Directing Concentration, BA in Film and Animation

Film director,Jim, on the set of Dark Tarot.

"The FDU film program takes a highly collaborative, and hands-on approach to filmmaking. This, to me, has always been extremely applicable as a film director since collaboration with others is equally as vital to storytelling as having a clear vision of how you want to tell your story." — Jim Cocoliato, Director/Co-Writer, "Out of Focus" (YouTube)

Students in the film directing concentration focus on all the various aspects that a director must consider and incorporate into their storytelling process. Besides learning how to break down and visually approach a film project, directing students study how to work with and direct actors, the pre-production process, the importance of telling a story visually, and recognizing how their work may fit into the larger picture of culture and society.

Directing students work their entire senior year on developing, workshopping, and making their senior thesis films, which receive an exciting and widely attended public screening at a local movie theater!

Film Student Senior Thesis

"Starting from developing the script, the professor was really supportive about the idea, a film about a Korean family. There were difficult times when I wanted to quit, but film faculty guided and helped me to make better decisions. During post-production, the professor was always willing to watch my rough cuts and gave me editing ideas and feedback about the film so that it could become better."

— Seung Yeob Lee, Director of "Goose Family", featured in more than 20 film festivals.

Requirements for the Directing Concentration

Core Major Requirements (27 credits)

Concentration Requirements (9 credits)

Major Electives (6-9 credits)

Note: Three credits in internship may be used to fulfill elective credits.

Cognate Courses (10-16 credits)

Required Cognate Courses

Cognate Elective Courses (6-12 credits)

Film Directing Student Work

Course Descriptions

Alphanumeric list of all film concetration courses.