BA in Communications Completion Program Fees

Affordable Pay-As-You-Learn System: Pay for only one course at a time.

Application and Registration Fees
Application Fee
(Non-refundable after 7 days)
$ 75
Registration Fee
(Non-refundable after 7 days)
STRF Fee* (non-refundable, CA residents only) $ 0
Per Course Fees
Tuition Fee
($350 per credit x 3 credits)
$1,050 / course taken
Records Fee $50 / course
Per Course Fee Total: $1,100
Additional Fees
Transfer Credit Fee (optional) $ 75 / course (Optional)
Original Transcript No cost
Each Additional Transcript Copy (optional) $ 25
End of Program Fees
Diploma No cost
Replacement Diploma $ 200 (optional)
Replacement Cover $ 100 (optional)
Official Completion Letter $ 35 (optional)
Total Fees and Charges  $22,175


* The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) is administered by the California BPPE and applies only to California residents. The STRF fee is currently zero ($0) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf if you are a student in an educational program who is a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program and prepay all or part of your tuition. You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment if you are not a California resident or are not enrolled in a residency program.

Note: The list of program fees does not include textbook fees, software subscriptions, or film viewing fees. Textbooks average less than $100 per course, and software subscriptions and film viewing fees average less than $50 per course.

Anaheim University provides access to library resources and library services for all students enrolled directly through Anaheim University. However, students enrolled in Anaheim University’s BA in Communications program are required to have an additional reserve fund of $500 to be used for the purchase of any additional resources that may be required to complete their program of study.

Please see the refund policy in the Policies and Procedures catalog.

Payments can be made by check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover), money order, or bank transfer. Tuition may be paid on a course-by-course basis. The application fee must be paid at the time of application, and prior to beginning the first term, students must pay the registration, tuition, and records fee. For the remaining terms, students must pay the tuition and records fee.

Some courses require submission of an original film project; production expenses are also the responsibility of the student and are not included in the BA in Communications program fees.

An application to the Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Film & Entertainment program must include the following:

  • Application form
  • Application fee ($75)
  • One recent color photograph (digital is okay)
  • A scan of a current, government-issued photo ID
  • A high school diploma or its recognized equivalent at the time of admission
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education and/or CHEA, or by the government of the country in which the degree was awarded, in a sealed envelope from the awarding institution with an overall GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent from non-USA Institutions. The transcripts must document 60 undergraduate units* (15 of those units can be experiential).
    (Note: If the university does not routinely issue transcripts in English, original language records must be submitted with official English translations. We will accept translations issued by the university or by the following professional translation services: Accredited Language Services; Berlitz; Liaison Linguistics; Josef Silny & Associates; American Evaluation & Translation Services (AETS); and Education Evaluators International. Translations must be exact and complete versions of the original records.)

* NOTE: A total of 30 of these 60 undergraduate units must have been general education courses designed to develop essential academic skills and not associated with a particular field of study. These courses may encompass written and oral communication; quantitative principles; natural and physical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and humanities and fine arts.

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency by providing original documentation in one of the following ways:

  • Degree from an accredited institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Transcript from an accredited institution indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit where the language of instruction was English (“B” average)
  • Transcript from an accredited institution indicating a “C” or higher in an English composition class.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 500 PBT / 173 CBT/ 61 iBT.
  • A minimum TOEIC score of 625.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.0.
  • A minimum PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report) of 44.
  • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test.
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam.
  • A minimum B1 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge.
  • A minimum Duolingo English Test score of 95
  • A minimum 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET) score of 53
  • A minimum Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE) score of 650/LP
  • A minimum Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) score of 650/LP
  • A minimum score on the College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series as follows: ESL Language Use (85); ESL Listening (80); ESL Reading (85); ESL Sentence Meaning (90); ESL Writeplacer (4)

The language of instruction at Anaheim University is exclusively English.

Once your application materials have been approved, you will need to submit an Enrollment Agreement and tuition payment to complete the enrollment process.

Internet Access: All students are required to have access to a computer equipped with Internet access capabilities.

Required Equipment: 

The Carrie Hamilton Entertainment Institute takes into account the fact that our students are living and working in various settings around the world, and their equipment needs may vary greatly.

    • Access to a computer and internet
    • Smartphone, other video camera, DSLR, and lighting accessories or equipment. Other expenses may be incurred when producing your projects and costs vary depending on the equipment you choose


Entrance Examination:  There is no entrance examination required for admission to Anaheim University.

Transfer Credits: To earn a BA in Communications degree at Anaheim University, a student must document the completion of 120 semester units, including a minimum of 30 units completed at Anaheim University. Anaheim University will accept up to 90 semester units awarded by another institution toward the 120 units.

The first 60 of the 90 semester units that may be accepted in transfer are required as part of entrance into the BA in Communications program, and 30 of these 60 must consist of general education courses. General education courses are not associated with a particular field of study and are designed to introduce students to each of the major divisions of formal learning, including written and oral communication; quantitative principles; natural and physical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and humanities and fine arts.

The remaining 30 of the 90 semester units that may be transferred must align with BA in Communications courses. The entering student will be required to clearly demonstrate the equivalency of these transfer courses through relevant documents (syllabus, catalog, course outline) and justify their acceptance through petition. No course will be considered for transfer with a grade lower than a “C” or its equivalent. There is a fee of $75 for each of these aligned BA in Communications courses, and the overall program cost will be adjusted to reflect credit for the approved class(es).

All petitions for transfer credit must be submitted as part of the student’s initial application to the University. Credits awarded as part of another degree will not be accepted for transfer. Anaheim University has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university. Official transcripts from the transferring institution are required for transfer credit consideration. Anaheim University reserves the right to request a course catalog and/or syllabus from the granting institution for the year(s) the credit was originally earned.

Prior Experiential Credit: 

Credit awarded for experiential or equivalent learning cannot exceed 25 percent (30 units) of the credits required for an undergraduate degree. Anaheim University maintains official documentation of the bases for decisions to award credit for experiential or equivalent learning, following the evaluation standards consistent with CAEL’s Ten Standards for Assessing Learning. Prior learning assessment is performed by the Director, who is qualified with experience in the evaluation of prior learning. These evaluation standards include the following:

  • Credit or competencies are awarded only for evidence of learning, not for experience or time spent.
  • Assessment is integral to learning because it leads to and enables future learning.
  • Assessment is based on criteria for outcomes that are clearly articulated and shared among constituencies.
  • The determination of credit awards and competence levels are made by appropriate subject matter and credentialing experts.
  • Assessment advances the broader purpose of equity and access for diverse individuals and groups.
  • Institutions proactively provide guidance and support for learners’ full engagement in the assessment process.
  • Assessment policies and procedures are the result of inclusive deliberation and are shared with all constituencies.
  • Fees charged for assessment are based on the services performed in the process rather than the credit awarded.
  • All practitioners involved in the assessment process pursue and receive adequate training and continuing professional development for the functions they perform.
  • Assessment programs are regularly monitored, evaluated, and revised to respond to institutional and learner needs.

We currently do not accept students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, American Samoa, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, N. Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Wisconsin, and Wyoming due to regulatory matters. For more information, please call our Vice President of Administrative Affairs at 714-772-3330

CarrieHamiltonLabel2On March 23, 2010 Emmy-Award winning actress and comedienne Carol Burnett joined Anaheim University Vice-President of Academic Affairs Dr. David Nunan in Los Angeles for the establishment of the Anaheim University Carrie Hamilton Entertainment Institute. The Institute is named after Ms. Burnett's daughter, actress Carrie Hamilton who starred in the television show "Fame", the Broadway play "Rent", and the major motion picture "Tokyo Pop". Carrie's talents were not limited to acting. Her powerful voice and experience as a singer opened up numerous acting opportunities including her leading role in Tokyo Pop.

The daughter of comedy legend Carol Burnett and producer Joe Hamilton, and an established actress and singer in her own right, Carrie Hamilton also gained recognition as a screenplay writer, director and playwright. Born on December 5th, 1963 in New York City, Ms. Hamilton was a student of music and acting at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California before becoming an entertainer and filmmaker.

Bachelor of Arts completion program in Communications with a concentration in Film & Entertainment

Anaheim University’s Online Bachelor of Arts in Communications Completion Program with a concentration in Film and Entertainment consists of 20 courses (9 weeks each). Each course is 3 units, for a total of 60 required units in four Areas of Competence that are designed to meet the four program objectives. The Areas of Competence are: History & Theory; Pre-Production & Development; Production A to Z; and What’s New.


History & Theory (12 Units)
Students examine the unique formal properties, history, and influences of particular media.

BACF 310 Introduction to Film Theory 3 units
BACF 311 Storytelling Structure 3 units
BACF 330 History of Film and Television 3 units
BACF 341 Film Genre 3 units

Pre-Production & Development (12 Units)
Students delve into the collaborative and creative processes of new projects while navigating the professional and ethical responsibilities that they entail.

BACF 320 On-Screen Diversity and Representation 3 units
BACF 342 Screenwriting -- Writing a Short Film 3 units
BACF 411 Storyboarding for Animation and Film 3 units
BACF 440 Business Communication - Effectively Communicating Creative Ideas 3 units

Production A TO Z (21 Units)
Students explore how to effectively communicate ideas and emotions through the lens of professional practice.

BACF 331 Introduction to Animation 3 units
BACF 332 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking 3 units
BACF 412 Editing 3 units
BACF 421 Directing for the Screen 3 units
BACF 431 Advanced Digital Filmmaking -- Cinematography and Lighting 3 units
BACF 432 Documentary Film Production 3 units
BACF 441 Sound Production 3 units

What's New (15 Units)
Students examine emerging industry trends and the practical means for cultivating a sustainable, adaptive professional career.

BACF 312 Between Real and Virtual -- New Directions in Storytelling 3 units
BACF 340 Introduction to Transnational Cinema and Culture 3 units
BACF 410 Entertainment -- Learning from the Practitioners 3 units
BACF 430 Digital Marketing Communication 3 units
BACF 442 Producing for the Web 3 units

60 units


Tribute to Actress Carrie Hamilton (1963-2002) Actress Carrie Hamilton starred in the television show "Fame", the Broadway play "Rent", and the major motion picture "Tokyo Pop". Carrie's talents were not limited to acting. Her powerful voice and experience as a singer opened up numerous acting opportunities including her leading role in Tokyo Pop. The daughter of comedy legend Carol Burnett and producer Joe Hamilton, and an established actress and singer in her own right, Carrie Hamilton also gained recognition as a screenplay writer, director and playwright.