Film & Television

Undergrad Curriculum Overview

All Film & Television courses, prerequisites and course descriptions are listed on the Boston University Academics website. Some courses have prerequisites which are not listed above.


Starting with Production I and working their way up through Production II, students will gain a practical understanding of production methods and techniques in the context of telling compelling stories. Students are able to enhance their production curriculum by choosing from a wide variety of production-related courses and extracurricular production-related activities, like butv10.

Students focused on production may culminate their studies in Production III. Entry into Production III is dependent on student’s previous performance and faculty selection. At the conclusion of this course, students are expected to produce a festival-ready short film in conjunction with their peers in either a digital or film format.

Additionally, while a production track is identified, students may sample from courses in studies, writing and management. The College of Communication provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for instruction in studio and field production in both high definition video and film.

The equipment and facilities of Production Services are solely for the use of students who are enrolled in FilmTV production classes or butv10 and working on projects and assignments for these classes or butv10. Directed Studies are not considered production classes and may not be used for producing film or television projects.


Storytelling lies at the heart of the Film & Television Program. All incoming Film & Television undergraduates are required to take an introductory writing course that familiarizes them with storytelling skills applicable to both the film and television industry. From there, students who find their passion in writing can continue in the screenwriting curriculum by choosing from higher-level courses in which they will write producible short and feature length screenplays. In addition, students can take a variety of specialized writing courses such as Genres for Screenwriters, Principles of Adaptation, Writing the Television Situation Comedy or Writing the Television Drama.

As with the production field, undergraduate students are not limited to taking only writing-oriented courses. Students who wish to focus on writing may also sample from the wide variety of classes in production, studies and management.


Incoming Film & Television undergraduates are required to take two studies-oriented courses to understand the evolution of the film and television mediums and how previous filmmakers have influenced those mediums. In conjunction with these required courses, students may elect to pursue a studies track that covers a wide variety of genres and media makers. Students in this track will graduate with the ability to examine films in a critical manner and write analytically about the films they see.

In addition to the regular selection of film studies courses, specialty courses are run on a semi-regular basis. Students in the film studies track are also able to take courses in the production, management and writing fields if they choose.


Students take an initial creative producing course, which introduces students to the various stages of production, financing, scheduling and organization required to launch successful film and television projects. From there, students can build on this foundation by taking higher level producing and management classes. Students are expected to augment this curriculum by taking additional courses in other areas of the curriculum including production, studies, and writing.

Money Plays

“Money Plays” — Coverage of the CBS series VEGAS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network, featuring BU alumni Michael Chiklis (CFA ’85) & Gary Fleder (COM ’85). Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS © 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.