IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Degree Requirements

The Cinematic Arts and Technology Department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Cinematic Arts and Technology, and a Cinematic Arts and Technology Minor.

The Cinematic Arts and Technology program educates students in the field of digital media for the purpose of leveraging technology to build Native communities. Our faculty is dedicated to critical thought, inquiry and share a commitment to quality teaching. We offer a rigorous and comprehensive level of study primarily in the fields of filmmaking, screenwriting and cross-disciplinary media studies.

PHILOSOPHY

We believe that informed, educated and digitally-enabled storytellers can actively support, maintain and advance Native culture for future generations. We are passionate about learning and applying new technologies as a method to build and sustain Native communities.  Additionally, the program ensures that students will learn how to leverage the power of media in its various forms towards the advancement of the Native community in the social, cultural, economic and political realms.

Goals

The goals of the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department are to:

  • To inspire students to tell stories about which they are passionate, stories in which they have a personal stake, or stories that reflect the concerns or history of their community.
  • To instill students with the work ethic, mutual respect and discipline necessary to succeed in a professional setting.
  • To develop the technical skills of students by providing hands-on training with industry-level digital cinema equipment and post-production computer software.
  • To develop the team-building skills necessary for students to function as role players in a collaborative creative and technical environment.
  • To expand students’ knowledge and appreciation of cinematic history, theory and techniques.
  • To provide students with a basic understanding of the film industry as a business, especially as it relates to preparing for their future careers, and supporting themselves as cinematic artists and technicians.
  • To encourage students to use the power of cinema to create positive change in underserved or misrepresented communities.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will be able to:

  • Create Meaningful Stories
  • Show Technical Proficiency
  • Practice Ethical Behavior
  • Recognize Cinematic Concepts and History

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

There are 120 credits are required for a BFA in Cinematic Arts and Technology.  Below is a sample of courses. For a full course description, click here or download the

Course #   Credits
  General Education REQUIREMENTS             30
  DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS 39
CINE101 Intro to Cinematic Arts & Technology 3
CINE105 What is a story? 3
CINE210 Moving Images II 3
CINE120 Sound I 3
CINE240 Animation I 3
CINE330 Documentary Theory & Production 3
CINE470 Senior Project I 3
  SUPPORTIVE ART REQUIREMENTS
27
PHOT121 Introduction to Photography 3
CINE250 Action 3
CINE260 Dome Production I 3
CINE205 Screenwriting I 3
CINE305 Screenwriting II 3
CINE335 Broadcast Technology 3
CINE370 The Business of Movies 3
CINE390 Internship 3
  DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVES 9
CINE350 Directing 3
CINE360 Dome Production II 3
CINE220 Sound II 3
CINE340 Animation II 3
CINE392 Special topic Colloquia: 3
  ART HISTORY/THEORY REQUIREMENTS 15
CINE230 Indigenous Media 3
ARTH220 World Cinema I 3
ARTH230 World Cinema II 3
ARTH260 American Indians in Cinema 3
  Any Art History Course 3

 

Associate of Fine Arts Degree

60 Credits

Course #   Credits
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS       30
  DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS 18
CINE101 Intro to Cinematic Arts & Technology 3
CINE105 What is a story? 3
CINE110 Moving Images I 3
CINE120 Sound I 3
CINE210 Moving Images II 3
CINE240 Animation I 3
CINE260 or Dome Production I 3
  SUPPORTIVE ARTS REQUIREMENTS
6
PHOTO121 Introduction to Photography 3
FUND111 or Drawing I  
CINE205 Screenwriting I 3
  ART HISTORY/THEORY REQUIREMENTS 6
ARTH220 World Cinema I 3
ARTH260 American Indians in Cinema 3

 

Minor

24 Credits

Course #   Credits
  DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS 24
CINE105 What is a Story? 3
CINE110 Moving Images I 3
CINE120 Sound I 3
CINE210 Moving Images II 3
CINE250 Acting 3
CINE205 Screenwriting I 3
CINE260 American Indians in Cinema 3
CINE310 Moving Images III 3
CINE410 or Advanced Production Tutorial