The Sidney Poitier New American Film School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is dedicated to training the next generation of cinematic storytellers, digital media artists, and innovators of the imagination. With a foundation in ethical and collaborative creative practices, hands-on instruction with industry standard technology, and focused pre-professional training and career planning, we aim to be the most inclusive, most affordable, and most innovative film and media production program in the country. In The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, each student's unique creative vision and career aspirations are brought to life, giving voice to communities, stories, and ideas that can be shared and treasured on screens in cinemas, in our homes, or in the palms of our hands.
The Film program offers special curriculum for Barrett, The Honors College students majoring in film. Barrett, The Honors College, one of the nation’s highest-ranking honors colleges, offers students many unique academic opportunities for those studying the arts.
The thesis/creative project is your opportunity to contribute to and advance knowledge in your discipline in a meaningful way. In the film program, a thesis/creative project may be conceived as a synthesis of the student’s previous work and experiences or an immersion in a particular area of interest. The goal of the project is quality, not quantity (e.g., a one-act, not a three-act, production) and students may choose to work individually or collaboratively. Examples include directing a short film, writing an original place, or creating a photo/visual art exhibition.
For a complete description of the film honors programs, see the guidelines on The Honors College website.
Admission Film Honors programs
The honors advisor assists students in selecting courses linked to their particular interests and in selecting a faculty honors mentor, a guide to students as they work to complete their specific major.
In the first term of upper-division standing, students meet with the faculty honors advisor to establish an honors thesis/creative project committee.
Honors External Examiner program
The Honors External Examiner program is an additional opportunity for students desiring to include an artist, scholar and/or educator outside of ASU as a special reader for the honors thesis. This highly competitive program requires submission of an application at least one month prior to the semester in which the student produces their final project. Learn more about the Barrett Honors External Examiner Program.