Cinematic Arts Production Major (BFA)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts Production major is a robust program covering all aspects of film production that prepares graduates for employment in a highly competitive but richly compelling industry. As freshmen, BFA students begin the process of crafting engaging and entertaining stories. In addition to the coveted directing role, students are immersed in writing, production management, cinematography, editing, and sound design, as well as designing and building sets and props. As students progress through this program, they engage in increasingly complex productions and learn to collaborate in several specialty areas. At the junior and senior levels, students assume department head roles on larger-budget films that annually screen at spring semester’s end to full houses in our Hollywood Premiere Night.

75 units

Required Courses
CINE 119Introduction to Directing3
CINE 216Performance and Production3
CINE 260Cinema-TV Production I4
CINE 280Writing the Short Screenplay3
CINE 295Film and Television Business3
CINE 317Cinematic Design3
CINE 335Cinema-TV Production II4
CINE 341Media Criticism and Theory3
CINE 361Production Management3
CINE 475Civic Engagement Through Media 13
CINE 490Internship3
CINE 494Production Capstone 2, 33
CINE 496Senior Seminar: Ethics in Cinematic Arts3
CINE 497Career Preparation for Cinematic Arts3
WRIT 220 Writing 2: Film Analysis and Criticism 43
Select one of the following:3
Film and Literature
Theology and the Christian Life (Faith and the Arts) 5
Select one of the following:3
History of Television and Digital Media 6
History of Film 6
Select one of the following:3
Film and Social Issues 7
World Cinema 7
Select one of the following:3
Writing 3: Screenwriting 8
Writing 3: Nonfiction Writing for Visual Media 8
Select one of the following:3
Topics in Cinema and History
Contemporary Auteurs
Genre Studies
Topics in Film Analysis
Select three of the following:9
Directing for the Camera
Film/Video Editing
Sound Design
Production Design
Entertainment Development
Entertainment Financing
Entertainment Marketing
Special Topics (Production)
Select one of the following:4
Advanced Series Production
Advanced Documentary Film
Advanced Cinema Production
Total Units75

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagment requirement. 


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


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.


Meets the General Education Writing 2 requirement.


Meets the General Education Theology requirement. 


Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement. 


Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.