenter OfficeComputer Editing LabsStudio ClassroomsFilm Bureau1313131313Faculty14Administrative /Film Bureau StaffAcademic Calendar1516

Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the ArtsDigital Filmmaking Undergraduate Handbook 2016-present3Sample BFA Four Year Plan17Liberal Arts18Helpful Websites19

Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the ArtsDigital Filmmaking Undergraduate Handbook 2016-present4IntroductionWe are very excited to welcome you all to not only Rutgers University but also theRutgers Filmmaking Center! Together over the next four years, we will embark on a journey oflifelong learning and collaborative friendships in a close-knit community. The departmentstrives to offer an undergraduate program that balances practice, theory and history of cinema.Through a solid grounding in film production and theory, you will have a chance to develop yourunique voice, artistic sensibilities, and complex responses to art and the world around you. Youwill also have the chance to expand your experience through partaking in the expansive liberalarts courses offered at Rutgers University.Rutgers Filmmaking Center is privileged to share the same Civic Square building withRutgers University’s world-renowned Mason Gross Visual Arts Department. Under one roof,you will be surrounded by award winning artists, educators and contemporary visiting artists,while having exposure to the latest developments in cinema and technology in an exciting artisticenvironment.It is not just our connection to other artistic fields at a world-class university that makesour program so special, but also our proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. Both ofthese cities are steeped in a rich artistic history, with internationally acclaimed theatres, museums,and galleries at your fingertips. The vision and energy that emanate from these stimulating artscenes are here for you to absorb, critique and redefine, while making art and raising artawareness on the road to becoming exceptional artists.As the dawn of your four-year journey into filmmaking begins, we want you to rememberwe are here not just to give you a solid grounding in theory and practice, but also to enrich andcultivate your creative mind. All the staff and faculty at Rutgers Centre for Digital Filmmakingare here to support you during the time we are fortunate to share with you. We look forward tomeeting you and together fostering your professional exploration.Best of luck for the year,Nicolás PeredaDirector of Rutgers Filmmaking CenterGeneral InformationRegistrationFirst-year students are guided in their registration for classes in their initial semester at MasonGross. Once enrolled, students must register themselves for each new semester via the webregistration system ( This site includes links to the Course Schedule Plannerand Degree Navigator. Degree Navigator tracks the courses you have already taken, creditsapplied, and the courses/credits you still need to complete for graduation.

Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the ArtsDigital Filmmaking Undergraduate Handbook 2016-present5A list of courses offered in the upcoming semester is available on the Registrar’s Office webpage( If you are unsure about which courses you need, contact Karina F. Davesat [email protected] If changes are made to courses for which you are registered for,you will receive a notification via email. Therefore, it is important that you check your Rutgersemail account, as well as any personal accounts, and read all emails from the university orprogram office.Degree Requirements AuditsWe encourage you to monitor your own status with regard to your degree requirements. In orderto avoid difficulty in the final year, in addition to using Degree Navigator, please scheduleregular audits with Karina F. Daves. The summer before the final year of study, the Dean ofStudents will review each student’s transcript and complete a list of all remaining requirementsfor graduation.Adding and Dropping ClassesPlease check the Registrar’s Office webpage (registrar. for exact dates each year.Students who have completed fewer than 60 credits may not add or drop any course on the firstday of class in the Fall.Academic Warning NoticesDuring the middle of each semester, instructors normally report to the university registrar namesof any students who are making unsatisfactory progress in a course. Warning notices are thenemailed to a student’s Rutgers email account. Instructors may also personally warn a student, orpost a warning list. Consult with your instructor immediately if you receive a warning. Studentsare strongly recommended to schedule a meeting with Assistant Director, Patrick Stettner,[email protected], if you are warned in more than one subject.Appealing a GradeStudents wishing to file a complaint about a course grade, or a grade received for a particularpiece of work in a course, should first attempt to resolve the matter through discussion with theinstructor. If the issue cannot be satisfactorily resolved between student and instructor, thestudent may specify in writing the basis for the complaint and request a review by thedepartmental chair.Complaints about grades for work completed while a course is in progress must be submitted inwriting to the departmental chair no later than two weeks after notification of the grade.Complaints about final course grades must be submitted in writing to the departmental chair nolater than four weeks after the end of the exam period for that semester.A student who wishes to appeal the decision of the department should do so in writing to theMason Gross Dean of Students. Written notification of the action taken by either the Director orthe Dean will be sent to the students within four weeks of receipt of the appeal, excluding weeksin which classes are not in regular session.

Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the ArtsDigital Filmmaking Undergraduate Handbook 2016-present6Film Screening AttendanceAs a part of your core classes, Intro to Film Production I & II, Intermediate Film Production I &II, Advanced Directing I & II and the Senior Thesis I & II –you will be required to attendscreenings connected with these core classes. They are listed as the second meeting time on yourschedule. Attendance is required. Although final grading is at the discretion of the professor, thefollowing protocol will be administered regarding grade penalty when screenings are missed:# of Screenings Missed3 or more56 or moreGrade Deduction½ a Letter GradeFull letter gradeAutomatic “C”ExampleA B A BA CStudents in the program as a third & fourth year, Junior & Senior, only have to attend 6screenings out for each semester. 6 for the Fall semester and 6 for the Spring semester. See chartbelow for Juniors & Seniors in the film program.# of Screenings Missed123Grade Deduction½ a Letter GradeFull letter gradeAutomatic “C”ExampleA B A BA CProduction CreditRFC requires students to add a final title card to all exercises and films produced at the program,it should read as follows for 5 seconds:Produced at the Rutgers Film CenterCopyright 20XX (year produced)Rutgers University, The State University of New JerseyRFC Undergraduate DegreeRFC offers undergraduate studies leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. TheBachelor of Fine Arts is offered only to students enrolled in the Mason Gross School of the Arts.BFA ProgramThe Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Digital Filmmaking offers comprehensive technicaland artistic training in a supportive environment. Students collaborate, take risks, and build upona solid foundation in fiction and documentary filmmaking to create original digital narratives.Students receive hands-on training in direction, cinematography, screenwriting, producing,

Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the ArtsDigital Filmmaking Undergraduate Handbook 2016-present7editing, and post-production technique, while delving into filmmaking history, theory, andcriticism.The BFA requires a total of 120 credits for graduation, from a combination of Liberal Arts(university mandated/33 credits) and Digital Filmmaking (88 credits) courses. Work towards theBFA degree starts with foundation courses and the intermediate and advanced courses providespecific training in the area of concentration. Studies culminate in the final year with a BFAThesis project.BFA Digital Filmmaking Requirements (87 credits)As part of the work toward the BFA degree students must complete the following: 20 FilmProduction Courses (56 credits), 4 Cinema Studies Courses (12 credits), 4 Visual Arts courses (16credits), and 1 Intro to Art History 106 course (3 credits).BFA Liberal Arts Requirements (33 credits)In addition to the 88 credits of Digital Filmmaking requirements, students must complete 33 totalcredits in Liberal Arts, including the following Natural Sciences (6), Arts & Humanities (12),Social Sciences & History (6), Writing & Communication (3), Literature (3), andQuantitative/Technical Skills (3). Please keep in mind that all Arts & Humanities Liberal ArtsRequirements are also BFA Film requirements so you will not have to take additional courses inthis area.BFA Electives (12 credits)BFA Digital Filmmaking students will also have the opportunity to choose four 3 credit electivecourses from across the university to fulfill their 120 credits for graduation.Independent StudyStudents are only allowed to take up to 9 credits in an independent study.InternshipsStudents may choose to locate film internships on their own or see Karina for list of potentiallocations. All internship placements must go through a department review before student isallowed to start. Students are required to complete 120 logged hours at internship placementalong with weekly journal entries and final paper. Supervisor must sign off on all documents. Amid internships review will be conducted with department and supervisor as well. All documentswill be reviewed via Sakai.Rutgers University Requirements in EnglishEvery student at Rutgers must demonstrate basic competency in English and Mathematics. Allstudents entering from high school must take placement tests in both subjects to determine theirplacement.At Rutgers, every student must pass English 101: Expository Writing, which is generally taken inthe first semester. If a student is placed at a lower level in English composition, all coursespreliminary to English 101 should be taken in sequence immediately upon entering the program.

Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the ArtsDigital Filmmaking Undergraduate Handbook 2016-present8This also applies to remedial English courses, which must be completed satisfactorily beforeother academic coursework may begin. Failure to take and pass the required courses in Englishwill be regarded as failure to make progress in the BFA program and may result in dismissal.Byrne First-Year Seminar ProgramThe program connects first-year students to the research life of the University from the beginningof their studies at Rutgers. The seminars have no letter grades and no formal exams. Theseseminars are small, one-credit courses, limited to 20 students. Seminars typically meet for 10weeks, starting in the second week of fall and spring semester. Students may take one seminareach semester. The Byrne Seminars are open only to Freshmen. For details, see Filmmaking BFA Review SystemArtistic ReviewAt regular intervals the division reviews the work of each student to determine if artisticachievement and commitment to the professional program and curriculum warrants retention inthe program. Students in the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking receive a program review inthe spring of their sophomore and junior years. The sophomore review enables the faculty toreview and recommend each qualified student for intermediate-level work in a BFAconcentration. The junior review, conducted by the faculty, initiates the third-year student's planfor senior BFA thesis coursework.Sophomore ReviewAt the end of the spring semester of your sophomore year BFA students in DigitalFilmmaking have a mandatory faculty review. Passing the sophomore review is arequirement of the BFA program and a prerequisite for the junior review.Students upload a selection of their best work from the full range of freshman andsophomore courses they have taken at Mason Gross plus any other independently producedfilms they have completed during their time at Rutgers. Faculty members assess whether thestudent is making work at an appropriate level. Students who lack sufficient work, showpoor engagement with their studies, or demonstrate poor quality work will not pass thereview at that time and will be re-reviewed the following fall semester. For those studentsthat do not pass the review, their written assessment will be made available in the DigitalFilmmaking Program office.Junior ReviewAt the end of the spring semester of your junior year, BFA Digital Filmmaking Programstudents who have passed the sophomore reviews have a mandatory artistic review withfaculty in their declared concentration. Students upload a selection of their best work fromthe second semester of their sophomore year, junior year and prepare a short statementthat defines their plans for their Thesis.

Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the ArtsDigital Filmmaking Undergraduate Handbook 2016-present9Passing the junior review is a requirement of the BFA program and a prerequisite forgraduation. This is an opportunity for the faculty to assess the progress and to get a sense ofthe ideas and skills students need to focus on during their senior year. Faculty will assesswhether students are making work at an appropriate level. Once students have passed theJunior Review, they can register for their Senior year and Thesis. Those students who lacksufficient work, show poor engagement with their studies, or have poor quality work will notpass the junior Review at this time and will be re-reviewed in the Fall semester. For thosestudents that do not pass the review, their written assessment will be made available in theDigital Filmmaking Program office. Students who need to be re-reviewed can register for theirThesis, but they will not receive credit until they have passed the re-review.Artistic Probation and DismissalGeneral PrinciplesA student’s progress in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program will be measured by the level ofachievement in film classes. Artistic achievement will be indicated by both the instructor’s gradeand the reports by faculty members at the mandatory reviews. The following criteria will notnecessarily result in probation or dismissal, but should be regarded as the adequate justificationfor such action.Artistic ProbationA student may be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:A grade of C or worse in any semester in a film courseNot passing Sophomore Review.Not passing Junior Review.Not following the Digital Filmmaking curriculum.Students placed on artistic probation are notified in writing by the Dean’s office and must satisfydivisional requirements to remain in the program. Students whose dismissal has beenrecommended by the Faculty Committee for artistic reasons (deficiency in artistic productionand/or quality of the work) may request transfer to other programs of the Mason Gross School ofthe Arts or any other college at Rutgers whose admission requirements they meet. No guaranteeof admission to another division or program can be given to students who have received anartistic dismissal, but the Dean’s office will assist students in completing the necessary transferforms. Artistic dismissal is subject to appeal to the Dean of the school.Artistic DismissalA student may be dismissed from the Digital Filmmaking Program for any of the followingreasons:A grade of D or F in any semester, or grades of C or worse in any two semestersFailure to pass a Sophomore Re-review

Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the ArtsDigital Filmmaking Undergraduate Handbook 2016-present10Failure to pass a Junior Re-reviewExcept in extreme circumstances a student will not be dismissed without having first been placedon probation for one semester. After a probationary semester, performance that would justifyfurther probation will normally result in dismissal. Artistic Probation and Dismissal can beappealed to the Dean of Students of Mason Gross.Academic Probation and DismissalPolicies concerning academic performance are established for all students in Mason Gross andcan be found in the Mason Gross section of the Rutgers Undergraduate Catalog. Each student’sacademic progress is monitored each semester by the Dean’s office. When issues arise, they areresolved by the Mason Gross Scholastic Standing Committee, which is chaired by the Dean ofStudents. The specific guidelines for deciding when a student should be placed on probation ordismissed are as follows:Academic ProbationAny student, including first-term, first-year students, whose term average is lower than 1.8, isplaced on academic probation. Students are notified in writing of probationary status before thestart of the next term. While on probation, students must maintain full-time academic status andmust complete successfully at least 12 credits per term.Academic DismissalThere are no automatic dismissals for first-term, first-year students. Students ordinarily aredismissed when their term average is 1.4 or less regardless of their cumulative grade-pointaverage or preceding term average. Students may also be dismissed if their term average fallsbelow probationary level in any three terms or in any two consecutive terms or if theircumulative grade-point average at any time is less than the following: first year, 1.6; sophomoreyear, 1.8, junior year; 2.0; senior year, 2.0.AppealStudents placed on probationary status may appeal in writing to the Dean of Students within oneweek of the date of the letter of probation. Grounds for appeal include technical error and/orchanges in temporary grades. Letters of appeal must state the reasons for appeal and must bewritten by the student, although advice from others may be sought in formulating the appeal.Students dismissed from the Mason Gross School of the Arts by the school’s Scholastic StandingCommittee may appeal by letter to the Office of the Dean within one week of notification of thedecision. Grounds for appeal include technical error, extenuating circumstances, and/oradditional information not previously available to the committee. The letter of appeal must statethe reasons for the appeal and must be written by the student, although students may seek advicefrom others while formulating the appeal.

Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the ArtsDigital Filmmaking Undergraduate Handbook 2016-present11The Scholastic Standing Committee may determine that the student has presented evidence notpreviously available and sufficient to require