Film Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts
in Film Art

A global joint degree offered by Emerson College & PCA

 

For centuries, the world’s greatest thinkers and artists have come to Paris to learn, create, and find inspiration.

 

This program gives you the chance to do the same.

Through a groundbreaking partnership with Emerson College, students may now apply to the new, joint global BFA in Film Art. In this one-of-a-kind program, you’ll get to create everything from experimental films and videos to gallery installations, web series, and public art — in short, you’ll be making the film and media art that shapes and defines our multicultural world. The program’s global learning environment will help you expand your intercultural competence, grow your communication abilities, cause you to challenge your own assumptions and frames of reference, and grant you a new perspective — in life, in learning, and maybe through your camera lens. As renowned French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard said: “I know nothing of life except through the cinema.”

Two Great Schools

The global BFA program in Film Art draws on the expertise and reputations of both Paris College of Art and Emerson College and spans locations in Paris, Boston, and the Netherlands. Students will benefit from the highest international standard of film and art education within an American academic framework.

Three Amazing Locations

In this BFA program, you will:

  • Spend each academic year in the heart of Paris and spend your summer residencies alternating between Boston and the Netherlands
  • Create film and media art, including short experimental films and videos, gallery installations, web series, and public media art
  • Analyze and challenge your own assumptions and frame of reference while learning to see yourself as a citizen of a global, interconnected world

A Unique Film Curriculum

Combine digital filmmaking with traditional studio art practices while also engaging in media, cultural, historical, and critical studies. Broaden your understanding of contemporary art discourses and techniques, while you create compelling film art that shapes our world. Collaborate with peers from around the globe and expand your intercultural fluency and communication skills.

Faculty

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Miranda Banks

Associate Professor at Emerson College
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Tara Bogart

Adjunct Faculty and Photography Lab Technician
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Emmanuelle Cospen-Gharibian

Liberal Studies Coordinator
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Lillian Davies

Adjunct Faculty
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John Gianvito

Professor at Emerson College
Harald Hutter

Harald Hutter

Adjunct Faculty
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Cristina Kotz Cornejo

Professor at Emerson College
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Weiko Lin

Assistant Professor at Emerson College
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Korbett Matthews

Assistant Professor at Emerson College
Barbara Portrait

Barbara Montefalcone

Chair of Liberal Studies
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Vinicius Navarro

Assistant Professor at Emerson College
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Francesco Peri

Adjunct Faculty
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Karen Ralph

Adjunct Faculty
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Kathryn Ramey

Professor at Emerson College
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Juliette Robbins

Adjunct Faculty
Julie Sage

Julie Sage

Adjunct Faculty
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Michael Selig

Associate Professor at Emerson College
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Eric Vernhes

Adjunct Faculty

Curriculum

Credits

Summer 1, Boston

summer

History of Media Arts I

Code
VM100
Description

This is the first of a two-semester course that explores the historical development of the media arts, including the film, broadcasting, and sound recording industries until 1965. Investigates the relationships between economics, industrial history, and social and political systems, and the styles and techniques of specific films and broadcast programs. Special attention is given to the diversity of styles of presentation in the media.

Media Production I or Cinema Lighting

Code
VM120
Description

Media Production I

A combination of lectures and hands-on workshops examines the relationships among photography, graphics, audio, film, video, and digital media within the context of cross- media concepts, theories, and applications. Traces the creative process from conception and writing through production and post-production. Students proceed through a series of exercises that lead to completion of a final project, establishing a foundation for advanced production coursework.

Cinema Lighting

This course is a revision of the current PCA course FFOT 0232 Lighting Techniques and will be designed to span photo and motion media lighting design, technique, aesthetics, and address practical scenarios. Students will work in the photo studio and in the field.

Boston Inside/Out

Description

Academic Year 1, Paris

fall

Media-Based Writing or Color Photography

Description

Media-based Writing

Whether a painter, poet, fashion designer, filmmaker, interactive media-maker, or writer, artists use narrative, character, structure, setting, and tone to tell a story. In many ways, the artist creates a ”story”—a work of art—that illuminates the artist’s world or comments on the world outside the artist. This course explores how the artist creates across multiple platforms—from documentary practices in film and installation- based works, to the fictionalizing of true stories in film and other medium, to the creation of original works of painting, sculpture, and fashion—we’ll explore how artists tell their stories, why they choose the form they do, and get closer to discovering why this need to tell stories motivates the artist. The class will combine film screenings, writing exercises, slides of artworks/designs, readings, visits to artists’ studios, attendance at art exhibitions, as well as guest speakers from the worlds of art, fashion, literature, interactive media, and film. Assignments include (1) writing a story or analytical paper about an artwork, about the inspiration for an artwork, or the creation of an artwork; (2) using a painting, sculpture, or dress design as inspiration for an original story; (3) interviewing an artist and discussing what inspires them as a storyteller. Each student also completes a final project such as adapting a story into a screenplay, graphic novel, or serious game/game art, curating an exhibition of works of art around a story, or retelling an existing story into another medium—fashion, painting, or sculpture. In the world of today, we are surrounded by art that explores issues of sexuality, race, identity, politics, and the meaning of life—students will be encouraged to examine how their own art is reflected in the diverse stories that surround us.

Color Photography

Students are introduced to basic photography using color materials. Through a year-long study, they learn to master camera controls and film exposure in the format of their choice. Ambient and artificial lighting as well as their impact on various emulsions are examined with an eye towards producing high quality digital color prints, color C-prints and transparencies. Emphasis will be on developing a personal approach and vision using color materials. Exposure to historical antecedents, contemporary readings and criticism are integrated into the course.

Media Production I or Cinema Lighting

Code
VM120
Description

Media Production I

A combination of lectures and hands-on workshops examines the relationships among photography, graphics, audio, film, video, and digital media within the context of cross- media concepts, theories, and applications. Traces the creative process from conception and writing through production and post-production. Students proceed through a series of exercises that lead to completion of a final project, establishing a foundation for advanced production coursework.

Cinema Lighting

This course is a revision of the current PCA course FFOT 0232 Lighting Techniques and will be designed to span photo and motion media lighting design, technique, aesthetics, and address practical scenarios. Students will work in the photo studio and in the field.

French Conversation 1

Code
FLIB 1001
Description

This course is a beginner-level French conversation course open to students with no previous exposure to instruction in French. Emphasis will be placed on phonetics (Rhythm, intonation, liaisons, silent letters & some specific French sounds), as well as everyday life vocabulary and exchanges. Different themes will be covered over the semester: Life in Paris, French cinema, French and Francophone cuisine, as well as music. Students will be able to engage in short conversations and will practice describing themselves and their environment, their friends and family members, as well as their studies, hobbies, and artistic practice. Visits and meetings with French students will be organized. Students will be evaluated during 5 oral presentations. Conscientious completion of homework and class participation is emphasized; a website has been specially designed to accompany students throughout the semester (Targeted grammatical exercises, podcasts, phonetics etc.) A guided tour in French will beo organized (Musée Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay.) Class will be conducted in French.

Paris Inside/Out

Code
FLIB 0010
Description

Paris Inside/Out is a one-credit course consisting of visits to art & design exhibits, as well as meetings with artists, artisans and designers in Paris. The course will use a wide approach by including a variety of artistic fields, thus allowing students to draw inspiration from any discipline. The course will be held every week in a different location in Paris. Students are free to participate in as many visits as they wish, however a minimum of 5 visits are required to pass the course. For each visit, students will create a personal work within a given set of constraints. At the end of the semester, students will be asked to present to the class a personal work inspired by one of the visits during the semester.

spring

Media-Based Writing or Color Photography

Description

Media-based Writing

Whether a painter, poet, fashion designer, filmmaker, interactive media-maker, or writer, artists use narrative, character, structure, setting, and tone to tell a story. In many ways, the artist creates a ”story”—a work of art—that illuminates the artist’s world or comments on the world outside the artist. This course explores how the artist creates across multiple platforms—from documentary practices in film and installation- based works, to the fictionalizing of true stories in film and other medium, to the creation of original works of painting, sculpture, and fashion—we’ll explore how artists tell their stories, why they choose the form they do, and get closer to discovering why this need to tell stories motivates the artist. The class will combine film screenings, writing exercises, slides of artworks/designs, readings, visits to artists’ studios, attendance at art exhibitions, as well as guest speakers from the worlds of art, fashion, literature, interactive media, and film. Assignments include (1) writing a story or analytical paper about an artwork, about the inspiration for an artwork, or the creation of an artwork; (2) using a painting, sculpture, or dress design as inspiration for an original story; (3) interviewing an artist and discussing what inspires them as a storyteller. Each student also completes a final project such as adapting a story into a screenplay, graphic novel, or serious game/game art, curating an exhibition of works of art around a story, or retelling an existing story into another medium—fashion, painting, or sculpture. In the world of today, we are surrounded by art that explores issues of sexuality, race, identity, politics, and the meaning of life—students will be encouraged to examine how their own art is reflected in the diverse stories that surround us.

Color Photography

Students are introduced to basic photography using color materials. Through a year-long study, they learn to master camera controls and film exposure in the format of their choice. Ambient and artificial lighting as well as their impact on various emulsions are examined with an eye towards producing high quality digital color prints, color C-prints and transparencies. Emphasis will be on developing a personal approach and vision using color materials. Exposure to historical antecedents, contemporary readings and criticism are integrated into the course.

Media Production I or Cinema Lighting

Code
VM120
Description

Media Production I

A combination of lectures and hands-on workshops examines the relationships among photography, graphics, audio, film, video, and digital media within the context of cross- media concepts, theories, and applications. Traces the creative process from conception and writing through production and post-production. Students proceed through a series of exercises that lead to completion of a final project, establishing a foundation for advanced production coursework.

Cinema Lighting

This course is a revision of the current PCA course FFOT 0232 Lighting Techniques and will be designed to span photo and motion media lighting design, technique, aesthetics, and address practical scenarios. Students will work in the photo studio and in the field.

Critical Thinking & Writing II

Code
FLIB 1012 A
Description

This year-long course is designed to improve critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Students learn to understand the inherent argument and logic of a text, to think more systematically and critically, and to write more effectively by developing skills in the structure, grammar, and mechanics of writing. Students also work toward the more focused goal of situating design and art practices within larger intellectual, historical and philosophical frameworks by exploring the indissoluble connection between ideas and the products of human culture. This is achieved by introducing students to texts representing and describing various methodologies applicable to art and design, which can then be used to critique and analyze visual and material artifacts.

Summer 2, Boston

summer

History of Media Arts II

Code
VM101
Description

This is the second of a two-semester course that explores the historical development of the media arts, focusing on the continuing development of the film, broadcasting, and sound recording industries after 1965, as well as the development of video and digital technologies. Investigates the relationships between economics, industrial history, and social and political systems, and the styles and techniques of specific films and videos, broadcast programs, and digital media products.

Introduction to Film Production (Film/Narrative Drama/Editing)

Code
VM 230
Description

Introduces the basics of non-synchronous 16mm filmmaking, including camera operation, principles of cinematography and lighting for black-and-white film, non-sync sound recording and transfers, and picture and sound editing.

Intro to Narrative Drama/Living Art in Real Space

Code
VM243
Description

Introduces students to the personnel and techniques involved in the broad category of narrative fiction production. Emphasis is placed on organization and the translation of the script into a visual narrative. Students have the opportunity to hone their production skills on a variety of creative projects. The course also prepares students for advanced-level course work and BFAs in narrative fiction.

Intro to Documentary

Code
VM242
Description

A gateway course on single-camera field production for students who want to learn the art and technology of nonfiction storytelling. Through a series of workshops, screenings, and hands-on production projects, this course emphasizes content development, storytelling strategies, and production skills in the context of relevant ethical, aesthetic, and social issues.

Academic Year 2, Paris

fall

Liberal Studies: French Language, Dance History, Semiotics

Description

French Language and Culture
French Language and Culture is a course open to anyone who has some knowledge of French and would like to improve their listening and speaking skills. The course will cover specific themes such as Paris and its architecture, French cinema, French artists and artistic movements, as well as professional life in Paris. Students will develop key vocabulary in order to be able to communicate orally in French in everyday life situations, as well as in professional settings. Using a variety of materials, students will learn how to tell a story, make a description of their work and practice, talk about a personal experience or project, and give their opinion. Four museum guided tours in French will be organized during the semester. Conscientious completion of homework and class participation is emphasized; a website has been specially designed to accompany students throughout the semester (readings, targeted grammatical exercises, podcasts, phonetics, etc.). Class will be conducted in French.

Dance History
The course aims at giving an overview of the history of dance from classicism to post- modern dance. Even if a specific focus will be given to 20th and 21st century Western dance, the history of the discipline, the role of dance in our culture, and elements of dance philosophy and aesthetics will also be covered in the course, together with the essential reference to non-Western dance traditions.

Semiotics
Semiotics is the “science of signs.” This course will offer an introduction to the discipline of semiotics. We will read its foundational texts—from Saussure to Peirce and Barthes—and apply them to the worlds of photography, design, and fashion, as well as the media, analyzing how artifacts can be interpreted as visual manifestations of social structures. Students will have a chance to bring their own work to bear on their study and vice versa.

Media Production II or Cinematography

Description

Cinematography

This course introduces students to basic elements of the aesthetics, technology, and craft of cinematography and videography. Students gain a working knowledge of motion picture cameras, as well as basic lighting designs and equipment, with some instruction and practical application regarding crew relations and organization. It also includes a comprehensive exploration of the work of significant cinematographers. This class will simplify the tools, theories, and concepts about cinematography that seem difficult, but will also complicate some of the camera and lighting conventions that emerging filmmakers take for granted. To be an effective cinematographer you must not only master the technical aspects of the job, but also develop your creativity as visual artists and storytellers.

The first half of this semester, through a series of lectures, reading assignments, hands- on demos, and instructor-led shoots, we will focus on learning about camera, lighting, and grip equipment as well as the technical and aesthetic concepts of cinematography. The second half of the semester, we will put these tools and concepts into action through in-class productions, as well as outside-of-class production assignments that will provide students with opportunities to further practice their craft, and to produce work that showcases their creative abilities. In-depth critique sessions allow us to reflect on each other’s work and to grow as artists together.

Studio Elective

Description

You may select an elective from the many course offerings in your department or in other departments with the approval of your department chair.

spring

Paris Yesterday and Tomorrow: history, art and urban culture

Code
FLIB 1105
Description

This course acquaints students with the neighborhoods, cultures, people, customs, institutions and organizations in Paris through a thematic approach based on three main modules: the city and its history; the literary and artistic representations of the city; the city, its citizens, and its future. Students will learn about key moments in French history, from the Romans on, via the Middle Ages, the Revolution, Haussmannization, and May 1968; they will be introduced to such themes as political migrations and colonialism, and will explore the city from a variety of points of views including literary and artistic exchanges, urban history, architecture, and ecology. Active exploration of the environment is strongly encouraged and learning is accomplished through a variety of means: site visits, the examination of texts and images, and first-hand encounters with museums, galleries, and libraries, as well as other art and design-related resources in the city.

Media Production II or Cinematography

Description

Cinematography

This course introduces students to basic elements of the aesthetics, technology, and craft of cinematography and videography. Students gain a working knowledge of motion picture cameras, as well as basic lighting designs and equipment, with some instruction and practical application regarding crew relations and organization. It also includes a comprehensive exploration of the work of significant cinematographers. This class will simplify the tools, theories, and concepts about cinematography that seem difficult, but will also complicate some of the camera and lighting conventions that emerging filmmakers take for granted. To be an effective cinematographer you must not only master the technical aspects of the job, but also develop your creativity as visual artists and storytellers.

The first half of this semester, through a series of lectures, reading assignments, hands- on demos, and instructor-led shoots, we will focus on learning about camera, lighting, and grip equipment as well as the technical and aesthetic concepts of cinematography. The second half of the semester, we will put these tools and concepts into action through in-class productions, as well as outside-of-class production assignments that will provide students with opportunities to further practice their craft, and to produce work that showcases their creative abilities. In-depth critique sessions allow us to reflect on each other’s work and to grow as artists together.

Writing (Feature, Shorts, TV, Topics)

Description

Online Emerson Course

Academic Year 3, Paris

fall

Studio Elective

Description

You may select an elective from the many course offerings in your department or in other departments with the approval of your department chair.

Advanced Editing or Writing (Topics)

Description

Online (Emerson Course)

spring

BFA Project: Management

Description

Online (Emerson Course)

Overall Credits Total
120

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