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Film & Media Arts (B.A)

Program Description

If you have a passion for filmmaking and are interested in movies and media, consider studying Film & Media Arts at the University of Utah. This program offers students the opportunity to examine the visual art form that defines our time. Through a series of courses covering the history, aesthetics, and criticism of the motion picture, students gain critical thinking skills and hands-on experience in film and video production. You will be exposed to cinema from around the world, exploring genres such as narrative, documentary, experimental, and animation. Electives in women directors, film diversity, film genres, animation, storyboarding, sound, screenplay writing, and other topics are also available.

Students have the opportunity to focus their studies in one of four emphases: Animation Studies, Entertainment Arts and Engineering, Film Production, or Media Arts Production. Whether you prefer to hone your skills in animation or instead prefer experience in both computer science and the arts, the Film & Media Arts program at the U will prepare you to join the next generation of visual innovators.

Take a look at this link for further details on each of the emphases. 

The Student Experience

Film and Media Arts students are welcome to take advantage of the department’s facilities and equipment for help in completing assignments: a production room, green screen, and claymation studio are all available at Salt Lake City. UAC offers opportunities to experience the film area by attending BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) and learning abroad in Italy. For additional academic and career experience, students may complete an internship or research project.

If you want to network and meet other students, participate in an ArtsForce event or workshop at Salt Lake: in addition to social opportunities, this program helps art students transition from school to a career.

Career Opportunities

The Film & Media Arts program will prepare you for careers in advertising, entertainment venues, museums, broadcast media, and film. U graduates have become producers, cinematographers, film editors, graphic designers, media marketing managers, photographers, programmers, recruiters, and writers.

Use the skills gained from the Animation Studies or Entertainment Arts and Engineering emphases to become an animator or video game developer. Or, continue your education at the graduate level with programs in law, business administration, computer science, or film and production.

Major Requirements for Film & Media Arts (B.A.)

Department of Film & Media Arts

**Minimum Major Hours: 56

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required major courses (including Allied Hours).

Core Courses

Complete 2 Semester(s):

  • (This course is taken as CR/NC)
  • Complete 4 Course(s):

Elective Courses (no emphases)

Film Electives

Complete at least 24 FILM elective credits, in addition to the Major Requirements for Film & Media Arts - Core Courses (FILM 1010, 1110, 3110, 3120, and 2500).

Allied Hours

Complete at least 15 creditsof Allied Hours. Allied Hours relate to Film & Media Arts but are taken in another academic discipline. A College of Fine Arts academic advisor must approve a student’s Allied Hours.


**Starting Fall 2019, there have been changes to the FMA course numbers.

Take a look at the following for details.



Sample 4-yr Degree Plan

Note: This is just a sample. Log into My Degree Dashboard (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

Fall Semester

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Spring Semester


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Spring Semester


Fall Semester



Spring Semester

  • Film & Media Arts - Allied 3 Credit(s) - See Advisor
  • Film & Media Arts - Upper Division Electives 4 Credit(s)
  • General Education (QB) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education (AS/SF) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Electives 3 Credit(s)

Fall Semester

  • Film & Media Arts - Upper Division Electives 4 Credit(s), Upper-Division
  • Bachelor Degree (CW) 3 Credit(s)
  • Bachelor Degree (DV) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Electives  5 Credit(s)


Spring Semester

  • Film & Media Arts - Allied 6 Credit(s) - See Advisor
  • Film & Media Arts - Upper Division Electives 4 Credit(s)
  • Bachelor Degree (IR) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Electives 3 Credit(s)



Last Updated: 9/24/20