Bachelors (BA) in Cinematic Arts

The Cinematic Arts major offers a 45-48 semester-hour course of study that combines the liberal arts emphasis of communication arts with hands-on experiences in video, film, digital media production, and animation. 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 Cinematic Arts 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)

CINE 160 History of U.S. Cinema (3) or CINE 220 History of International Cinema (3)
COMM 230 Mass Media and Popular Culture (3)
CINE 280 Film Theory and Criticism (3)

Production Core (12 hours)

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

Concentrations (24-27 hours)

Students must choose one of the following concentrations:

Audio Production (24 hours)

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 (12 hours):
CINE 343 Sound Design (3)
CINE 344 Studio Sound Recording (3)
CINE 350 Editing (3)
CINE 481 Advanced Production Workshop I (3)

Electives (12 hours):
CINE 233 Contemporary Christian Songwriting and Producing (3)
CINE 475 Field Experience (2-3)
CINE 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 Nashville.

Film and Video Production (24 hours)

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 (9 hours):
CINE 333 Camera and Lighting (3)
CINE 350 Editing (3)
CINE 481 Advanced Production Workshop I (3)

Electives (15 hours):

Students must choose 15 hours of electives from CINE offerings, which may also include THEA 370 Directing for Theatre

-- OR --

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

Film Studies (24 hours)

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

Required (9 hours):
CINE 160 History of U.S. Cinema (3) or CINE 220 International Film Studies (3) (both must be taken, regardless of which is counted toward the Cinematic Arts major core requirement)
CINE 333 Camera and Lighting (3)
CINE 350 Editing (3)

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

-- OR --

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

Animation (27 hours)

Students in the animation concentration study techniques for producing 2D, 3D and stop motion animation and visual effects using a combination of creativity, aesthetics, and computer software.

Required (27 hours):
ARTS 111 Drawing I (3)
ARTD 110 Creative Suite (3)
CINE 210 Storyboarding and Concept Design (3)
CINE 212 Introduction to Animation (3)
CINE 214 2D Computer Animation (3)
CINE 312 3D Computer Animation I (3)
CINE 363 Motion Graphics and Visual Effects (3)
CINE 410 3D Computer Animation II (3)
CINE 481 Advanced Production Workshop I (3)

Suggested Electives (not required):
ARTS 230 Beginning Photography (3)
ARTS 311 Figure Drawing I (3)
ARTS 411 Figure Drawing II (3)
CINE 333 Camera and Lighting (3)
CINE 475 Field Experience (2-10)
CINE 482 Advanced Production Workshop II (3)