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Cinema and Media Arts

Minor in Cinema & Media Arts

The Cinema & Media Arts minor consists of 18 hours and requires students to enroll in a balance of film studies and film/video production classes. 

The requirements are as follows:

1. CMA 1500: Fundamentals of Film and Video Production

2. CMA 1600: Introduction to the Study of Film

3. One course in intermediate filmmaking: CMA 2100: Intermediate Filmmaking: Alternate Forms, CMA 2200: Intermediate Filmmaking: The  Fiction Film. Prerequisite, CMA 1500

4. One course in intermediate film studies: CMA 2300: Film Theory, CMA 2400: History of World Cinema. Prerequisite, CMA 1600

5. 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, CMA 3892: Special Topics in the Study of 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 studies and film production respectively. The Senior Seminar offers graduating majors the opportunity to undertake in-depth research and/or production projects.

Other courses related to film and media may also be counted as electives, subject to the approval of the director of Cinema & Media Arts.


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Thursday, April 2nd
Post-screening discussion featuring Katy Scoggin, Co-Producer and Co-Cinematographer of Citizenfour
Hedy Weinberg, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee
and Jennifer Fay, director of Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt.
The discussion will be moderated by Lutz Koepnick, Professor of German and Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt.
Buttrick 103, 7:15PM


Friday, April 3rd
Katy Scoggin 
Film production workshop
Buttrick 015, 4:00-5:30PM
Space is limited. RSVP by emailing