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Cinema Curriculum Map

The Bachelor of Arts in Cinema is focused on narrative movie production. Consequently, the program is designed to advance conceptual understanding of visual storytelling and to teach and practice the technical methodologies foundational to movie-making.

Overview of Cinema BA

Cinema RequirementsGeneral Education Requirements
Year One
FallCINE 100: Visual Storytelling: Mise en scene (2 credits)

Collateral Requirements
ARTH 270: History of the Motion Picture I (3 credits)
SpringCINE 101: Visual Storytelling: Montage (2 credits)

Collateral Requirements
ARTH 271: History of the Motion Picture II (3 credits)
SummerOptional Cinema Elective
CINE 392: Independent Study, Summer Intensive (1-3 credits)
Year Two
FallCINE 200: Cinema Form and Concept (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Elective
CINE 495: Cinema as Art (3 credits)
Second major or double minor coursework
SpringCINE 201: Cinema Form and Concept II (2 credits)Second major or double minor coursework
SummerCINE 390: Digital Cinema Prod Intensive 1 (15 credits)
Year Three
FallCINE 300: Cinema Form and Concept III (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Elective
CINE 496: Advanced Screenwriting Seminar (3 credits)
Second major or double minor coursework
SpringCINE 301: Cinema Form and Concept IV (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Elective
CINE 392: Independent Study (1-3 credits)
Second major or double minor coursework
SummerCINE 490: Digital Cinema Prod Intensive II (15 credits)

Total: 120 credits
At least 45 credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level. Course content and requirements are subject to change by the faculty. This timeline is based on a 15 credit semester.

Cinema + Double Minor

Cinema RequirementsGeneral Education Requirements
Year One
FallCINE 100: Visual Storytelling: Mise en scene (2 credits)

Collateral Requirements
ARTH 270: History of the Motion Picture I (3 credits)
UNIV 111 (3 credits)

PSYC 101 (4 credits)

UNIV 101 (1 credit)

Business Minor and Media Studies Minor Requirements

MGMT 171 (3 credits)
SpringCINE 101: Visual Storytelling: Montage (2 credits)

Collateral Requirements
ARTH 271: History of the Motion Picture II (3 credits)
UNIV 112 (3 credits)

Business Minor and Media Studies Minor Requirements

ECON 203 (3 credits)

MASC 101 (3 credits)
SummerOptional
CINE 392: Independent Study, Summer Intensive (1-3 credits)
Year Two
FallCINE 200: Cinema Form and Concept (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Elective
CINE 495: Cinema as Art (3 credits)
UNIV 200 (3 credits)

Business Minor and Media Studies Minor Requirements

ACCT 202 (3 credits)

MASC 151 (3 credits)
SpringCINE 201: Cinema Form and Concept II (2 credits)Business Minor and Media Studies Minor Requirements

FIRE 333 (3 credits)

FRSC 202 (3 credits)

MKTG 301 (3 credits)

MASC 203 (3 credits)
SummerCINE 390: Digital Cinema Prod Intensive 1 (15 credits)
Year Three
FallCINE 300: Cinema Form and Concept III (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Elective
CINE 392: Independent Study (1-3 credits)
Business Minor and Media Studies Minor Requirements

MASC 334 (3 credits)

MASC 491 (3 credits)

SCMA 323 (3 credits)
SpringCINE 301: Cinema Form and Concept IV (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Elective
CINE 392: Independent Study (1-3 credits)
Business Minor and Media Studies Minor Requirements

FIRE 309 (3 credits)

MASC 408 (3 credits)

SCMA 301 (3 credits)
SummerCINE 490: Digital Cinema Prod Intensive II (15 credits)

Total: 124 credits
116 credits at VCU, 8 transfer credits
At least 45 credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level. Course content and requirements are subject to change by the faculty. This timeline is based on a 15 credit semester.

Cinema + Sociology Major

Cinema RequirementsGeneral Education Requirements
Year One
FallCINE 100: Visual Storytelling: Mise en scene (2 credits)

Collateral Requirements
ARTH 270: History of the Motion Picture I (3 credits)
MATH 131 (3 credits)

RELS 108 (3 credits)

UNIV 101 (1 credit)

UNIV 112 (3 credits)
SpringCINE 101: Visual Storytelling: Montage (2 credits)

Collateral Requirements
ARTH 271: History of the Motion Picture II (3 credits)
FRSC 202 (3 credits)

Sociology Major Requirements

SOCY 101 (3 credits)
SummerOptional Cinema Elective
CINE 392: Independent Study, Summer Intensive (1-3 credits)
Year Two
FallCINE 200: Cinema Form and Concept II (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Elective
CINE 495: Cinema as Art (3 credits)
HUMS 202 (1 credit)

STAT 210 (3 credits)

UNIV 200 (3 credits)

Sociology Requirements

SOCY 330 (3 credits)

SOCY 391 (3 credits)
SpringCINE 201: Cinema Form and Concept II (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Elective
CINE 392: Independent Study (1-3 credits)
PSYC 304 (3 credits)

Sociology Requirements

SOCY 302
(3 credits)

SOCY 320 (3 credits)
SummerCINE 390: Digital Cinema Prod Intensive 1 (15 credits)
Year Three
FallCINE 300: Cinema Form and Concept III (2 credits)Sociology Requirements

SOCY 333 (3 credits)

SOCY 370 (3 credits)

SOCY 402 (3 credits)
SpringCINE 301: Cinema Form and Concept IV (2 credits)Sociology Requirements

SOCS 302
(3 credits)

SOCY 303 (3 credits)

SOCY 340 (3 credits)

SOCY 406
(3 credits)
SummerCINE 490: Digital Cinema Prod Intensive II (15 credits)

Total: 132 credits
113 credits at VCU, 19 transfer credits
At least 45 credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level. Course content and requirements are subject to change by the faculty. This timeline is based on a 15 credit semester.

Cinema + Accounting Major

Cinema RequirementsGeneral Education Requirements
Year One
FallCINE 100: Visual Storytelling: Mise en scene (2 credits)

Collateral Requirements
ARTH 270: History of the Motion Picture I (3 credits)
BIO 101 (3 credits)

RELS 108 (3 credits)

UNIV 101 (1 credit)

UNIV 111 (3 credits)
SpringCINE 101: Visual Storytelling: Montage (2 credits)

Collateral Requirements
ARTH 271: History of the Motion Picture II (3 credits)
PSYC 101 (3 credits)

UNIV 112 (3 credits)

Business Foundation Requirements

INFO 160
(1 credit)

MGMT 171 (3 credits)
SummerOptional Cinema Elective
CINE 392: Independent Study, Summer Intensive (1-3 credits)
Year Two
FallCINE 200: Cinema Form and Concept I (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Elective
CINE 495: Cinema as Art (3 credits)
UNIV 200 (3 credits)

Business Foundation Requirements

MGMT 171
(3 credits)

ECON 210 (3 credits)

Accounting Requirements

ACCT 203
(3 credits)
SpringCINE 201: Cinema Form and Concept II (2 credits)PHIL 104 (3 credits)

Business Foundation Requirements

INFO 360 (3 credits)

MGMT 212 ( 3 credits)

ECON 211 (3 credits)

Accounting Requirements

ACT 204
(3 credits)
SummerCINE 390: Digital Cinema Prod Intensive 1 (15 credits)
Year Three
FallCINE 300: Cinema Form and Concept III (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Electives
CINE 392: Independent Study (1-3 credits)

CINE 401: Advanced Cinema Production (4 credits)
Business Foundation Requirements

SCMA 301
(3 credits)

MKTG 301 (3 credits)

Accounting Requirements

ACCT 303
(3 credits)
SpringCINE 301: Cinema Form and Concept IV (2 credits)

Optional Cinema Elective
CINE 392: Independent Study (1-3 credits)
Business Foundation Requirements

FIRE 311
(3 credits)

SCMA 302 (3 credits)

Accounting Requirements

ACCT 304
( 3 credits)

ACCT 306 (3 credits)
SummerCINE 490: Digital Cinema Prod Intensive II (15 credits)
Year Four
FallBusiness Foundation Requirements

ECON 303
(3 credits)

SCMA 320 (3 credits)

SCMA 323 ( 3 credits)

MGMT 319 (3 credits)

Accounting Requirements

ACCT 405
(3 credits)
SpringBusiness Foundation Requirements

SCMA 32
5 (3 credits)

MGMT 434 (3 credits)

Accounting Requirements

ACCT 413
(3 credits)

ACCT 406 (3 credits)

ACCT 305 (3 credits)

Total: 153 credits
153 credits at VCU, 0 transfer credits
At least 45 credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level. Course content and requirements are subject to change by the faculty. This timeline is based on a 15 credit semester.