Cinema and Media Arts

Studies and Production Concentration

Filmmaking entails much more than a great idea and camera skills. In the Cinema and Media Arts: Studies and Production Concentration, students take courses not only to learn to create film but also to understand film, television and digital, screen and aural media.

Given the ever-changing mediascape and the rich history of media over the past 150 years, Cinema and Media Studies takes a broad and inclusive view of the field, addressing non-commercial as well as commercial media, examining products and artifacts in and out of the cultural mainstream, and studying media across a broad range of national, transnational and global frameworks.

Along with their hands-on learning in courses toward the Bachelor of Arts in Media degree, students pursuing this concentration will be prepared for careers in motion picture production for cinema, television and some aspects of games and web-based communication.

What you’ll learn

  • to practice technical and professional skills essential to careers in motion picture production for cinema, television and some aspects of games and web;
  • to create original works that demonstrate skills learned in hands-on courses, including cinematography, editing, film production, field and location production, documentary production, scriptwriting, studio production, audio and many others;
  • to identify and employ emerging technologies to create products for multiple purposes on distinct platforms for a variety of audiences; and
  • to demonstrate an appreciation of the history of film, television, and digital media as outlets for aesthetic expression, political mobilization and cultural circulation.

Skills you’ll develop

  • to analyze cinema, television, digital and aural media applying a variety of theoretical and historical concepts and critical techniques;
  • to conduct research on contemporary and historical media topics addressing commercial and non-commercial products and artifacts and situating these discussions within a broad range of national, transnational, and global frameworks;
  • to identify, evaluate and critique the aesthetic, ideological, and historical aspects of media texts;
  • to situate media artifacts and products as works of cultural work of representation impacted by the dynamics of media industries and production including the processes of media circulation, distribution, and exhibition; and
  • to describe and interrogate questions related to the reception, uses and impact of media artifacts and products.

Get started

See the course requirements for this concentration.