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CIN-BA - Cinema Studies


Official Name of Program

Cinema Studies

Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BA - Bachelor of Arts



NYSED Program Code

34901 - CIN-BA

CIP Code


Cinema is one of the most popular and influential art forms, as well as core business at the heart of the media industries. The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies combines coursework in Film History, Theory and Aesthetics with coursework in film and video production. During the program, students will exercise their intellectual curiosity through critical studies of film while expanding their imaginations in critical writing, in concert with the filmmaking process. This combination of theory and practice prepares students for a variety of careers in film, television, and media industries in professions including directing, producing, screenwriting, editing/postproduction, cinematography, digital data management, archival research, and talent management, among others.  

Students majoring in Cinema Studies choose to concentrate in either Critical Studies or Production. The Production concentration requires a Grade Point Average in the major of at least 3.0 and a Senior Thesis Project in the form of an original short film or video. Course work includes Cinematography, Documentary Video, Experimental Workshop, Sound for Film, Screen Comedy, American Myth/American Film, Women and Film, History of Television, Global Film, and much more. For more information, please see.


Upon completion of the program: 

  • Students will be able to perform research in the history of filmmaking. 

  • Students will be able to demonstrate technical proficiency in film- and videomaking. 

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the genres and applications that define the discipline. 

  • Students will possess writing and practical skills related to film studies and film production. 

  • Students will be prepared to pursue careers in a film and media industries or graduate studies in a related field.