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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Film Major - (BA)

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Film Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the UNLV College of Fine Arts - Department of Film web page at for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.  Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Fine Arts Advising Center at


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Learning Objectives 

Outcome #1




 Film History in Context

 By the end of the program students will be able to distinguish major figures instrumental in the creation of world cinema and distinguish different film genres, film forms, national cinemas, their production and distribution systems.

Outcome #2




 Film Language

 By the end of the program students will be able to communicate cinematic language in terms of the art and craft of cinema including: mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, acting, directing, narrative storytelling, documentary, film criticism and film theory.

Outcome #3




Screen Story Recognition

 By the end of the program students will be able to recognize and discuss strengths and weaknesses with structural elements of a cinematic story.

Outcome #4




Film Research

By the end of the program students will be able to use the library, search the internet, and an understanding of a foreign language sufficiently to conduct emphasis-appropriate research in their selected field of cinema.

Outcome #5




Film Analysis

By the end of this program the student will be able to recognize and describe the terms taught and apply them to any discussion of the field of cinema.

Outcome #6




Filmmaking Fundamentals

By the end of this program the student will be able to write film essays, write in proper screenplay format, and create short films.

Outcome #7




Film Response and Criticism

By the end of this program the student will be able to evaluate films and screenplays and communicate critical and oral responses.

Outcome #8




Track Specialization

Each Film major meets with an advisor to focus on one of these areas: film history, production, and screenwriting, short films. It is expected that the student meet actively with the advisor to tailor their track electives to meet their needs, interests, and goals.

 University Graduation Requirements

Film Degree Requirements - Total: 120-122

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 38-40 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits: 19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Social Science: 9 credits 
    • One course each from three different fields
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 credits
    • Two courses from Life and Physical Science;  at least one course must have a lab
    • Analytical Thinking 3 credit course 

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to:

Major Requirements - BA in Film - Subtotal: 60-63 Credits

General Electives - Credits: 18-19

Total Credits: 120-122


1. FILM 216  is milestone course for Film B.A.

2. Please consult with an advisor.

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