Bachelors (BA) in Cinema and Media Communication

The cinema and media communication major offers a 45-semester-hour course of study that combines the liberal arts emphasis of communication arts with hands-on experiences in video, film, and digital media production. An extensive selection of electives allows the student to design a program that fits individual needs or interests.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in cinema and media communication will:

  • Apply communication concepts and theories as related to cinema and media
  • Apply their knowledge and skill to complete significant projects in digital media production
  • Apply writing skill for media production, such as script-writing
  • Recognize and practice ethical behavior and communication in relation to cinema and media production

Major Requirements

Theory Core (9 hours)

CMCO 160 Introduction to Film Studies (3) or CMCO 230 International Film Studies (3)
COMM 230 Mass Media and Popular Culture (3)
COMM 400 Critical Approaches to Communication (3)

Production Core (18 hours)

CMCO 230 Introduction to Video Production (3)
CMCO 243 Introduction to Audio (3)
CMCO 250 Digital Multimedia Production (3)
CMCO 260 Scriptwriting for Media (3) or CMCO 320 Dramatic Scriptwriting (3)
CMCO 350 Editing Video (3)
CMCO 475 Field Experience (2) or 1 credit of CMCO 475 Field Experience plus 1 credit of CMCO 474 Corporate Video Production
CMCO 490 Senior Portfolio (1)

Concentrations (18 hours)

Students must choose one of the following concentrations:

Audio Production

Students in the audio production concentration focus on audio techniques for music recording and mixing; sound design for film, video, and new media; and production for radio.

Required (6 hours):
CMCO 343 Sound Design (3)
CMCO 344 Studio Sound Recording (3)

Electives (12 hours):
CMCO 233 Contemporary Christian Songwriting and Producing (3)
CMCO 481 Advanced Production Workshop I (3)
CMCO 482 Advanced Production Workshop II (3)
MUSI 110 Understanding Jazz (2)
MUSI 180 Introduction to Music Technology (2)
THEA 330 Stage Lighting and Sound (3)

-- OR --

Up to 15 semester hours of coursework at the Contemporary Music Center Program in Martha's Vineyard.

Film and Video Production

Students in the production concentration learn all the basics of film and video production, from scriptwriting to postproduction. In addition, students have the opportunity to concentrate on their favorite aspects of production, including directing, cinematography, editing and sound.

Required (6 hours):
CMCO 333 Camera and Lighting (3)
CMCO 481 Advanced Production Workshop I (3)

Electives (12 hours):

Students must choose 12 hours of electives from CMCO offerings or THEA 370 Directing for Theatre

-- OR --

Up to 15 semester hours of course work at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center

Film Studies

The study of the moving image incorporates cinema history, media criticism and elements of hands-on film production.

Required (6 hours):
CMCO 160 Introduction to Film Studies (3) or CMCO 220 International Film Studies (3) (both must be taken, regardless of which is counted toward the CMCO core requirement)
CMCO 333 Camera and Lighting (3)

Electives (15 hours):
Students must choose 12 hours of electives from CMCO and COMM offerings

-- OR --

Up to 15 semester hours of course work at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center

Multimedia/Animation

Students in the multimedia/animation concentration study techniques for designing Internet websites, producing 2-D and 3-D animation, and special effects using a combination of creativity, aesthetics, and computer software.

Required (9 hours):
CMCO 360 Animation I (3)
CMCO 363 Motion Graphics and Special Effects (3)
CMCO 460 Advanced Animation (3)

Electives (9 hours):
ARTS 230 Beginning Photography (3)
ARTS 330 Intermediate Photography (3)
ARTS 350 Graphic Design II: Typography (3)
ARTS 370 Design Applications I: Photoshop/Illustrator (3)
ARTS 450 Design Applications II: InDesign/Maya (3)
CMCO 333 Camera and Lighting (3)
CMCO 355 Event Video Production (3)
CMCO 475 Field Experience (2-10)
CMCO 481 Advanced Production Workshop I (3)
CMCO 482 Advanced Production Workshop II (3)
CSIS 314 Client-Server Systems (3)
CSIS 330 Computer Graphics (3)

-- OR --

Up to 15 semester hours from the Australia Studies Center or the ORU Media Technology Summer Institute.

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