The School of Communication, Film & Theatre offers bachelor’s degrees in Film & Digital Media Production, Film & Digital Media Studies, Multimedia Journalism, Organizational Leadership, Public Relations and Design & Technology for Theatre. The school also offers Associate of Arts pathways in Communication, Film & Digital Media, and Theatre, each of which prepares students to enter one of the school’s bachelor’s programs. CFT’s minors in Communication, Film Production, Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, and Theatre complement UNG’s many other majors. Additionally, the school offers a Certificate in Theatre and Entertainment Technology. Our degrees provide a strong interdisciplinary grounding in the liberal arts and prepare students for careers in digital media production, filmmaking, journalism, public relations, organizational leadership, other communication-related professions, or theatre, or further study at the graduate level.
The Bachelor of Science in Film & Digital Media with a concentration in Production is a hands-on program that provides students with an understanding of motion pictures as a form of expression, experience in all phases of the production process, and awareness of how to succeed in the industry. The program of study requires students to become competent in all aspects of production as well as to develop expertise in a specialization, such as directing, screenwriting, producing, editing, cinematography, audio production, or creating digital effects. Graduates will be ready to step directly into the workforce or use the degree as preparation for a graduate program.
The Bachelor of Science in Film & Digital Media with a concentration in Media Studies focuses on media literacy and intensive study of the history, critical theory, and cultural studies of film, television, and other emerging and converged media. This program is intended for students seeking academic study rather than hands-on instruction and will prepare students for study on the graduate level.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Organizational Leadership combines the development of essential leadership skills such as critical thinking, effective speaking, decision-making, and problem-solving with the practical application of organizational communication theory. Organizational Leadership students develop outstanding communication skills and leadership abilities and understand how to adapt to various cultural and organizational contexts.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Multimedia Journalism is a forward-thinking program of study that grounds students in professional ethics and principles of responsible journalism while preparing them for a rapidly converging and evolving field. Multimedia Journalism majors develop the news writing and media production skills essential for delivering journalism content to a range of media platforms.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations prepares graduates to work in various sectors of public relations, which the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) defines as “a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.” CFT’s Public Relations program adheres to the higher education guidelines set by the PRSA, balancing liberal arts and social science education with applied coursework that provides opportunities for students to put knowledge into practice and develop career-building skills.
The BFA in Design & Technology for Theatre degree program consists of a one hundred twenty (120) semester hour sequence designed to meet the educational employment requirements of workers in theatrical design and the entertainment technology industry (film, dance, TV, etc.). It is a comprehensive degree with 78 credits in design for theatre, theatre history, foundational courses and theatre electives. An additional 42 credits are taken in Areas A-E core curriculum course work. The areas of study for this degree are technical direction, costume technology, stage management, lighting design, costume design, scenic design and sound design (a minimum of 39 credits in 3000- and 4000-level courses in the major are required).
The Minor in Journalism provides a foundation in journalism skills, ethics, and practice to students who wish to major in other subject areas.
The Minor in Film Production teaches aesthetic principles and media literacy while guiding students through all phases of narrative film production, from conception and planning to post-production.
The Minor in Public Relations teaches students the basics of strategic communication processes, primarily focusing on writing and creating campaigns.
The Minor in Communication complements any major program of study by developing students’ communication skills and their awareness of how the various areas of the communication field interrelate.
The Associate of Arts pathway in Communication provides students with grounding in interpersonal and speech communication theories. This program is designed to prepare students for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
The Associate of Arts pathway in Film & Digital Media introduces students to broadcast, video and sound production, filmmaking, and media analysis. This program is designed to prepare students for the Bachelor of Science in Film & Digital Media.
The AA in Theatre prepares students for further study in Theatre or a related field within a four-year degree program; it may also stand as an independent, two-year degree. The 60-credit program consists of 42 credits in Areas A-E core curriculum course work, and 18 credits in foundation Theatre courses.
The Certificate in Theatre and Entertainment Technology prepares students for further study in Theatre or a related field within a two-year or four-year degree program; it may also stand as an independent, one-year degree. The 38-credit program consists of foundational courses in Theatre and technology specific courses in theatre plus electives in Theatre and Film.
The School of Communication, Film & Theatre supports several student organizations and events that provide opportunities for personal and professional growth, including our internationally competitive Debate, Forensics, Interpretation Team, the Spanish-Speaking Debate Tournament, Vanguard Student Media, the Georgia Film Festival, the Student Film Association, the Public Relations Student Society of America, and Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for communication majors.
In most of our programs, no grade below a C will be accepted in the major or minor area, including any classes offered by the school.
Most of our bachelor’s majors are required to take the Senior Capstone in their final semester. The content of this course varies depending on the student’s major and career goals, but all students must demonstrate an appropriate degree of content mastery, professionalism, and career readiness. Students will also complete a capstone project tailored to their specialization.
CFT offers numerous courses that satisfy core curriculum requirements:
• COMM 1503 Intercultural Communication satisfies the Global Course requirement in Area B.
• MDST 2150 Literature and Film satisfies the Area C1 Literature requirement.
• COMM 2050 Media, Culture, and Society satisfies the Area C2 Fine Arts or Philosophy requirement.
• COMM 1110 Public Speaking satisfies the Area C2 Fine Arts or Philosophy requirement.
• MDST 1110 Film Appreciation satisfies the Area C2 Fine Arts or Philosophy requirement.
• THEA 1100 Theatre Appreciation satisfies the Area C2 Fine Arts or Philosophy requirement.
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