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Cinema A.F.A.
Associate in Fine Arts
CIP Code: 50.0601


This curriculum is designed for individuals who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program in the Visual Arts with a major in cinema, film, media production, .

Transfer Information: 

Since four-year colleges can vary in their course and GPA requirements for the business major, please consult your Cinema, AFA Academic Advisor regarding specific requirements and course selection.

Recommended Preparation: 

Satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent: 4 units of English; 2 units of mathematics (algebra and geometry); 1 unit of laboratory science; and 1 unit of social studies.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
CST 120 Screenwriting 3
CST 115 Small Group Communication or 3
  CST  126  Interpersonal Communication  
CST 151 Film Appreciation I 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Fine Arts 1
1___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   16
2nd Semester
ART 160 Film Production or 3
  PHT  130  Video Production I  
CST 198 Seminar and Project: Portfolio 1
CST 250 The Art of Film 3
CST 270 Film Directing 3
2ENG 112 College Composition II or 3
  ENG  125  Introduction to Literature  
3MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Total   16
3rd Semester
4ART ___ Elective 3
ART 161 Film Production II or 3
  PHT  131  Video Production II  
CST 152 Film Appreciation II 3
5___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
PHT 274 Digital Film Editing and Post Production 3
Total   16
4th Semester
6___ ART or CST Elective 3
7ENG 200-level Literature Elective 3
CST 140 Acting for the Camera or 3
  ART Elective  
CST 290 Coordinated Internship 3
CST 298 Seminar and Project: Portfolio 3
Total   15
Total credits for the Cinema A.F.A.=63

1 May choose Social/Behavioral Science Elective with Advisor approval from the following courses: 3 from this list—strongly recommended: ECO 201, ECO 202, GEO 200, GEO 210, GEO 220, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 122, PLS 120, PLS 135, PLS 211, PLS 241, PSY 200, PSY 230, SOC 200, SOC 211, or SOC 212.

2 Students planning to attend Mason should take ENG 125; most other students should take ENG 112. Check with the institution you plan to attend.

3 May substitute any higher-level mathematics course. See transfer institution requirements.

4 May choose ART Elective with Advisor approval for maximum transferability.

5 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121–122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence. Select with Advisor approval for maximum transferability.

6 May choose ART or CST Elective with Advisor approval. Select from ART 140, ART 270, CST 110, CST 114, CST 140, or CST 245.

7 May choose ENG Literature Elective with Advisor approval for maximum transferability.

8 May choose ART Elective with Advisor approval for maximum transferability. Students wishing to enroll in ART 270: Motion Graphics I should enroll in ART 140: Introduction to Graphic Skills.