Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts: Concentration in Cinematography

The B.A. in Film and Media Arts with a Concentration in Cinematography is a liberal arts degree that prepares students to enter graduate film programs or pursue professional careers in the film and television production with a focus on Cinematography. Students will complete advanced work in Cinematography in a two-semester master class capstone.

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts: Concentration in Cinematography

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree may be conferred upon a student majoring in Film and Media Arts with a concentration in Cinematography by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students must complete:

  1. University requirements:
    • New students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
    • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and identified with the code "WI".
  2. No more than 21 FMA credits can be transferred to the major.
  3. A student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in all Film and Media Arts courses that count towards the degree.
  4. Students may take up to 6 internship credits in Film and Media Arts.
  5. Students may count a maximum of 66 FMA credit hours toward the 120 credit hours required for the degree.

FMA Foundation Courses

Film and Media Arts students will complete the following courses by the end of the sophomore year:

FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1171Media & Culture3
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
Total Credit Hours14

Concentration Requirements

Courses required after completion of FMA Foundation Courses:

FMA 2241Filmmaking4
FMA 2242Videography4
Select one of the following:4
Editing Film and Video
Screenwriting I 1,2
Select one of the following:3-4
Lighting Design
Lighting and Sound Technology
History of Decor
History of Fashion
Lighting Design II
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media
Film History I (1895-1950)
Film History II (1950-Present)
History of Experimental Film and Video Art
FMA 2000+ Free Elective 1,23-4
FMA 3000+ Writing Intensive Elective <sup>WI</sup> 24
FMA 3244Lighting for Film and Video4
Select one of the following:4
Making Documentaries
History of Photography
Internship
Still Photography for Filmmakers
FMA 3473Moving Camera4
FMA 4245Cinematography Master Class I4
FMA 4246Cinematography Master Class II4
Total Credit Hours45-48
1

If FMA 2396 is not taken, then free elective must be Writing Intensive.

2

The following are the Writing Intensive courses in Film and Media Arts: FMA 2396 Screenwriting I; FMA 3696 Writing Intensive Film Study; FMA 3896 Advanced Film Analysis; FMA 4697 Advanced Film History; and FMA 4698 History of Documentary.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts: Cinematography Concentration

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1171Media Culture3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
FMA 2241Filmmaking4
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media 
Film History I (1895-1950) 
Film History II (1950-Present) 
History of Experimental Film and Video Art 
 Term Credit Hours13-14
Spring
FMA 2242Videography4
Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:4
Editing Film and Video1 
Screenwriting I [WI]1 
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
FMA 3244Lighting for Film and Video4
Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:4
Making Documentaries 
History of Photography 
Still Photography for Filmmakers 
Internship 
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
FMA 3473Moving Camera4
FMA 2000+ Writing Intensive Studies Elective [WI]24
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3-4
Lighting Design 
Lighting and Sound Technology 
History of Decor 
History of Fashion 
Lighting Design II 
 Term Credit Hours17-18
Year 4
Fall
FMA 4245Cinematography Master Class I4
FMA 3000+ Advanced Writing Intensive Course [WI]4
Electives6
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
FMA 4246Cinematography Master Class II4
FMA 2000+ Free Elective4
Electives6
 Term Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours: 120-122
1

FMA 2396 Screenwriting I counts as a Writing Intensive course. FMA 2551 Editing Film and Video does not.

2

Students who have already completed their 2000-level Writing Intensive requirement by taking FMA 2396 Screenwriting I may take any 2000+ FMA course as an elective. Students who have not completed their 2000-level Writing Intensive requirement must take a 2000-level Writing Intensive course.