Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
CIM 103Survey of Motion Pictures3
CIM 126Introduction to Screenwriting3
CIM 151Introduction to Digital Production3
CIM 204History of International Cinema I3
COM 250Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics3
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Requirement
COS 211Public Speaking3
or COS 333 Business Communication
or JMM 233 Television Performance
Other Required Courses
CIM 205History of International Cinema II3
CIM 251Motion Picture Workshop: Storytelling3
CIM 351Introduction to Film Production3
Select two of the following:6
Post Production Sound Editing and Design
Cinematography
Editing
Business of Motion Pictures
Directing Techniques I
Motion Graphics And Compositing
Select two of the following:6
Introduction To Game Design
360 Immersive Storytelling
Motion Picture Practicum
Advanced Cinematography
Advanced Editing
Documentary Production
Motion Picture Internship
Advanced Motion Graphics and Compositing
Directing Techniques
CIM courses not on this list must be approved by Motion Pictures advisor.
Select one of the following:3
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media
Film Directors
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema
Representations of Sport in Popular Culture
Genres
National Cinemas
Women, Media, and Popular Culture
Media Activism
Select one additional Motion Picture elective 33
Additional Requirements 1,2
ENG 105 & ENG 1066
MTH 113 or JMM 285 or STC 1033
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor, Second Major and Electives48
Total Credit Hours120
3

 If this elective is outside the Motion Pictures major (but within the School of Communication) it must be approved by the chair.  

1

School of Communication students are required to complete a minimum of a minor (inside or outside of the school) in addition to their Communication major to graduate. For an optional 2nd major, please see your advisor. 

2

School of Communication students must complete 6 credits of English Composition unless exempt based on SAT/ACT score or AP/IB exam, 3-6 credits of Mathematics, University Cognates and the Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Proficiency requirement. 

Upper Level Elective Requirement

36 credits at the 300 level or higher are required for graduation. These credits may be earned from your major, minor and/or second major, and electives. 

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
CIM 103 Survey of Motion Pictures 3
CIM 151 Introduction to Digital Production 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CIM 126 Introduction to Screenwriting 3
CIM 251 Motion Picture Workshop: Storytelling 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
CIM 204 History of International Cinema I 3
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CIM 205 History of International Cinema II 3
COS 211, 333,
Public Speaking
or Business Communication
or Television Performance
3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
CIM 351 Introduction to Film Production 3
Select one of the following: 3
Post Production Sound Editing and Design  
Cinematography  
Editing  
Business of Motion Pictures  
Directing Techniques I  
Motion Graphics And Compositing  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction To Game Design  
Motion Picture Practicum  
Advanced Cinematography  
Advanced Editing  
Documentary Production  
Motion Picture Internship  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Post Production Sound Editing and Design  
Cinematography  
Editing  
Business of Motion Pictures  
Directing Techniques I  
Select one CIM elective from UM Bulletin 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction To Game Design  
Motion Picture Practicum  
Advanced Cinematography  
Advanced Editing  
Documentary Production  
Motion Picture Internship  
Select one of the following: 3
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media  
Film Directors  
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema  
Genres  
National Cinemas  
Women, Media, and Popular Culture  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120