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Bachelor of Arts in Film and Electronic Arts - Option in Theory and Practice of Cinema (120 units)

54 units required for the major.

Students are admitted to the Option in Theory and Practice of Cinema after completing the Major-Specific Admissions Requirements. Note: The 54 units required for the major includes the following 3-unit preparation course not included under the major requirements below: ART 110 – Introduction to the Visual Arts; or AH 111B Foundation Art History II; or articulated equivalent (grade of C or better required).

Requirements

1. Lower Division Core

Take the following courses:

  • FEA 205 Film History (3)
    Prerequisite: FEA Pre-major, major or minor status.
  • FEA 206 History of Broadcasting (3)
    Prerequisite: FEA Pre-major, major or minor status.
  • FEA 299 Media Aesthetics (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Pre-major, major or minor status.

2. Upper Division Core

Take the following courses:

  • FEA 302 Film Theory I: Classical (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Major or minor status, FEA 299 with "C" or better or consent of instructor
  • FEA 303 Film and Electronic Media Writing (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Major or minor status, FEA 299 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 401 Film Theory II: Contemporary (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 205 and FEA 302 or consent of instructor.

3. Culture and Media

Take three of the following:

  • FEA 310, FEA 315, FEA 316, FEA 317, FEA 318, FEA 380, FEA 394, FEA 412, FEA 450, FEA 486

4. International Cinema

Take three of the following:

FEA 392A, FEA 392B, FEA 392C, FEA 392D, FEA 460/SPAN 428, FEA 462; only one of the following may be used to meet this requirement: FEA 346/RGR 346, FEA 454/ITAL 454, FEA 456/FREN 456, FEA 457/GERM 480, FEA 458/RUSS 428.

5. Tracks of Specialization

Select one of the following 15-unit tracks. Courses in any track may be applied as electives in other tracks. See an advisor to determine the most relevant electives for your track.

A. Critical Practice

Take the following course:

  • FEA 322 Diverse Media: Writing and Production (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Major or minor status or consent of instructor.

Take two of the following courses:

  • FEA 318 Theory of Fiction and Film (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • FEA 394 American Film Genres (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 205 and FEA 302 (FEA 302 may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 410 Film Criticism Practicum (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 205 and FEA 302 or consent of instructor.

Take one of the following courses:

  • FEA 315 Theory of New Media (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 205 and FEA 206, or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 486 Alternative Media (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.

Take three additional units of FEA elective

B. Creative Nonfiction Production

Take the following course:

  • FEA 380 Documentary History and Theory (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 206 and FEA 302 (FEA 302 may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor.

Take one of the following two courses:

  • FEA 309 Production I: Cinematography (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to Option in Narrative Production or consent of instructor
  • FEA 381 Directing the Documentary (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: FEA 380.

Recommended for fall semester, Senior Year:

  • FEA 382 Digital Documentary Production I (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 309 or FEA 381 or consent of instructor.

Recommended for spring semester, Senior Year:

  • FEA 383 Digital Documentary Production II (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 382 or consent of instructor.

Take three additional units of FEA elective

C. Screenwriting

Take the following courses:

  • FEA 304. Writing the Short Script (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Major or minor status, FEA 303 or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 318 Theory of Fiction and Film (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • FEA 404 (Fall) Advanced Scriptwriting for Film and Electronic Media (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 304 or consent of instructor..
  • FEA 404 (Spring) Advanced Scriptwriting for Film and Electronic Media (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 304 or consent of instructor.

Take one of the following courses:

  • FEA 365 Introduction to Game Writing and Design (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 303 or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 405 Comedy Writing (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 303 or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 408 Writing the Screen Adaptation (3)
    Prerequisite(s) FEA 303 or consent of instructor.

D. Editing

Take the following courses:

  • FEA 309 Production I: Cinematography (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to Option in Narrative Production or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 415 Media Editing (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Option in Narrative Production or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 416 Advanced Media Editing (3)
    Prerequisite: FEA 415.

Take one course from the following:

  • FEA 307, FEA 337, FEA 360

Take three additional units of FEA elective

E. Audio

Take the following courses:

  • FEA 307 Audio Production (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Major or minor status, FEA 299 with "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 320 Sound Design (3)
    Prerequisite: FEA Major or minor status, FEA 307.
  • FEA 337 Digital Arts Production (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Major or minor status or consent of instructor.

Take one course from the following:

  • FEA 322, FEA 338, FEA 339, FEA 360

Take three additional units of FEA elective

F. Broadcast Production

Take the following courses:

  • FEA 338 Television Studio Production (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Major or minor status with "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 360 Independent Television FIeld Production (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 338 or consent of Instructor
  • FEA 438 Television Studio Directing (3)
    Prerequisite: FEA 338 or consent of instructor

Take one course from the following:

  • FEA 307, FEA 322, FEA 327, FEA 339, FEA 375, FEA 448

Take three additional units of FEA elective

G. Production Management

Take the following courses:

  • FEA 327 Production Management I (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Major or minor status, FEA 299 with "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 427 Production Management II (3)
    Prerequisite: FEA 327.

Take two of the following courses:

  • FEA 339 Commercials for Electronic Media (3)
    Prerequisites: Junior/Senior standing or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 360 Independent Television Field Production (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 338 or consent of Instructor
  • FEA 375 Producing and the Business of TV (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements and upper division standing.

Take three additional units of FEA elective

H. Digital Arts

Take the following courses:

  • FEA 315 Theory of New Media (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 205 and 206, or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 337 Digital Arts Production (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Major or minor status or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 365 Introduction to Game Writing and Design (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 303 or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 437 3D Computer Animation (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA Major or minor status, FEA 337 or consent of instructor.

Take 3 additional units of FEA elective.


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