About Film and Media Arts
The Film and Media Arts emphasis area combines the study of film history and theory with the art and practice of filmmaking. All of our courses emphasize critical thinking, creative exploration and skill development.
Film and Media Arts Courses
- In our production classes, we teach a small-crew, independent-artist approach to filmmaking. Students gain experience in all phases of film production, including idea development, writing, pre-production planning, producing, directing, cinematography, sound design and editing.
- Students make short films in courses covering narrative, documentary, animation and experimental modes, building a portfolio of original work.
- Production courses and film studies courses are designed to complement each other, but students in the Film and Media Arts emphasis may opt to concentrate wholly within film studies.
- Introductory film studies classes cover basic film history and theory, and we also offer a wide range of upper level courses in Hollywood, independent and international cinema.
- Students majoring outside of Communication Studies may earn a minor in the study of film and the use of mass media for artistic, cultural and social purposes.
Film Festival Support
- The UMKC Communication Studies Department encourages our students to enter their work in film festivals and competitions. We offer reimbursement for film festival, film competition, and screenplay competition entry fees for films made and screenplays written in Communication Studies courses, up to $100 total per film or screenplay. Submit entry receipts, including festival or competition name, entry fee, and film or screenplay title to Jennifer Underwood, 202 Haag Hall. The studentâ€™s UMKC account will be credited the amount of the entry fee. If the student has a zero account balance, the student may request a check from the UMKC Cashier.
(Effective November, 2013)