Undergraduate Programs

The School of Cinematic Arts offers the following undergraduate programs:

Critical Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinematic Arts Critical Studies is granted by the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences in conjunction with the School of Cinematic Arts. Undergraduate students take their pre-professional courses in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, including the general education requirements. Major courses are selected from the curriculum of the School of Cinematic Arts. The degree requires 128 units, including 28 lower-division and 24 upper-division units in Cinematic Arts. A maximum of 40 upper-division units will apply to the B.A. degree. Before graduating, Critical Studies majors are encouraged to take at least one small non-lecture class that emphasizes student critical writing or research papers.

Film & Television Production (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts Film & Television Production is granted through the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences in conjunction with the School of Cinematic Arts. Students study within a framework which combines a broad liberal arts background with specialization in a profession. Bachelor of Arts students are enrolled in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, where they take their pre-professional courses, including the general education requirements. Major courses are selected from the curriculum of the School of Cinematic Arts. The degree requires 128 units including 22 lower-division units and 24 upper-division units in Cinematic Arts*. A maximum of 40 School of Cinematic Arts upper-division units will apply to the B.A. degree.

*Please note the requirements will change in Fall 2013.

Film & Television Production (B.F.A.)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production is a unique four-year program offered by the School of Cinematic Arts that combines a liberal arts background with comprehensive specialization in a profession**. Students are provided an intensive production experience with requirements and electives from other School of Cinematic Arts programs, including Critical Studies, Writing, Animation and Interactive Media. The degree requires 128 units, including 64 units in Cinematic Arts, many of which are taken in a sequential order.

**Beginning Fall 2013

John C. Hench Animation & Digital Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Animation & Digital Arts is a unique four-year program granted through the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences in conjunction with the School of Cinematic Arts. Students study within the framework that combines a broad liberal arts background with specialization in a profession. Areas of concentration might include character animation, experimental animation, visual effects, 3D computer animation, science visualization and interactive animation. Undergraduate students take their pre-professional courses in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, including the general education requirements. Major courses are selected from the curriculum of the School of Cinematic Arts. The degree requires 128 units, including a minimum of 16 lower-division units and a minimum of 26 upper-division units in Cinematic Arts.

Interactive Entertainment & Games

The Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Entertainment is granted through the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences in conjunction with the School of Cinematic Arts. Students study within a framework which combines a broad liberal arts background with specialization in a profession. Undergraduate students take their pre-professional courses in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, including the general education requirements. Major courses are selected from the curriculum of the School of Cinematic Arts. The degree requires 128 units, including a minimum of 48 units in the major.

Media Arts + Practice

The Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Practice offers a robust curriculum centered on the history, theory and practice of digital media in creative and scholarly contexts. Students will study the evolution of media in concert with new cinematic technologies, from the work of early innovators such as Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, through the pioneering experiments in information theory embodied by thinkers such as Claude Shannon, Norbert Wiener and Vannevar Bush, and on to the experiments of artists and designers working with interactivity, immersion, stereoscopy and performance for over a century. Students will also learn how to understand the relationship among media forms, emerging technologies and culture, and how to author in diverse media platforms for both critical and creative practice. The Media Arts and Practice major is ideal for students who are interested in the expanded array of cinematic technologies that can be used for the creative and critical expression of ideas, as well as those who want to develop skills in visual communication for use in diverse fields.

Writing for Screen & Television

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen & Television is a unique, four-year program for students who seek intensive professional preparation for a career in screen and television writing. This rigorous program emphasizes small, workshop-style classes, and attracts students from all over the world. Students attend a variety of guest speaker presentations, take high level industry internships, are provided with mentors, and taught by world-class professors.

Each fall, a class of 26 undergraduate writing students is selected to begin the program. A total of 128 units is required for completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree; 50 of these units are taken in a prescribed sequential order. There are no spring admissions.