Cinematic Arts Degree: Cinema & New Media Arts

Cinema and New Media Arts (CNMA)

The Cinema & New Media Arts (CNMA) program provides a challenging, creative environment for students to develop their artistic abilities and prepare for future work in multimedia production. Taking advantage of developing technology, the curriculum is uniquely focused on new opportunities available to filmmakers, media artists and storytellers in the 21st century. The program offers students ample opportunities for practical, hands-on experience coupled with mentorship from experienced faculty members. All of this is designed to prepare students for a variety of pursuits, including filmmaking, digital design, video games, and emerging opportunities in new media and technology.

Three degrees are available to CNMA students: a streamlined 40-credit-hour BA in Mass Media Arts, a comprehensive 57-credit-hour BFA in Cinematic Arts, and a 58-credit-hour BFA in Interactive Media & Digital Design.

Interactive Media & Digital Design (BFA)

The BFA in Interactive Media & Digital Design connects the foundational CNMA curriculum to a dynamic range of new digital multimedia opportunities within interactive media (websites, video games, application development) and digital design (digital image manipulation, motion graphics, CGI animation). A combination of specialized digital application courses and traditional studio art courses provide a rich, skills-based fine arts context, while business and legal courses prepare students for successful work within marketing and freelance media production.

Curriculum: Video Game Development, Animation, Graphic Design, and Website Development/Application Development

The BFA in Interactive Media & Digital Design is 58 credit hours and includes courses such as:

  • Art of Storytelling
  • Digital Design & Portfolio
  • Advanced Digital Design
  • Principles of Interactive Media
  • Visual Effects & Animation
  • Media & Careers Survey
  • Collaboration & Communication
  • Cinematic Core Principles
  • Introduction to Video Production
  • Art Methods & Materials
  • Two-Dimensional Design in Art
  • Color Theory
  • The World of Business
  • Media Law & Ethics
  • Internship

The HBU Course Catalog offers further information on this and other CNMA degrees.

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