Cinematic Arts & Technology BA

Cinematic Arts and Technology is a hands-on program that prepares students for careers in film, broadcast, and interactive media across commercial, independent and community sectors.

Cinematic Arts students create narrative, documentary, interactive and experimental media in a variety of collaborative, independent, and cross-disciplinary projects. Courses develop skills and experience in all facets of media making, including: directing, writing, producing, editing, sound design, visual design, animation, motion graphics, interaction design, and mobile media.

To learn more about the major, visit the Cinematic Arts & Technology website.

Required Courses

Special Requirements

AA-T certified students can earn a Cinematic Arts and Technology B.A. by completing the special requirements found the Requirements for AA-T certified students in Film, Technology, and Electronic Media page.

All other Cinematic Arts majors, see below.

Standard Requirements

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete four units from the following MLO 2 courses:

Complete one of the following MLO 3 courses:

Complete one of the following MLO 4 courses:

In addition, students must complete 12 units of upper-division CART courses not already taken to fulfill the requirements of this degree.

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Historical, Theoretical, and Analytical Understanding

Students develop fluency in media criticism, media history and media ethics in order to describe and analyze the major historical movements (events, artists, genres, developments, etc.) and their interrelationships. Students learn to understand media contextually, in relationship to social movements and technological developments so that they can describe and analyze relationships between aesthetics and content. Students apply ethical, social and political analysis in critique.

MLO 2: Research and Development

Students develop written and visual content through such processes as research, proposal writing, story treatments, storyboarding and script writing. Students demonstrate that they can plan appropriately according to available time and resources by producing planning documents such as budgets, production schedules, technical specifications and marketing plans. Students develop presentations for audiences utilizing contemporary distribution channels. Students evaluate projects through critical analysis.

MLO 3: Contemporary Storytelling

Students demonstrate fundamental concepts of storytelling through written analysis and by creating various story forms using sound, image and text. Students practice developing written and visual content through such processes as story treatments, storyboarding, script writing, art direction and visualization techniques.

MLO 4: Media Practice and Innovation

Students develop intellectual approaches and craftsmanship in media production through experiences to include writing, directing, cinematography, editing, designing and producing. Students demonstrate knowledge of new trends in form and content by creating meaningful, innovative and contemporary projects.

MLO 5: Community Engagement

Students create work that contributes to society by exploring dominant values, social practices and media discourses through direct action and community collaboration.

MLO 6: Synthesis Through Capstone

Students demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in media through completion of a creative project that synthesizes the major learning outcomes.

Course Pathways

These pathways are examples of how you might complete all the requirements for your degree in an order that makes sense given prerequisites. They are meant to give you a general sense of what your education will look like.

Your own unique situation and a number of other factors may mean your actual pathway is different. Perhaps you'll need an extra math or language class, or one of the courses we've listed isn't offered in a particular semester. Don't worry - there is flexibility built into the curriculum. You'll want to work closely with an advisor and use the academic advisement report to take all that into account and develop a pathway that's customized for you.

In the meantime, use this example as a starting point for choosing classes or discussing your plans with an advisor. Your advisor is your best resource when it comes to figuring out how to fit all the courses you need, in the right sequence, into your personal academic plan.

General Freshman

Fall Freshman

Course: Any Approved Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C2
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • E
Course: Any Approved Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A1
Course: Any Approved Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B4

* This FYS class is just an example. The FYS class you choose might meet a different GE area, so you would have to adjust your actual pathway accordingly.

Spring Freshman

Course: Language 102
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C3
  • Language Proficiency
Course: Any Approved Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A2
  • A3
Course: Any Approved Course
Units: 6
Requirements:
  • D3

Fall Sophomore

Course: Any Approved Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B1
  • B3
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C1
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Language 201
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency

Spring Sophomore

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: CART 237L
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any Approved Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D2
Course: Any Approved Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B2
Course: Any Approved Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D1

Fall Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major

Spring Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • E
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D4
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Fall Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 1
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any Approved Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C2

Spring Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 1
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A4
  • Major
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major

General Transfer

Fall Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 1
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Language 102
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C3
  • Language Proficiency

Spring Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C2
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 1
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Language 201
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency

Fall Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D4
  • Major
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major

Spring Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any Approved Course (if you need American Institutions requirement)
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D2
Units: 1
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A4