Cinema is an art form that communicates both fact and fiction through words, sounds, images, actions and music. Whether it's a documentary or a work of fiction brought to the screen, cinema uses a narrative structure in offering a visual rhythm through complex images.
Cinema has the ability to address issues of social significance as well as serving as an entertainment medium and business enterprise. Elon's School of Communications highlights the relationship between creative storytelling and the artistic form and technology that make cinema come to life.
Cinema students are prepared to launch creative and meaningful careers in roles such as screenwriters, cinematographers, film editors, producers, directors, the business of film and any profession that emphasizes writing, visual literacy or aural communications.
The Cinema concentration in the Media Arts & Entertainment major requires 52 credit hours in the School of Communications, plus completion of GST 115 Public Speaking. Here is the curriculum for the Cinema concentration:
COM 100 Communications in a Global Age (4)
COM 110 Media Writing (4)
COM 220 Digital Media Convergence (4)
COM 236 Development and Influence of Cinema (4)
COM 316 Screenwriting (4)
COM 326 Cinema Production (4)
COM 381 Communications Internship (1-2)
COM 400 Media Law and Ethics (4)
COM 495 Great Ideas: Capstone in Communications (2)
Select one of the following sequences:
COM 355 The Documentary (4) and
COM 455 Producing the Documentary (4)
COM 356 Cinema Aesthetics (4)
COM 456 Producing Narrative Cinema (4)
Choice of electives in the School of Communications to total at least 52 COM hours, including the option of pursuing an emphasis in writing, advertising, photojournalism, documentary, sports communications, audio recording or international communications.
Eight hours of COM electives are waived for any student completing a double major outside the School of Communications.
This page was updated July 18, 2013.