Film making and video production, editing, screenwriting, cinematography and film design.


  • Filmmaker
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Editor
  • Cinematographer
  • Film Production Designer

What is an emphasis?

In the second year, BFA-EMA students will select two emphases (undergraduate specialty areas). Each emphasis consists of a minimum of four courses. Cinematic Arts is one emphasis option. The chart below shows how an emphasis makes up one part of the emerging media curriculum.

Course RequirementsCredits

Major Requirements

Core 48
Emphasis 1 12
Emphasis 2 12
Interdisciplinary Concentration 9
Total 81
Electives 9
ACE 30
Total in Degree 120
Detailed Curriculum and Degree Information Sample 4-Year Plan

Cinematic Arts Emphasis Courses

The Cinematic Arts emphasis consists of the following courses. These courses will be taken in addition to the core courses, a second required emphasis, an interdisciplinary concentration, electives, and general education (ACE) courses. See detailed degree and curriculum information at

Cinema Production I (EMAR 250)

Introduction to the tools and aesthetics of the moving image. Students become familiar with fundamentals of digital cinema cameras, lenses, lighting and editing. Working in small groups, students produce experimental and non-sync narrative short films.

Cinema Production II (EMAR 252)

Advanced film production techniques including sync-sound equipment and practices, advanced lighting tools, and post-production workflows. In addition to producing several small-group projects demonstrating these techniques, the entire class selects and produces a 7-9 minute sync-sound short film. Students apply their knowledge of production and post-production crew responsibilities by filling key positions on the class film.

Narrative Storytelling (EMAR 311)

Introduction to visual storytelling and scriptwriting. Beginning with exercises in character development and story world development, students write several short screenplays. Strong emphasis placed on the importance of revision and refinement of story structure and problem solving.

Film Studies

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Other Areas of Emphasis

Application to this program

Students considering Emerging Media Arts must complete the required application. This application applies to both incoming freshman and transfer students and is used to evaluate a student’s suitability for the Emerging Media Arts program. The application information is also used for awarding scholarships
(individual awards vary).

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