University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students will be able to analyze the complex social, political, economic and aesthetic history of the cinema in critical writing.
  • Students will be able to assess films and film culture in relationship to a variety of theoretical traditions.
  • Students will be able to identify and describe key terms and concepts and major trends and periods related to film history and theory.
  • Students will be able to apply film theory concepts to film texts in written form and in their creative work.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of media making craft as a collaborative and creative process applying theoretical historical and aesthetic concepts.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to create quality media productions including skills in audio, cinematography, editing and producing.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by Constitution requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Total Credits18
1

 See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3
1

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

College of Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees must complete a major. Students pursuing the bachelor of liberal arts degree must complete a minor. Additional details are available in the Student Services section of the catalog.

ALEKS Math Placement
Arts and Humanities Division of CAS 16
Science and Math Division of CAS6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS6
Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above)3
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
MATH 110College Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course) 23
or MATH 116 Mathematics For Liberal Arts
or MATH 120 Precalculus
Laboratory Science Experience1
Total Credits34
1

ENGLISH 110, ENGLISH 225, COMM-ST 110, and foreign language courses at 211 or below do not fulfill this requirement.

2

This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements

The major requirements curriculum for the B.A. would be 30 credit hours of required courses, 12 credit hours of film production and screenwriting electives, 6 credit hours of film and media studies credits, plus 1-8 credit hours of Comm-St 499, Film and Media Arts Seminar.

The B.A. in Film and Media Arts requires 48 credit hours of coursework, plus the one-credit Film and Media Arts Seminar each semester that a student is enrolled in the Film and Media Arts major.  Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their major courses. Only major courses with a grade of C- or higher will be accepted for credit in the major, and counted toward the major GPA. Students may transfer a maximum of 21 hours from another institution, and must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours within the department.

Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.

Required Coursework
ART 114Foundation Digital Design (Focus A)3
ART 206Photography I3
COMM-ST 250Introduction to Film and Video Production3
COMM-ST 330Introduction To Film Studies (Focus A)3
COMM-ST 339Introduction to Film Theory3
COMM-ST 346Art of the Short Film3
COMM-ST 354/ENGLISH 339Introduction to Screenwriting3
COMM-ST 373Intermediate Media Production3
COMM-ST 471Advanced Media Production3
COMM-ST 484Communication Studies Activities (Internship)3
Film Production Electives - Choose 4 of the following:12
Radio Production I
Narrative Production
Documentary Production
Animation
Advanced Screenwriting
Client-Based Media Production
Directing Actors and Scenes
Communication Studies Activities
Film Studies Electives - Choose 2 of the following:6
Mass Media, Culture And Society
Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature and World Cinema (Focus C)
German Film (Focus A)
History Of The Film Industry
Documentary Film History
The World(s) Of Alfred Hitchcock
Topics in World Cinema
Topics in Sound & Cinema
Topics in Gender and Cinema
Seminar Course (taken each semester a student is enrolled in the BA in Film and Media Arts degree program at UMKC):8
Seminar in Film and Media Arts
Total Credits56

General Electives

Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.

General Electives9

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.