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Cinema and Media Arts

Major in Cinema & Media Arts

The major consists of 36 hours and requires students to enroll in a balance of film studies and film/video production classes. 

The requirements are as follows:

1. CMA 105: Fundamentals of Film and Video Production

2. CMA 125: Introduction to Film and Media Studies

3. CMA 175: Intermediate Filmmaking: Alternate Forms (Topics Vary)
                    Prerequisite, CMA 105

4. CMA 176: Intermediate Filmmaking: Fiction (Topics Vary)
                    Prerequisite, CMA 105

5. CMA 201: Film and Media Theory
                    Prerequisite, CMA 125

6. CMA 211: Film History
                    Prerequisite, CMA 125

7. Senior Seminar: CMA 290a or 290b

8. Two courses in CMA electives: CMA 115F: First Year Writing Seminar, CMA 227W: Screenwriting I, CMA 275W: Screenwriting II, CMA 288:Special Topics in Film.

Please note that 175 and 176 may not count towards elective credit.

9. One course in cultural minority and non-U.S. cinemas: African American and Diaspora Studies 150 (Reel to Real), Asian Studies 212 (Explorations in Japanese Animation), French 210 (French and Francophone Cinema), German 182 (War on Screen), German 244 (German Fairy Tales), German 270 (German Cinema), German 273 (Nazi Cinema), Italian 240 (Classic Italian Cinema), Italian 294a (Space and Identity in Contemporary Italian Film), Jewish Studies 136W (Imaging the Alien: Jewish Science Fiction), Portuguese 203 (Brazilian Popular Culture), Russian 243 (Russian Cinema), Spanish 208 (Advanced Conversation through Cultural Issues in Film), Spanish 226 (Film and Recent Cultural Trends in Spain).

10. One course in film and the other arts: Art Studio 120 (Photography 1), Art Studio 122 (Digital Imaging I), Art Studio 171 (Video Art), Art Studio 173 (Interactive Portable Media and Cell Phone Art I), Art Studio 220 (Photography II), 222 (Digital Imaging II), Art Studio 260 (Digital Animation II), 271(Video Art II), 273 (Interactive Portable Media and Cell Phone Art II), History of Art 222(British Art: Tudor to Victorian), History of Art 231 (20th century European Art), Music Literature 183 (Music, The Arts and Ideas), Music Literature: 264 (Exploring the Film Soundtrack), Theatre: 110 (Intro to Theatrical Production), Theatre 171 (Martians, Mobsters, Monsters Magnums: American Movie Genres), Theatre 203 (Contemporary Drama and Theatre), Theatre 212 (Scenery and Properties), Theatre 213( Lighting and Sound), Theatre 214 (Costuming and Makeup), Theatre 219 (Acting), Theatre 230 (Play Direction).

11. One course in film and other disciplines: Comm Studies 235 (Communicating Gender), Comm Studies 241 (Rhetoric of Mass Media), Comm Studies 243 (Cultural Rhetorics of Film), Comm Studies 294 (Selected Topics in Communication Studies, when a film topic is offered), English 265 (Film and Modernism), English 268a (America on Film: Art and Ideology), English 269 (Special Topics in Film), Philosophy 240 (History of Aesthetics), Philosophy 2330 (Philosophy of Film), Psychology 2100 (Psychology and Film), Religious Studies 229 (The Holocaust: Its Meaning and Implications), Women's and Gender Studies 272 (Feminism and Film).

Note: Courses listed in multiple categories may only fulfill one category requirement.

Our curriculum is flexible in that our intermediate production courses will be taught under different topics. For example:

CMA 175 (Alternate Forms) may be offered as "The Cinematic Essay," or Experimental Montage," or "Non-narrative 16mm Film Production."

FiCMA lm 176 (Fiction Film) may be offered as "Comedy" or "Horror" or another genre of fiction.

Both of these courses may be taught as either a group production experience or may require students to carry out individual work. The 288s are advanced "special topics" classes in film production (288a) and film studies (288b). The Senior Seminar offers graduating majors the opportunity to undertake in-depth research and/or production projects.

Other courses in film and media also may be counted towards the major, subject to the approval of the director of Cinema & Media Arts.



The Honors Program in Cinema & Media Arts offers excelling students the opportunity to pursue their interests at a higher level. For admission to the Honors Program, students must have an overall grade point average of 3.3 and an average of 3.5 in courses counting toward the major in film studies. The student must submit an application to the program director outlining the thesis topic. In addition to completing the major in Cinema & Media Arts, students must take one graduate-level class related to Cinema & Media Arts, to be approved by the program director. During the senior year the student is required to register for Film Studies 299a and 299b in order to complete the thesis. An oral examination on the thesis and its area is to be completed during the final semester of undergraduate study.

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