Bachelor of Arts in Cinema
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Bachelor of Arts in Cinema

With small class sizes and state-of-the-art equipment, you’ll learn the art of film production and build a solid foundation for the study of film with courses in film history, theory, and criticism. Cinema students have 24-hour access to editing labs, because we know that working on your masterpiece takes time. With production classes in animation, sound design, narrative storytelling, and documentary technique, you’ll be able to explore many different aspects of the field. Don’t forget to take some electives in other programs, like website design or creative writing, as they’ll build valuable skills you’ll use as you write your own scripts and market yourself after graduation.

By laying the groundwork in your academic courses in cinema, you’ll prepare for the rich internship opportunities available to students who major in cinema. Students have had internships with companies like Fuzzy Door Productions (Seth McFarlane’s company) and in positions like production assistant or script reader.

Our students have held positions at studios and television networks, as directors of movies, and as directors of international film festivals. The academic support and mentoring you’ll receive from our faculty will set you up for success, no matter what role you want in this industry.

The cinema program is part of the School of Communication and provides students with a comprehensive understanding of film as art and a thorough grounding in the vocabulary, methodology, and bibliography of cinema. A broad foundation in film theory, history, and analysis is complemented by a more in-depth examination of films from particular genres, themes, directors, and nations. The program combines a humanities approach to film studies with a variety of options in filmmaking and television production.

Those interested in production learn the principles of filmmaking. Students produce and direct their own short films, working through the stages of pre-production, production, and post-production. Filmmaking courses explore a variety of genres including documentary, narrative and experimental films, and animation.

Students receive guidance from faculty that are accomplished filmmakers whose work has been shown at competitive film festivals. Our production courses are small, usually 10 to 16 students, so each student has ample access to filmmaking equipment. New students can start taking courses in cinema right away. First year students can register for Introduction to Film their very first semester, and then in the spring may enroll in the first production course or a film studies course.

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