Bachelor of Fine Arts - Cinematography

Undergraduate Filmmaking

BFA Cinematography


BFA Degree Total 120 credits
Filmmaking Course Total 84 credits
General Education Course Total1 30 credits
Liberal Arts or Designated Arts Course Total2 6 credits

General Education requirements:
3 credits FYS 1100: First Year Seminar
3 credits ENG 1200: Writing About...
3 credits HUM 2101: Self, Society, and Cosmos
3 credits HUM 2102-2112: Paths to the Present
3 credits Natural Science/Mathematics requirement (fulfilled by MAT or SCI class)
3 credits Literature/Writing requirement (fulfilled by LIT or WRI course at 2000 or 3000 level)
3 credits Social/Behavioral Science requirement (fulfilled by HIS, PSY, or SOC class)
3 credits Humanities/Fine Arts requirement (fulfilled by any of the following areas of study: ARH, ARM, HUM, and THH classes as well as designated Arts classes outside of the student’s major)
6 credits General Education courses (two 3-credit hour courses from among any of the following areas of study offered in the Division of Liberal Arts, including ARH, ARM, COM, FRE, GER, HIS, HUM, ITA, LIT, MAT, MST, PHI, PSY, SCI, SOC, THH, WRI, or designated Arts classes outside of the student’s major)

The School of Filmmaking requires a total of 6 additional credits earned from Liberal Arts or Designated Arts courses outside of the student’s Major. These may be taken earlier than Year Four, but we strongly recommend that they only be taken in semesters when the student is registered for one Gen Ed requirement.

Year Two generalists must take the following in the Fall: Classics of World Cinema, Year 2 Development & Collaboration, plus two “workshop” courses (one course each in your 1st and 2nd choice concentrations (Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, or Screenwriting). In the Spring, you must take one Cinema Studies class, Year 2 Production & Critique, and again two workshops in your 1st and 2nd choice concentrations.

All Cinematography students must complete a minimum of 10 credit hours of film/arts elective coursework as part of the required credit hours towards this degree. Elective course credits may be fulfilled by any of the following: FIM 33XX, FIM 37XX, FIM 4088, FAN XX98, FAR XX98, FIM XX98, as well as permitted Arts classes outside of the student’s concentration.