Roy H. Park School of Communications

Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Elisabeth Nonas, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts administers two degree programs: the bachelor of science program in cinema and photography and the bachelor of fine arts program in film, photography, and visual arts. Both offer a variety of experiences in the conceptual, design, and production phases of film and photography. The department also offers a minor in still photography. The departmental curriculum provides the critical, theoretical, and historical frames of reference necessary for informed communication and creative expression, as well as technical fluency with the media.

The bachelor of science (B.S.) program in cinema and photography (120 credits) has three concentrations -- cinema production, screenwriting, and still photography. Majors typically choose their concentration before registration for the first semester of their sophomore year. The bachelor of science program allows students to choose a significant number of elective courses and/or minors from the broad range of offerings at the College.

The bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) program in film, photography, and visual arts (120 credit hours) emphasizes an interdisciplinary focus in a production-intensive communications and fine arts program. It combines the same course requirements found in the cinema production concentration of the B.S. program with significant additional required coursework in still photography and required supplemental courses in video production, studio art, and art history. The B.F.A. program is more tightly structured than the B.S. program, with fewer open electives. Planning for off-campus semesters (in London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., or elsewhere) must be done carefully.

Entering majors in both degree programs must have their own light meters and digital SLR cameras. In addition, students must pay for laboratory services and purchase materials such as photographic film and paper, mounting board, motion picture film, videotapes, and digital storage media. Because of the large number of required production courses, B.F.A. applicants should be aware that they will incur additional expenses for supplies.

Cinema and Photography, B.S.
Film, Photography, and Visual Arts, B.F.A.
Still Photography Minor

B.S. in Cinema and Photography

Academic Policies

In addition to meeting general College guidelines for academic standing and the Park School academic policies, majors in cinema and photography are required to maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50. All majors must complete a minimum of 60 credits outside communications, which includes the distribution requirements, and a minimum of 60 credits in courses designated as liberal arts (LA).

Requirements for the Major in Cinema and Photography, B.S.

*Denotes a liberal arts course

Departmental requirements

CNPH 10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis*

3

CNPH 11100

Cinema Production I

4

CNPH 14100

Introduction to Photography*

4

 

Total, departmental requirements

11

Additional requirements for the cinema production concentration

CNPH 21400

Hollywood and American Film

4

CNPH 21001-21099

Special Topics in Cinema Production

3

CNPH 20200 Cinema in Exhibition (must be taken concurrently with CNPH 21001-21099) 1
CNPH 22400 Cinema Production II 4

CNPH 23300

Screenwriting

3

Choose one of the following:

CNPH 30000

Fiction Film Theory (3)

 

CNPH 30100

Nonfiction Film Theory (3)

3

Choose two of the following (one must be CNPH 32100, CNPH 32200, CNPH 32300, or CNPH 32400):

CNPH 32100

Advanced Cinema Production: Fiction (4)

 

CNPH 32200

Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction (4)

 

CNPH 32300

Advanced Cinema Production: Experimental (4)

 

CNPH 32400

Advanced Cinema Production: Animation (4)

 

CNPH 33001-33099

Special Topics in Advanced Cinema Production (4)

8

Choose one of the following:

CNPH 42000

Thesis Cinema Production (4)

 

CNPH 45000

Cinema Production Practicum (4)

4

 

Total, cinema production concentration

30

Additional requirements for the screenwriting concentration

THPA 16000

Introduction to Theater*

3

ENGL 2xx00

Level-2 English course*

3

WRTG 20500

Personal Essay*

3

CNPH 21400

Hollywood and American Film*

4

CNPH 23300

Screenwriting

3

WRTG 3xx00

Level-3 writing course*

3

CNPH 33300

Advanced Screenwriting

3

TVR 33300

Writing for Series Television

3

CNPH 43201-43299

Selected Topics in Screenwriting

3

CNPH 43300

Screenwriting Workshop

3

Choose one of the following:

CNPH 33300

Advanced Screenwriting+ (3)

 

TVR 43100

Advanced Writing for Television (3)

3

Choose one of the following:

CNPH 30000

Fiction Film Theory* (3)

 

CNPH 30100

Nonfiction Film Theory* (3)

3

Choose one of the following:

ENGL 1xx00

Level-1 English course* (3)

 

ENGL 2xx00

Level-2 English course* (3)

3

Choose one of the following:

WRTG 15000

Affiliate to Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis* (3)

 

WRTG 10600

Academic Writing I* (3)

 

WRTG 11100

Academic Writing II (3)

3

Choose one of the following:

THPA 13100

Acting I* (3)

 

SPCM 13200

Storytelling* (3)

 

SPCM 23000

Analysis and Performance of Literature* (3)

3

 

Total, screenwriting concentration

46

+May be repeated once. Students may opt to take TVR 43100 instead of a second semester of CNPH 33300.

Additional requirements for the still photography concentration

CNPH 20310

The Photograph in Exhibition

1

CNPH 24000

History of Photography*

3

CNPH 24200

Intermediate Photography

4

CNPH 30401-30499

Photography: Selected Topics (two sections required)

8

CNPH 40200

Photographers' Forum

1

CNPH 44000

Contemporary Photographic Issues*

3

CNPH 44300

Photo Workshop

4

Choose two of the following:

ARTH 13500

Visual Culture*

 

ARTH 25100

Nineteenth-Century European Art*

 

ARTH 25200

Twentieth-Century European Art*

 

ARTH 27500

Selected Topics in Art History*

 

ARTH 28300

American Visual Culture*

 

ARTH 28500

Art since 1960*

 

ARTH 35000

Studies in Art from Baroque to Modern*

 

ARTH 37500

Selected Topics in Art History*

 

ARTH 39000

Introduction to Museology*

6

Choose one of the following:

WRTG 10600

Academic Writing I (3)

 

WRTG 11100

Academic Writing II (3)

3

 

Total, still photography concentration

33

Summary

Departmental requirements

11

Concentration requirements:

30-46

Cinema Production (30)

 30

Screenwriting (46)

 46

Still Photography (33)

 33

Electives

63-79

Total, B.S. in cinema and photography

120

B.F.A. in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts

Academic Policies

In addition to meeting general College guidelines for academic standing and the Park School academic policies, majors in film, photography, and visual arts are required to maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50. All majors must complete a minimum of 48 credits outside communications, which includes the distribution requirements, and a minimum of 25 percent of their credits (normally 30 credits) in courses designated as liberal arts.

Requirements for the Major in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts, B.F.A.

*Denotes a liberal arts course

Departmental requirements

CNPH 10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis*

3

CNPH 11100

Cinema Production I

4

CNPH 14100

Introduction to Photography*

4

CNPH 22400

Cinema Production II

4

CNPH 23300

Screenwriting

3

CNPH 24000

History of Photography*

3

CNPH 24200

Intermediate Photography

4

CNPH 44000

Contemporary Photographic Issues*

3

Choose one of the following:

CNPH 21001-21099

Special Topics in Cinema Production (3)

 

CNPH 21400

Hollywood and American Film* (4)

3-4

Choose one of the following:

CNPH 30000

Fiction Film Theory* (3)

 

CNPH 30100

Nonfiction Film Theory* (3)

3

Choose three of the following:

CNPH 32100

Advanced Cinema Production: Fiction (4)

 

CNPH 32200

Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction (4)

 

CNPH 32300

Advanced Cinema Production: Experimental (4)

 

CNPH 32400

Advanced Cinema Production: Animation (4)

 

CNPH 33001-33099

Selected Topics in Advanced Cinema Production (4)

 

CNPH 30400-30499 Photography: Selected Topics (4)  
TVR 31000 Experimental Video: Production and Criticism (4)  
TVR 37100 Advanced Audio Production (4)  
TVR 30900 Motion Graphics and Animation (4) 12

Choose two of the following:

CNPH 42000

Thesis: Cinema Production (4)

4

CNPH 44300

Photo Workshop (3)

3

TVR 49100

Senior Media Thesis (4)

8

 

Total, departmental requirements

54-55

Additional requirements

Art history supplement

ARTH 1xxxx

One level-1 art history course*

3

ARTH 2xxxx or ARTH 3xxxx

Two level-2 or level-3 art history courses*

6

 

Total, art history supplement

9

Directed elective

Choose one of the following, or up to one open elective from the art department as preapproved by the faculty academic adviser or the department chair:

ART 12000

Two-Dimensional Design* (3)

 

ART 13000

Introduction to Drawing* (3)

 
ART 15000 Introduction to Sculpture (3)  
ART 15400 Printmaking--Intaglio/Relief (3)  

ART 22000

Intermediate Drawing (3)

 

ART 25000

Intermediate Sculpture (3)

 
ART 25500 Printmaking--Silk Screen (3)  
ART 25600 Printmaking--Lithography (3)  
ART 27000 Book Design (3)  
ART 38000 Computer Art and Animation (3) 3
 

Total, directed elective

12

Summary

Total requirements

66-67

Open electives

53-54

Total, B.F.A. in film, photography, and visual arts

120

Minor in Still Photography

Coordinator TBA

A minor in still photography provides opportunities to develop a systematic knowledge of the discipline. Minors must be declared through consultation with still photography faculty and approved by the chair of the cinema, photography, and media arts department. Applicants to the minor must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance into the minor.

Not open to majors in cinema and photography or in film, photography, and visual arts.

Required courses for the minor

CNPH 14100

Introduction to Photography

4

CNPH 24000

History of Photography

3

CNPH 24200

Intermediate Photography

4

CNPH 44300

Photo Workshop or

 

CNPH 30400-99

Selected Topics in Photography

4

 

Photography elective (any offering from 
CNPH 30400-99 that is a different topic)

4

 

Total, minor in still photography

19

Note: Transfer courses are not accepted to meet requirements of the minor.