Cinematic Arts & Technology BA

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

You will create narrative, documentary, interactive, and experimental media in a variety of collaborative, independent, and cross-disciplinary projects. Major coursework will help you to 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

AS-T certified students can earn a Cinematic Arts and Technology B.A. by completing the special requirements found the Requirements for AS-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 4 units from the following lower division Research and Development workshops:

Complete one of the following upper division Research and Development courses:

Complete one of the following Media Practice and Innovation courses:

In addition, students must complete 4 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 for Cinema

Students demonstrate fundamental concepts of storytelling through written analysis and by creating various forms using sound, image, and text. Student develop written and visual content through research and pre-production processes. Students evaluate projects through critical analysis.

MLO 3: 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.