Filmmaking Core Course Transfer Policy

 

Students who believe they have already mastered the content of the Mason Gross course: Intro to Film Production I and/or II may apply for credit and be placed out of the course(s).  Credit is waived upon positive portfolio review by filmmaking faculty. Please be aware that these courses cover a very specific set of skills and concepts. In order to be placed out of a course and receive credit, we must see that the material has been covered successfully. Please be aware that although you may have taken a course elsewhere that has the same name, unless you have successfully covered the same material as the Mason Gross Intro to Film Production I and/or II course, you may not be eligible to place out of the course(s). We understand that you may have covered this material in a different manner than the specific assignments below; if so, please include what you consider to be an equivalent project that demonstrates similar objectives.

 

The BFA Filmmaking degree program requires all students to complete a sequence of 8 core courses (typically one per semester):

Semester First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
Fall Intro to Film Production I Intermediate Film Prodcution I Advanced Directing I Senior Thesis I
Spring Intro to Film Production II Intermediate Film Prodcution II Advanced Directing II Senior Thesis II
Core Course Transfer Policy
 
Credit for Intro to Film Production I (IFP-I): If you have successfully completed (B or better) a course that you believe is equivalent to the Mason Gross IFP-I course, you may submit an application for credit for IFP-I.
 
Applications should include the following when submitted to SlideRoom:
  • Syllabus of equivalent course completed at previous institution
  • Portfolio of work demonstrating mastery of learning objectives equivalent to the learning objectives of the Mason Gross IFP-I course
  • Learning Objectives for Intro to Film Production II - See Below
Faculty will review the syllabus and portfolio of work to determine if the same learning objectives have been met. The deadline to submit the application for Film Production I is July 5th. Submit your application here: SlideRoom
 
Credit for Intro to Film Production II (IFP-II): If you have successfully completed (B or better) a course that you believe is equivalent to the Mason Gross IFP-II course, you may submit an application for credit for IFP-II. 
 
Applications should include the following when submitted to SlideRoom:
  • Syllabus of equivalent course completed a previous institution
  • Portfolio of work demonstrating mastery of learning objectives equivalent to the learning objectives of the Mason Gross IFP-II course
  • Learning Objectives for Intro to Film Production II - See Below
Faculty will review the syllabus and portfolio of work to determine is the same learning objectives have been met. The deadline to submit the application for Film Production II is July 5th. Submit your application here: SlideRoom
 
Complete Intro to Film Production I & II and Intermediate Film Production I & II in one academic year: If you have not taken an equivalent course to Intro to Film Production I or II or you are not granted credit for the course you have taken, you can make a formal request to take Intro to Film Production I & II and Intermediate Film Production I & II in one academic year. For example: Intro to Film Production I and Intermediate Film Production I would be completed simultaneously in the fall semester and it's second part simultaneously in the spring semester. 
 
To be granted permission to take these courses simultaneously, you must have completed a minimum of 24 credits at a previous institution. If approved, you will be scheduled for Intro to Film Production I AND Intermediate Film Production I in the Fall semester. 
 
Other Film Courses: Film courses successfully completed (B or higher) will be reviewed by the film department. If approved, these courses will count as film electives or equivalent required courses.
 
Liberal Arts Courses: Liberal arts courses successfully completed (C or higher) will be reviewed by the Dean of Students office. If approved, these courses will count as liberal arts requirements. For questions about liberal arts requirements, please email advisement@mgsa.rutgers.edu
 
  • Prerequisite Waiver INTRODUCTION TO FILM PRODUCTION I (07 211 192) (click to expand)

    General Objectives:

    Students should be able to demonstrate in their digital portfolio that they have a working knowledge of the fundamental skills of film language.  The student’s work should demonstrate a basic understanding of digital film production, with a sense of how to create a short film from conception, development, shooting, editing, to finished product.  The work should indicate an ability to organize, schedule, and work with crew or actors.  The work should demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of the camera, with a developing sense of perspective and framing, and show a basic understanding of style.

    The student’s work should demonstrate a basic understanding of digital film production, from conception, development, shooting, editing, to the finished product. 

    Students should be able to demonstrate in their digital portfolio that they have a working knowledge of the fundamental skills of film language.

    The portfolio should demonstrate a varied approach to their film projects (i.e. narrative, documentary, experimental.) 

    The student’s work should demonstrate the use of long takes in their film/video projects. 

    The student’s work should demonstrate a working knowledge of how to film different spaces.

    The portfolio should contain several examples of the creative use of originally recorded sound.

    The student’s work should demonstrate a working knowledge of perspective and framing.

    The student’s work should demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of the camera in film.

    The student’s work should demonstrate a basic understanding of the use of repetition and variation.

    Portfolios for credit consideration are due no later than July 1st. To access the portfolio, click on the link below and select "2017 Film Production I Transfer Evaluation" https://masongross.slideroom.com/#/Login

  • Prerequisite Waiver INTRODUCTION TO FILM PRODUCTION II (07 211 191) (click to expand)

    General Objectives:

    Students should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of digital film production, with a developed sense of how to create a short film from conception to finished product. The work should indicate an ability to thoroughly organize, schedule, and work with crew or actors.

    The student’s work should demonstrate a good understanding of digital film production, from conception, development, shooting, editing, to the finished product. 

    The student’s work should demonstrate a working knowledge of the representation of the passage of time in filmmaking

    The student’s work should demonstrate a basic understanding of working with actors.  

    The student’s work should demonstrate a basic understanding of essay filmmaking. 

    The student’s work should demonstrate a working knowledge of how to film different spaces.

    The student’s work should demonstrate a basic understanding of the use of music in film.

    Portfolios for credit consideration are due no later than July 1st. To access the portfolio, click on the link below and select "2017 Film Production I Transfer Evaluation" https://masongross.slideroom.com/#/Login