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.
- 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.
- 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. Note: These courses are not included in the major GPA.
- 3 credit hours in United States history (HIST-xxx).
- 3 credit hours in economics (ECON-xxx) or MKTG-250.
- A minor or second major outside the School of Communication.
- Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.
Complete the following with grades of C or better:
United States History
- 3 credit hours in United States history (HIST-xxx)
Economics or Marketing
- 3 credit hours in economics (ECON-xxx)
- MKTG-250 Fundamentals of Marketing and Business for Communications (3)
Outside Minor or Second Major
- A minor or second major outside of the School of Communication
Communication Requirements (39-42 credit hours)
Core (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-365 Digital Media and Culture (3)
- COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics (3)
- COMM-411 History of Documentary (3)
- COMM-412 Social Documentary (3)
- COMM-413 Producing Film and Video (3)
- COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema (3)
- COMM-415 Children, Youth, and Digital Culture (3)
- COMM-416 Topics in Film and Media Arts (3)
- COMM-477 History of Photography (3)
- COMM-503 Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism Management (3)
- COMM-514 Censorship and Media (3)
- COMM-520 History of Animation (3)
- COMM-524 Producing Environmental and Wildlife Films (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-391 Internship (1-3)
- COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3)
- COMM-438 Production Practicum (1-3)
- COMM-455 Motion Graphics and Effects II (3)
- COMM-456 Dramatic Production (3)
- COMM-463 Techniques and Aesthetics of Editing (3)
- COMM-464 Directing for Camera (3)
- COMM-466 Advanced Writing for Film (3)
- COMM-471 Film Technology and Practice (9) (Prague)
- COMM-476 Photojournalism and Social Documentary (3)
- COMM-478 Large Format and Commercial Photography (3)
- COMM-483 Advanced Writing for Documentary Film (3)
- COMM-484 Advanced Writing for Television (3)
- COMM-486 Documentary Production (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-565 Advanced Visual Media Portfolio (3)
- COMM-568 Environmental Filmmaking for Public Television (3)
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.