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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. To declare your major, please see this form.

*Effective Fall 2015, Vanderbilt University has introduced a new course catalog numbering scheme. For assistance with the translation between old (3-digit) and new (4-digit) numbers, please consult the Course Renumbering Lookup Tool.

The requirements are as follows:

1. CMA 1500: Fundamentals of Film and Video Production

2. CMA 1600: Introduction to Film and Media Studies

3. CMA 2100: Intermediate Filmmaking: Alternate Forms (Topics Vary)
                    Prerequisite, CMA 1500

4. CMA 2200: Intermediate Filmmaking: Fiction (Topics Vary)
                    Prerequisite, CMA 1500

5. CMA 2300: Film and Media Theory
                    Prerequisite, CMA 1600

6. CMA 2400: History of World Cinema
                    Prerequisite, CMA 1600

7. Senior Seminar: CMA 4961 or 4962

8. Two courses in CMA electives: CMA 1111: First Year Writing Seminar, CMA 2500W: Screenwriting I, CMA 2600W: Screenwriting II, CMA 3891: Special Topics in Film and Video Production, CMA 3892: Special Topics in the Study of Film.

Please note that 2100 and 2200 may not count towards elective credit.

9. One course in cultural minority or non-U.S. national cinemas: African American and Diaspora Studies 1506 (Reel to Real: Film Aesthetics and Representation), Asian Studies 2512 (Explorations of Japanese Animation), French 3230 (French and Francophone Cinema), German 2442 (War on Screen), German 2444 (German Fairy Tales: From Brothers Grimm to Walt Disney), German 2443 (German Cinema: Vampires, Victims, and Vamps), German 2445 (Nazi Cinema: The Manipulation of Mass Culture), Italian 3640 (Classic Italian Cinema), Jewish Studies 2290W (Imagining the Alien: Jewish Science Fiction), Portuguese 3302 (Brazilian Pop Culture), Spanish 3355 (Advanced Conversation through Cultural Issues in Film), Spanish 3365 (Film and Recent Cultural Trends in Spain), Spanish 2990 (Images of the Feminine in Spanish Cinema).

10. One course in film and the other arts: Art Studio 1200 (Photography I), Art Studio 1202 (Digital Imaging I), Art Studio 1700 (Video Art), Art Studio 1702 (Interactive Portable Media and Cell Phone Art I), Art Studio 2200 (Photography II), 2202 (Digital Imaging II), 2700 (Video Art II), 2702 (Interactive Portable Media and Cell Phone Art II), History of Art 2680 (British Art: Tudor to Victorian), History of Art 2710 (Twentieth-Century European Art), Music Literature 1300 (Music, The Arts, and Ideas), Music Literature 2320 (Exploring the Film Soundtrack), Theatre 1711 (Introduction to Theatrical Production), Theatre 1811 (Marshals, Mobsters, Monsters, Magnums, and Musicals: American Movie Genres), Theatre 3721 (Elements of Basic Design: Scenery and Properties), Theatre 3761 (Elements of Basic Design: Lighting and Sound), Theatre 3741 (Elements of Basic Design: Costuming and Makeup).

11. One course in film and other disciplines: Communication Studies 3720 (Communicating Gender), Communication Studies 2950 (Rhetoric of Mass Media), Communication Studies 3710 (Cultural Rhetorics of Film), Communication Studies 3890 (Selected Topics in Communication Studies, when a film topic is offered), English 3642 (Film and Modernism), English 3694 (America on Film: Art and Ideology), English 3899 (Special Topics in Film), Philosophy 3013 (History of Aesthetics), Philosophy 3615 (Philosophy of Film), Religious Studies 3229 (The Holocaust: Its Meanings and Implications), Women’s and Gender Studies 1272 (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 2100 (Alternate Forms) may be offered as "The Cinematic Essay," or Experimental Montage," or "Non-narrative 16mm Film Production."

CMA 2200 (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. 3891 and 3892 are advanced "special topics" classes in film production and film studies respectively. 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.

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