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Online Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Filmmaking

Bachelors of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking

Bring stories to life and your future into focus.

Watch your passion for cinematography, storytelling, and creativity come alive as you pursue a future in the flourishing field of digital filmmaking. It’s more than just Hollywood; businesses, nonprofits, marketing agencies, corporations and institutions all over the world recognize the powerful tool of digital filmmaking and seek professionals to tell their story through videos.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking degree at William Woods University prepares students to be well-rounded, versatile field practitioners by providing them with a diverse portfolio of knowledge and experience in a variety of mediums such as music videos, advertising, documentaries, fictional narratives, and experimental projects.

You will take courses in film production, screenwriting, editing and special effects, cinematography, lighting, sound design, theory, critique and more as you cultivate a mastery of the filmmaking process from pre-production to post-production. Whether it’s your dream to be a screenwriter, editor, producer, director, marketer, digital content creator, videographer, animator, multimedia manager, or other pursuits in the film industry, the digital filmmaking degree at William Woods University opens the door to a multitude of opportunities.

Special Opportunities

  • Learn from faculty who have extensive background experience working in film, editing and production, cinematography, and other related fields
  • Gain experience working across a variety of editing platforms, including Final Cut, DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Avid MediaComposer, ProTools, and others.
  • Produce a variety of projects across the spectrum of the film production industry, including commercial videos, narrative films, experimental films, music videos, documentaries, trailers and more.
  • Intern with a multitude of organizations and gain real world experience creating video content and putting what you’ve learned in the classroom into practice.

Your digital filmmaking degree at work

Our Bachelor in Digital Filmmaking graduates find themselves working in a wide variety of professional areas, including advertising and marketing agencies, broadcast networks and agencies, in-house video production departments and production studios. They can also be found pursuing freelance and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Students who complete their Bachelors in Digital Filmmaking can also be found pursuing an MA or MFA in film studies, cinema production or similar fields.


Our alumni have found great careers at:

  • Studio City KC
  • Chimaeric Motion Pictures
  • United Way
  • FC Dallas
  • TriDigital Marketing
  • Intuitive Surgical
  • Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resorts
  • Millard Family Chapels
  • State of Missouri
  • Sofar Sounds St. Louis
  • Oh Snap Multimedia
  • And more…


The Online Digital Filmmaking degree at William Woods University consists 57 core major credits.

Courses you may take

ENG 210 - Introduction to Film Studies -L - 3.00

Students study the basic elements of film production and meaning, with particular attention paid to defining and interpreting various aesthetic, technological, social, psychological, and philosophical aspects of cinema. Prerequisites - ENG 101

ENG 215 - Film Genres -L - 3.00

Students identify and interpret the narrative, visual, and genre conventions of classical Hollywood style. Additionally, students identify and interpret the defining characteristics of the major American film genres. Prerequisite – ENG101

ENG 316 - Special Topics in Film - 3.00

Students investigate an assess specific genres, stylistic movements, historical periods, artistic developments, etc. in cinema. The specific topic focus changes each time the course is offered, and the course may be repeated for credit as long as the topic focus varies each time a student is enrolled. Prerequisite - ENG210

ENG 327 - Film Theory and Criticism - 3.00

Students investigate and assess major critical perspectives narrative cinema, from the journalistic approach to the ideological/theoretical approach. Students distinguish between film reviewing and film criticism and apply what they learn to their own analysis of specific works. Prerequisite - ENG102 and (ENG210 or ENG215)

FLM 105 - Fundamentals of Filmmaking - 3.00

You will gain some hands-on experience working with the basic elements of visual storytelling. You’ll also gain an understanding of basic filmmaking language and workflow.

FLM 220 - Elements of Sound - 3.00

You will explore the power of audio in storytelling and learn how to manipulate the various qualities of audio and editing the soundtrack.

FLM 221 - Screenwriting I - 3.00

You will learn how to wield conflict, story structure, plot, character development along with the basic mechanics of screenwriting.

FLM 227 - Cinematography I - 3.00

You will develop your camera work and master the functions of your camera equipment. You’ll also get some hands-on experience staging scenes and blocking for the camera.

FLM 250 - Editing I - 3.00

Video editing is one of the most complex and important pieces of the filmmaking process. In this course you will encounter various editing theories and techniques, as well as get some hands-on practice with editing.

FLM 320 - Sound Design For Film - 3.00

You will engage with advanced audio editing techniques. This course will examine the building of the soundscape in detail. Prerequisite: FLM220

FLM 321 - Screenwriting II - 3.00

You will continue to advance your storytelling skills and complete two possible screenplays for your seminar project. Prerequisite: FLM221

FLM 327 - Cinematography II - 3.00

You will gain advanced skills in cinematography and use this course to begin the production process on your seminar project. Prerequistie: FLM227

FLM 330 - Cinematic Lighting - 3.00

You will encounter various lighting techniques for the world of motion pictures. From basic three-point lighting to more advanced techniques and methods for wherever your storytelling takes you.

FLM 331 - Production Design - 3.00

You will learn the processes of budgeting and designing the mise-en-scéne for filmmaking.

FLM 337 - Directing Actors & Crew - 3.00

As the primary developer of the creative processes behind filmmaking, you will learn the methods and techniques behind directing.

FLM 350 - Editing II - 3.00

You will gain advanced skills in the art of editing, with particular attention paid to editing’s influence on the art and story of the short film. Prerequisite: FLM250

FLM 370 - Special Topics in Filmmaking - 3.00

This course will focus on one aspect or subgenre of filmmaking in detail. The specific subject matter of this course varies from session to session.

FLM 450 - Film Seminar I - 3.00

You will select and develop the beginnings of their final seminar project. This course will also begin the portfolio building and post-university processes. Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credit hours of FLM Coursework

FLM 490 - Film Seminar II - 3.00

This course will center around the finalization of the seminar project and portfolio. Prerequisite: FLM450 and Final Spring Session of academic career (36 credit hours of FLM coursework)


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William Woods’ online programs are available to students across the country and internationally. William Woods Global allows you to advance your career and education goals at the same time, wherever life takes you. We are committed to creating pathways and possibilities for the most unique and exceptional career plans to flourish.

William Woods University is ranked among the nation’s top online learning programs. We combine more than 150 years of academic excellence with a student-centered, service-oriented educational environment. Our convenient, 8-week courses offer flexibility and affordable tuition.

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