Motion Pictures, BSC

Transcultural. Transmedial. Transformative.

Study film production, producing and screenwriting with an innovative and independent streak.

The Motion Picture Undergraduate Program offers a complete curriculum for a new generation of media specialists, providing historical context and embracing the moving image creative process from writing and development through production and post-production to all forms of exhibition - theatrical, TV, web, devices and transmedia. Students start making films in their first semester and participate in hands-on production courses through the program!

Visual storytelling requires technical skill, historical perspective and the ability to think critically in cinematic terms. The undergraduate Motion Pictures major provides the practical, collaborative and analytical skills required in today’s global and complex media environments.

Featured Work

A few of our latest Motion Pictures projects, all done by our very own students and faculty.

Groups & Organizations


  • Canes Film Festival

    The University of Miami Department of Cinema and Interactive Media 17th annual CANES FILM FESTIVAL (May 2-3-4) is a competitive festival open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Motion Pictures Program at UM. The films are juried by a panel of professionals from the film and television industry. Previous judges have included Barry Waldman, David Nutter, Michael Robin, Juan Carlos Coto, Jeff Respress, Charles Vignola, Erin Moyer, David Issacs and many others. Our only goal is to showcase our student’s amazing talent, hard work and accomplishments. Prepare yourself for the three days of student films, panels, and parties that celebrate the art of film-making - UM-style!

  • UFILM Studios

    A student-run organization comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Communication's Motion Picture program and the University at large. The primary mission is to promote film production at both at the university and area level. The orgainization annually sponsors workshops, seminars, special film screenings, and a visiting filmmaker program. Sponsors the 'Canes Film Festival, a bi-annual showcase of student-produced work.

Featured Courses


Advanced work with camera, lighting, and grip equipment on exercises and projects.

Advanced concepts in aesthetics and theories of picture and sound editing, mixing, color correction, and finishing techniques.

This is an advanced animation, compositing, and motion graphics workshop in which students will design a three to five minute production from script to final product.

A continuation of CMP 326. Study of, and practice in, writing feature length, narrative motion picture scripts. Attention is given to cinematic structure, t he development of character, and its presentation on screen. Emphasis is placed on bringing the script to a completed draft.

An examination of the industry's three part structure-production, distribution and exhibition. Consideration given to intellectual property, motion picture "creative accounting" and changes affected by new technologies. Surveys both studio films and independents.

To teach the craft of directing through exercises, screen work, and readings.

This course is designed to teach students how to tell compelling cinematic documentary stories with a clear and effective point-of-view. We will compare and analyze various styles of documentary storytelling and use these methods in creating effective documentaries films. An emphasis will be put on the various styles of documentary filmmaking.

Post production sound editing and design is a seminar/workshop that provides a practical and theorectical introduction to sound and its function in the narrative moving image process. The course explores the process from production recording through the final mix.

Examination of the aesthetic, social, and economic aspects of the motion picture industry. Concentration on the present state of the medium with particular emphasis on future trends.

An introduction to the structures and techniques of writing situation-comedy an d dramatic series television.