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Film and Television Production, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Visual storytelling is one of the primary ways today’s society gets its information and entertainment. From screenplay through post-production, Western Carolina University Film and Television Production students learn to use technology in service of a story. 
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Key facts:

  • Western Carolina University’s Film and Television Production Program prepares students to become industry professionals and graduate students of film and television. In addition to the university’s liberal studies requirement and general electives, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree curriculum includes introductory to advanced courses such as Thinking Like A Filmmaker, Intermediate Directing and Cinematography and Advanced Editing. Students start taking hands-on courses during their first year in the program. All students complete a required internship, which most undertake in the summer between their junior and senior years, and a senior thesis project. For each student, the senior project is the culmination of three years of work on more than a dozen films.
  • Under the guidance of faculty members who have worked extensively in the film and television industries, students learn not only the art and technique of filmmaking but also the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed. They develop these skills in industry-quality facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. Currently, almost 90 percent of program graduates are either working in the field or attending top graduate film programs.
  • With 90 percent of program graduates working in the field or pursuing advanced studies, the occupational outlook for future graduates is bright. As filmmakers and crew members, graduates participate and succeed in a wide range of jobs in a variety of industry settings. Graduates’ workplaces include major networks, Internet outlets, production companies, and professional businesses and organizations, among others. Some graduates have gone on to start their own film and television production companies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Film and Television Production curriculum include:

  • Film Studies
  • Thinking Like A Filmmaker
  • Basic Production Techniques
  • Film Directing 
  • Screenwriting
  • Intermediate Cinematography
  • Non-Linear Editing
  • Intermediate Directing
  • Producing
  • Production Practicum 
  • Directing the Documentary
  • Internship in Motion Picture/TV
  • Senior Project
  • Music and Audio in Media
  • Acting 
  • Stagecrafts for Stage and Screen (Scenic/Lightning)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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