Cinematic Arts Major (B.A.)

47-50 units

The Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts program offers three concentrations:

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).

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). It is designed for students unable to meet the 75-unit/8-semester Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts Production program demands but who are still interested in preparing for a wide range of production careers in the entertainment industry.

Screen 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.

Requirements

All cinematic arts majors must complete the core requirements as well as the requirements for one of the concentrations.

Core Courses
CINE 119Introduction to Directing3
CINE 260Cinema-TV Production I5
CINE 295Film and Television Business3
CINE 361Production Management3
WRIT 220Writing 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 following: 3
Media Criticism and Theory (this course is a requirement in the screen studies concentration, so screen studies students must choose a different option here)
Topics in Cinema and History
Contemporary Auteurs
Genre Studies
Topics in Film Analysis
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.18-21
Total Units47-50

Production and Post Concentration

CINE 280Writing the Short Screenplay3
CINE 321Film/Video Editing3
CINE 322Sound Design3
CINE 335Cinema-TV Production II5
Select one of the following3
Visual Effects and Compositing
Select one of the following (462 and 494 by permission):3-4
Documentary and Entrepreneurial Production
Advanced Television Production
Advanced Cinema Production
Production Capstone 1
Total Units20-21

Entertainment Executive Concentration

CINE 280Writing the Short Screenplay3
CINE 362Entertainment Development3
CINE 363Entertainment Financing3
CINE 364Entertainment Marketing3
Select one of the following:3
Performance and Production (Production Crew)
Production Development
Capstone Production Development
Select one of the following (CINE 462 and CINE 494 by permission):3-4
Documentary and Entrepreneurial Production
Advanced Television Production
Advanced Cinema Production
Production Capstone 1
Capstone Project in Cinematic Arts 1
Total Units18-19

Screen Studies Concentration

CINE 341Media Criticism and Theory (this course will not double count in core and in concentration)3
CINE 351Film and Social Issues 13
CINE 451World Cinema 13
Select three of the following not selected to fullfill requirements above.9
Studies in Popular Culture
Topics in Cinema and History
Advanced Film Theory
Contemporary Auteurs
Genre Studies
Topics in Film Analysis
Special Topics (Film and TV Studies)
Ethics in Cinematic Arts
Total Units18