Digital Filmmaking (BFA)

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking degree will immerse you in hands-on filmmaking from your very first semester, and features a combination of technical and industry-focused courses within the context of a fine arts program.

With our state-of-the-art facilities, industry-recognized and award-winning faculty, and comprehensive curriculum, you’ll learn every component of filmmaking, from screenwriting and directing, to cinematography and lighting, to post-production and editing. But you’ll also gain a deep knowledge of the film business from faculty with years of industry experience, and understand the finance, legal issues, marketing, and distribution crucial to success.

At a Glance

  • Type of degree: Traditional, four-year undergraduate
  • Total credit hours: 120
  • Credit hours of film production courses: 21+
  • Credit hours of screenwriting courses: 6
  • Credit hours of film theory courses: 6+
  • Credit hours of film business courses: 12
  • Credit hours of Loyola Core courses: 39
  • Industry internship required: Yes
View the current degree requirements in detail.

Possible Career Paths

Today's film industry offers a host of exciting career possibilities.  Below, you'll find just a sample of the more popular paths for our students:

Film Director: Bring your artistic vision of a screenplay to life by guiding technical crew and actors through the creative aspects of filmmaking. 

Screenwriter: Research, develop, and pitch story ideas into fully-fledged screenplays and teleplays, creating intriguing plots, characters, and dialogue.

Film Producer: Supervise the creation of a film from start to finish, planning and coordinating script selection, financing, and distribution.

Production Sound: Use microphones and other recording technology to accurately capture sounds in real time for use in the final product or as reference for sound designers, sound effects editors, or foley artists.

Cinematographer: Supervise camera and lighting crews to create striking images that help tell a story and create the overall visual impact of a film or television show.

Digital Editor: Collaborate with directors, cinematographers, and sound editors to turn the raw footage captured on set into a finished work ready for audiences.

Production Designer: Work hand-in-hand with a director to conceive the look and oversee the implementation of sets, costumes, props, color schemes ... the world which the characters of a film inhabit.

Apply to this Program

Application requirements: In addition to general admission to Loyola University New Orleans, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking requires the following additional materials:

  • A completed College of Music and Media (CMM) Supplemental Application
  • An informal interview with a department faculty member (either zoom, phone, or in-person)