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Cinema at its core is about imagination, creativity, and storytelling. Our culture is increasingly visual, whether you are in business, education, science, and/or the arts. Taking film courses immediately exposes students to the visual narratives that exist globally in our rapidly interconnected world.  It is also an excellent way to understand other cultures that students will be interacting with in the future.


Television/film/video producer

Television production coordinator

Television/film camera operator

BA in Theatre Arts with an Emphasis in Cinema

In addition to required Theatre Arts core curriculum, students must complete the following:

Emphasis in Cinema Curriculum
THEATR 1080 Introduction to World Cinema 3
THEATR 2271 History Of American Film 3
THEATR 3070 International Cinema 3
Select two of the following: 6
THEATR 2272 Contemporary Cinema
THEATR 2273 Survey of Film Genres
THEATR 2274 African-American Cinema
THEATR 3370 Documentary Film
THEATR 4900 Senior Project
Select five of the following: 15
MEDIA ST 1500 Entertainment Economics: The Movie Industry
MEDIA ST 2113 Media Production I
MEDIA ST 2210 Video Production I
MEDIA ST 2211 Introduction To Digital Multimedia Production
MEDIA ST 2225 Live Events Media
THEATR 2270 Audio Recording for Live Production
THEATR 2020 Acting for the Camera
THEATR 4020 Directing for the Camera
THEATR 4271 Feature Film Production
THEATR 4272 Feature Film Post Production
Practicum 1 10
THEATR 2195 Practicum In Performance Studies
THEATR 3195 Advanced Practicum In Performance Studies
THEATR 4390 Theatre Internship
Total Hours 40
1At least 5 hours must be completed at or above the 3000-level.

Film Studies Certificate Program

The On-line Certificate Program in Film Studies is open to all St. Louis campus undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to graduates of UMSL and other colleges and universities.

To receive a Film Studies Certificate, a student must complete the required courses (18 credit hours) with an average grade of C or better. None of the courses may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Up to six credit hours of course work may be transferred from other institutions.

Curriculum for the Certificate in Film Studies
THEATR 1080 Introduction to World Cinema 3
THEATR 2271 History Of American Film 3
THEATR 2273 Survey of Film Genres 3
Select three of the following: 9
THEATR/MEDIA ST 1070 Introduction to Cinema
THEATR 2214 Screenwriting
THEATR 2272 Contemporary Cinema
THEATR 2275 Introduction To International Cinema
THEATR 3070 International Cinema
THEATR 3370 Documentary Film
Total Hours 18