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Cinema Art + Science

About Cinema Art + Science

Students begin by taking foundation courses that cover story development, the history and aesthetics of Cinema, technical fundamentals, and the craft basics of the filmmaker at work. Once the foundation curriculum is completed, students may take advanced classes across a wide variety of specialties including Sound for Cinema, Cinematography, Cinema Studies, Directing, Documentary, Post-Production, Producing, Screenwriting, and Animation (Traditional and Computer). Students may choose to focus in one of these areas or pursue the Cinema Art + Science major and build their degree with a personalized mix of courses from across the department’s offerings.

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For Orientation

On Campus: Freshmen & Transfer Students

Any students attempting to transfer Cinema Art + Science courses from another college and/or university should email a digital copy of their course syllabus to Jennifer Albin at jalbin@colum.edu at least two weeks prior to attending Orientation. Review of course materials will not be able to happen on the day of Orientation.

Cinema courses taken at the high school level are not eligible for credit in the Cinema Art + Science major.

Distance: Freshmen & Transfer Students

Any students attempting to transfer Cinema Art + Science courses from another college and/or university should email a digital copy of their course syllabus to Jennifer Albin at jalbin@colum.edu prior to orientation.

Recommended First-Semester Classes

All Cinema students are required to take the Foundations of Cinema Art + Science courses. The courses are demanding and will challenge your creative process. 

Consider your learning style, personal commitments, interests, and needs to determine the best combination of classes for you in your first semester.

For those students who believe they are ready to take on the demanding nature of the Foundations of Cinema Art + Science courses, enroll in your first semester of the sequence.  The courses are made up of two linked 4-credit courses, for a total of 8 credit hours.

The course titles and course numbers below:

  • Moving Image Art (24-1030)
  • Moving Image Production I (24-1031)

Since 2007, Cinema Art + Science (formerly Film & Video Department) recommended an Apple MacBook Pro of varying configurations.  In recent years, the MacBook Air works for most film applications as well as 64-bit PCs.  Beginning in Fall 2014, we are no longer requiring or recommending a specific computer.  Students interested in Screenwriting have significantly different technical requirements than a Postproduction student.  So, one size does not fit all.  We do recommend that all incoming students should have a computer or tablet.  If a student is purchasing a new computer upon entering college, do this as late as possible before the beginning of the semester.  The best deals almost always can be found through our Campus Computer Store.

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