Digital Filmmaking

Are you an aspiring filmmaker seeking a degree that will hone your creative and technical skills? The Digital Filmmaking major at the University of Central Arkansas, the only degree of its kind in the state, will provide you with the tools and experience you need to stand out in the growing film industry. Our students study film production, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, audio design, and finishing. Students also explore the theory and history of cinema and develop their visual story telling talents in a cutting edge environment which features advanced technologies. Stimulating class projects, such as the creation of short films and collaborative work on a feature film, will encourage creative expression and offer challenges that inspire.

As a Digital Filmmaking major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct academic benefits that make the UCA experience unique. Just a few of the advantages our program offers include:

  • Expert Faculty who not only teach theory and production courses, but are themselves active filmmakers, producing films with students and submitting them to film festivals and other local and national competitions. The professors are equally engaged in keeping up with current film technologies and striving to improve upon the already impeccable program they support.
  • Hands-On Learning through a variety of internships with film crews around the state, opportunities to work with MFA students on film projects, and a myriad of regional, national, and even international film festivals where students can both compete and volunteer. Just a few of the projects our students have been involved in recently include: the Accolade Competition (international film competition), Project Green (national sustainable film organization), the Ozark Foothills Filmfest (regional festival), Museum of the Moving Image (New York, paid summer internship), and Stone Ward Advertising (in-state, paid summer internship).
  • Professional Development as a member of the UCA Film Club, which fosters creativity in filmmaking outside of the classroom and offers students the opportunity to collaborate with their peers in the production of short films, music videos, and other media. UCA also has a Film Honorary Fraternity, Psi Delta Kappa, which is not only UCA’s first Cinematic Fraternity, but also the national founding chapter. The purpose and goal of PDK is to establish social and professional relationships between students who are highly committed to the cinematic arts. This student organization hosts the Conway Film Festival, sponsors the annual Grip Olympics (in which film students compete in a series of filmmaking related challenges), and involves participants in many other community and campus opportunities to build and showcase their talents.
  • UCA Film Festival, an annual on-campus event highlighting the best work of UCA students, with entries chosen by the Digital Filmmaking Faculty for screening, and awards decided by a panel of guest judges, made up of professionals in the industry. Past judges have included director David Gordon Green, film critic Philip Martin, and cinematographer Guy Galloway.
  • Employment Opportunities, because of the continued growth of media outlets, professionals who have the ability to innovate with digital film technologies and create original content are in high demand in various fields, such as television, music video production, the motion picture industry, theatre, and internet and computer software companies, just to name a few.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Digital Filmmaking major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://ucafilm.org/.