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FILM, TV & DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION / DIRECTING

 

To prepare students for rewarding careers in moving image production, the Media Arts Department offers a concentration that includes acting, multi-camera TV studio production, non-linear editing, production management, screenplay & script writing, video field production and traditional 16mm film production courses. All classes are held on campus in the Department's state-of-the-art labs and facilities.

FILM, TV & DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION / DIRECTING:

12 credits of Required Foundation Courses:
MA 100 Media Aesthetics
MA 119 Business of Media Arts
MA 152 Writing the Screenplay
MA 187 Introduction to Film & Television Studies

21 credits of Recommended electives from:
MA 101 Audio Production*
MA 102 Television Production I *
MA 103 Television Production II
MA 105 Lighting
MA 107 Digital Audio I
MA 106 Video Workshop I *
MA 108.1 Video Workshop II
MA 108.2 Video Workshop III
MA 155 Directing Moving Image
MA 1581 On-Camera Performance I
MA 1601 Directing I
MA 1602 Directing

+ 3 credits of Media Arts Electives from MA 115, MA 124 or MA 199

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+6 credits of Ancillary Requirements: courses above 100 from outside Department. Recommend: BUS, JOU, THE, ART.

 

Media Arts 100 Media Aesthetics

This required foundation course introduces students to the fundamentals of media arts and visual literacy – light, color, composition, perspective, time, motion, sound – and discusses how they are applied in the various forms of contemporary media. In a workshop environment, using media objects as texts, students also explore narrative, art history, philosophy of media, spectatorship, theories of perception and their own creativity. Three credits.

Media Arts 102 Television Production I
Special Fee: $55.00
Offered every semester

An introduction to the practice and principles of television studio production. The course covers all the basic production techniques, including scripting, lighting, shooting, producing and directing. Technical operation and understanding of all studio equipment, including cameras, switcher, audio board and character generator, are stressed. Students apply their skills in studio production assignments. Three credits.

Media Arts 103 Television Production II
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 102
Offered every Fall

An advanced course expanding the techniques and applications of TV studio production covered in Television Production I. Students focus on producing and directing scripted studio productions such as TV dramas and news programs. Advanced lighting techniques and set construction are also covered. Three credits.

Media Arts 105 Lighting I
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor or Department Chair
Offered every semester

A production class exploring the principles of lighting design for photography, film, and video production. An examination is made of the nature of light and the similarities and differences specific to each medium. Topics include lighting ratios, color correction, and studio and location lighting. Three credits.

Media Arts 107 Digital Audio I
(Same as Music 175)
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 101 or permission of the instructor
Offered every semester

An introduction to the technology and aesthetics of digital composition, sound design, multi-track recording and production using Digital Performer software and Pro Tools hardware. Workshops include computer based multi-track MIDI sequencing and audio hard disk recording, editing and processing, automated software mixing, locking sequenced MIDI and audio tracks to video and film, electronic music concepts and samplers. Weekly individual access to studios is provided. Three credits.

Media Arts 108.1 Video Workshop II
(Formerly Media Arts 108)
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 106
Offered every Spring

An intermediate course expanding on the skills and knowledge gained in Video Workshop I. Student crews devise, produce, direct and edit their own productions. Three credits.

Media Arts 108.2 Video Workshop III
(Formerly Media Arts 145)
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 108.1
Offered on occasion

An advanced course, expanding on the skills and knowledge gained in Video Workshop II. Focus is on mastery and gaining experience working alongside a variety of professionals in different areas of production: narrative, documentary, commercials, PSAs. Course culminates in a final project of broadcast quality. Three credits.

Media Arts 109 History of Broadcasting
(Same as Journalism 131)
Offered every Fall

An introduction to the history of radio and television. Topics include the changing relationship between politics and broadcasting, the mobilization of broadcasting resources during wars, the complex relationship between the broadcasting industry and the government, and the growth and nature of federal regulatory legislation. Three credits.

Media Arts 115 Introduction to Photography
(Same as Art 115)
Special Fee: $55.00
Offered every semester

An introduction to photography as an art medium. Basic principles and practices of black-and-white photography processing and printing are reviewed. Three credits. (Students must have access to a 35mm camera with manual controls.)

Media Arts 119 Business of Media Arts
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Completion of 64 credits
Offered every semester

A required course which discusses the applications of business skills for the media artist. Topics include professional development, media management principles, art and commerce, writing the business plan, and grant writing.. Media professionals are invited as guest lecturers. Three credits.

Media Arts 124 Computer Graphics I
(Same as Art 124)
Special Fee: $55.00
Offered every semester

An introductory level class in two dimensional computer graphics using Adobe Photoshop. Students learn and work with basic digital illustration and graphics, scanning of images, image editing, image manipulation, photo manipulation, typography and image composition. Three credits.

Media Arts 135 Motion Graphics I
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisites: Media Arts 124, 132
Offered on occasion

An introduction to Motion Graphics using 2D Animation software. Students will learn and work with time-based graphics design, motion path animation, dynamic media, and special effects for video, film and the Web. Three credits.

Media Arts 150 Writing for Visual Media
Special Fee: $40.00
Prerequisites: MA 100 and three credits from English 61-64 or permission of instructor.
Offered every semester


In a writing lab environment, students follow a tailored program of writing suited to their professional orientation. Still-image students explore writing for artists - manifestos , criticism, and treatments. Moving-image students focus on story structure, script writing and concept development. Three credits.

Media Arts 152 Screenplay
Special Fee: $40.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 100 and three credits from English 61-64 or permission of the instructor
Offered on occasion

An intermediate course for the serious writer designed to develop screenwriting skills in a workshop environment. Emphasis on the writer’s creative process, evaluation techniques and constructive feedback. Working independently and in groups, students complete a full-length screenplay as their semester-long assignment. Three credits.

Media Arts 154 Situation Comedy
Special Fee: $40.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 150
Offered on occasion


An intermediate course focusing on the fundamentals of writing in the challenging format of the half-hour television comedy. Students analyze current sitcoms, then write their own episode, taking it through the stages of premise, outline, treatment, script and rewrite. Throughout, the concentration is on how, in the modern sitcom, humor grows out of character rather than being imposed through the situation. Three credits.

Media Arts 155 Directing Moving Image
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 108, 152
Offered on occasion

An advanced course for students with a special interest in directing their own video projects: narrative shorts, documentary, experimental. Topics include: working with actors, blocking, script break-down, cinematography, and maintaining a vision. May be taken more than once for credit. Three credits.

Media Arts 156.1 Video Journalism I
(Formerly Media Arts 156)
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisites: Media Arts 102 or 106, Media Arts 130 or Journalism 130, and Journalism 119 or English 126
Offered every semester

For course description, see Journalism 156.1. Three credits

Media Arts 156.2 Video Journalism II
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 156.1
For course description, see Journalism 156.2. Three credits.

Media Arts 158.1 On-Camera Performance I
(Same as Theatre 139.1)
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 159.1 or Theatre 125.1 or permission of instructor
Offered every semester

An introduction to the practice and principles of on-camera performance for broadcast and film media. Using closed-circuit television interactively, students work on exercises in acting, newsreading, interviewing and stand-up reporting. Professional guest speakers share experiences. Three credits.

Media Arts 158.2 On-Camera Performance II
(Same as Theatre 139.2)
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 158.1 and permission of instructor
Offered every Fall


An intermediate workshop designed to expand upon the skills and knowledge gained in On-Camera Performance I. Emphasis is on cold reading, character creation, teleprompter reading and scene analysis. Three credits.

Media Arts 158.3 On-Camera Performance III
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisites: Media Arts 158.2 and permission of instructor
Offered every Spring


An advanced workshop designed to enable a small group to work collaboratively on mastery of techniques learned in Media Arts 158.2. Emphasis is on audition technique and creating monologues. Three credits

Media Arts 159.1 Acting I
For course description, see Theatre 125.1. Three credits.

Media Arts 159.2 Acting II
For course description, see Theatre 125.2. Three credits.

Media Arts 159.4 Period Acting Styles: Acting the Classics
(See Theatre 125.4 for description)

Media Arts 160.1 Directing I
For course description, see Theatre 120.1. Three credits.

Media Arts 160.2 Directing II
For course description, see Theatre 120.2. Three credits.

Media Arts 163 Introduction to Multimedia
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisites: Media Arts 115, 128
Offered on occasion

A foundation course exploring various multimedia techniques used in commercial and industrial presentations. Topics include photographic sequence imaging, storyboarding, computer programming and sound-synching. Intended for individuals seeking a working knowledge of contemporary photography and digital media. Three credits

Media Arts 187 Film and Television Studies
Special Fee: $40.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 100
Offered every semester

A survey of the history and development of world cinema and television. Through screenings and discussions, students study this twentieth-century art form as developed by various countries, individuals and movements. The development of cinema and television as an industry and a part of the larger economy; as a series of technical innovations; as a history of aesthetic forms; as a social, cultural and political force; and as a reflection of the ideas of its society is explored. This is a Writing Intensive course and is required for students following a concentration related to moving image. Three credits.

Media Arts 190 Film Production I
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisites: Media Arts 106, 115
Offered every Fall

An introduction to the art of 16mm film production. Topics include film production roles and responsibilities, basic cinematography, directing and film editing. Students work in teams to produce short films. Three credits.

Media Arts 191 Film Production II
Special Fee: $55.00
Prerequisite: Media Arts 190
Offered every Spring

An intermediate class expanding on the skills and knowledge gained in Media Arts 190. Students produce synch-sound 16mm film projects and explore advanced lighting, editing, audio field recording and cinematographic techniques. New developments in the field such as digital color correction, video assist and nonlinear postproduction are explored. Three credits.

Media Arts 192 Prime-Time Television
Special Fee: $40.00
Offered on occasion

An introduction to the form, content and ideology of the network television series. An analysis of the series format, including attempts to explain why series are popular, and an examination of such conventions of TV genres as the sitcom and the police series. Students are given an opportunity both to write papers on the development of the TV series and to write a treatment for an episode of a TV series. Three credits.

Media Arts 195, 196 Honors Study

Honors Study is designed to give outstanding students an opportunity to do independent work in their major under the guidance of a member of the faculty. There are no regular class meetings. To be eligible, students must have upper junior or senior status, a cumulative quality-point ratio of 3.00 and a 3.25 ratio in their major subject, and the permission of the Director of the Department and the Dean. A total of six credits of Honors Study is the maximum allowed. Three credits per semester.

Media Arts 197, 198 Independent Study
Prerequisites: Permission of student advisor, the Department Chair and the Dean

Courses designed to give students in their junior or senior year an opportunity to do independent work under the guidance of a member of the Media Arts faculty. There are no regular class meetings. Students may undertake either a production (video, screenplay, photography etc.) or a research paper. Three credits per course.

Media Arts 199 Media Arts Internship
Prerequisites: At least 64 credits and Permission of Faculty Advisor and Department Chair

During their senior year, Media Arts majors are strongly recommended to undertake one internship with a media organization. Consultation with Director of Professional Development and approval of the Department is required. Three credits. May be taken in subsequent semesters for credit.

Media Arts 200 Series
Offered every year - Subject matter determined by the expertise of a visiting artist-in-residence. Courses vary from semester to semester and may be repeated for credit. Three credits per course.

Media Arts 206 Advanced Editing
Prerequisite: Media Arts 106
Special Fee $40.00
Offered on occasion

A video production class in advanced non-linear video editing, examining the art, form and concept of the “Cut.” Students work with Final Cut Pro and learn the art of story-telling through a variety of techniques and styles. Topics include narrative film-style editing, and montage-style editing used in music videos and commercials. Three credits.

 

 

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