Communication: Film and Media Arts (BA)
Offered by the School of Communication.
Admission to the Program
Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale). Students should declare their major by the end of the sophomore year and no earlier than the end of the freshman year.
Students who are unable to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and declare a major in communication are not allowed to take courses in the school after they have completed 60 hours of undergraduate credit.
- 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
- Completion of college writing requirement
- Completion of university mathematics requirement
General Education Requirements
- A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
- At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
- No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline
- 39-42 credit hours with grades of C or better within the School of Communication including core, basic, professional, media studies, internship, independent study and independent reading courses.
- With approval of the student's advisor, up to 6 credit hours taken abroad may be applied toward the communication major requirements.
- Related course requirements taken outside the School of Communication with grades of C or better.
- Subject to the approval of an advisor, a maximum of 12 credit hours in communication transferred from another university may be substituted for required communication courses.
- Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.
Related Course Requirements
Students must complete the following with grades of C or better:
United States History
- 3 credit hours in United States history (HIST-xxx)
Economics or Marketing Course
- 3 credit hours in economics (ECON-xxx)
- MKTG-250 Fundamentals of Marketing and Business for Communications (3)
Outside Minor or Second Major
- Students complete a minor or second major outside of the School of Communication.
Communication Course Requirements (39-42 credit hours)
Core Courses (9 credit hours)
- COMM-100 Understanding Media FA4 (3)
- COMM-105 Visual Literacy FA1 (3)
- COMM-200 Writing for Communication (3)
Basic Courses (9 credit hours)
- COMM-250 Digital Imaging (3)
- COMM-330 Principles of Photography (3)
- COMM-331 Film and Video Production I (3)
Professional Courses (21-24 credit hours)
Intermediate (9 credit hours)
At least 6 credit hours from the following:
Film and Media Studies (6 credit hours)
Complete 6 credit hours from the following:
- COMM-503 Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism Management (3)
- COMM-511 History of Documentary (3)
- COMM-512 Social Documentary (3)
- COMM-513 Producing Film and Video (3)
- COMM-514 Censorship and Media (3)
- COMM-515 Children, Youth, and Digital Culture (3)
- COMM-516 Topics in Film and Media Arts (3)
- COMM-517 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema (3)
- COMM-520 History of Animation (3)
- COMM-524 Producing Environmental and Wildlife Films (3)
- COMM-527 History of Photography (3)
- COMM-552 Social Media Strategies and Tactics (3)
- COMM-558 Survey of American Cinema (3)
- COMM-564 Documentary Storytelling for Social Change (3)
- COMM-569 Executive Suite (3)
Advanced (6-9 credit hours)
Additional credit hours may be selected from the following, or as approved by academic advisor, to bring the total to 39-42 credit hours:
- COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture (3)
- COMM-391 Internship (3)
- COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3)
- COMM-438 Production Practicum (1-3)
- COMM-456 Dramatic Production (3)
- COMM-464 Directing for Camera (3)
- COMM-486 Advanced Documentary Techniques (3)
- COMM-526 Photojournalism and Social Documentary (3)
- COMM-529 Large Format and Commercial Photography (3)
- COMM-554 Motion Graphics and Effects II (3)
- COMM-555 Techniques and Aesthetics of Editing (3)
- COMM-556 Cross Cultural Film and Video Production (3)
- COMM-557 Art of Visual Storytelling: From Concept to Storyboards (3)
- COMM-560 Backpack Documentary (3)
- COMM-561 Advanced Writing for Film (3)
- COMM-562 Advanced Writing for Television (3)
- COMM-565 Advanced Visual Media Portfolio (3)
- COMM-566 Practice of Environmentalism: Policy, Science, and Communication (3)
- COMM-568 Environmental and Wildlife Film Production (3)
- COMM-575 Advanced Writing for Documentary Film (3)
- COMM-584 Film Technology and Practice (9) (Prague)
University Honors Program
To graduate with University Honors in the major through the University Honors Program, students must meet the requirements detailed on the Honors website and have been enrolled as either a first-year student between Fall 1989 and Spring 2014, or as a transfer or self-nominated student through Spring 2015. The University Honors Program should not be confused with the AU Honors Program, which begins in Fall 2014 and has separate requirements, also detailed on the Honors website.
Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees
American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.