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2019-2020

Cinema

School of the Arts

 
Program description
The Bachelor of Arts in Cinema is designed for students who desire a hybrid program with an emphasis in film combined with a strong liberal arts component. All candidates for the Cinema B.A. must declare an additional major or two minors.  

The program focuses on the art and craft of narrative filmmaking with an emphasis on the practices of U.S. independent filmmakers. The Cinema B.A. offers an on-set experience that simulates the industry standard by placing the focus on Cinema as a collaborative art form. The program offers opportunities for international study options. Internships with professional film organizations in the U.S. are available on a competitive basis.
 
Full-time students enrolled in this program may graduate with the B.A. after three years of study by completing required course work in the summer semester following the second and third year.
Career opportunities
A BA in Cinema affords students a well rounded understanding of technical skill, complex group dynamics and narrative filmmaking. This serves as their gateway to both Graduate candidacy or a wide range of entry level - mid level positions in the film and media industry. Cinema graduates have a unique understanding of the structure and protocols of major motion picture film sets. This praxis lends itself to a variety of professional environments in multiple fields. Additionally, the completion of the second major/double minor reinforces the ability to multitask and make connections across diverse professions.
Change of major requirements

Student must submit application to VCUarts Admissions. http://arts.vcu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/current-vcu-student/


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Camera Assistants
  • Directors - Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
  • Electrics/Lighting Technician
  • Film and Video Editors
  • Grips
  • Line Producer
  • Production Assistant/Technician
  • Screenwriters
  • Set PA
  • Talent Directors
  • UPM/Unit Production Manager
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Art Director
  • Film Archivist
  • Journalist
  • Producer
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5
Department name:
Cinema
Building/room location:
Pollak Building, Room 520
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-7919
Email:
cinema@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to review your CSI self-report, start goal planning, and to discuss tutoring, electives, & degree progression.
  • Take a tour to learn about library spaces, services, & how to get research help.
  • Map out a 4-year course plan in Degree Works' Student Educational Planner.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience.  
  • Visit potential secondary major/minor advisors and ensure that they know of the truncated length of the Cinema Program.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
  • Take the Cinema Practical Exam.
  • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
  • Declare Cinema Track and Second Major/Double Minor and visit the correlating advisors.
  • Take CINE 390 in the Summer.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Consider short-term, semester and year-long Study Abroad opportunities.
  • Get to know other VCU students and meet new friends from all over the world at a monthly Global Café.
  • Join a cultural or identity-related organization.
  • Attend the French Film and Afrikana Film Festival screenings.
  • Check to see if there is an available Cinema Study abroad course following Summer Intensive.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
  • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
  • Intern with local production companies, the Virginia Film Office, RIFF, FFF, CWA, and PA on smaller scale professional film shoots.
  • Apply for VCU Project Grants.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Get feedback from Cinema faculty and staff on your film resume.
  • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
  • Create a website to display your work.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
  • Take CINE 490 in the Summer.
  • Meet with Cinema staff/Faculty to plan a course of action that aligns with your professional and educational goals.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Actively develop your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
  • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
  • Attend the French Film and Afrikana Film Festival screenings.
  • Check to see if there is an available Cinema Study abroad course following Summer Intensive.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Begin reaching out to professional contacts, Cinema alums, and colleagues.
  • Talk to advisors, faculty, and career services about graduate school versus a job.
  • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
  • Create a demo-reel of your work and back-up all the work you have done in Cinema to a personal hard drive for future access.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Consider creating small scale projects with your Cinema colleagues.
  • Regularly attend Cinematheque screenings.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
  • If necessary**** Complete Second Major/double minor coursework.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
  • Attend the French Film and Afrikana Film Festival screenings.
  • Check to see if there is an available Cinema Study abroad course following Summer Intensive.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
  • Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
  • Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences. 
  • Apply to day play on large scale commercials/television/features. 
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services. 
  • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2019-2020

Cinema

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to review your CSI self-report, start goal planning, and to discuss tutoring, electives, & degree progression.
  • Take a tour to learn about library spaces, services, & how to get research help.
  • Map out a 4-year course plan in Degree Works' Student Educational Planner.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience.  
  • Visit potential secondary major/minor advisors and ensure that they know of the truncated length of the Cinema Program.
Experience Year 2
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
  • Take the Cinema Practical Exam.
  • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
  • Declare Cinema Track and Second Major/Double Minor and visit the correlating advisors.
  • Take CINE 390 in the Summer.
  • Consider short-term, semester and year-long Study Abroad opportunities.
  • Get to know other VCU students and meet new friends from all over the world at a monthly Global Café.
  • Join a cultural or identity-related organization.
  • Attend the French Film and Afrikana Film Festival screenings.
  • Check to see if there is an available Cinema Study abroad course following Summer Intensive.
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
  • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
  • Intern with local production companies, the Virginia Film Office, RIFF, FFF, CWA, and PA on smaller scale professional film shoots.
  • Apply for VCU Project Grants.
  • Get feedback from Cinema faculty and staff on your film resume.
  • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
  • Create a website to display your work.
Year 3
  • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
  • Take CINE 490 in the Summer.
  • Meet with Cinema staff/Faculty to plan a course of action that aligns with your professional and educational goals.
  • Actively develop your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
  • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
  • Attend the French Film and Afrikana Film Festival screenings.
  • Check to see if there is an available Cinema Study abroad course following Summer Intensive.
  • Begin reaching out to professional contacts, Cinema alums, and colleagues.
  • Talk to advisors, faculty, and career services about graduate school versus a job.
  • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
  • Create a demo-reel of your work and back-up all the work you have done in Cinema to a personal hard drive for future access.
Excel Year 4
  • Consider creating small scale projects with your Cinema colleagues.
  • Regularly attend Cinematheque screenings.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
  • If necessary**** Complete Second Major/double minor coursework.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
  • Attend the French Film and Afrikana Film Festival screenings.
  • Check to see if there is an available Cinema Study abroad course following Summer Intensive.
  • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
  • Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
  • Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences. 
  • Apply to day play on large scale commercials/television/features. 
  • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services. 
  • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.