Southern Oregon University’s Communication, Media, and Cinema program offers a BA/BS degree in Digital Cinema and a BA/BS degree in Communication, with concentration options in Communication Studies or Social Media & Public Engagement, along with several certificates, minors, and micro-credentials.
(For information about the Communication major, certificates in Environmental Communication and Professional Social Media, or minors in Communication Studies, Digital Journalism, and Rhetoric & Reason, please visit the Communication, Media & Cinema catalog page.)
Digital Cinema at SOU provides students with a highly experiential education in visual storytelling, creative problem-solving, and professional collaboration. While rooted in the film school tradition, the major, minors, and certificate offered by Digital Cinema embrace entrepreneurship and innovation to prepare students for dynamic careers in an expanding video arts and entertainment landscape that includes conventional motion pictures, documentary media, broadcast and streaming television, web series, virtual reality, social and mobile media, live and interactive media experiences, film festivals, and cinematic platforms and technologies that have yet to be invented.
The DCIN curriculum is problem-based, merges theory with practice, and aids students in the development of essential skills like leadership, communication, adaptability, critical thinking, cultural agility, teamwork, and conflict management. Career pathways for the graduating Digital Cinema student include entry-level crew positions in film and video production, post-production services, creative development, or graduate study in film and video, as well as opportunities in video journalism, advertising and marketing, corporate and non-profit communications, event videography, and independent media production.
Digital Cinema Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a BA/BS degree in Digital Cinema will exhibit the following learning outcomes:
Audio & Visual Storytelling
Digital Cinema students will utilize the formal elements, principles, and structures of narrative to conceive and plan story ideas and translate those stories into compelling sounds and images, moving beyond technical competency into style, narrative logic, and aesthetic coherence.
Technical Production Skills
Digital Cinema students will demonstrate their fluency in professional pre-production, production, and post-production tools, including camera, lighting, grip, and audio equipment, and software used in story development, pre-production, production management, and post-production.
Context & Inquiry
Digital Cinema students will develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of cinema production as an interdisciplinary art and business, inform their creativity through research, situate their work and the work of others within historical and cultural cinematic traditions and genres, and ground their aesthetic, narrative, and technical aims in film and social theory.
Professional Skills & Industry Readiness
Digital Cinema students will exhibit professional behaviors and dispositions, including responsible leadership, effective communication, time management, collaborative problem-solving, persistence, adaptability, and conflict management skills in all facets of their work. They will also learn to set career-oriented goals and develop a portfolio of professional work.
Ethical, Equitable, and Sustainable Practice
Digital Cinema students will adopt and adhere to ethical, equitable, and sustainable production practices that honor the dignity of individuals, respect public and personal property, and preserve and protect our natural world.