• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Cinema program of San Francisco State University is committed to providing students with a broad liberal arts education focused on three intertwined values.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Cinema program complete introductory courses in cinema history, theory, and production. They proceed to advanced classes across the field of cinema, including media and culture, animation, experimental film, documentary filmmaking, fiction filmmaking, and screenwriting.

Program Learning Outcomes

The B.A. in Cinema’s learning objectives strive to enable students to: 

  • Acquire basic skills in the critical analysis of films, focused by the analysis of representative film texts from a range of periods and cultures.
  • Relate cinema to the production, distribution, and exhibition industries, the other arts, and to society.
  • Identify contemporary technological, artistic, and industrial trends in the cinematic arts.
  • Acquire the basic technical skills necessary for cinematic expression (animation, filmmaking, and screenwriting).
  • Locate personal voice in the creation of the cinematic arts.
  • Produce competent and sustained research papers evidencing knowledge of major topics, theories, and methods.

Career paths

Graduates of the Cinema programs go on to careers as independent filmmakers or as professionals working at the highest levels within the film and media industries — producers, directors, creative executives, cinematographers, editors, sound recordists and mixers, animators, and multimedia artists -- including Oscar and Emmy winners. Many B.A. graduates continue to advanced studies in animation, filmmaking, media, and culture, or screenwriting. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Fall - TBD

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Cinema Studies
  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Introduction to Filmmaking Laboratory
  • Film History
  • Critical Studies
  • Writing About Cinema

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    500

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit the CSU Application
  • Students will be required to submit official, original or certified/attested copies of all original academic documents in the original language of issue
  • Applicants who are presently attending a college or university in the United States must, in addition to their international records, submit official transcripts of all work completed and in progress
  • Applicants must be qualified to enter a university in their home country and have a good scholastic record from an accredited/recognized school
  • All applicants for admission to the University must pay a $55.00 application fee
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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