Cinema Studies

Cinema Studies focuses on the scholarship, artistry, and technology of film, television, and emerging media by blending a liberal arts education with the collaborative and creative skills of digital filmmaking. Because cinema is inherently multidisciplinary, courses for the major span the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Design, and the School of Journalism and Communication. Majors approach cinema from a variety of disciplinary angles and perspectives to learn the history, theory, critical analysis, aesthetics, and production of cinema. Many Cinema Studies students double-major, and all gain skills to adapt to the changes in their professions throughout their lifetime.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Learn how to turn creative visions into media experiences.

  2. Engage with the dynamics of cross-cultural and global film production and reception.

  3. Cultivate research and project management expertise.

  4. Participate in collaborative opportunities to put learning into practice.

  5. Develop critical thinking and analysis skills by focusing on the media surrounding us.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Cinema Studies pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS). Cinema Studies provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Film and video production companies

Publishing outlets, including newspaper, magazine, and online publications

Audio recording studios

Broadcast, cable, and television companies

Communication and public relations departments

Advertising agencies

Special effects companies

Theatrical production companies

Commercial galleries

Alumni Jobs


Research analyst or scholar

Casting agent or associate

Production assistant or associate

Script assistant or associate

Script assistant or coordinator


Creative director

Assistant director

Trailer editor
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
CINE 260M; Two from CINE 265, CINE 266 or 267; J 201

2nd Year
CINE Prod A; CINE Prod B; Start of CINE Core Courses (6 total; two have to be CINE prefix)

3rd Year
CINE Core A; CINE Core B; CINE Core C; CINE Additional Core

4th Year
CINE: Additional Core; Two CINE Elective and/or Additional Production

Major Credits
Required   48 credits
Electives 8 credits

Total 56 credits

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Media history

Media criticism

Media production (film, video, online, etc.)

Media post-production (film, video, online, etc.)

Producing and directing





Archival and curatorial skills
Experiential learning opportunities

Practitioner/production courses

Career-oriented courses (CINE 415)


Cinema Studies in Dublin

University Film Organization

Specialized Courses

Digital Cinema

Production Studies

Directors and Genres

Global/National Cinemas


AVID Media Composer (Certification)

Cinema Studies in Dublin, Ireland (Summer Study Abroad)

Art of Directing/Producing (with the Harlan J. Strauss Filmmaker in Residence)
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Media Studies

Business Administration

Creative Writing

Audio Production

Indigenous, Race, & Ethnic Studies

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