Courses

  • COM FT 502: Sound Design for Film and Television
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 353.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 849 or COM FT 707.
    A comprehensive technical examination of the role of sound as an emotional motivator and major storytelling component in both fiction and nonfiction films. Covers location sound recording, acoustic theory, track building, foley and dialog replacement, and mix preparation, as well as music editing and composition. Introduces a variety of postproduction pathways and technologies, including current digital innovations in the field and in audio postproduction, and provides an ongoing workshop for solving editing and track building problems.
  • COM FT 503: TV to Tablets
    This course examines how film and television companies are racing to catch, keep pace with, and monetize emerging new technology. The course provides students with an overview of how leading film and TV brands have evolved their creative, strategic, and content distribution processes to sustain competetive value and to reap the monetary and reach benefits of new distribution platforms.
  • COM FT 504: Post production FX Editing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 353.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 707.
    This course teaches all aspects of video post production including window dubbing, rough cuts, A/B editing, non-linear editing, digital graphics, digital sound, and the integration of all of these processes and technologies that apply to the postproduction completion of video projects. Familiarity with Macintosh computers is desirable. Experience with video timecode editing is a necessity.
  • COM FT 505: Television Production Hothouse
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 353; a 3.0 COM GPA
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 707 and COM FT 727; a 3.2 COM GPA
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 325 and COM FT 353; a 3.0 COM GPA Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 707 and COM FT 727; a 3.2 COM GPA This is a class that operates as a student-run, client-driven production company. Projects include PSA's and web videos for local, national, and international non- profits. GPA of 3.0 or higher. 4 credits only.
  • COM FT 506: Digital Game St
  • COM FT 507: Television Studio Production
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 201; COM FT 201 or Instructor Consent
    Course presents the requisite strategies, processes, technology, and skills training to successfully create live multi-camera productions. Emphasizes the roles and responsibilities of the director and producer. Intended outcome is for students to demonstrate proficiency in the academic, practical, and professional components established for the course. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM FT 508: Line Producing for Undergrads
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: FT353
    Any film- even a very short one- requires the making of thousands of decisions. How long do we shoot? How many mouths do we feed? How much will the props cost? This course offers systems for arriving at intelligent answers to these myriad questions. In covering logistics of getting a media production made, the course addressed how to catalog all the practical considerations that go into a production, how to schedule a shoot, how to budget a production and how to plan for distribution of the final product.
  • COM FT 509: Joseph Losey
  • COM FT 510: Television Aesthetics
    Encourages students to think creatively about the future of the medium. Studies television as an art form and its relation to other arts. Considers how television affects the way people see themselves and their surroundings. Lectures, screenings, and discussions.
  • COM FT 511: Davidcronenberg
  • COM FT 512: Writing Episodic Drama for Television
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 310.
    Deals with the process and techniques of writing a dramatic series for commercial network and cable television. Students will select a current prime-time drama, develop A, B, and (possibly) C stories for an episode, and complete a Writer's Draft and polished First Draft, suitable for a Writer Portfolio. Lectures will include the life of a working television writer, one-hour story, structure, genres, and character development. We will view and analyze TV series from the past and present, and focus on proper drama script format, character development and voice.
  • COM FT 513: Polish Cinema
  • COM FT 514: Writing the Television Pilot
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 512 or COM FT 522.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 512 or COM FT 522.
    Prereq FT 512 or FT 522. Explores the development and creation of the Television Series Pilot. Each student will pitch a concept, write a treatment and a finished pilot script for an original series, either comedy or drama. Emphasis on premise, story structure, characterization and originality. Lectures, screenings, script readings, written assignments and critiques. 4 cr. 2nd sem.
  • COM FT 515: International TV
    Survey of telecommunications in various nations; analysis of the impact of cultural, economic, demographic, and political factors on both their internal and external operation. Also explored is the dynamic international telecommunications field, its impact on understanding and commerce between nations, and its meaning for the United States.
  • COM FT 516: Writing The Sitcom Pilot
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 512 and COM FT 522.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 512 and COM FT 522.
    Students will develop an original concept for their own TV situation comedy series. This includes pitching their idea, creating characters and submitting a beat sheet and outline for workshop review. We will also create a "leave behind" pitching bible that will include character bios and loglines for future episodes, among other items. Once the concept and characters are sufficiently fleshed out, the process of writing the pilot will begin. Each student will complete a first draft of his/her pilot.
  • COM FT 517: Television Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 303.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 701.
    This course will examine current management and leadership issues facing television executives. Research, content development, revenue models, consolidation, regulatory restrictions, distribution and ethical considerations are explored using lectures, readings/screenings, case studies, and discussion. 4 cr. Fall/spring
  • COM FT 518: Media Money Trail
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 517.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 517.
    This course examines the critical financial and strategic challenges that businesses face whether they are in start-up, expansion, or exit mode. Students will use case studies to delve into the lives of the founders and CEOs of some of the world's most innovative and enduring brands and industry game-changers. We'll delve into each company's business model(s) and learn why some evolve to become industry gold standards while others fail.
  • COM FT 520: TV Theory and Criticism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 303.
    As an omnipresent site of entertainment and information, "reality" and fantasy, "quality" and "trash," and commerce and the public interest, television requires an active, critical analysis of its texts, uses, and production of meaning. Students in this class will engage in such analysis, confronting television as a rich and contradictory site of entertainment, culture, politics, ideology, and signs. This discussion driven seminar sets aside evaluative considerations of TV in favor of theoretical and critical approaches that challenge widespread assumptions about the medium and expand our understanding of its role in our lives. These approaches, which constitute some of the dominant frameworks in Television Studies, include analyses of culture, industry, narrative, genre, images and sounds, liveness, and the television schedule. This course fulfills the additional TV Studies course requirement. Pre-req: FT303.
  • COM FT 522: Writing Television Situation Comedy Scripts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 310.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 709 or COM FT 711.
    Intense writing workshop learning how to write professional sitcom scripts. Elements of character, dramatic story structure, how comedy is created, how scenes build and progress a story, formal story outlines, dialogue, the business of sitcom writing, pitching, arc, comedic premise are analyzed. The class becomes a sitcom writing team for a current hit series and writes an original class spec script to understand the process of group writing employed on most sitcoms. Also, students write their own personal spec scripts with individual conferences with the professor.
  • COM FT 524: Golden Age of Television
    Course examines the extraordinary explosion of talent and creativity in live television's early days. It covers writers such as Paddy Chayefsky and Rod Serling, personalities like Edward R. Murrow, entertainers Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Groucho Marx, Gertrude Berg, and Lucille Ball, live political broadcasts and blacklisting, and most significantly the great anthology series like Philco Television Playhouse, Studio One, Playhouse 90 which presented great and original American teleplays "Marty", "Requiem for a Heavyweight", "Patterns", "The Comedian", "The Defenders", and many more. Also covered are the great early TV directors John Frankenheimer, Alfred Hitchcock, Delbert Mann and actors who began their careers in television like Paul Newman, Ed Begley, and James Dean. We also look at the quiz show scandals and unique series like "The Twilight Zone." These live television shows (seen by kinescope) are of major importance in understanding the history of television.