Undergraduate Program

The School of Cinema provides its undergraduate majors with a broad liberal arts education focused on three core values: creative expression, critical thinking, and social engagement. Students interested in the major are welcome to visit the School and meet with faculty and students.

Cinema Students

The B.A. in Cinema’s learning objectives strive to enable students to:

  • Acquire basic skills in the critical analysis of films, focused by the analysis of representative film texts from a range of periods and cultures.
  • Relate cinema to the production, distribution, and exhibition industries, to the other arts, and to society.
  • Identify contemporary technological, artistic, and industrial trends in the cinematic arts.
  • Develop skills in storytelling and the creation of meaningful content in cinema.

The Cinema major comprises 45 units consisting of:

  • Core courses (13 units)
  • Foundation/GWAR courses (7 units)
  • Film Studies courses (9 units)
  • Elective courses (16 units)
  • A capstone of 3 units is required and may be incorporated with the Film Studies or Elective units.

We recommend downloading the Blue Sheet (a guide for Cinema majors) and the Advising Fact Sheet as well as visiting a Cinema advisor

For a complete list of School of Cinema courses, go here.

A minor is not required; however, Cinema majors pursuing the Animation minor may apply those units towards the total 45.


Core: All Cinema majors must complete the following 13-unit core with a grade of “C” or higher in each course before taking upper-division courses:

  • CINE 200: Intro to Cinema Studies
  • CINE 202: Intro to Filmmaking
  • CINE 204: Intro to Filmmaking Lab
  • CINE 211: Film History I
  • CINE 212: Film History II

Foundation: Upper-division Cinema majors must complete the following foundation courses:

  • CINE 340: Critical Studies
  • CINE 341: Critical Studies Discussion

 These courses must be taken concurrently and normally should be completed during the junior year.

GWAR: The faculty strongly recommends that all majors complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) by taking a CINE GWAR course. Cinema offers several options. Check the class schedule for more information.