Cinematic Arts Major (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts major offers four concentrations:

Production and Post: This concentration focuses on developing basic skills in film production (writing, directing, and producing) with a greater emphasis on mastery of postproduction (editing and sound). This concentration is designed for students unable to meet the 75-unit/8-semester BFA production demands but who are still interested in preparing for a wide range of production careers in the entertainment industry.

Entertainment Executive: This concentration is geared toward those more interested in the business suite rather than the film set. It appeals to those who have an orientation to detail (budgeting, scheduling, and permitting), while at the same time engaging the creative producing processes (packaging stars with stories, collecting capital to produce programming, and following up with domestic and international marketing plans).

Animation: Visual stories presented on a multiplicity of platforms are often mixed or fully populated with CGI characters in virtual environments. This concentration provides a solid animation and effects platform alongside our award-winning cinematic storytelling programs. This combination enables graduates to build compelling careers in cinema, television, gaming, or virtual reality.

Film and Television Studies: Are you in love with cinema but would rather analyze it or teach about its intricacies rather than create it? Fewer courses in production and more courses focused on areas such as “genre studies” and “American auteurs” prepare you for a career as a professor, critic/blogger, or agent for social change. This is a great concentration if you want to go on to graduate school for film studies or entertainment law.

46-48 units

All cinematic arts majors must complete the core requirements as well as the requirements for one of the concentrations (production and post, entertainment executive, animation, or film and television studies).

Core Courses
CINE 119Introduction to Directing3
CINE 260Cinema-TV Production I4
CINE 295Film and Television Business3
CINE 361Production Management3
WRIT 220 Writing 2: Film Analysis and Criticism 13
Select one of the following:3
History of Television and Digital Media 2
History of Film 2
Select one of the following:3
Writing 3: Screenwriting 3
Writing 3: Nonfiction Writing for Visual Media 3
Select one of the following3
Media Criticism and Theory
Topics in Cinema and History
Contemporary Auteurs
Genre Studies
Topics in Film Analysis
Senior Seminar: Ethics in Cinematic Arts
Select one of the following:3
Internship 4
Career Preparation for Cinematic Arts
Capstone Project in Cinematic Arts 5
Concentration
Select one concentration area below.18-20
Total Units46-48
1

Meets the General Education Writing 2 requirement.

2

Meets General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement.

3

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.

4

May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 units. Only 3 units count toward major.

5

Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement. 

Production and Post Concentration

CINE 280Writing the Short Screenplay3
CINE 321Film/Video Editing3
CINE 322Sound Design3
CINE 335Cinema-TV Production II4
Select one of the following:3
Visual Effects & Compositing
Advanced Post Production
Select one of the following (462 and 494 by permission):3-4
Advanced Series Production
Advanced Documentary Film
Advanced Cinema Production
Production Capstone 1
Total Units19-20
1

Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement. 

Animation Concentration

ART 313Traditional & Stop Motion Animation3
CINE 201Computer Animation Fundamentals3
CINE 290Introduction to 3D Animation3
Select one of the following:3
Story and Character
Writing the Short Screenplay
Select two of the following:6
Drawing I
Figurative Lab
Film/Video Editing
Sound Design
Visual Effects & Compositing
Capstone Project in Cinematic Arts 1
Total Units18
1

Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement. 

Entertainment Executive Concentration

CINE 216Performance and Production (Production Crew)3
CINE 280Writing the Short Screenplay3
CINE 362Entertainment Development3
CINE 363Entertainment Financing3
CINE 364Entertainment Marketing3
Select one of the following (462 and 494 by permission):3-4
Advanced Series Production
Advanced Documentary Film
Advanced Cinema Production
Civic Engagement Through Media 1
Production Capstone 2
Capstone Project in Cinematic Arts 2
Total Units18-19
1

Meets the General Education Civic Engagement requirement.

2

Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement. 

Film and Television Studies Concentration

CINE 341Media Criticism and Theory3
CINE 351Film and Social Issues 13
CINE 451World Cinema 13
Select one of the following:3
Contemporary Auteurs
Genre Studies
Select one of the following (not chosen to fulfill core):3
Studies in Popular Culture
Topics in Cinema and History
Advanced Film Theory
Topics in Film Analysis
Special Topics (Film & TV Studies)
Select a CINE elective (not chosen to fulfill core)3
Total Units18
1

Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.