The B.A. in Cinema Studies offers courses in film theory, history and criticism. The aim of the program is to give students a broad and in-depth knowledge of these areas. The emphasis is on the aesthetics, styles and forms of film. The first two years of the program provide students with a general background and introduction. In the second two years, the program concentrates on the analysis of specific film practices such as editing, color, sound, staging, cinematography, narrative form theoretical and historical perspectives.
In the advanced courses, student learning will be verbal and visual, written and practical. Students are expected to have access to a digital video camera and an editing suite. Courses are sequenced and coordinated over the period of the degree enabling students to build on their learning in a progressive and coherent manner. An Honors Dissertation is an option in the final year.
Students of Cinema Studies have the advantage of stimulus and interaction with faculty and students in other disciplines and the opportunity to take elective courses in these areas. The emphasis on film form and the integration of theoretical/historical and practical studies in the UCF program makes it unique and innovative.
Cinema Studies is an open track, and applications are accepted year round.
The Film - Cinema Studies Track, B.A. is an open major and does not require a separate application form. Interested students can apply to UCF through Undergraduate Admissions and select Film as your prospective major.
Upon acceptance to UCF, declare Motion Picture, B.A. (aka Film, B.A.) for your degree and Cinema Studies as your track. Film is under the College of Arts and Humanities. Eventually, you will have to declare a minor as well.