The Bachelor of Arts with a major in cinema requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 33 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core. A maximum of 9 s.h. of transfer credit may be counted toward the cinema major. Students may count a maximum of 6 s.h. of coursework from another major, minor, or certificate toward the major in cinema.
The major in cinema is an individualized, interdisciplinary study of film and the production of creative work in film, video, and interactive multimedia. It is designed to promote cultural and artistic awareness, to increase speaking and writing skills, and to develop capacities for systematic reasoning and effective production in cinema arts.
All students are expected to gain a perspective on the study and the production of film, video, or digital media while becoming acquainted with the historical, critical, and theoretical issues of the area. In conjunction with an appropriate overall curriculum, the major in cinema can offer effective preparation for continuing study or creative work in the humanities, arts, and cinema; provide a solid foundation for careers in film, video, television, and digital production; and lead to careers in arts administration, advertising, and business.
Cinema students may earn a screenwriting arts major if the requirements for each major are met and no more than 7 s.h. are double counted between majors. A maximum of 56 s.h. may be taken in Department of Cinematic Arts courses (prefix CINE).
Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in Cinema, visit the UI General Catalog.