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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts (CINEARTBFA)The Media School

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


This degree aims to provide students with an aesthetic and technical foundation in cinematic production including scripted narrative movies, single-camera television series, cinematic documentary, web-based platform series, and short film. Studies will be grounded in contemporary industry practices with an emphasis on the systems and ecological nature of cinema production. In addition to hands-on training, students will engage with visual theory, cinema history and seminal films, global trends, and networks/platforms of distribution in order to develop an understanding of their own, emerging voice within the field of cinema.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 60 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Media School Core.
    1. Introduction to Media. One (1) course:
    2. Managing Media. One (1) course:
    3. Thinking Media. One (1) course:
    4. Making Media. One (1) course:
  2. Theory and Industry.
    1. Image Cultures. One (1) course:
    2. Watching Film. One (1) course:
    3. Production as Criticism. One (1) course:
    4. Genre Electives. One (1) course:
  3. Production.
    1. Multi-Camera TV Studio Production. One (1) course:
    2. Single-Camera Production. One (1) course:
    3. Scriptwriting. One (1) course:
    4. Editing for Cinema. One (1) course:
    5. Intermediate Production. One (1) course:
  4. Production Electives. Five (5) courses:
    • (approved topic: "Short Film Production in Prague” and “Documenting our Changing World")
  5. Thesis Sequence. Courses must be taken in the order listed.
    1. Thesis Production. One (1) course:
    2. Thesis Postproduction. One (1) course:
  6. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.

Bachelor of Fine Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A College grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also successfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.