Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Film and Media Arts, B.A.


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Film and Media Arts is an innovative major that focuses on the study and creation of motion pictures. It gives students hands-on training in screenwriting, video and audio production, and nonlinear editing, while also developing their analytical, research, and communication skills through the study of film and visual media. Students learn not only how to think critically about movies but also how to make them in a collaborative environment similar to that of a conservatory. Through a unique curriculum that emphasizes instruction both inside the classroom and out in the real world, it delivers an education that integrates career preparation with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, preparing graduates for a wide variety of careers ranging far beyond Hollywood.

Students with a degree in Film and Media Arts will be equipped for professional success in the rapidly growing film and media industry as directors, cinematographers, editors, sound designers, and screenwriters. Students will also be prepared for many other careers in our increasingly visual culture, including interactive media design, new media management, digital media strategy, media research analysis, and media content delivery.  Students will be equipped for further study or training as filmmakers, scholars, archivists, or programmers as well. Graduates of the program will have the foundation for any occupation involving the creation or analysis of audiovisual media.

Film and Media Arts, B.A. Learning Outcomes  

Degree Requirements

Institutional Degree Requirements  

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Communication course:


Advanced Communication course:


Choose 3 credits of the following Quantitative Fluency courses:


Global Citizenship courses:


To meet the Global Citizenship requirement, students must successfully complete two semesters of the same foreign language.

Disciplinary Perspectives Requirements


Humanities course:


Choose 3 credits of the following Arts courses:


Choose 3 credits of the following Social and Behavioral Sciences courses:


Choose 3 credits of the following Natural and Physical Sciences courses:


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Students who transfer in 60 credits or more at the time of admission to the college will be waived from the Constellation requirement, except for Education majors. The waiver applies to the requirement for graduation but does not waive the credits to graduate; students need to meet the overall bachelor’s degree credit requirement.

Required Courses


Special Topics in Film 200-Level


Students must complete 3 credits of the following:

Special Topics in Film 300-Level


Students must complete 3 credits of the following:

Major Electives


Students must complete 18 credits of the following in consultation with their faculty advisor:

General Elective Courses


Students must complete 16 credits of free elective courses.

Suggested Course Sequence


Freshman Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (16 credits)


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (16 credits)


Junior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


  • Disciplinary Perspectives - Natural and Physical Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours
  • Major Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Major Elective course 3 credit hours
  • General Elective course 3 credit hours

Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • Special Topics in Film 300-Level course 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours 
  • Major Elective course 3 credit hours
  • General Elective course 3 credit hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours
  • Major Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Major Elective course 3 credit hours
  • General Elective course 3 credit hours

Spring Semester (13 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours
  • Major Elective course 3 credit hours
  • General Elective course 4 credit hours

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