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
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Screenwriting
Introduction to Film Production
Business of Motion Pictures
Select three of the following:9
Essentials of Documentary Film
Introduction To Game Design
Writing for Series Television
Post Production Sound Editing and Design
Cinematography
Editing
360 Immersive Storytelling
Writing the Feature Film-Online
Special Topics in Motion Pictures
Directing Techniques I
Global Issues & Filmmaking: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Legal Aspects of Motion Pictures
Mobile Application Development
Advanced Television Writing
Science Documentary Production
Documentary Production
Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution
Producing the Motion Picture
Motion Picture Internship
Projects and Directed Research
Motion Graphics And Compositing
Special Topics in Motion Picture
Directing the Actor for Film
CIM courses not on this list must be approved by the Motion Pictures advisor.
Select two of the following:6
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 or faculty adviser.  

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, JMM 285,
Finite Mathematics
or Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management
or Statistical Reasoning For Strategic Communication
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
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Intermediate Screenwriting  
Introduction to Film Production  
Business of Motion Pictures  
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 3 credits in CIM electives from UM Bulletin 3
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  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
Select 3 credits in CIM electives from UM Bulletin 3
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  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Select 3 credits in CIM electives from UM Bulletin 3
Select 3 credits in CIM electives from UM Bulletin 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120