School of Communication

Cinema & Television Arts major

Cinema and television are art forms that focus on creative storytelling through words, sounds, images, actions and music. They can communicate both fact and fiction through live events, scripted programs, documentaries and narrative cinema.

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Cinema & Television Arts (a separate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is described below) requires 52 credit hours in Communications, plus the 2-hour GST 115 Public Speaking course. Students must complete a minimum of 72 credit hours outside of Communications, including an academic minor or double major or a semester abroad in an Elon-approved program.

Effective Fall 2014, here is the curriculum for the B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts:

COM 100 Communications in a Global Age (4)

COM 110 Media Writing (4)

COM 210 Web and Mobile Communications (1)

COM 220 Creating Multimedia Content (3)

COM 256 Entertainment Media (4)

COM 316 Writing for Television and Cinema (4)

COM 324 Television Production or COM 326 Cinema Production (4)

COM 355 The Documentary or COM 356 Film and Television Aesthetics (4)

COM 381 Communications Internship (1 or 2)

COM 395 Great Ideas: Issues and Research (4)

COM 400 Media Law and Ethics (4)

COM 456 Producing for the Screen (4)

Choice of Communications electives to total at least 52 COM hours. Eight hours of COM electives are waived for any student completing a double major outside Communications.

BFA in Cinema & Television Arts

In addition to the curriculum above, the BFA requires additional coursework, participation in the Elon in Los Angeles program, and a BFA Thesis Project (download the PROJECT FORM and the PROJECT DESCRIPTION), for a total of at least 60 COM hours.

-- Choice of COM 304 Broadcasting in the Public Interest, COM 306 Development and Impact of Cinema, COM 336 International Cinema, or COM 406 Film Theory.

-- Choice of COM 345 Sports Broadcasting, COM 354 Audio for Sound and Visual Media, COM 365 Editing the Moving Image, COM 416 The Screenplay, or COM 455 Producing the Documentary.

-- Participation in the Elon in Los Angeles spring or summer program.

-- COM 496 BFA Thesis Project (4). (Download the PROJECT FORM and the PROJECT DESCRIPTION.)

Students who entered Elon in 2012-13 or earlier have the choice of remaining in their existing curriculum (see box to the right) or shifting to the new curriculum. Students who entered Elon in 2013-14 will choose among the majors that go into effect in Fall 2014.

This page was updated June 26, 2014.

Pre-2014 Curriculum

Students who entered Elon in 2012-13 or earlier have the choice of remaining in their existing curriculum or moving to the new curriculum that went into effect in Fall 2014.

Course Equivalencies
in Communications

Journalism curriculum
prior to 2014

Strategic Communications
curriculum prior to 2014

Broadcast & New Media
curriculum prior to 2014

Cinema curriculum
prior to 2014

Communication Science
curriculum prior to 2014

Below are pre-2014 COM course listings, COM course listings in effect for 2014 and course equivalencies.

Pre-2014 COM course listing

COM course listing, Fall 2014