Department of Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing
The School of Fine Arts offers dynamic degrees in contemporary media arts and creative writing.
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.
Undergraduate CNMA Degrees
- BA in Mass Media Arts (40 hrs) — streamlined media production degree
- BFA in Cinematic Arts (57 hrs) — comprehensive degree for filmmakers
- BFA in Interactive Media & Digital Design (58 hrs) —
web/graphic design, animation, video game/VR development, and emerging opportunities
- Minor in Cinema & New Media Arts (18 hrs)
The CNMA program also offers an accelerated, low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting for graduate students.
The Creative Writing major prepares students to explore the creative potential of the written word. Like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, we understand the act of writing as an act of sub-creation in which the writer worships God the artist in the writing of original work. Students take intensive writing workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting with well-published writers in these fields.
Furthermore, these students connect with the rich opportunities Houston’s writing community offers, such as publication experiences, professional writing internships, writing conferences, and readings from world-famous writers.
The BFA in Graphic Design provides students with a comprehensive pre-professional degree in studio art and digital design, preparing graduates for new opportunities in a wide variety of design-related media fields. The BFA degree trains students in traditional artistic principles and career opportunities in digital media. The BFA in Graphic Design is jointly coordinated by HBU’s Visual Arts department and Cinema & New Media Arts program.
The CNMA program also offers a BFA in Interactive Media & Digital Design, which emphasizes emerging technology and digital applications, including web design, animation, video game development, and virtual reality.