FAV majors work in live action, animation or a hybrid of the two, and have the option of producing films in a wide variety of genres (such as documentary, experimental, narrative) and for diverse outlets (including installations and interactive media). Students regularly analyze and solve technical and aesthetic problems, and benefit from exposure to critical review, film festivals and visiting artists and specialists.
program cultivates creative thinking, along with social and cultural awareness. Graduates
are prepared to:
an understanding of the plasticity of time through techniques such as
manipulating sound and visual rhythm to alter the feeling of time passing and
convey narrative structure
their roles and responsibilities as mediators of information
competence in at least one of the three forms of live action film, animation or
and implement individualized creative processes to plan, organize and execute
and assess their assumptions, and the implications and practical consequences
of those assumptions
experimentation as a form of research
develop and refine narratives
and clearly formulate vital questions and problems
effectively and work with others to find solutions to complex problems
An in-demand department, FAV is home to approximately 145 undergraduate majors, with students from other disciplines often taking selected classes and offering different perspectives from the vantage point of their major disciplines. Juniors and seniors get the opportunity to screen finished films to a wider audience via popular spring film festivals open to the public. FAV faculty members offer a wide range of expertise in various areas and work closely with students to help them develop as strong, well-informed artists with the conceptual and aesthetic vision to reach well beyond a technical facility with film production.
RISD’s FAV facilities offer production studios for film, video, 16mm, 35mm and puppet animation; digital editing and sound mixing rooms; and CGI and Macintosh workstations with a full range of professional production and editing software. But unlike many other schools, RISD goes beyond teaching students how to use the latest technology. Instead, the idea is to master the use of tools by focusing on concepts, critical thinking and content development.
Namrata Desai BFA 2013
Yasmina Shirazi BFA 2013
Andreas Nicholas BFA 2013
Matthew Park BFA 2013
Eric Ko BFA 2013
Paul Bertolino BFA 2013
Connie Leung BFA 2013
Andrew Migliori BFA 2013
Jennifer Hou BFA 2013
Jessie Chen BFA 2013
Kate Harkness BFA 2013
Xiangjun Shi BFA 2013
Mohammad Al Awadi BFA 2013
Jane Kwon BFA 2013
Shuhan Teoh BFA 2013
Ana Kim BFA 2013
Alicia Park BFA 2013
Toril Orlesky BFA 2013
Sophomores are introduced to the major through a series of short assignments designed to provide a basic technical foundation in film, video, animation and digital media. Skills are further developed the following year as juniors choose to specialize in live action or animation while tackling more ambitious projects involving cinematography, lighting, sound design, character design, digital editing, compositing, producing, storyboarding and interactive programming.
In working on individual degree projects guided by faculty mentors, seniors need to meet the formidable challenge of conceiving of and producing a final live action or animated film. All films are screened at a public film festival held in May – and many go on to become award-winners in national and international festivals, helping students to establish their names after graduation.
All first-year applicants apply to RISD as opposed to a specific department and begin with a required year of Experimental and Foundation Studies. Students select a major midway through the first year but don’t begin those programs until sophomore year.
For more information or to begin the application process, visit the Apply page.
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