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Moving Image Arts
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Core Curriculum
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Moving Image Arts @ Oklahoma City University
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THE MOVING IMAGE ARTS PROGRAM AT OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY is a premier, interdisciplinary program in the mid-continent utilizing the platform of liberal arts study with a strong focus on critical and practical production studies of moving image content. There are two degree programs to choose from: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production.

Oklahoma City University, for generations recognized as one of our nation’s top institutions for the study of performing arts and music, now offers degrees that bridge the study of creative, business, and professional disciplines.


  • Educate students in the history, theories, and concepts of the arts and sciences of the moving image arts and their impact on social, economic, and cultural constructions.
  • Offer an intensive, hands-on production education coupled with a broad exposure to the liberal arts as a foundation to successfully engage in art and culture.
  • Provide successful preparation for students wishing to pursue advanced scholarly studies or professional careers in the moving image arts.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary exploration and studies with related disciplines such as humanities, art, creative writing, theater, and others to develop students’ talents, skills, and personal creative voices within a structured collaborative working environment of traditional and experimental, critical and physical production moving image studies.


Key Faculty

Fritz Kiersch, Department Chair and Artist in Residence

Director of numerous special film projects, feature length films, and
television projects, he is best known for directing the original Stephen King's "Children of the Corn" motion picture which created a franchise in the horror film genre.

He joined the academic world eight years ago, serving on the faculty of an L.A. professional theater school and then relocating to Oklahoma City where he initiated the Oklahoma City Community College Film Production Program. As program director he developed curricula for degrees in motion picture production arts as well as teaching a variety of courses in the discipline of film mechanics, methods and theories.

Early professional duties include extensive work in camera, production, and other technical departments, however he has been directing for over 20 years. Recent film work includes the documentary-based horror film, "The Hunt," which he wrote and directed and "Surveillance," a psychological thriller starring Armand Assante. Both will be released in the fall of 2006.

Bryan Cardinale-Powell, Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. candidate, Georgia State University
M.S., Boston University
A.B., Xavier University (Ohio)

Prior to his doctoral studies at Georgia State University, Bryan Cardinale-Powell was a freelance writer and producer of a number of projects for Georgia Public Broadcasting. He is the recipient of a Southeast Region Emmy Award for Public Service Announcements, a Georgia Association of Broadcasters Award, and a scholarship from the Atlanta Better Films Council for a research project on the history of film reception in Atlanta. His interests include public schools, photography, computer culture, movie musicals, American independent cinema, and movies directed by Mike Leigh, Jim Jarmusch, John Cassavetes, and Spike Lee.


Degree Programs

The Moving Image Arts Program offers two undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production

In either degree track students will study both historical, critical and theoretical concepts as well as current professional techniques of film/video production. Both degrees require completion of the program’s core courses in addition to the university general education requirements.

Each degree also requires different specific major courses while allowing a number of interdisciplinary electives to be selected from a pool of diversified subjects and will provide scholarly opportunities in both practical and conceptual subject study.


Core Curriculum and University Requirements

University General Education Requirements 43 hrs
Program Core Curriculum:  
Film Studies (B.A.) and Film Production (B.F.A.) 31 hrs
Intro to Film Studies 3 hrs
Behind the Scenes: The Process of Making Film 3 hrs
Three hours in art or design:  
     Foundational Two-Dimensional Design  
     Basic Photography  
     Visual Rhetoric and Information Design  
     Technical Drawing for Theatre 3 hrs
Ethics of Communication 3 hrs
American Film: Pre 1945 3 hrs
Cinema and International Explorations 3 hrs
Non-Linear Editing (Post Prod Fundamentals) 3 hrs
Project 1: Sophomore 3 hrs
Writing for Stage and Screen 3 hrs
Senior Capstone 4 hrs

Major Courses

Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies Degree

12 hrs
  A Communicator of Social Values 3 hrs
  Great Films 3 hrs
  Seminar in Theory and Criticism 3 hrs
  Directing: The Collective Vision 3 hrs
  Elective Courses 38 hrs
  Total Film Studies Major 124 hrs

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production Degree

29 hrs
  Intermediate Technology and Equipment Practicum 3 hrs
  Film Production and Business 3 hrs
  Production Design 3 hrs
  Intermediate Digital Editing 4 hrs
  Film Sound Recording 3 hrs
  Intermediate Film Sound Editing Techniques 4 hrs
  Introduction to Cinematography 3 hrs
  Introduction to Film Lighting 3 hrs
  On-Camera Acting 3 hrs
  Elective Courses 21 hrs
  Total Production Major 124 hrs


Student Organizations | OCU Filmmakers Guild



The Oklahoma City University Film Institute offers the university and the greater Oklahoma City community the opportunity to view classic and contemporary international films. Since 1982, the institute has been screening eight to ten films per year on designated Sunday afternoons to an audience of 150 to 425 people. Each year the series focuses on a theme, and reading material on the theme and on individual films is available at the showings. A discussion session follows each screening. The films are also available for university courses. The film series is supported by Oklahoma City University, the Oklahoma City University Film Institute Endowment, the designated endowment in the Community Foundation of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment for the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature. The 2009-2010 academic year will be the Film Institute’s 28th year.



Admission to this program is selective. In addition to meeting the general University admission requirements, all students must meet certain specific admission requirements.

An interview, resume, and either a portfolio or writing sample (depending on degree plans) is strongly encouraged.



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