The Cinematic Arts and Technology minor prepares you for careers or further study in film, television, animation, radio, and media arts.

Required Courses

Complete the following course:

  • CART 228: Cinematic History 1849-1960 (4 units)

Complete ONE of the following course combinations:

  • CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units)
  • CART 230: The Art of Storytelling (4 units)**

*This course is required in order to take all production courses

**This course is required in order to take storytelling courses

Complete TWO of the following courses:

  • CART 315: Visual Design (4 units)
  • CART 318: Introduction to Animation (4 units)
  • CART 321: Experimental Production (4 units)
  • CART 330: Cinematic Storytelling (4 units)
  • CART 340: Screenwriting (4 units)
  • CART 341: Directing for the Camera (4 units)
  • CART 375: Cinematography (4 units)
  • CART 376: Documentary Production (4 units)
  • CART 422: Animated Short Films (4 units)
  • CART 424: Environmental Media Arts (4 units)

Learning Outcomes

Historical, Theoretical, and Analytical Understanding

Students develop fluency in media criticism, media history, and media ethics in order to describe and analyze the major historical movements (events, artists, genres, developments, etc.) and their interrelationships. Students learn to understand media contextually, in relationship to social movements and between aesthetics and content. Students apply ethical, social, and political analysis in critique.

Contemporary Storytelling

Students demonstrate fundamental concepts of storytelling through written analysis and by creating various story forms using sound, image, and text. Students practice developing written and visual content through such processes as story treatments, storyboarding, script writing, art direction, and visualization techniques.

Media Practice and Innovation

Students develop intellectual approaches and craftsmanship in media production through experiences to include writing, directing, cinematography, editing, designing, and producing. Students demonstrate knowledge of new trends in form and content by creating meaningful, innovative, and contemporary projects.