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Bachelor of Fine Arts

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design/Technical Production (BFA Design/Tech) provides students with a thorough background in theatrical design, construction, related technology, and stage management. The specific topics of study include drafting, stagecraft, costume construction, costume pattern drafting, millinery, tailoring, computer imaging, CAD, scenic painting, rendering and advanced technical theatre as well as design courses in costumes, lighting, scenery and sound. Students have production assignments in all areas through all four years culminating in a significant senior year experience that may include designing, technical direction, management, or assistant designing. Graduates from the BFA Design/Tech program are well prepared for advanced graduate training or employment in the profession.

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
FTV 100A Film & TV History: Beg to Mid 20th Century 3
FTV 200 Film & Television Aesthetics 3
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
MATH 105/112/PHIL 110 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
FTV 100B Film & TV History: Mid 20th Century to Present 3
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
FTV 210 Intro to Production Practices 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
FTV 270 Intro to Film & Television Industries 3
FTV 310 Idea Development 4
FTV 311A Cinematography 4
FTV 313 Experimental Production Practices 4
5th Semester
FTV 314A Documentary Production 4
FTV 317A Sound Design for Film & Television Production 4
FTV 364 Writing the Short Screen Play 3
FTV 367 Directing for the Screen 4
FTV 373 Production I: From Pitch Through Financing 3
6th Semester
FTV 303 Professional Practices 1
FTV 315A Fiction Production 4
FTV 374 Producing II: Pre-Prod to Distrib. 3
Film & Television Studies Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester Summer
FTV 493 Internship 3
7th Semester
FTV 498D BFA Campstone I: Pre-Production and Production 6
Film & Television Studies Elective 3
Producing Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
FTV 498E BFA Capstone II: Post-Production 6
Major Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The understanding of creative and scholarly analysis, film and television history, aesthetics, production, and global media culture gained from the Film and Television Studies concentration in the Media Arts major provides a strong knowledge base. Graduates may pursue careers in writing and criticism, commercial or cultural promotion, editing, or archiving. This concentration is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in media arts, literature, cultural studies, or journalism. Media Arts, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that most closely relate to this major. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree or certificate.

Potential Career Areas

  • Writing/criticism
  • Archiving
  • Arts promotion
  • Education
  • Publicity
  • Producing
  • Sales and distribution

Sample Employers

  • Film libraries/archives
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Websites
  • Nonprofit arts organizations
  • Film distribution companies
  • Television stations
  • Production companies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Multimedia Collections Specialist $23,600 - $42,700
Film Archivist/Preservationist $28,000 - $35,000
Digital Librarian $20,000 - $65,000
Film Historian $26,400 - $53,500
Film Critic $20,000 - $43,292
Arts and Entertainment Editor, Newspaper $30,000 - $60,000
Film and Video Editor $26,000 - $50,900
Arts Council Director $24,000 - $65,000
High School Media Arts Teacher $35,000 - $53,200
Nonprofit Program Assistant $24,000 - $34,000