Cinematic Arts (Bachelor of Applied Arts, B.A.A.)

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The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Cinematic Arts is a production-heavy program that incorporates state-of-the-profession film practices and visual effects, providing a complete modern digital cinema degree.

Graduates will finalize their studies with a thesis-level film and a portfolio that reflects the career they want to specialize in.

General Studies
students must complete general studies courses/42
Major Requirements
ART 129Design Software Applications3
ART 190Digital 3D Fundamentals3
CIN 100Introduction to Film3
CIN 130Digital Cinema Survey3
CIN 190Cinema Structure and Aesthetics2
CIN 245Production I3
CIN 250Production Participation 12
CIN 253Audio Production3
CIN 255Editing3
CIN 280Portfolio I1
Select two of the following courses:6
Greenscreen & Rotoscoping
Matte Painting
CGI Integration
CIN 335Cinematography3
CIN 340Acting for the Camera3
CIN 342Screenwriting3
CIN 345Production II3
CIN 361Cinema Internship1-3
CIN 377Producing3
CIN 477Directing3
CIN 480Portfolio II1
CIN 495Thesis3
ENT 201Entrepreneurship I3
MKT 301Principles of Marketing3
Electives - Three credit hours from the following Upper Division Classes:3
Editing II
Commercial Production
Cinematography II
Advanced Screenwriting

Students must take 2 semesters of CIN 250 Production Participation.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.