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Cinematic Arts, BA

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Flagship Residential Campus

Program Description

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinematic Arts provides students with a solid foundation in cinematography, storytelling, and film production; incorporating business principles, as well as more advanced coursework and a strong general education program. An interdisciplinary approach enables students to demonstrate their artistic expertise and application of business knowledge to enhance their career opportunities.

Program Objectives

To develop students’ abilities to:

  • Recognize, appreciate and apply cinematic arts skills and concepts as a distinctive field of academic study
  • Effectively communicate information using appropriate technologies via oral, written, and/or virtual technologies
  • Understand fundamentals of screenwriting, storytelling, structure, tension and suspense
  • Understand film history, cinematography, editing and the business of film

Prerequisites for Major Courses


Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinematic Arts, students must earn 120.0 semester credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

Lower Division Courses

Cinematic Arts Major Courses (33.0 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
Documentary History 3.0 credit hours
Cinematography I 3.0 credit hours
Directing I 3.0 credit hours
Editing I 3.0 credit hours
Literary Adaptation 3.0 credit hours
Business of Film I 3.0 credit hours
Business of Film II 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science ( 6.0 credit hours: one History/Political Science course; one Behavioral Science course )
American History Pre 1876 (History/Political Science) 3.0 credit hours
American History Since 1876 (History/Political Science) 3.0 credit hours
Political Science (History/Political Science) 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology (Behavioral Science) 3.0 credit hours
Sociology (Behavioral Science) 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 (9.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
Contemporary World Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Film Appreciation (required) 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algebra or... 3.0 credit hours
College Mathematics 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
Other Courses (6.0 credit hours)
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours
General Education Elective 3.0 credit hours

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Tracks (6.0 credit hours)
Production Track - Cinematography II 3.0 credit hours
Production Track - Film Production II 3.0 credit hours
Post Production Track - Editing II 3.0 credit hours
Post Production Track - Film Production II 3.0 credit hours
Writing Track - Feature/TV Writing 3.0 credit hours
Writing Track - Documentary Production 3.0 credit hours
Cinematic Arts Electives (21.0 credit hours)
Animation I 3.0 credit hours
Cinematography II 3.0 credit hours
Directing II 3.0 credit hours
Editing II 3.0 credit hours
Film Production II 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Sound 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Sound for Film 3.0 credit hours
World Cinema 3.0 credit hours
American Cinema 3.0 credit hours
Animation II 3.0 credit hours
General Electives (3.0 credit hours)
Elective 3.0 credit hours
Capstone Courses (9.0 credit hours)
Internship/Field Placement 6.0 credit hours
Senior Group Thesis Project 3.0 credit hours

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