Digital Innovation, Film, and Television

Program Features

In a rapidly changing digital world, you never know what will be the next new thing. But you’ll be ready. In the Digital Innovation, Film and Television Program students master the art of visual storytelling and explore the latest in digital media production and technologies. They also use innovation and work with our award-winning faculty and staff. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to share your stories with the world.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Digital Innovation, Film, and Television major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Dift 210: Art of Film............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 100: Introduction to Ethics............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language I............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Mathematical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Social Impact Sciences Elective............ 3cr.
  • Theology 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • English 101: English Composition............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language II............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Dift 213: Non-Fiction Film............ 3cr.
  • Communication Arts 206: Writing for the Media............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Historical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Dift 215: Aesthetics and Technology in Post-Production............ 3cr.
  • English 205: Literature and the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Dift 250: Screenwriting and Story Craft............ 3cr.
  • Dift 254: Intro To Video Production............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Dift 354: Field Production and Story Telling............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Dift Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Dift 459: Senior Seminar Electronic Media: Advanced Production............ 3cr.
  • Dift Elective E/RS Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Dift Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Dift 460: Senior Seminar Electronic Media: Advanced Production II............ 3cr.
  • Dift Elective............ 3cr.
  • Dift Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Digital Innovation, Film, and Television major at Xavier:

Screenwriting and Story Craft (DIFT 250) - Screenwriting focuses on the conceptualization, design, organization, communication strategies, and formatting of messages and experiences for television and film. Story craft focuses on the components of storytelling including drama, narrative and scene development, characterization, and literary techniques that apply to scriptwriting.

Advanced Video Editing (DIFT 454) - Teaches students how to use the AVID, non-linear editing system; also covers aesthetics and editor-client interaction. Pre-requisite: COMM 250.

Aesthetics and Tech Post (DIFT 452) - Rules and principles involved in the art of video post-production. Through practice and hands-on instruction, this course explores cinematic grammars and a variety of storytelling strategies and techniques.

Senior Seminar Advanced Digital Production I & II (DIFT 459 & 460) - A full year capstone experience and builds upon fundamentals acquired in the earlier courses. The majority of the time is spent producing individual films (either documentary or narrative) and one group narrative project. Each film must contain a Socially significant theme. Industry standard steps for pre-production, production, and post-production are implemented.

Clubs

Xavier Film and Television Club (FTC)

Film and Television Club is one of the most valued media outlets at Xavier University, and it is run solely by students. FTC engages in film events, competitions, podcasts, trainings and supports a weekly news broadcast, which includes a sports segment, entirely produced by students. The broadcast takes place in conjunction with the Digital Innovation, Film and Television program, in the Film and Television Studio. The FTC is a multidisciplinary club bringing students together to build community, collaborate on projects and share the love of Film and TV. Students receive hands on experience working in a digital film and television studio and the programing provides niche content in the greater Cincinnati area.

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Outcomes

98% of students from Xavier’s College of Arts and Science programs, including Digital Innovation Film and Television, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Content creators in creative and corporate digital environments of film, television, web and broadcasting as Producers, Multimedia Journalists, Editors, Videographers, Filmmakers, Freelance production, Social Media Marketing and may others

Top Companies: GE Aviation, Major News Networks, Kroger, Disney, Fox Sports, Cincinnati Children's

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Digital Innovation, Film, and Television Major at Xavier University

Digital Innovation Film and Television is an academic major in which students learn the fundamental components of telling stories visually. The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Innovation Film and Television is a four-year program designed to not only teach students what it takes to be successful as professionals in digital media and production, but also how to apply the skills and principles they learn in the field. Explore all facets of the industry, including foundational technology skills, writing for production, video editing and more to take your credentials to the next level.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."