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Cinematic Arts, AA

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This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Flagship Residential Campus

Program Description

The Keiser University Associate of Arts in Cinematic Arts program introduces students to cinematic principles and techniques of filmmaking and video production. The curriculum provides students with an understanding of the film and video history and production, including foundations of story, script analysis, editing, directing and cinematography. Students will be prepared to enter the industry and advance their education in the baccalaureate degree program.

Program Objectives

To develop students’ abilities to:

  • Analyze the manner that filmmakers tell stories on screen
  • Explain the structure and organization of the media and entertainment industries, as well as the roles and responsibilities of key departments and personnel
  • Trace the evolution of motion pictures, including early developments in cinema to the present time
  • Understand and be able to analyze how filmmakers adapt a script to film or video
  • Demonstrate the techniques and methodologies associated with video and film camera work and lighting, including field and studio applications at an introductory level
  • Evaluate the work of famous directors in order to identify patterns used in film development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various platforms and techniques for video and film post-production editing

Prerequisites for Major Courses


Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Arts degree in Cinematic Arts, a student must earn 60 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

Lower Division Courses

Cinematic Arts Major Courses (21.0 credit hours)
Foundations of Story 3.0 credit hours
Film Production I 3.0 credit hours
Film History I 3.0 credit hours
Script Analysis I 3.0 credit hours
Cinematography I 3.0 credit hours
Directing I 3.0 credit hours
Editing I 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (6.0 credit hours)
American History Pre 1876 (required) 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech Communications 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
Economics (3.0 credit hours)
Macroeconomics 3.0 credit hours
English (6.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (6.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
Film Appreciation (required) 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
Statistics (required) 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)
General Biology 3.0 credit hours
Environmental Science 3.0 credit hours

Credit hours in parentheses indicate the required number of credit hours in each discipline.

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