In the vast international arena of film and television production, creative opportunities abound for students who combine artistry and creativity with a solid education in film theory, criticism, and production techniques. A degree in cinema can be the foundation for a future career as a filmmaker, location manager, editor, camera assistant, writer, producer, casting agent, researcher, or educator.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Campus Resources for Cinema Students range from equipment check-out options to the Student Video Productions student group, local film festivals, and the Bijou Cinema.
In addition, the university's Institute for Cinema and Culture sponsors major film retrospectives, pro-seminars, and national conferences on a broad spectrum of film matters. It also provides a bank of film information and film materials.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
The Cinema BA is a well-rounded degree that encompasses critical reading, viewing, and writing about media, the history and theory of film, and the development of technical and aesthetic proficiencies in film and video production. Students choose electives from film studies, production, and screenwriting to create a program of study that fits their interests and career goals.
The curriculum features interdisciplinary study of film, the production of creative work in film, video, and interactive multimedia, and courses about historical, critical, and theoretical issues in filmmaking. Cinema production classes focus on fiction, documentary, or experimental film and video, digital animation, and an introductory course on the modes of film production.
The program includes courses in film analysis, critical reading and viewing, modes of filmmaking, a criticism and theory course, and an advanced film studies or production course.
See Cinema in the UI General Catalog to learn more about the major or minor, course requirements for the cinema degree, and graduating with honors.