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Cinema, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Robert Tregenza
Program Head

Special requirements

Majors in the Cinema Program are required to complete a second major or double minor within the College of Humanities and Sciences. Students must also maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the program. Students’ grades will be reviewed at midterm and at the end of each semester for the first three semesters. After completion of three semesters, portfolios and course evaluations, as well as GPAs, are reviewed to determine if the student may continue in the program.

The Bachelor of Arts in Cinema is designed for students who desire a program with an emphasis in film combined with a strong liberal arts component with a second undergraduate major or double minor in fields of study other than the arts. The program focuses on the art and craft of narrative filmmaking with an emphasis on the practices of U.S. independent filmmakers. The style and content of U.S. independent film are often closely aligned with European cinema and the program offers opportunities for international study options. Internships with professional film organizations in the U.S. and abroad are available on a competitive basis.

Full-time students enrolled in this program may graduate with the B.A. after three years of study by completing required course work in the summer semester following the third year.

Filmmaking courses in the program, which comprise approximately one-third of the curriculum, focus on the understanding and creative use of digital film equipment. Students interested in both digital and traditional celluloid film and documentary, as well as narrative techniques, should review the school’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in photography and film, which offers nearly two-thirds of the curriculum in film courses. Students interested in animation or experimental video should review the B.F.A. in Kinetic Imaging program.

The B.A. in Cinema requires a minimum of 120 credits, including 48 in the major. At least 45 of the 120 credits must be taken as 300- to 500-level courses.

Degree requirements for Cinema, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Operate film equipment and screenwriting, editing, scheduling and budgeting software
  • Gain an international film perspective
  • Create all aspects of the art of storytelling
  • Produce narrative short films
  • Develop creative collaborations
  • Synthesize other disciplines with filmmaking
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional General Education requirements (9 credits)  
General Education courses 9
Collateral requirements (36-54 credits)  
ARTH 270, 271 History of the Motion Picture 6
Second major or two minors in the College of Humanities and Sciences (30-48 credits) 30-48
Major requirements (42 credits)  
CINE 100 Visual Storytelling 2
CINE 101 Visual Storytelling 2
CINE 200 Cinema Form and Concept I 2
CINE 201 Cinema Form and Concept II 2
CINE 300 Cinema Form and Concept III 2
CINE 301 Cinema Form and Concept IV 2
CINE 390 Digital Cinema Production Intensive I 15
CINE 490 Digital Cinema Production Intensive II 15
Open electives or second major or minor courses 12
Total minimum requirement 120


CINE 401 Advanced Cinema Production
CINE 495 Cinema as Art
CINE 496 Advanced Screenwriting Seminar
CINE 497 Expanded Cinema

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