Film BFA

You want to express yourself, and you know that making films is the way to do it. With our top-rated education, professional technology and world-class faculty, there is no limit to your filmmaking potential. And it all starts on day one as a film major.

Consistently ranked one of Variety’s “Best Film Schools,” our award-winning Film, Video, Animation and New Genres department is the best place to pursue your dream of being a filmmaker. We’re experts at helping you develop your creative, conceptual and technical abilities. That means you don’t simply earn a technical degree. You earn a fully immersive, creative, time-based and cinematic production degree that sets you up for success as a creative thinker, an informed viewer and an art maker — someone whose imaginative skills are matched by your ability to use technology and the craft of cinema to express something meaningful. 

Program Type

Major

Program Format

On Campus

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What it’s like to be a student at Peck School of the Arts

When you study film at the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, you have access to equipment and facilities designed with you in mind, including dedicated lighting, animation and sound studios. We also offer numerous opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience and build your portfolio. You can intern with production studios and community partners, participate in student organizations and showcase your work in film festivals and screenings. One of our greatest strengths is our sense of community. Our students often tell us they form friendships in our program that are lifelong.

But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself what it is like to be a student here by scheduling a personalized tour and info session.

Film BFA
Film BFA

Program Details

Throughout your education, you benefit from individual attention from acclaimed faculty who serve as mentors. Even though UW-Milwaukee is a large university and this major is very popular, our film classes are intentionally capped for quality, ensuring that you receive support both academically and professionally.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film immerses you in every aspect of the filmmaking process to better understand how every role works together. We teach all aspects of film production equally, so you graduate fully versed in cinematography, sound recording, editing, directing, producing, idea development and more. Our program also teaches all film genres – narrative, documentary, animation, experimental or a blend of any of these. Think of yourself as a one-person production company, totally prepared to enter the film industry or other creative communities.

It’s all about giving you a comprehensive education to meet the needs of an evolving industry and the demand for creative thinkers and makers. And you will  have plenty of opportunity to tell those stories you’ve been daydreaming about. In your first year alone, you’ll make six films!

View the Film, BFA requirements.

Equipment Room

We believe that a solid foundation in technical expertise, coupled with your unique artistic vision, will pave the way for success in your creative endeavors. Our equipment room provides you with the tools necessary to bring your ideas to life.

Film Archives & Collections

You’ll have access to unique film archives like the Adoor Gopalakrishnan Film Archive & Research Center, which honors the legacy of internationally celebrated filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Or the UWM Libraries Cinema Arts Archive, which contains over 200 essential works from the history of experimental cinema. Learn more and explore the Film Archive Library.

Scholarships & Aid

UW-Milwaukee and Peck School of the Arts offer a diverse financial aid package for students, including Midwest residence savings, scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities and student loans.

Living Learning Communities

Live in campus housing on the same floor or wing as other students in your major or program. The Peck School of the Arts offers three Living Learning Communities where you can be a part of a “community within a community.” You’ll make friends, form study groups and do social activities together. And, best of all, there is no additional cost to be a part of a Living Learning Community.

Cinemas, Festivals & Screenings

Film and video screenings, festivals and exhibitions offer students the opportunity to see and experience both contemporary and historical works by American independent filmmakers as well as by international artists. Learn more about our cinemas, festivals and screenings.

Documentary Media

Documentary films preserve culture and tradition and help create the social, political and economic realities we would like to see in the world and in our communities. Explore how you can express your voice through documentary media.

Internships & Opportunities

Students work and intern professionally with big and small production companies, film festivals and creative agencies throughout Milwaukee, Chicago and beyond. See where your education can take you. Learn more about internships and opportunities.

Student Organizations & Clubs

Meet like-minded people in a wide variety of student organizations and clubs who inspire creativity and will support your aspirations. Collaborate and create, network with professional artists, and deepen your connection with faculty, mentors and fellow students outside of the classroom.

Study Abroad

We believe that a complete education in the arts should take you beyond the classroom and the local community. By studying abroad, you’ll gain more than a change of scenery. You’ll embark on a transformative educational experience and bring a global perspective to your field of study. Explore upcoming trips offered in partnership with the Center for International Education.

Alumni Stories in Film & Animation

  • Feature film by PSOA alum gets major streaming release 

    Seven Days by filmmaker Corey Kupfer (BFA 2008, Film) has received a major streaming release. A fully self-funded and produced seven-part anthology, Seven Days is Kaufer’s first feature film. A Wisconsin native, Kupfer grew up in Ozaukee County before studying film and creative writing at UWM.  "I don't think there's …
  • Film alums behind one of 2024’s biggest indie films

    PSOA alums Quinn Hester (BFA 2021, Film), Kurt Ravenwood (BFA 2011, Film), and Ryland Tews (BFA 2014, Film) are the creative forces behind Hundreds of Beavers. The black-and-white slapstick comedy has become one of 2024’s most successful independent films. The film was shot under a modest budget of $150,000 across …

Careers in Film, Video, Animation & New Genres

  • ADR Editor
  • Advertising & Sales
  • Aerial Cinematographer
  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Artist
  • Arts Administration
  • Assistant Director
  • Best Boy
  • Boom Operator
  • Broadcast Producer
  • Camera Operator
  • Casting Director
  • Character Rigger
  • Cinematographer
  • Client Services Supervisor
  • Colorist
  • Compositing Artist
  • Copywriter
  • Creature Designer
  • Curator/Programmer
  • Development Executive
  • Digital Account Executive
  • Digital Imaging Technician
  • Digital Media Product Developer
  • Director
  • Distributor
  • Dolly Grip
  • Drone Operator
  • Dubbing Mixer
  • Editor
  • Educational Video Director/Producer
  • Electrician
  • Electronics & Sensor Designer
  • Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
  • Entertainment/Studio Executive
  • Exhibitor
  • Festival Director/Programmer
  • Field Segment Producer
  • Film Archivist/Processor/Writer
  • Filmmaker
  • Fixer
  • Foley Specialist
  • Forensic Animator
  • Gaffer
  • Image Librarian/Archivist
  • Interaction Designer
  • Jimmy Jib Operator
  • Key Grip
  • Lighting Designer/Technician
  • Line Producer
  • Location Manager/Scout
  • Medical Animator
  • Motion Capture Engineer
  • Motion Graphics Designer/Producer
  • Multimedia Artist/Journalist/Producer
  • News Producer
  • Photo Asset Manager/Instructor/Editor
  • Photographic Labs/Image Producer
  • Photojournalist
  • Post-Production Supervisor
  • Press Agent
  • Producer (Television & Film)
  • Production Designer/Manager
  • Programming & Software Designer
  • Prop Maker
  • Properties Producer
  • Public Relations/Publicist
  • Publisher
  • Puppet Fabricator
  • Reality Programming Director
  • Recording & Mastering Engineer
  • Researcher
  • Rights & Clearances
  • Rotoscope Artist
  • Screenwriter
  • Script Editor/Supervisor/Writer
  • Set Constructor/Designer/Director
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Sound Designer/Editor/Mixer
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Still Photography
  • Stop Motion Animator
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Studio Merchandiser
  • Talent Producer
  • Technical Illustrator/Writer
  • Texture Artist
  • University Administration
  • University Faculty
  • Videographer
  • Visual Effect Specialist/Supervisor
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Web Producer
  • Webisode Writer/Researcher

Program Faculty

Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Film, Video, Animation & New Genres faculty and staff please follow the link below.


Lucio Arellano HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Ben Balcom Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Co-Chair, Programming Committee
Sarah Ballard HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Dick Blau Headshot
  • Professor Emeritus, Film
Carl Bogner Headshot
  • Teaching Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Jordan Brazo Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Isaac Brooks Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Technical Assistant, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Tate Bunker HEADSHOT
  • Teaching Faculty I, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Director, Zen Film Festival
Emir Cakaroz Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Portia Cobb Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Director, Community Media Project
Inna Dmitrieva Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Sam Drake HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Drew Durepos HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Mike Gibisser Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Director, Film Graduate Program
  • Co-Chair, Programming Committee
Neil Gravander HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Charles Gray HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Sean Kafer HEADSHOT
  • Teaching Faculty II, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Program Director, docUWM
Kelly Kirshtner HEADSHOT
  • Associate Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Ashley Kress Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Jeffrey Kurz Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Sarah  Lawton
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Jesse Malmed Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Andrew Mausert Mooney Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Assistant Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Brian James McGuire Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Jesse McLean Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Chair, Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Kelly  Mink
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Grace Mitchell HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Kara Mulrooney HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Daniel Murphy Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Michael Glover Smith Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Sam Taffel HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Oona  Taper
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Alex Torinus Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty II, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Outreach Coordinator, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Living & Learning Community Coordinator, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Renato Umali Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty I, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Yinan Wang HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Lilly Warren Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty II, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Outreach Coordinator, Undergraduate Advisor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Chair, Scholarship Committee
  • Co-Chair, Curriculum Committee
Steve Wetzel Headshot
  • Director of Academic Affairs, Peck School of the Arts
  • Associate Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Director, Undergraduate Studies
  • Co-Chair, Curriculum Committee
Rubin Whitmore II Headshot
  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
David Witzling HEADSHOT
  • Teaching Faculty I, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Important Dates
Film, Video, Animation & New Genres

Undergraduate Application
January 31 – Priority admission and scholarship deadline.

Graduate Application
January 15 – Application and financial support deadline.
Accreditation

The Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and has been since 2017.

Contact
Film, Video, Animation & New Genres
Undergraduate Programs
Alex Torinus and Lilly Warren, film-admission@uwm.edu

Graduate Programs
Mike Gibisser, film-grad-admission@uwm.edu

General Info & Questions
Contact Form | 414-229-4763