Transfer Guidelines

Transfer Planning Guidelines

Cinema-related course transfer equivalencies are determined by the Cinema Department faculty transfer advisor during a new/transfer student orientation.

Major and Minor Requirements

General Education and the Harpur College Writing Requirement

It is strongly recommended that students transferring from two-year colleges concentrate on fulfilling the SUNY General Education and Harpur College writing requirements prior to enrolling at Binghamton. For more information on these requirements, please contact Harpur Academic Advising. While completing the Cinema major you will automatically complete Gen Ed A (Aesthetics) requirement and at least one course in the Cinema major requirements (CINE 321: Film Theory) will help you complete the writing requirement.

Residency Requirement for Cinema Major & Minor:

  • All transferred courses must have a letter grade of C or better (The department requires a grade of C or better in cinema courses counted toward the Cinema major & minor. No courses for the major may be taken Pass/Fail).
  • A minimum of 6 courses in Cinema courses must be taken at Harpur College in order to qualify for the Cinema major.

Broome Community College

The BCC course “COM 145: Contemporary Film Analysis” may be considered as equivalent to CINE 121 following a review of the COM 145 syllabus and an interview with the faculty transfer advisor.

For transfer students wishing to receive transfer credit for production courses such as BCC production course “COM 205: Introduction to Filmmaking,” a portfolio is required. Media files or films must be sent to the department chair or undergraduate adviser for review. The role of the student in the production of these works must be clearly stated.

Deadline for receiving portfolio is Thursday of week before classes begin. The portfolio review committee of the department’s production faculty may award transfer credit for CINE 252, but they may also award partial credit and/or specify additional coursework at Binghamton to satisfy the program’s production requirements.

Other film courses from BCC may be approved for transfer as electives on a case-by-case basis.


Mohawk Valley Community College

The MVCC course “HU 188: Film Appreciation" may be considered as equivalent to CINE 121 following a review of the HU 188 syllabus and an interview with the faculty transfer advisor.

Other film courses from MVCC may be approved for transfer as electives on a case-by-case basis.


Nassau Community College

The NCC course “COM 112: History of Film” may be considered as equivalent to CINE 121 following a review of the COM 112 syllabus and an interview with the faculty transfer advisor. 

For transfer students wishing to receive transfer credit for production courses such as the NCC course “COM 107: Film Production I,” a portfolio is required. Media files or films must be sent to the department chair or undergraduate adviser for review. The role of the student in the production of these works must be clearly stated.

Deadline for receiving portfolio is Thursday of week before classes begin. The portfolio review committee of the department’s production faculty may award transfer credit for CINE 252, but they may also award partial credit and/or specify additional coursework at Binghamton to satisfy the program’s production requirements.

Other film courses from NCC may be approved for transfer as electives on a case-by-case basis.