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    Oct 01, 2023  
American University Catalog 2019-2020 
American University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication: Film and Media Arts (BA)

Offered by the School of Communication , the Communication: Film and Media Arts (BA) provides students with a professional skill set in photography, film, video, and digital media. Washington, DC offers undergraduates a range of opportunities to intern at national media organizations including USA Today, National Geographic Television, and PBS. Students are positioned on the forefront of social purpose filmmaking at nonprofits, NGOs, and government agencies such as the World Wildlife Fund, Smithsonian Institution, and the National Park Service. Graduates of the program go on to have successful careers in the media industry.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale). Students should declare their major by the end of the sophomore year and no earlier than the end of the freshman year.

Students who are unable to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and declare a major in communication are not allowed to take courses in the school after they have completed 60 hours of undergraduate credit.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 42 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 24 credit hours at or above 300-level
    • Subject to the approval of an advisor, a maximum of 12 credit hours in communication transferred from another university may be substituted for required communication courses
    • With approval of the student’s advisor, up to 6 credit hours taken abroad may be applied toward the communication major requirements
  • Related course requirements taken outside the School of Communication with grades of C or better:
    Note: These courses are not included in the major GPA.
    • 3 credit hours in United States history (HIST-xxx)
    • 3 credit hours in economics (ECON-xxx) or MKTG-250  
    • Minor or second major outside the School of Communication
  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA

Course Requirements

Cinema (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Discipline (12 credit hours)

Related Requirements

Complete the following with grades of C or better:

Note: These course are not included in the major GPA.

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.