Our Cinematography students acquire proficiency in photography for the screen. You’ll conceive and produce images that advance the thematic aspects of a script and work closely with the film’s director.
The Cinema Art and Science Department cultivates artists with unique visions and the desire to express that vision cinematically. Then we provide you with the technical skills to support it. We offer several courses of undergraduate and graduate study: a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema Art and Science, BFA degrees in Computer Animation and Traditional Animation, an MFA in Directing, and an MFA in Creative Producing.
For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.
Great filmmakers start with a clear, independent vision, but bringing it to the big screen is all about collaboration. As a Cinema Art and Science major, you’ll sharpen your creative voice while collaborating with your peers to produce character-driven films. You’ll learn the fundamentals of film production and leave prepared to succeed on any set in the world. The flexible curriculum allows you to specialize in a particular area or take a wide variety of courses to diversify your skill set.Learn More
The Cinema Art and Science BFA is a comprehensive degree designed for students who want to specialize in a particular area of film production. You can choose from one of eight areas of concentration. The program is modeled on professional practice, and your coursework will equip you with the technical skills necessary to succeed in the film industry. This degree requires a collaboratively produced thesis—an intensive project that prepares you for direct entry in your chosen profession.Learn More
Whether you’re interested in classic 2D animation or interactive 3D worlds, our BA in Animation provides you with the technical skills to succeed in this growing, highly collaborative industry. The BA offers more curricular flexibility than the BFA, making it easy for you to take courses outside of the major. You’ll choose one of two concentrations: Computer Animation or Traditional Animation. Areas of study within these concentrations allow you to customize your degree. See the concentration descriptions for more information.
Documentary filmmakers wear many hats. They’re directors and writers, photographers and voice actors. But above all else, documentary filmmakers are compelling storytellers with a passion for spreading the truth. As an Interdisciplinary Documentary major, you’ll take courses in a variety of departments and gain a comprehensive education that covers nonfiction storytelling through story, image and sound. You’ll graduate with a wide knowledge of documentary theory and practice and a portfolio of nonfiction work that spans disciplines and media formats.Learn More
Computer-based animation and imagery has transformed cinema, television and interactive gaming. As a Computer Animation major, you’ll gain technical skills in advanced computer-generated filmmaking and take electives in areas such as motion capture, character modeling and animation performance. In your final year, you’ll collaborate on a team project and develop your own solo short film. You can apply to enter the BFA program after earning 45 credit hours.Learn More
As a BA candidate in Traditional Animation, you’ll take interdisciplinary course work to prepare for graduate studies or a career in animation. In addition to core courses in Cinema Art and Science and Animation, you’ll choose a concentration sequence in either Hand-Drawn or Stop-Motion Animation. You’ll have flexibility with electives, either working collaboratively with peers to create a six-minute animated film over two semesters or taking any three Animation electives of your choosing.Learn More
Designed for students outside the Cinema Art and Science Department, the minor in Animation provides you with a solid grounding in the technique and theory of animation. In required core courses, you’ll study the history of animation around the globe; explore basic techniques, including object, hand-drawn and stop-motion animation; and draw digitally using industry-standard editing and storyboarding software, creating a story reel for a final project. Complementary majors include Game Art, Video Production and Audio Design.
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