College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Film and Digital Media (B.A.)

Minimum hours required for major: 44

Special tracks: There are three areas of concentration available within the Film and Digital Media major: digital media, film, and media studies. A media studies sequence allows students to explore the impact of media technologies and content on consumers, society and culture. The film sequence provides training in screenwriting and film production. The digital media sequence provides future broadcasters, DVD authors/project managers, and digital video and film makers with the skills they need in an era of visual media convergence.

Evening Program: No

Advising:Contact the School of Communication office 216-687-4630 or Professor Evan Lieberman, division director, at 216-687-4637.

Financial Aid: Scholarship assistance awarded to students in the School of Communication. Scholarships awarded annually. Call main office at 216-687-4630 for information.

  • W.O. and Naomi E. Walker Scholarship
  • Max Axelrod Scholarship. (Students with journalism emphasis)
  • Donald Marcus Scholarship. (Students with advertising emphasis)
  • Jana Stone Scholarship. (Public relations emphasis)
  • Raymond Dorsey Scholarship. (Physically disabled student with a preference for a journalism sequence)

Student organizations: Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, Media Arts Technology Organization.

Career information: A major in Film and Digital Media should prepare students for careers in broadcasting, digital video production, film production, and applied media research. Graduates with expertise in film and digital media can be hired as producers, videographers, broadcast reporters, writers, and specialists producing DVD-based entertainment, education, and training materials. Those with a background in media studies will be marketable in the broadcast industry where knowledge of research is essential. Employment in the information sector is expected to increase by over 18%, adding over 600,000 jobs to the economy, by 2012.

The Bachelor of Arts in Film and Digital Media: The major in Film and Digital Media, offered by the Division of Media Arts and Technology, introduces students to the universal presence that film, digital communications, and broadcast media occupy in contemporary life. The major gives students an appreciation of the role communication technology plays in society, cultural foundations of media, entertainment and information, and the complex influences of media on human behavior. The Film and Digital Media major offers students a unique combination of academic excellence and career-related training. Our faculty are among the finest in the nation, recently ranked eighth in the country in communication research productivity. Our award-winning production faculty have a wide range of professional media experience.

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Major-Field Requirements

Students must maintain a 2.25 GPA and complete a minimum of 44 credits to graduate with a major in Film and Digital Media. All School of Communication Majors are required to successfully complete COM 101 (Principles of Communication) and COM 303 (Communication Inquiry) with a minimum grade of C. Majors must take the required core courses and electives in one of the following three sequences. Transfer students must obtain at least 20 credit hours from Communication courses at Cleveland State University.

Film and Digital Media Major Core Required Courses (16 credit hours):

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Digital Media Sequence

Students concentrating in this area are required to take 28 credits of the following courses in the digital media sequence.

Required Digital Media Sequence Courses (16 credit hours):

choose two of the following:

Digital Media Capstone Requirement (4 credit hours); choose one of the following:
Digital Media Sequence Electives (8 credit hours), choose two of the following:

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Film Sequence

Students concentrating in this area are required to take 28 credits of the following courses in the film sequence.

Required Film Sequence Courses (20 credit hours):
Film Capstone Requirement (4 credit hours):
Film Sequence Electives (4 credit hours); chosen one of the following:

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Media Studies Sequence

Students concentrating in this area are required to take 28 credits of the following courses in the media studies sequence.

Required Media Studies Sequence Courses (16 credit hours):

choose two of the following:

Media Studies Capstone Requirement (4 credit hours):
Media Studies Sequence Electives (8 credit hours) choose two of the following:

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