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Cinematic Arts

Key Fact
  • Program name
    Cinematic Arts
  • Program code
    CA
  • Chair of the Program
    Dr. Mohamed Ghazala
  • Program length
    4 Years
  • Credit hours
    132

 About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Cinematic Arts (B.Sc.CA) is a pioneering program for students who aspire to pursue higher studies in the fields of film production.  In the higher education landscape of Saudi Arabia, this program stands as the first and only university degree that graduates qualified professionals to satisfy the market needs for this flourishing industry. Moreover, the Kingdom's Vision 2030 and its renewed and revitalized emphasis on media and entertainment have generated increased demand for creating professional contents in media and film production that inspire the enhancement of a vibrant society.  In this social, economic, and political context, Effat University Bachelor of Science in Cinematic Arts program is strategically grounded to become a preeminent program not only in Saudi Arabia but also in the entire Gulf Region. 

The program is a professional skill-oriented program that functions in accordance with the best practices in the leading universities in the world.  In order to create a balance between skills and theories, the program incorporates a foundational background in the history of cinematic arts, structures of the film and media industry, functions and effects of the media, law and ethics related to cinematic arts, film analysis and criticism, and media research and marketing. The primary goal of the program is to offer an up to date curriculum in the rapidly changing field of media and cinematic arts and to contribute to writing the history of film making in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. ​​​

Vision

To build and lead the cinematic art education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to compete globally.

Mission

The Visual and Digital Production Department is devoted to educating and inspiring the art and entertainment industry leaders of tomorrow by interweaving Effat University Core Values into the theory and practice of the cinematic art discipline.

Goals​

  1. Enhance the Bachelor of Science in Cinematic Arts Program's national and international recognition by strengthening its presence through the active contribution to the output of national and international media and film industry.
  2.  Provide an ethical work environment that is conducive to transparency, productivity and innovation through effective leadership and seek and obtain national and international accreditation and ranking.
  3.  Sustain academic excellence by providing high quality education in media and filmmaking that balances between theory and practice and encourage students to be creative and innovative while keeping to their ethics and values.
  4.  Attract and retain students who will graduate as highly skilled professionals in the fields of production, screenwriting, animation and interactive media as future entrepreneurs and agents of change.
  5.  Attract and retain highly qualified professional faculty in the areas of media and film –making and provide faculty and students with state-of–the-art learning resources to ensure having a successful teaching, learning and research environment.
  6.  Provide faculty and students with state-of–the-art classrooms, labs and other facilities and equipment to ensure having a successful teaching, learning and research environment.​

Educational Objectives​

The main educational objective of the program is to be at the forefront of preparing graduates who would produce and direct films, animations, and screenplays for Saudi Arabia and for the entire Middle East region. The curriculum has a balanced approach in teaching Cinematic Arts courses with a proper grounding in media theories and principles, research and ethics, and social and global responsibility.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Cinematic Arts Program (B.Sc.CA) are expected to engage nationally and globally within a few years of graduation as:

  1. ​Qualified filmmakers, screenwriters, and animators.
  2. Independent and innovative content designers with the ability to identify problems and provide solutions in cinematic arts industries.
  3. Leaders who will inspire others in the cinematic arts industries.
  4. Technically competent designers with strong fundamental understanding and ability to adapt to any pre and post-production workflow.
  5. Graduates with inquiring minds who are able to create competitive intellectual property to stimulate the growth of the cinematic arts industry in KSA.​​​​

 Concentration

 

​The Visual and Digital Production Department offers four areas of concentration:​​​

  1. Animation
  2. Film Production and Direction​


 Learning Outcomes

By completing the Bachelor of Science in Cinematic Arts Program, students will be able to:​

  1. Apply theoretical, critical, and historical concepts when making style choices and in referencing or analyzing the medium of cinema.
  2. Achieve critical awareness and creative practice with various forms of visual storytelling, and modes of production, distribution, and exhibition.
  3. Apply a broadly interdisciplinary approach to demonstrate the role and history of film in society.
  4. Acquire competence in various forms of audiovisual media.
  5. Demonstrate competency in discussing the ways in which film is influenced and shaped by individuals, movements, institutions, and technologies with local and global dimensions.
  6. Employ theoretical and disciplinary tools in the analysis and assessment of film.
  7. Develop an understanding of the industry as a whole by executing all components of development, pre-production, production, and post-production.
  8. Work collaboratively with a team to translate a prepared script into a coherent dramatic film, documentary or television production, following industry practice.
  9. Develop cinematic work based upon aesthetic, cultural, and entertainment values in society.
  10. Identify the formal and stylistic elements of film language and terminology, and analyze the ways in which this language constructs meaning and ideology.
  11. Acquire industry practices by identifying the stakeholders and various markets within the film, broadcast and related media industries, and complying with legal and ethical standards related to the film and broadcast industries.
  12. Develop communication skills through presentation of film themes and aesthetics in essays and in public discussions.
  13. Prepare a career plan based upon critical self-reflection and employer/placement feedback.

 Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Cinematic Arts program prepares graduates to be creative managers and skillful professionals for the following fields:

  • Film production
  • Television production
  • Animation Production
  • Game Development
  • Art and Creative Direction
  • Copywriting
  • Interactive media
  • Journalism and Media
  • Social Media Content
  • Advertisement Industry
  • Screenwriting for TV and film
  • Media Analysis and Criticism
  • Media Content Development
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Media Education​​

 Graduation Requirements

​Graduation requirements include the successful completion of a minimum of 129 credit hours:

  • General Education Requirements: 42
  • Core Requirements: 45
  • Concentration Requirements: 36
  • Elective Requirements: 9
  • College Core MATH Requirements:0
  • Free Electives:0
  • TOTAL:132​


 Program Plan (Animation)

Animation concentration study plan:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
CINA 101 Introduction to Media & Film None 3 CINA 114 Introduction to Media Writing None 3
CINA 112 Introduction to Sound Production None 3 CINA 105 History of Film CINA 104 3
CINA 113 Introduction to Photography None 3 CINA 116 Fundamentals of Graphic Design None 3
CINA 104 History of Art None 3 CINA 117 Fundamentals of Cinematography CINA 113 3
GENG 161 Linguistic Communication (LC) (English) None 2 GISL 171 Social and Moral Values in Islam None 2
GCS 150 Digital Skills: Information and Computer Literacy None 3 Choice Linguistic- Communication (Arabic) None 3
Total 17 Total 17
Semester 3 Semester 4
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
CINA 211 Fundamentals of Screenwriting CINA 114 3 ANIM 215 Freehand Drawing  - 3
ANIM 212 Introduction to Animation CINA 116 3 ANIM216 Writing for animation ANIM 212 3
CINA 213 Fundamentals of Editing CINA 117 3 ANIM 217 History of Animation ANIM 212 3
CINA 204 Film Analysis and Criticism CINA 105 3 ANIM218 Character Design ANIM 212 3
Choice Art and Humanities Requirement- Culture Literacy (CL) None 3 Choice Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages) (LCFL) None 2
Choice Linguistic Communication (LC) (English) GENG 161 2 GMAT 141 Basic Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra None 3
Total 17 Total 17
Semester 5 Semester 6
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
ANIM 319 2D Digital Animation I  ANIM 218 3 ANIM 323 2D Digital Animation II  ANIM319 3
ANIM 320 Storyboarding ANIM 212 3 ANIM 324 Into to 3D Modelling & Animation  ANIM319 3
ANIM 321 Landscape & Background  ANIM 215 3 ANIM 325 Short Animation Production ANIM 320, ANIM319 3
GSTA 140 Elementary Statistics GMAT 141 3 Choice Technical Elective (1)   3
Choice Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages) (LCFL) None 2 GSEM 200 Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research GSTA 140 3
Choice Scientific Literacy (SL) None 3 Choice Civic Engagement Requirement (CER) None 2
Total 17 Total 17
Summer Semester  
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits  
CINA 360 Internship
 85 CR 3  

Semester 7 Semester 8
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
CINA 450 Capstone I CINA 360 3 CINA 451 Capstone II  CINA 450 3
ANIM 420 Visual Effects ANIM 212 3 Choice Technical Elective (3)   3
ANIM 421 Stop Motion Workshop ANIM 212 3 Choice Global Awareness (GA) - 3
Choice Technical Elective (2) None 3 Choice Physical and Environmental Wellbeing - 2
Choice Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement (ITER) None 2 Choice Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement - 2
Total 14 Total 13

Animation concentration elective requirements: 9 credits

Course Number C​ourse Ti​tle
Credits
(Lecture-Practical-Total)
Prerequisites
ANIM 219 Drawing for Anatomy (2-2-3) ANIM 215
ANIM 326 3D lighting & Rendering
(2-2-3) ANIM 324
ANIM 327 Intermediate 3D Rigging & Animation (2-2-3) ANIM 324
ANIM 422 Motion Graphics (2-2-3) ANIM 324
ANIM 423 Fundamentals of Game Design (2-2-3) ANIM 324
ANIM 424 Augmented and Virtual Reality (2-2-3) ANIM 324
ANIM 435 Practicum in Stop-motion
(2-2-3) ANIM 421
ANIM 436 3D Modelling and Texturing II (2-2-3) ANIM 324
CINA 218 Directing and Acting (1-4-3) CINA 211
CINA 320 Advance Sound Design (2-2-3) CINA 112
CINA 321 Practicum Writing Short Films (2-2-3) CINA 211
CINA 323 Post Production Workshop (2-2-3) CINA 213
CINA 324 Practicum in Producing (2-2-3) CINA215
CINA 433
Advanced Post Production (2-2-​3) CINA 323​​​

 Program Plan (Film Production and Direction)

Film production and direction concentration study plan:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
CINA 101 Introduction to Media & Film - 3 CINA 114 Introduction to Media Writing - 3
CINA 112 Introduction to Sound Production - 3 CINA 105 History of Film CINA 104 3
CINA 113 Introduction to Photography - 3 CINA 116 Fundamentals of Graphic Design - 3
CINA 104 History of Art - 3 CINA 117 Fundamentals of Cinematography CINA 113 3
GENG 161 Linguistic Communication (LC) (English) - 2 GISL 171 Social and Moral Values in Islam - 2
GCS 150 Digital Skills: Information and Computer Literacy - 3 Choice Linguistic- Communication (Arabic) - 3
Total 17 Total 17
 
Semester 3 Semester 4
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
CINA 211 Fundamentals of Screenwriting CINA 114 3 CINA 215 Intermediate Film Production CINA 112,
CINA 211 ،
CINA 213
3
ANIM 212 Introduction to Animation CINA 116 3 CINA 216 Principles of interactivity CINA 101 3
CINA 213 Fundamentals of Editing CINA 117 3 CINA 217 Introduction to Television Production CINA 213 3
CINA 204 Film Analysis and Criticism CINA 105 3 CINA 218 Directing and Acting CINA 211 3
Choice Art and Humanities Requirement- Culture Literacy (CL) - 3 Choice Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages) (LCFL) - 2
Choice Linguistic Communication (LC) (English) GENG 161 2 GMAT 141A Basic Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra - 3
Total 17 Total 17
 
Semester 5 Semester 6
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
CINA 319 Advanced Cinematography CINA 117 3 CINA 322 Documentary Film Workshop CINA 215 3
CINA 320 Advanced Sound Design CINA 112 3 CINA 323 Post Production Workshop CINA 213 3
CINA 321 Practicum in Writing Short Films  CINA 211 3 CINA 324 Practicum in Producing CINA 215 3
GSTA 140 Elementary Statistics GMAT 141 3 Choice Technical Elective (1)   3
Choice Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages) (LCFL) - 2 GSEM 200 Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research GSTA 140 3
Choice Scientific Literacy (SL) - 3 Choice Civic Engagement Requirement (CER) - 2
Total 17 Total 17
 
Summer Semester  
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits  
CINA 360 Internship  85 CR 3        
 
Semester 7 Semester 8
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
CINA 450 Capstone I CINA 360 3 CINA 451 Capstone II CINA 450 3
CINA 431 Art Direction Workshop CINA 215 3 Choice Technical Elective (3)   3
CINA 432 Advanced Film & TV Techniques CINA 217 3 Choice Global Awareness (GA) - 3
Choice Technical Elective (2)   3 Choice Physical and Environmental Wellbeing - 2
Choice Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement (ITER) - 2 Choice Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement - 2
Total 14 Total 13


Film production and direction: elective requirements: 9 credits

Course Number Course Title Credits
(Lecture-Practical-Total)
Prerequisites
ANIM 215 Freehand Drawing (0-6-3) None
ANIM 216 Writing for Animation (2-2-3) ANIM 212
ANIM 320 Storyboarding (2-2-3)
ANIM 212
ANIM 420 Visual Effects (2-2-3) ANIM 212
ANIM 421 Stop Motion Workshop (2-2-3) ANIM 212
CINA 325 Writing the Feature Screenplay (2-2-3) CINA 321
CINA 326 Interactive Storytelling (2-2-3) None
CINA 433 Advanced Post Production (2-2-3) CINA 323
CINA 434 Set Design (2-2-3) CINA 431
CINA 435 Adaptation for Film (2-2-3) CINA 321
CINA 436 Marketing and Distribution (2-2-3) CINA 324
CINA 437
Music Appreciation (2-2-3) CINA 320

 Associate Degree in Filmmaking

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​Upon the completion of the Associate of Science in Filmmaking degree requirements, the student is offered the degree of Associate of Science in Filmmaking (As.Sc.FM)

Associate of Science in Filmmaking Educational Objectives

Graduates with the Associate of Science in Filmmaking (As.Sc.FM) degree are expected to engage nationally and globally within a few years of graduation as:

  1. Skillful assistants in the film industry.
  2. Effective practitioners of fundamental principles, knowledge, and skills of the film industry.
  3. Competent team members with adequate understanding and ability to adapt to any pre and post-production workflow.
  4. Competent technical crew with the ability to identify problems and provide solutions in cinematic arts industries.

Associate of Science in Filmmaking program learning outcomes

By completing the Associate of Science in Filmmaking degree, students will be able to:

  1. Apply theoretical, critical, and historical concepts when making style choices and in referencing or analyzing the medium of cinema.
  2. Achieve critical awareness and creative practice with various forms of visual storytelling and modes of production.
  3. Acquire fundamental competency in various forms of audiovisual media.
  4. Apply interdisciplinary knowledge to demonstrate the role and history of film in society.
  5. Acquire an understanding of the industry as a whole and can participate in all components of development, pre-production, production and post-production planning.
  6. Acquire fundamental knowledge for industry practices including identifying the stakeholders and various markets within the film, broadcast and related media industries, and complying with legal and ethical standards related to the film and broadcast industries.
  7. Work collaboratively with a team to translate a prepared script into a coherent dramatic film, documentary or television production, following industry practice.

Associate of Science in Filmmaking career opportunities

The Associate of Science in Filmmaking degree prepares students for technical support positions in the following fields:​​

  •  Film production
  • Television production
  • Animation Production
  • Game Development
  • Art and Creative Direction
  • Copywriting
  • Interactive media
  • Journalism and Media
  • Social Media Content
  • Advertisement Industry
  • Screenwriting for TV and film
  • Media Analysis and Criticism
  • Media Content Development
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Media Education

Associate of Science in Filmmaking graduation requirements

68 credits​​

 Program Plan (Associate Degree in Filmmaking)

Associate of science in filmmaking study plan:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
CINA 101 Introduction to Media & Film  - 3 CINA 114 Introduction to Media Writing  - 3
CINA 112 Introduction to Sound Production  - 3 CINA 105 History of Film CINA 104 3
CINA 113 Introduction to Photography  - 3 CINA 116 Fundamentals of Graphic Design  - 3
CINA 104 History of Art  - 3 CINA 117 Fundamentals of Cinematography  CINA 113 3
GENG 161 Linguistic Communication (LC) (English) - 2 GISL 171 Social and Moral Values in Islam - 2
GCS 150 Digital Skills: Information and Computer Literacy - 3 Choice Linguistic- Communication (Arabic) - 3
Total 17 Total 17
Semester 3 Semester 4
CINA 211 Fundamentals of Screenwriting  CINA 114 3 CINA 215 Intermediate Film Production CINA 112,
CINA 211,
CINA 213
3
ANIM 212 Introduction to Animation  CINA 116 3 CINA 216 Principles of Interactivity  CINA 101 3
CINA 213 Fundamentals of Editing  CINA 117 3 CINA 201 Intro to Television Production  CINA 213 3
CINA 204 Film Analysis and Criticism  CINA 105 3 CINA 21 Directing and Acting  CINA 213 3
Choice Art and Humanities Requirement- Culture Literacy (CL) - 3 Choice Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages) (LCFL) - 2
Choice Linguistic Communication (LC) (English) GENG 161 2 GMAT 141 Basic Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra - 3
Total 17 Total 17 ​

 Fact Sheet

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Admissions
High-School Percentage
Science Section
80%
Art Section
80%
Qudurat *(SAT)
65%
Math Level *DTMS
Part
part 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Cut-Score
512 - 612 - 712 - 412
Effat Placement Tests
*TOEFL+ *TWE
TOEFL (525) - TWE (5)
**IELTS
5.5
Additional Department Requirement
Interview
Required
Recommendation
Letter
3
Personal Statement
Required
Contact Information
Program Chair
Tel.+966 122137946
Assistants
Tel.+966 122137907  

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