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Production 1: Introduction to Cinema Techniques (CINE 1110)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This is the first of a two-part production foundation curriculum. This hands-on introductory course focuses on the basic technical and aesthetic elements involved in cinematic storytelling. You will work in small groups to produce, shoot and edit a variety of short films. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

Completion and acceptance of the Cinema Division Supplemental Application form and achievement of the following minimum placements:

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Screenwriting 1: Introduction to Screenwriting (CINE 1120)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course provides an introduction to the basic elements of narrative cinematic storytelling with an emphasis on distinguishing screenwriting from other forms of writing. We will examine the Master-scene format as well as the art of dialogue writing. You will complete a series of scripted scenes using the master scene format and implementing such elements as character, mood and rhythm, and write several short scripts demonstrating your ability to create an exciting dialogue for specific scenes. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

Completion and acceptance of the Cinema Division Supplemental Application form and achievement of the following minimum placements:

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Production 2: Cinematic Storytelling (CINE 2110)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This is the second of a two-part production foundation curriculum. This hands-on course reviews and builds on the technical and aesthetic cinematic storytelling strategies introduced in Production 1. You will work in small groups to produce, shoot and edit a variety of short films. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 1110, CINE 1120

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Screenwriting 2: The Narrative Short Format (CINE 2120)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course examines the specific storytelling techniques for short narrative scripts using the three-act structure paradigm. You will develop, draft, rewrite and polish two short scripts demonstrating your ability to create thought-provoking stories with exciting characters, a stimulating mood and an inspiring dialogue. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 1110, CINE 1120

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Post-Production Tools (CINE 2125)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  Building on the programs first-year production experience this course goes more in depth into the technical aspects of digital post-production. Through hands-on course work you will gain proficiency in several post software programs. The course also covers organization, workflow, visual effects, color correction and sound mixing concepts. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 1110, CINE 1120

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Producing Independent Cinema (CINE 2130)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  Producing Independent Cinema introduces you to business and producing practices as they apply to Independent film-making. You will explore methods of pre-production and prepping, scheduling, production, post-production, and get an introduction to the business of marketing and distribution. You will learn about copyrights, financing, grant writing, budgeting and Independent film-making business structures. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 1110, CINE 1120

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Cinematic Lighting (CINE 2135)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course is the art and craft of lighting, you are expected to engage on an aesthetic as well as technical level in film. Through demonstrations and exercises you will be introduced to lighting tools used in the industry. You will learn about important safety procedures and protocols on set. Projects will be done in and outside of class time. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 1110, CINE 1120

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Production 3: The Short Film (CINE 2210)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  In this course you will gain a thorough understanding of the production process. This is accomplished through lectures, exercises and group productions as well as independent participation. You will learn about pre-production of a short film from script break down through auditioning actors. Production of the films will be divided into small teams in and outside of class time. Post-production of the filmed material will be done individually. Finally, you will develop a plan for approval of your final project for the degree. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 2110

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Screenwriting 3: Story Structure and Analysis (CINE 2220)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course focuses on mastering the dramatic narrative structure through a combination of lectures, scene rewrites, location scripts and a thorough analysis of professional screenplays. You will develop one short script based on visited locations, rewrite a scene from a produced feature film, and analyze a professional script using advanced storytelling techniques and the three-act structure paradigm introduced in class. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 2110, CINE 2120

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The Art of Editing (CINE 2225)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  Building on the programs first-year production experience this course focuses on broadening your understanding of how editing can shape storytelling. Various aesthetic approaches and strategies are presented through lecture and screenings. You will also gain practical experience by exploring these concepts through a wide variety of hands-on of editing exercises. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 1110, CINE 1120

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The Art of Directing (CINE 2230)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  The Art of Directing introduces students to directing for the camera based on the production foundation created in the first two semesters. You will learn how to interpret scripts, work with actors, and direct cast and crew efforts towards a common objective - creating a work of unified vision and expression. Through scene studies, screenings, discussions, readings and collaborative exercises you will understand the director’s role and craft. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 1110, CINE 1120

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The Art of Cinematography (CINE 2235)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course will give you a professional knowledge of Digital Cinema Cameras, lenses, and support equipment. Through hands-on training you will learn camera operation, assisting as well as the role of the camera department on a film set. You will work on projects that will consist of exercises in and outside of the classroom. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 1110, CINE 1120

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Writing for Alternative Screens (CINE 2240)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This class introduces you to all aspects of screenwriting and storytelling for other ‘screens’, or platforms: Television, video games, internet, web series, music video, visual poetry, narrative-driven commercial, and trans-media. Beside being introduced to all these “other” kinds of writings, you will research, develop, plot, structure and write samples, scripts, synopses, and project proposals (Bibles) in all the aforementioned platforms with a focus on the writer as a plural hyphenate: content creator, producer, filmmaker, entrepreneur and distributor. Must be taken for A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 2120

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Documentary Production (CINE 2245)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  Documentary Production explores the history, theory, and practices of documentary. You will also research, produce and edit short documentary assignments. You will examine what constitutes a documentary and analyze the fundamental aesthetic tools of documentary film-making (camera, sound, structure, and interviewing). Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 2110

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Commercial and Alternative Filmmaking (CINE 2250)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  In this course, you will explore forms of film-making outside of the narrative structure. This course will consist of lectures, exercises and individual projects. You will learn how commercial work explores work for hire and its integration to advertising. Alternative forms studied could be music videos and other experimental works. You will work on projects in and outside of class time. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 2110

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Production Workshop (CINE 2255)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course is intended to provide you with the opportunity to produce specifically designed projects to complement your knowledge and experience, collaborate with your peers as a crew member on their works , and critique and analyze the ongoing productions. You will be required to make a plan and complete your project as agreed between you and the instructor. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 2110

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Screenwriting Workshop (CINE 2260)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course is intended to provide you with the opportunity to write, rewrite and complete the writing of specifically designed projects to complement your knowledge and experience, and critique and analyze the ongoing script projects. You will be required to make a plan and complete your project as agreed between you and your instructor. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 2120

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Internship (CINE 2265)

Credits:  3   Internship/Practicum:  3.00

Description:  This course provides an opportunity to work in a production facility or on a set. Your internship placement will reflect your personal aesthetics in Cinema. You must obtain your internship coordinator’s approval in advance of internship. Placement is limited to program students. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 2110

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Production 4: Portfolio (CINE 2310)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This is the final project for the degree. In this course, you will collaborate with other students to produce a short film. Your role in the process is determined by your area of interest the previous semesters and your expertise in the elective courses you chose. In addition to your portfolio you will focus on your professional development as a filmmaker. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 2210.

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Screenwriting 4: The Longer Script Format (CINE 2320)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This class introduces you to the longer narrative script formats: feature, episodic TV, Movie of the Week, TV series, etc. You will research, develop, plot, structure and draft a longer script form of your choice, using all the required professional steps: ideation, characterization, synopsis, treatment, breakdowns, etc. A minimum of 30 pages of the draft of a feature, one-hour episodic TV project, or 30-page short script is required for graduation. The class will also explore the fundamental principles and the legal aspects of the business as they relate to the screenwriting profession, including an introduction to pitching. Must be taken A - F.
Prerequisites:

CINE 2220

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