College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2015-2016

Creative Media and Film

Creative Media and Film, Bachelor of Science

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Documentary - Emphasis
  • Filmmaking - Emphasis
  • Creative Media Production - Emphasis (ending Summer 2016)
  • Media Studies - Emphasis

The bachelor of science degree in Creative Media and Film presents opportunities for students to create production house and film projects, including screenplays, as well as engaging in the critical analysis of a variety of media.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Creative Media and Film?

At the heart of the CMF major is storytelling. Whether through scriptwriting or production, you will examine and apply the traditions of cinema to tell your own visual and audio stories with documentary projects, fiction narrative shorts, and client-based commercial and promotional work. Through the production classes, you'll also be provided the skills and foundation to enter a variety of media industries or to start your own production house business.

In the CMF major you'll develop a critical understanding of the social, cultural, and political functions of media production, developing a strong foundation to either pursue a career in media or to go on to graduate school to earn a Master's or MFA in filmmaking, documentary, or cinema, media, or cultural studies.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Script supervisor
  • Location manager
  • Casting director
  • Editor
  • Start a production house business
  • Commercial production
  • A variety of television news positions
  • Assistant producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Media critic
  • Media educator
  • Multimedia journalism (with additional classes in journalism)

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • 51 units of major requirements including 18 units of emphases requirements.

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, or Certificate Required Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
University Honors Program Optional
Progression Plan Link Not Available
Student Learning Outcomes

Creative Media & Film B.S.

 All students graduating with a degree in Creative Media & Film will be able to:

  • Apply professional standards to the creation of stories through basic techniques of screenwriting and filmmaking;
  • Analyze, write, critique, and discuss the cultural, historical, and theoretical forces shaping regional, national, and international media, including works of creative media, client work, documentaries, and film; and
  • Develop and revise their work based on faculty and peer critiques and audience responses, culminating in final projects that may include fiction, documentary, or client-based films.
Creative Media Production Emphasis
 Graduating students will be able to:
  • Refine their skills in shooting, sound recording, editing, and sound design in a variety of projects;
  • Research, plan, write, produce, budget, bid, shoot, edit, and promote client-based projects in a variety of styles; and
  • Design a video production house business model, including finding clients, and discovering, promoting, and creating their stories, as well as drawing up contracts and using other business practices, PR work, and/or advertising.
Documentary Emphasis
 Graduating students will be able to:
  • Refine their skills in shooting, sound recording, editing, and sound design in a variety of projects;
  • Research, plan, produce, budget, finance, shoot, edit, and promote documentary projects;
  • Apply skills of reporting—interviewing, gathering information, researching people and ideas for potential documentary stories;
  • Read, write, and discuss the traditions and history of a variety of documentary stories; and
  • Integrate other areas of knowledge, such as from anthropology, women and gender studies, history, and humanities, in order to help students research potential documentary story topics. 
Filmmaking Emphasis
 Graduating students will be able to:
  • Refine their skills in shooting, sound recording, lighting, directing, editing, and sound design in a variety of projects;
  • Research, plan, produce, budget, finance, cast, and promote fiction film projects;
  • Create medium and long form fiction scripts; and
  • Examine a variety of foreign and independent film traditions that they can apply to their own film projects.
Media Studies Emphasis
 Graduating students will be able to:
  • Survey a variety of regional, national, and international media forms;
  • Acquire and apply media literacy skills while analyzing a variety of film and other media projects;
  • Examine the various forms of media creation, circulation, and consumption both locally and global;
  • Investigate media consumption through an increased understanding of regional, national, and global media practice;
  • Interpret their own production, circulation and consumption of media both as a reflection of their own culture and in conversation with media users in other cultures; and
  • Engage in meaningful and productive discussion, debate, and open intellectual exchange with others about regional, national, and global media practice.


Major Requirements
    • Media Studies Emphasis (18 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • See the School of Communication page for information about the Communication Core, Advising and Student Responsibilities, and Graduation Requirements.
  • All majors must earn the grade of "C" or better in their freshman composition required course, and their foundation mathematics course.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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