The Bachelor of Arts in Film is designed to give students the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in an entry-level position in the film industry and/or to pursue a graduate degree in a program that matches their professional goals, whether those involve production, screenwriting, or scholarly studies in cinema.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Film the student should be able to:

  • Identify Film History in Context. Distinguish major figures instrumental in the creation of world cinema and distinguish different film genres, film forms, national cinemas, and their production and distribution systems.
  • Comprehend Film Language. Communicate cinematic language in terms of the art and craft of cinema including: mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, acting, directing, narrative storytelling, documentary, film criticism and film theory.
  • Analyze Screen Stories. Recognize and discuss strengths and weaknesses with structural elements of a cinematic story.
  • Apply Film Research. Use library resources; search the Internet, and an understanding of a foreign language sufficiently to conduct emphasis-appropriate research in their selected field of cinema.
  • Write Filmic Analysis. Implement the terms taught and apply them to any discussion and assignment of the field of cinema.
  • Synthesize Filmmaking Fundamentals. Construct film essays, write in proper screenplay format, and exhibit competence in the creation of short films.
  • Execute Film Response & Criticism. Evaluate films and screenplays and communicate through critical writing and oral response.
  • Determine Track Specializations. Select with a faculty advisor to focus on one of these areas: Film history, screen performance, production methods, and screenwriting. Proactive meetings with the faculty professional will allow the students to tailor seven track electives to meet their needs, interests, and career goals.

Career Possibilities

In the Bachelor of Arts in Film, students learn the foundations of visual storytelling, skills that can be applied to any field. Our students are challenged with innovative training in directing, signature screenwriting approaches, the latest cinematography techniques, cutting-edge nonlinear solutions, and interactive courses in film history, theory, and criticism. Once required courses are complete, students can select track electives to specialize in the area of their choice and prepare themselves to pursue careers as cinematographers, critics, directors, editors, historians, screen actors, producers, screenwriters, or professional crew. The program also equips students for entry into top-tier graduate programs in production or research.


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Department of Film

The department of film offers students the exciting opportunity to study film in the heart of Las Vegas, “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” Our efforts contribute to UNLV’s status as a premier metropolitan research university by adapting traditional film education values to meet the needs of individuals, communities, and industries in the 21st century.


College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts provides an academic experience that heightens awareness of the physical, intellectual, and cultural world. We diligently prepare students for professional employment and/or post-graduate study in their artistic area.