College of Arts and Sciences
BA in Cinema
You can work in a production and editing lab that features the latest computer technology, and collaborate with our award-winning faculty on professional sets. There are also opportunities to present your work at film festivals, study film during a semester abroad, and get additional experience through an internship at a production company in Connecticut, New York, or Boston.
You can watch UHart student films at vimeo.com/hartfordcinema
About the Major
You have the opportunity to study film as a literary art form and learn production skills to create your own movie.
Here you can take advantage of opportunities to study film during a semester abroad or get additional experience through an internship at a production company in Connecticut, New York, or Boston.
Our alumni have gone to work at television networks and film production companies as directors, producers, and as directors of international film festivals.
A total of 36 credits are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Cinema program.
You take seven courses (21 credits) in film studies that are divided into three groups: Introduction, Grounding, and Study in Depth.
You start off with an Introduction to Film course which provides an overview of film as a cultural and artistic form. You then take courses from three categories to build upon your knowledge and understanding of film.
Select three courses from the Grounding category such as:
Select three courses from the Study in Depth category, such as:
For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.
After completing requirements, you decide how best to complete the major. You can select courses in film/TV production, continue with film studies, or do a combination of both. An additional 15 credits must be earned, examples include:
- Studies in Film
- Topics in Filmmaking
- Documentary Filmmaking
- Narrative Filmmaking
For more information, and to see a complete list of additional degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.
A total of 15 credits is required for the minor in Cinema including the core course, Introduction to Film.
- In addition, two of the following courses are required from the Grounding category.
- World Cinema
- Film History
- Film Analysis
- You also select two courses from the Study in Depth category:
- Film Directors
- National Cinemas
- Film Genres
- Studies in Film
For more information, and to see a complete list of minor requirements, visit the Course Catalog.
Bachelor of Arts in Cinema students will:
- Understand the idea of film as an art form and the essentials of film style and know the basics of the language of cinema in order to talk and write accurately and meaningfully about films. They should be aware of a range of films greater than already known from TV and recent Hollywood.
- Gain a basic understanding of fundamental aesthetic and conceptual approaches to digital video production and non-linear editing, and become able to script and produce short films based on these principles while working both independently and in small groups.
- Have an understanding of the history of film from 1895 to the present, including: major developments in technology, economics, and society that influenced the production of film; and prominent styles of film from various historical periods. They should become proficient in writing about these topics.
- Understand the basics of a number of methods of analyzing films, be able to apply these methods to a variety of films, and know why film studies favors certain methods.
- Have an understanding of specific kinds of films based on: extended close study of one or more of the major individual figures in cinema; a thorough survey of one or more of the major national cinemas; one or more historically important genres in cinema; or intensive study of a motif, topic, or period in film, such as City in Film, Orientalism in Film, and The Auteur in Hollywood.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of various types of filmmaking and be able to create a film using these principles.
- Demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in filmmaking by producing and directing their own films working through the stages of pre-production, production, and post-production.
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Accelerated MA in Communication ProgramThe School of Communication also offers an Accelerated MA in Communication that allows a high-performing undergraduate student to earn up to 9 credits that will count toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Typical application occurs spring of your Junior year, so that if accepted, you may register for graduate classes in the fall of your Senior year. Contact Associate Professor and Program Director Kristin Comeforo for more information.
MA in Communication, BA in Cinema, and Digital Media and Journalism, '20, M'22
Kyle has accepted a position with NFL Films to work on HBO’s Hard Knocks, a reality sports documentary series that focuses on a new NFL team each year. Kyle had also been offered a job editing game footage for Major League Baseball, but decided on the NFL Films position because it lined up with what he wants to focus on, which is documentary filmmaking.
His latest documentary, Gay Spirit Radio: Not Afraid to be Different—The Keith Brown Story, will be shown as the centerpiece of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Film Festival in June. The documentary details the history of the Gay Spirit Radio program on UHart’s WWUH radio, which has been hosted Keith Brown for more than 40 years.
My professors made me feel comfortable taking risks since I'm in a unique field of editing and production. The small class sizes made me feel like I had a connection with every professor. The projects and papers were meaningful, and I feel well prepared to enter the workforce.”
Jake Fay started writing the screenplay for his first feature film, The Process, during his senior year as a cinema student in UHart’s College of Arts and Sciences. Featuring 35 speaking roles and 50 extras, the film is Fay’s directorial debut and took just 11 days to shoot on location in his hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts. Fay says his inspiration for filmmaking came from his UHart cinema professors who allowed him to showcase his unique style.
Working alongside Fay were UHart cinema classmates Kyle Rodgers ’14, editor; John Patrick-White ’18, script advisor; and Tristan Parillo ’18, second assistant.
Fay's advice to UHart cinema students: “Try to challenge yourself and make some sort of video/film every month. Make as much content as possible in film school and get very comfortable with all the equipment.”
Gavin Mealey '20, Cinema
The skills you'll learn in the program will be valuable when it comes time to go out into the workforce. What is equally valuable though, are the connections you'll make while you're here.