UMKC to offer new B.A. in Film and Media Arts in Fall 2017

BA in Film and Media ArtsThe University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Communication Studies is pleased to announce a new degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts. Students will be able to officially enroll in this new degree program beginning Fall 2017.

“Film and Media Arts has been an emphasis area within Communication Studies for many years. We decided to create a full-fledged B.A. in Film and Media Arts in response to increasing student demand for this particular major and credential,” said Dr. Lyn Elliot, Professor of Film and Media Arts.

“The film scene in Kansas City is burgeoning right now, with numerous film festivals, film organizations, production companies, advertising agencies, and more out-of-state productions coming to Kansas City to shoot. Our students will get the benefit of a rigorous film production major situated in a city with a strong film culture and a growing film and media industry.”

Students enrolled in the new degree program will take courses taught by the department’s award-winning filmmaking faculty as well as area film industry professionals. The program includes opportunities to apply for scholarships specifically for Film and Media Arts students; competitive cash grants to support student film projects; and reimbursement for student film festival and contest submission fees.

“We provide significant financial support to help our students to get their films made, and once they’re completed, to get their films out into the world and seen,” said Caitlin Horsmon, Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts, and Co-Chair of the Communication Studies Department.

The B.A. in Film and Media Arts offers a rigorous course of study in film and video production. It will also incorporate related courses in film studies and art. Students in the program will practice all aspects of filmmaking: screenwriting, pre-production planning, cinematography, lighting, audio recording, editing, and sound design. The program emphasizes individual creative development, with each student building his or her own portfolio of original film and media work. Professional preparation for careers in film and media arts is also a strong component of the degree.

The UMKC Department of Communication Studies also offers courses of study in Film and Media Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication and Interpersonal and Public Communication.