The Honors Tutorial College program in film combines a broad background in the liberal arts with professional study in film offered by faculty of the internationally recognized graduate program in the Film Division. This is a four-year program of study for exceptional students culminating in a thesis leading to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts. 

The program is vigorous and comprehensive and is designed for highly motivated individuals who prefer a more independent, individualized program of study. Students should have a potential for self-motivated undergraduate study within the environment of a graduate film school. 

Curriculum goals must include breadth of experience, depth in the selected area of concentration, and superior achievement demonstrated by tutorials, coursework and the thesis. Two primary tutorial programs are available: film production and film studies.

Program overview

There are five elements to the Honors Tutorial Program in Film:  

Eight individual tutorials on topics in Film Studies and Film Production are required. Possible tutorial topics in Film Production include all aspects of film and video pre-production, and post-production; screenwriting; producing; directing; and special topics in film/video production. Possible tutorial topics in Film Studies include: film theory, criticism, history (including history of experimental, documentary and narrative film and video), historiography, film and society, research methods, and international cinemas. The thesis is also taken as a tutorial. 

Liberal Arts education
The nature of the film medium requires a broad background in liberal arts and a multidisciplinary approach to learning. Students are expected to select 12 credit hours of elective courses in film, history, English, telecommunications, comparative arts, foreign languages, and other disciplines. 

Production and scholarship courses in film
Breadth of understanding can often best be achieved through practical courses in film and video production and courses in film scholarship. Because film is a collaborative art, tutorial students will join with other students in the appropriate courses. In the second year each student will select her/his area of specialization within one of two overall areas: (1) film studies or (2) film/video production. 

Minor area of specialization
The student will plan a cognate minor consisting of three courses outside the Film Division. These courses will be chosen according to the individual plan developed by the students with the Director of Studies. Students wishing, for example, to enter careers in producing or arts administration should complete a cognate minor in management, accounting, or business. 

Each student is required to complete a thesis. This may take the form of a completed video, feature length screenplay, or a major research thesis. The Director of Studies and the Thesis Advisor will approve the topic and scope of the thesis no later than the beginning of the Fall Semester in the student’s senior year. 


- Tutorials meet once a week. Missed tutorials must be made up as soon as possible.
- Failure of a student to show up for a tutorial may result in a grade reduction of a grade.
- The Director of Study will meet each tutor during the 5th or 6th week to discuss the progress of each tutorial.
- The Head of the Film Division will meet with the Director of Study for a progress report on tutorials he may be conducting.
- The Director of Study will meet with each H.T.C. student to check on the progress of his or her tutorial by the 6th week of classes. 


Each H.T.C. student is required to complete a Junior Year Project. For production students, this would be a creative work consisting of a film, video or feature-length screenplay.  


In addition to documents issued from the Dean of Honors Tutorial College regarding thesis requirements for H.T.C. students, the following policies will be observed for students in the H.T.C. Film Program:

The Director of Study (DOS) must approve all thesis prospectuses submitted by students in the Honors Tutorial Program in Film. 

The DOS must approve the student’s choice of Thesis Committee. The purpose of this is to insure that each student fully utilizes the expertise of the faculty in developing his/her thesis. 

The Chair of the Thesis Committee will become the “Tutor of Record” and is to meet with the advisee at least every other week as well as be responsible for submitting thesis grades and written evaluations. 

The Director of Study will serve as an ex-officio member of all H.T.C. thesis committees unless asked to serve as a voting member of the committee. 

The Thesis Adviser determines when the thesis is ready to be presented to the entire committee for defense. 

The student must schedule a formal Oral Defense of the thesis with the Thesis Committee. If the committee requests modifications to the thesis, the Thesis Adviser will withhold approval until completion. Once the student has passed the thesis defense, the completed Report on the Oral Thesis Examination/Dissertation Defense and Report of Final Grade form must be completed by the Thesis Committee and returned to the Film Division main office. 

Upon final approval, the student will proceed to the release version of the completed project. To achieve a release version, a film will have been on-lined, color-corrected, and audio-mixed.


An applicant is expected to rank in the top ten percent of their high school class and to have a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a equivalent SAT score. Additional admission requirements include submission of a portfolio of recent creative work and a recent substantive writing sample. (Creative writing projects fall into this category.)

The deadline to apply for admission is November 15th.