Intended for students interested in intensive production, this track offers advanced technical skills in directing, cinematography, editing, sound, documentary, immersive storytelling, graphics and animation. You will learn about all stages of the creative process from writing and development, through production and post-production, to all forms of exhibition.

You will be encouraged to develop your individual talent and personal expression in a nurturing and collaborative environment, where you start making films in your first semester and participate in hands-on learning throughout the program.

Internships, extra-curricular organizations, guest master classes, CIM production-based, study-abroad programs (in Prague, Greece, and Barcelona), and the Semester in Los Angeles Program, give you ample opportunity to further your education in production outside of the classroom.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
CIM 103Survey of Motion Pictures3
CIM 126Introduction to Screenwriting3
CIM 151Introduction to Digital Filmmaking3
CIM 206History of International Cinema3
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 3
CIM 251Motion Picture Workshop: Storytelling3
CIM 351Intermediate Filmmaking3
CIM 451Advanced Filmmaking Workshop3
Select two of the following:6
Post Production Sound Editing and Design
Essentials of Documentary Film
Cinematography
Editing
360 Immersive Storytelling
Business of Motion Pictures
Directing Techniques I
Science Documentary: Autism
Advanced Cinematography
Advanced Editing
Documentary Production
Internship in Cinema and Interactive Media
Projects and Directed Research
Motion Graphics and Compositing
Advanced Motion Graphics and Compositing
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
Directing the Actor for Film
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
Internet and Media Activism
Portfolio Requirement
CIM 514Motion Picture Studio3
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 Electives54
Total Credit Hours120

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 Filmmaking 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 206 History of International Cinema 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 Production Track Elective from Bulletin 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 Intermediate Filmmaking 3
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
Spring
CIM 451 Advanced Filmmaking Workshop 3
Select CIM Production Elective from Bulletin 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
CIM 514 Motion Picture Studio 3
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
Spring
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  
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media  
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
 Total Credit Hours120