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This program was officailly added to the college catalogue this year. We look forward to sharing student work in the gallery in the near future. Based on a foundation of analytical tools and the historical context for appreciating cinematic art, students unleash their creative impulses through a sequence of video production courses.

Advising Brochure, Program Literature: BA Cinema Production

Degree Requirements (for 2015-2016 catalog)

FOUNDATION COURSES: (15 credits)

This course surveys the social and aesthetic impact and development of cinema from its literary and technological origins in the nineteenth century through the French and American development of the early silent cinema, Soviet expressive montage, German expressionist cinema, the French surrealist avante garde, the studio years of Hollywood, Italian neo-realism, the French new wave, and contemporary developments, including the recent influence of electronically generated and broadcast cinema.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd or 3rd SP

This course is an introduction to the basic scholarly and evaluative approaches to film and video art, through critical analyses of narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental cinematic works.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite or co-requisite is ENG 1051 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 1st FA

This course investigates the salient theories of cinema from the pioneering work of Eisenstein and Pudovkin to current work in ideological, structuralist, and semiotic analysis. Reference is made to traditional literary and art criticism and to relevant sociological and anthropological research, but little attention is paid to routine journalistic film criticism.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or FLM 3010 or FLM 3610 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd or 4th SP

This course is designed as an introduction to the collaborative nature of theatre in addition to the analysis and criticism of dramatic literature.  The imaginative process is stressed as history, play-writing, audience, acting, directing, producing, and designing for both theatre and film are individually examined as elements of the collaborative process.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There may be a course fee. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 1st or 2nd FA

The subject of this course varies each semester and offers the advanced student of cinema intensive study of the works of a single premier filmmaker or of a group of closely related filmmakers. This course may be repeated with a change of topic, but may count only once toward program requirements.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall. Alternative is FLM 3610.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Odd FA

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[LGAD3] The subject of this course varies each semester and offers the advanced student of cinema intensive humanistic study of specialized generic, stylistic, and creative problems in the fields of film and/or video. This course may be repeated with a change of topic, but may count only once toward program requirements.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Even FA
Advised Term: 3rd or 4th FA

VIDEO PRODUCTION COURSES: (18 credits)

Note: At least three credits of VID 4060 must be taken after FLM 4610.

This course focuses on the visual aspects of motion-picture production and introduces students to fundamental aspects of cinematography and non-linear video editing. Student projects will emphasize the aesthetic nature of the cinematic medium as a form of visual communication.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 1st SP

This course further develops the techniques presented in VID 1060 and introduces basic aspects of sound recording and design to expand students’ understanding of the aesthetic nature of the cinematic medium. Students will work in a team environment to explore the key components of motion picture production through a series of short video projects that emphasize motion picture grammar, form, and style.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are FLM 1055 and VID 1060. There is a lab fee. The course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd FA

This course provides rigorous and intensive practical training in the techniques of motion picture production. Student projects focus on advanced methods of production management, camera work, lighting, editing, sound recording, and sound mixing.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is VID 2060. There is a lab fee, but students may be required to incur additional expenses toward the completion of their projects. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd SP

This course involves students in the creation of original works of cinematic art and offers advanced students intensive inquiry into specific video production topics. It should be noted that this course is not designed to provide direct professional experience but rather to permit students to explore their creative abilities while employing professional tools and procedures. Students will generate original material to produce a DVD portfolio of their work. This course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is VID 3060 and permission. There is a lab fee, but students may be required to incur additional expenses toward the completion of their projects. This course is offered every semester.At least three credits of VID 4060 must be taken after FLM 4610.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd SP
Advised Term: 4th SP

This course involves students in the creation of original works of cinematic art and offers advanced students intensive inquiry into specific video production topics. It should be noted that this course is not designed to provide direct professional experience but rather to permit students to explore their creative abilities while employing professional tools and procedures. Students will generate original material to produce a DVD portfolio of their work. This course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is VID 3060 and permission. There is a lab fee, but students may be required to incur additional expenses toward the completion of their projects. This course is offered every semester.At least three credits of VID 4060 must be taken after FLM 4610.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd SP
Advised Term: 4th SP

This capstone course integrates the student’s understanding of the history, issues, and demands of Film Studies through advanced readings, group discussions, and individually mentored projects. It culminates with a final project on a topic chosen by the student, requiring substantial research, writing, and reflection.

Prerequisites & Notes:

Prerequisite is permission.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 4th FA

CHOICE COURSES (15 credits)

Take at least three credits from each group plus at least six additional credits from across the three groups below or selected courses with advisor approval:

IMAGE & SOUND GROUP:

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the art, science and craft of photography. The instruction covers such subjects as camera controls and operation, film exposure and development, black-and-white darkroom printing, print finishing and presentation aesthetics, and history.

Prerequisites & Notes:

A fully functional and adjustable 35mm SLR camera with 50mm lens is required. There is a lab fee.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th SP or FA

This course is designed for the intermediate and advanced student working in film-based black and white photography. Technical control and artistic expression are emphasized as students develop their visual perception and an awareness of photographic possibilities. Students will generate a personal portfolio of prints, and the students will sequence a book of student photographs, which is printed, bound and put up for sale. Lab fee covers film, paper, chemistry and a copy of the book.

Prerequisites & Notes:

A 35 mm camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed is required. The prerequisite is ART 2301. This course can be repeated once. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th FA

This introductory course covers basic theory and utilization of video production equipment and focuses on skills in studio and field equipment, lighting, and audio. Students are expected to acquire knowledge of industry standards for video production. Students also study the technologies associated with utilizing video in formats such web and podcasting. The instruction includes a series of in-class laboratory sessions, which develop basic hands-on competencies.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th SP or FA

This course teaches digital field-acquisition techniques for both still and video imaging. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of visual literacy and storytelling techniques while utilizing both digital media. Students will explore exposure control, focal length selection, and visual point of view, as well as file format choices and field acquisition equipment options. Students will develop techniques related to photographic event illustration as well as sequential shooting. Additionally, students will learn basic tungsten lighting and electronic flash usage.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is EJA 1020 , and the co-requisite is EJA 2051. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th SP or FA

This course is designed to be an exploration of image-editing styles and techniques for stills and video. Through the examination of the editing process, students will learn how to develop and enhance their visual communication skills. Course highlights include basic editing principles, exploration of enhanced sound for video, interpreting and establishing story pace, introduction to news-style editing techniques, incorporation of visual sequences for effective storytelling, integration and presentation of digital and graphic imagery, and understanding the use of transitions and effects.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is EJA 1020, and the co-requisite is EJA 2050. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th SP or FA

This course presents a study of various elements associated with music production and sound engineering.  The topics covered may include basic studio electronics and signal flow, studio and performance acoustics, dynamic processing, microphone use and design, session techniques, and the sound engineer in action.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is MBI-1360 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 1st SP or FA

This course provides a study of the major areas of recording technology and hands-on techniques, including microphone positioning, analog and digital technology, issues associated with live recording sessions, recording innovations in the industry, and post-production considerations such as mixing, editing, mastering, and remixing.  Study may include the full preparation of a final production piece. Prerequisites & Notes Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is MBI 2170 or NMS-3050 with a recommended co-requisite of MBI 2180. There is a course fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Odd SP

The internship offers practical fieldwork in Film Studies at a work site that provides practical, career-oriented experience under the supervision of an employer and a faculty member who will make on-site visits. The internship emphasizes the acquisition of job-related skills and the role of a professional in the discipline.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is permission.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th SP or FA

NARRATIVE & PERFORMANCE GROUP:

This course explores the theory and practice of reporting across media platforms.  The instruction allows students to construct narratives using a mix of text, photography, audio, video, and graphics.  The course emphasizes development of multimedia offerings for online presentation.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3

This course examines various theories of how narrative structure works to convey meaning and make sense of the world. The class will study a range of narratives from fiction and poetry to history and clinical case studies. Students will also write narratives of their own and workshop them in class.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ENG 2130 or ENG 2140 or ENG 2155. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Odd SP

This workshop focuses on the advanced study of a particular genre of creative writing of the student’s choosing. In consultation with the instructor, the student will choose a creative writing genre and a suitable project to pursue. Student work-in-progress is critiqued through class discussion and frequent conferences with the instructor and fellow student writers. This course may be repeated once with permission but may be counted only once toward program requirements.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There is a lab fee. The prerequisite is ENG 3110 or permission. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th FA

This workshop studies the techniques of creative writing in various genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays, and creative non-fiction, and offers practice of those techniques in a workshop setting. Student work-in-progress is critiqued through class discussion and frequent conferences with the instructor and fellow student writers. This course may be repeated once with permission but may count only once toward program requirements.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There is a lab fee. The prerequisite is ENG 2130 or ENG 2140 or permission. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th FA

This study provides an interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary dramatic literature. Period plays and masterworks are looked at from the vantage point of the actor, the playwright, the technician, and the critic. The play is observed as a force within a cultural context influenced by and influencing the social, political, and economic realities of its time.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is THA 1041. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction to the theatre arts and dramatic literature and explores how they apply to the theatre, television, and film mediums. Dramatic literature and historical background ranges from the classic age to the modern drama. This course includes such topics as language and terminology, how to read a script, basic script development, and the dramatic format as a collaborative art which includes the playwright, the director, the actor, the scenic designer, the costume designer, and the critic.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Even SP

This course explores the basic nature of the actor’s creative process. It includes the study of the actor’s physical instrument, impulses, intuition and creative imagination. The evolving study of the course focuses on the fundamental elements of the acting craft: imaginary environment, character analysis and development, voice, body, relaxation and concentration is applied to work on monologues and scenes. This course emphasizs oral communication skills.

Prerequisites & Notes:

This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th FA

This course features the study of directing for the theatre and/or film medium. Small scene study leads the way to developing a total production concept for the one-act play or larger venue. Rehearsal techniques for the actor, communication processes for production personnel, blocking and staging preparation, as well as time, facilities and personnel management are elements of directing to be encountered. Public performance is expected.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are THA 1041 and THA 2080. There is a lab fee. The course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Odd SP

THEORY & CRITICISM GROUP:

This course surveys the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. The instruction provides emphasis on developing the student’s visual awareness and ability to analyze works of art. The instruction consists of lectures that examine selected works in terms of their historical and cultural elements and the phenomenon of stylistic change over the centuries.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ENG 1052. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th SP

This course introduces the student to the history, evolution, and popular trends of animation and American illustration from the industrial revolution to the present day. Students will also explore the relationship and influence of fine art and graphic design on the two narrative art forms and how animation and illustration have influenced fine art and graphic design.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ARH 2011 or ARH 2012. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Even FA

This course provides an introduction to methods of critical analysis of narrative and other forms of storytelling, textual and visual. Beginning with an exploration of the essential categories and vocabulary of critical analysis, this course briefly surveys classical theories, such as those of Aristotle and Plato, and focuses on recent theoretical approaches such as reader-response theory, deconstruction, feminist and gender theory, new historicism, psychoanalytic approaches, semiotics, film theory, and cultural criticism. Students will learn how these theories can be applied to specific genres, texts, and media.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ENG 1052. This course is required for English Secondary Education Licensure. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th FA

This course focuses on the interpretation of cultural values inherent in the typical signs found in common genres of popular American movies. Comparing classic and contemporary examples of these genres, a semiotics approach highlights the cultural significance manifested in the artistic choices of filmmakers.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Odd FA

The subject of this course varies each semester and offers the advanced student of cinema intensive study of the works of a single premier filmmaker or of a group of closely related filmmakers. This course may be repeated with a change of topic, but may count only once toward program requirements.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall. Alternative is FLM 3610.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Odd FA

[LGAD3] The subject of this course varies each semester and offers the advanced student of cinema intensive humanistic study of specialized generic, stylistic, and creative problems in the fields of film and/or video. This course may be repeated with a change of topic, but may count only once toward program requirements.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Even FA
Advised Term: 3rd or 4th FA

This course examines a variety of philosophical concerns related to film and television. Issues addressed include the social significance of film and television, the relation between fine art and popular entertainment, the differences between still and moving pictures, the differences between theatrical and home presentations, the construction of the illusion of reality, and the basis for our emotional interactions with characters.Prerequisites & NotesCredits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is PHI 2030 or ENG 1052 or permission. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Even FA

This course explores philosophical issues and theories concerning artistic expression and art appreciation. Issues such as defining art and creating and experiencing artworks are investigated from the frameworks of a cross-cultural selection of philosophic theories.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is PHI 2030 or HUM 1030 or permission. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd to 4th Odd FA