What will I learn?

A major in cinema arts provides experience in all areas of film production, from scriptwriting to production to post-production. You'll graduate with a strong portfolio ready to pursue careers in film, video, screenwriting and more.

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Shape rough ideas into well-crafted scripts. Learn about the various design and aesthetic principles of film. And craft your own film production with access to high-quality film equipment and software. You'll graduate with critical hands-on experience and a solid digital portfolio to help you pursue careers in film, video, screenwriting and more.

You'll also learn from experienced faculty like Eric Limarenko and Katherine Hadar, who have both won awards and had their films exhibited at high-profile festivals. You'll take courses on scriptwriting, audio and video production, film critique and analysis and more alongside peers just as passionate as you are about watching and making good films. You'll then apply what you learn in the classroom to the production of your very own film project from start to finish. Students' films have been exhibited at the Central Michigan International Film Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival.

Beyond the classroom you’ll have access to internship opportunities with broadcast and television studios, film and media companies, digital web agencies and more. You can also join CMU's Animation Club, Film Society, and Moore Hall Television, an organization for passionate cinephiles committed to promoting diversity, educational and cultural awareness through film.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Media

Study options

Full Time (124 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,936.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $18,936 Per Year (24 credits); Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $19,560 Per Year (24 credits)
Application deadline

1 December 2021

Start date

10 January 2022, 29 August 2022


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

They must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.