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MFA in Film

CORE CURRICULUM

5050 Technical Toolbox I: Students will be instructed in the use of various types of camera, lighting, and sound equipment. Practical exploration of the skills required on documentary and film sets.

5060 Technical Toolbox II: Further instruction in the use of various types of camera, lighting, and sound equipment. Further practical exploration of the skills required on documentary and film sets.

5110 Filmmaking I:The first course in a two-course production sequence for the first-year MFA student. Designed to build a foundation in the practical, technical, and aesthetic aspects of the filmmaking process. Production of individual 16mm and/or video projects.

5120 Filmmaking II: The second course in a two-course production sequence for the first-year MFA student. Designed to build a foundation in the practical, technical, and aesthetic aspects of filmmaking process. Production of individual 16mm and/or video projects.

5150 Film Studies I: Offers an in-depth examination of the various formal dimensions of film introducing selected key events and movements in film history and selected texts in classical film theory. Weekly screenings.

5250 Sound Techniques: Designed to build a foundation in the practical, technical, and aesthetic aspects of sound for the filmmaking process. Emphasis will be given to sound recording equipment and techniques utilized in narrative and documentary filmmaking. The use of sound technology as it pertains to post-production will also be introduced.

5420 Screenwriting I: Introduction to the principles of screenwriting with special emphasis on the short narrative film. Through lectures, readings, discussion, critiques, writing exercises and film screenings, the student will develop an understanding of the craft of screenwriting as well as practical knowledge of screenplay structure, formatting, and writing dialogue necessary to develop their own short screenplay.

5450 Screenwriting II: Through lectures, readings, discussion, critiques, writing exercises, and film screenings, the course builds on the skills learned in Screenwriting I to enable the student to write a short narrative screenplay for production.

5750 Directing: Intends to provide the student with an understanding of the fundamentals of single-camera motion picture directing. Using directing exercises and lectures, the focus will be on script analysis, acting theory and process, rehearsal techniques, camera placement, and mise-en-scene.

5810 Digital Editing I: An introduction to digital nonlinear editing techniques and system(s) covering the post-production workflow from logging of footage through capture, editing, and output.

5820 Digital Editing II: Participants will extend their knowledge of the editorial tool set, professional video standards, terminology, and aesthetics of editing.

6110 2nd Year Productions I: The first course in a two-semester sequence where the second-year MFA student develops and completes the creative 2nd Year Portfolio.

6120 2nd Year Productions II: The second course in a two-semester sequence where the second-year MFA student develops and completes the creative 2nd Year Portfolio.

6820 The Art of Editing: A study of the editing styles of film masters and provides students with an aesthetic framework to integrate creative, technical, and analytical skills in editing.

 

ADVANCED PRODUCTION COURSES

5260 Advanced Sound TechniquesI: Advanced practice in production sound recording. Advanced practice in post-production sound techniques and sound design including sound effects, music, dubbing, looping, and post-production mixing.

6140 Documentary Production Techniques: Focuses on production practice in documentary ranging from project development through post-production. Case studies focus on the documentarian's process from inception to development to production and finally through post-production. Fundraising and ethical issues are also considered.

6430 Advanced Screenwriting: Seminar/tutorial approach to the study of advanced problems in writing the feature length narrative screenplay.

6450 Adaptation for the Screen: Studies the many different types of screen adaptations including theater, literature, biography, and news reports. Students will identify a work they wish to adapt and will undertake writing the adaptation.

6500 Cinematography : A workshop in cinematographic techniques. Specific attention will be paid to use of the camera and interior lighting.

6510 Advanced Cinematography: Further study in the craft of cinematography.

6650 Producing: Examination of function of producer in financing, organizing, scheduling, budgeting, managing, and securing distribution for a film.

6830 Advanced Digital Editing: Further studies in nonlinear post-production picture editing and sound mixing.

6800 Motion Picture Compositing: Introduces students to compositing capabilities including horizontal and vertical effect constructions, mattes, keys, colors, and motion effects.

6810 Graphics Integration & Advanced Compositing: Explores techniques used to create, format, and integrate third party graphics. 3-D warp effects, matte keys, paint, animation tools, advanced color correction, and lab/broadcast standards compliance in finishing are included.

7700 Master Class I: This is the first course in a two-course sequence for the MFA student making a second-year or thesis film. Students will confront the basic and the advanced filmmaker's storytelling craft, and be asked to write and workshop a script for a short narrative or documentary thesis film. The class also focuses on the director's craft as the student prepares a project for production.

7710 Master Class II: This is the second course in a two-course sequence for the MFA student making a second-year or thesis film. The focus is on the production and post-production of the film.

 

FILM STUDIES ELECTIVES

5160 Film Aesthetics: An advanced introduction to key methodologies, central issues, and debates within the film studies field. Weekly screenings.

5210 International Film I: Analysis of the relationship between film and culture, with emphasis on how cultural meanings influence film aesthetics and the critical assessment of the medium. Particular attention will be given to the narrative films of specific countries or regions. Weekly screenings.

5220 International Film II: The study of the aesthetics and uses of film and related technologies in the study of Western and non-Western peoples. Particular attention will be given to the documentary and ethnographic films and traditions of specific countries or regions. Weekly screenings.

5310 Film History I: History of international cinema from the origins through 1940. Weekly screenings.

5320 Film History II: History of international cinema from 1940 to the present. Weekly screenings.

5330 Film History III: Advanced studies in film history and film historiography. Weekly screenings.

5510 Film Theory I: Survey of classical film theory including Soviet montage theory, realist theory, medium-specific formalism, and early writings on sound cinema. Weekly screenings.

5520 Film Theory II: Survey of post-classical film theory, including semiotics, psychoanalytic, feminist, post-colonial and contemporary film theory. Weekly screenings.

5530 Film Theory II1: A sustained study of key debates in film theory selected by instructor. Weekly screenings.

5710 Film Topics Seminar I: Investigation of a selected motion picture topic announced in advance of registration. Focus may be scholarly/critical, industry-related, film festival-related, or some other aspect of motion picture production, post-production, or screenwriting. Topics and credit hours vary.

5720 Film Topics Seminar II: Investigation of a selected motion picture topic announced in advance of registration. Focus may be scholarly/critical, industry-related, film festival-related, or some other aspect of motion picture production, post-production, or screenwriting. Topics and credit hours vary.

 

THESIS HOURS

6960 Film Studio Thesis