BFA in Cinematic Arts Production

APU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Cinematic Arts Production equips students with a range of skills spanning producing, directing, cinematography, and editing.

73-74 units

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 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.


Required Courses
CINE 119Introduction to Directing3
CINE 341Media Criticism and Theory3
CINE 260Cinema-TV Production I4
CINE 280Writing the Short Screenplay3
CINE 295Film and Television Business3
CINE 317Cinematic Design3
CINE 335Cinema-TV Production II5
CINE 361Production Management3
CINE 416Capstone Production Development3
CINE 475Civic Engagement Through Media 13
CINE 490Internship and Career Preparation for Cinematic Arts3
CINE 494Production Capstone 2, 33
CINE 496Ethics in Cinematic Arts3
WRIT 220Writing 2: Film Analysis and Criticism 43
THEO 200Theology and the Christian Life 53
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
Studies in Popular Culture
Topics in Cinema and History
Contemporary Auteurs
Genre Studies
Topics in Film Analysis
Select three of the following:9
Production Development
Directing for the Camera
Film and Television Editing
Sound Design
Production Design
Documentary and Entrepreneurial Production
Entertainment Development
Entertainment Financing
Entertainment Marketing
Visual Effects and Compositing
Advanced Post-Production
Special Topics (Production)
Select one of the following:4-5
Advanced Television Production
Advanced Cinema Production
Total Units73-74

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement. 


May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 units, but 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Story: Describe an understanding of the integral structures of cinematic storytelling and implement these in criticism, scripts, and productions.
  2. Technical Practice: Demonstrate proficiency in the aesthetic, practical, and technical aspects of production, writing, criticism, animation, or entertainment management.
  3. Knowledge/Analysis: Articulate, critique, and apply the historic, social, and theoretical contexts of the cinematic arts.
  4. Professional Development: Implement the protocol, vocabulary, and work ethic necessary for professional careers.
  5. Collaboration: Serve and participate as a member of a creative team in leadership and/or supporting roles to meet project goals.
  6. Spiritual/Faith: Integrate an understanding of Christian faith through critical, creative, and collaborative endeavors.