Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? n/a
When should I first meet with my major department?

Transfers – ASAP

Freshmen – Any time during 2nd semester to plan enrollment for their sophomore year (core classes).

How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Students may pick an advisor based on their schedule and area of interest.
Where can I find information about major advising?
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? There are no requirements, but we strongly encourage transfer students to meet with a faculty advisor ASAP.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? Students should seek guidance from the course instructor and/or a faculty advisor.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

(1) CINE 340: Critical Studies;

(2) CINE 341: Critical Studies Discussion;

(3) any CINE GWAR. 

Other courses to consider:

Production-oriented students should enroll in CINE 310: Workshop in Film Production.

Screenwriting-oriented students should enroll in CINE 356: Fundamentals of Screenwriting.

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

Five core classes (13 units):

(1) CINE 200:Intro to Cinema Studies;

(2) CINE 202: Intro to Filmmaking;

(3) CINE 204: Intro to Filmmaking Lab;

(4) CINE 211: Film History I;

(5) CINE 212: Film History II

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Yes, transfer students should be aware that their Cinema course articulations are often not in place prior to enrollment. They should see a faculty advisor about being cleared for enrollment.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, in Film, Television, and Electronic Media (AS-T).

[Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major? The Cinema major courses start once a student has sophomore standing (30+ units).  Freshmen may take the related (GE-only / non-major) courses CINE 102: Intro to Contemporary Cinema and CINE 280: The Ancient World in Cinema.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?

College of Liberal & Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

Services offered: Academic planning, general education advising, academic probation advising, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities and discovering campus resources.

Phone: (415) 338-1486
Location: HUM 112