Major to Debut
Lights. Camera. Action.
Starting in the fall 2008 semester,
Champlain College will offer a Digital
Filmmaking degree. According to Professor
Karen Klove, the program director and
a filmmaker and digital media artist, the
emphasis on digital media distinguishes
the College’s program from those at other
institutions. With a hands-on method
of learning and a focus on what Klove
maintains will soon become the industry
standard, students will handle digital
equipment, learn film theory, and get their
feet wet in the business of being filmmakers.
The concept of the program is “equal parts theory,
creative expression, and technical awareness,” she says.
The new program emerged, in large part,
because of student interest. In recent semesters,
Klove had been hearing from a growing number of
students interested in film courses that didn’t fit into
the existing curriculum. Already about 35 students
have transferred into the major. To keep the degree
personal and intimate, each semester only 30
students will be admitted to the program.
In the first year, students learn the basics of
digital filmmaking and writing their own scripts in
such classes as Electronic Media Writing and Digital
Image. In their final year, students create portfolios
and gain work experience through internships.
After graduation, Klove hopes that students with a
Digital Filmmaking degree will enter the workforce
equipped to become filmmakers, screenwriters, and
—Meredith Rowan ’08