For would-be writers and directors in television, movie, animation and interactive industries, this Concentration offers students a wide range of creative writing classes that teach different formats, genres and skills. Course topics include: story design, story boards, character development, documentary writing, screen/teleplay design, sit-com, horror, drama, experimental and much more!
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
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 106 Video Workshop
An introduction to the principles and practice of portable digital video production. Working in crews on field projects, students explore the techniques and aesthetics of single-camera videography, sound recording, location lighting and video editing. Three credits.
Media Arts 119 Business of
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.
148.1 Introduction to Playwriting
Media Arts 148.2 Advanced Playwriting
Media Arts 150 Writing for
Media Arts 152 Screenplay
A course for moving-image students designedto 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.
Arts 154 Situation Comedy
158.1 On-Camera Performance I
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, nterviewing and stand-up reporting. Professional guest speakers share experiences. Three credits.
Media Arts 158.2 On-Camera
Media Arts 163 Introduction
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
Arts 187 Film and Television Studies
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 197, 198 Independent
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
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