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Create something extraordinary that speaks to people on a deep level.

  • Imagine and realize a creative vision through design, visual aesthetics, sound, and use of still and moving images.
  • Master techniques related to camera, software, storytelling, troubleshooting, and the creative process.
  • Harness the potential of the web and social media to share your message.
  • Create a professional portfolio that will prepare you for a career in film, television, and new media.
  • Available online and on-campus

Create something extraordinary

In our BA in Cinematic Arts & New Media, you’ll learn more than just the technical side of media production. We’ll teach you how to understand your unique creative process and create work that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

Our classes are project-based and focused on building your portfolio. By choosing the projects, classes, and topics you’re passionate about, you can create exactly the degree you need to pursue the career of your choice.


Full immersion in each project

Our project-based classes allow you to bring your vision to life and oversee projects from conception to completion.

Our expert faculty will support your creative growth with individualized attention and constructive criticism, pushing you to new creative heights and teaching you how to innovate.


Available on-campus and online

While our degree program is fully available either on-campus or online, we also offer US students the flexibility to develop their own hybrid model (not available for international students). For example, if an online student would like to spend one semester or more on-campus to take advantage of using all our specialized equipment and facilities, we make that possible! Or, if an on-campus student needs to study remotely and become an online student for a semester or more, that is also an option. We work with you to develop the best format to fit your needs.


Supportive creative community

Whether you’re studying online or on-campus, our classes are a safe creative environment that feels like family. As a student, you’ll be connected to a community of creative people focused on inner growth and creating meaningful work from the deepest level.

Our professors are active in their field and stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends. All classes are focused on highly collaborative projects and allow you to create deep bonds with fellow classmates that last beyond graduation.


Meditate and create

As a student, you’ll learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. This evidence-based technique reduces stress, enhances clear thinking, and heightens creativity.

It will also get you in touch with your deepest self, helping you to bring renewed creativity and fresh inspiration to every one of your projects.


Internships and portfolio

As a student in our program, you’ll have the opportunity to kick-start your career through freelance projects and internships.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have an impressive portfolio and know exactly what it takes to succeed in a media career.

Career areas

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Cinematic arts & films

students with camera outdoors

Learn the art of storytelling, screenwriting, producing, directing, lighting, cinematography, digital photography, nonlinear editing, short narrative film production, documentary film, motion graphics, and visual effects. See examples of student work

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Digital music & sound design

students recording digital music

Explore digital music production, music for film, post-production and sound design, foley art, ADR, SFX, podcasting, mixing and mastering using software such as Abelton Live and Protools.
See examples of student work

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Digital arts

teaching students image software

Learn how to take professional photographs and create graphics and animations using Adobe Creative Cloud software like Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Lightroom, and Premiere.

Featured faculty

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Amine Kouider

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Amine Kouider is an award-winning filmmaker, Chair of the Department of Cinematic Arts & New Media, and a founding member of David Lynch Foundation Television.

He has worked as the producer, director, director of photography, and editor on projects around the world, including subjects such as high-security prisons, street children in Colombia, homeless men in New York City, refugees in Uganda, teenage prostitutes in Los Angeles, Buddhist nuns in Thailand, and Pandits in India. His works include the feature-length Rue Des Vandales and a surrealist narrative short film, The Land of Nothing.

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Stuart Tanner

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Stuart Tanner is Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts & New Media and an acclaimed producer and director of documentary films for the BBC, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, and others.

Stuart’s past projects include Saving The Disposable Ones (2011), a documentary that takes viewers to the streets of inner-city Columbia; Time Team (2004), an hour-long archaeological program for the Channel Four/Discovery series, which uncovered the mysteries of one of the first man-made monuments built in Britain; and Children of Vengeance (2002), a documentary for the BBC on the Arab-Israeli conflict, which won the Foreign Press Association’s Story of the Year award.

Featured classes

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Cinematography

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In this class, you will learn the language of cinematography in its technical and aesthetic forms; explore the fundamentals of camera position and light set-ups; practice camera movements, handheld techniques, and learn about the power of the frame in conveying a story.

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Art of story

canm online art of story

This course will examine the range of narrative forms and narrative devices that have been used since the dawn of time right up until the modern day. We will discover that although the forms and types of media used might have changed as technology has advanced, in fact, most of the essential forms of narrative used in creative works have been with us for ages.

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Power of social media marketing

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In this course, students will learn to harness the power of media marketing in the Internet age by using social sites – such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn – for their current, future or imagined businesses. Students will learn key marketing and branding concepts, and gain hands-on experience with visual marketing and modern content marketing.

FAQ

No. We will teach you everything from scratch. All you need is the will to learn and some passion for the area you choose to learn. Experience always helps but we’re here to guide you through the entire process from start to finish.
  • Online Students: Yes. Our classes use up-to-date, industry-standard software like the Adobe Creative Cloud software. As a student, you are required to purchase your own Adobe Creative Cloud license. It costs $19.99/month for the first year and then $29.99/month every year after that. On top of that, you’ll have to purchase your own equipment. We will provide you with links to find the best computer, camera, lighting, and sound equipment for your budget. Contact your financial aid officer about additional grants and loans for purchasing equipment.
  • On-campus students: Yes. Each on-campus CANM class has a $20 lab fee to help pay for our expenses. This lab fee will give you access to state of the art equipment and software ranging from computer, camera, lights and sound equipment to software required to go through your classes.
We have professional state of the art film/video, photography and sound studios as well as Youtube and podcast recording rooms and a media lounge available for our on-campus students. All you need to access our spaces and equipment is training on how to use the equipment and a $20 per class lab fee. The lab fee that you pay allows you to check out film and audio equipment and studio space for the duration of the class. You can also check out equipment even if you’re not taking a CANM class for that particular class.
Yes. However, before you enroll you’ll need to learn the TM technique since it is a key element of Consciousness-Based education. This instruction will be in-person with a certified TM teacher near you. Since we offer an on-campus program as well, US-based students can opt to study on-campus for a semester or longer any time during your education.
  • Before your first class

    All MIU students practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique. If you have not learned it yet:

    • MIU has a special TM course fee of $190 for students.
    • Learn the TM® technique before beginning class at MIU.
    • Contact your admissions counselor for details.
    • Find information on the TM technique or search for a TM teacher at TM.org
  • Most on-campus students are encouraged to learn TM before arrival on campus but have the option to learn upon arrival. Ask your admissions counselor for details.

Undergraduate degree students can apply transfer credits to cover electives, some general education requirements, and up to half the course work in the major, for a maximum of 90 total credits. General transfer credits are accepted for courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher. The academic department of your major sets the policies for major transfer credits, and this varies by major. The Office of Admissions only evaluates for general transfer credits; you will be connected with a separate academic advisor to evaluate for major transfer credits/waivers.

You should plan to spend 12-14 hours per week for a 4-credit course. If you are taking two courses at a time, you should plan to spend 24-28 hours per week reading, creating assignments, writing discussion forum posts, and studying course materials.

There are two semester terms, plus a January term and a summer term, in the academic school year.

  • Online students: 4-credit courses are eight weeks long and 2-credit course are four weeks long.
  • On-campus students: 4-credit courses are 4 weeks long and 2-credit course are 2 weeks long.
  • Online students: You can take one or two courses at a time. Choose the pace that is best for you. Full-time students take 12 credits or more per semester, and Three-quarters time students take 9-11 credits per semester
  • On-campus students: Full-time only, 12 credits or more per semester
Yes, financial aid is available to eligible degree-seeking students. See Cost & Aid for tuition and an estimate of your financial aid. Also, feel free to contact our financial aid office at finaid@miu.edu or (641) 472-1156.

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