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Cinema and Media Arts, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The Program in Cinema and Media Arts (CMA) at Vanderbilt University  is an interdisciplinary program that combines filmmaking with the study of media theory and global film history. Offering both a 36-hour major program of study and an 18-hour minor, the CMA program emphasizes cinema as a modern aesthetic form and a hands-on cultural practice.
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While the Cinema and Media Arts (CMA)  program offered by Vanderbilt University encourages new ways of thinking, looking, and making, it also develops the traditional learning skills of a liberal education. A core curriculum in film and media theory, history, and both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking is supplemented with classes in the related arts, disciplines, and national cinemas. '

Key facts:

  • CMA courses are taught by thirteen core film faculty as well as over twenty professors from more than a dozen different departments and programs throughout the College of Arts & Science and the Blair School of Music. Affiliated faculty coordinate their course offerings to create an intellectual and creative environment that uses cinema to bridge the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • CMA students undertake individual research projects in the capstone senior seminar and the honors program. Recent projects include: web-based comedy series, senior thesis on representations of the law and legal theory, senior thesis on disability studies and film, 16mm short film on Nashville’s Mexican immigrant community, a full-length screenplay on a fictional Chicago gangster. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Creating the Web Series
  • Exploring the Film Soundtrack
  • Unframed: Toward an Aesthetic of Contemporary Media Art and Culture
  • Feminism and Film, Film & Media Theory

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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