Film & Television

  • COM FT 491: Directed Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of supervising faculty and chairman of the department
    Individual projects; opportunity for advanced students who have completed a major portion of their degree requirements to engage in-depth tutorial study with specific faculty in an area not normally covered by regular curriculum offerings.
  • COM FT 492: Directed Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of supervising faculty and chairman of the department
    Individual projects; opportunity for advanced students who have completed a major portion of their degree requirements to engage in-depth tutorial study with specific faculty in an area not normally covered by regular curriculum offerings.
  • COM FT 493: Internship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: At least junior standing, a 3.0 or higher in COM, and completion of FT310 and one of FT303, FT353, or FT360.
    Opportunity for students to gain professional experience at television and radio stations, film and video production houses, and other media institutions. Responsibilities vary. Availability depends on market needs.
  • COM FT 494: Internship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: At least junior standing, a 3.0 or higher in COM, and completion of FT310 and one of FT303, FT353, or FT360.
    Opportunity for students to gain professional experience at television and radio stations, film and video production houses, and other media institutions. Responsibilities vary. Availability depends on market needs.
  • COM FT 500: Writing Film Criticism
    This course examines the art of film and television criticism and gives students extensive practice in writing about film and TV in a way that balances informed, insightful analysis and lively writing. Students write several film and TV reviews, each covering a different type of film or TV show, as well as a longer think piece. Students will review films currently playing in local theaters and TV shows currently available on broadcast, cable or other internet platforms, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and the like. Key critics discussed include James Agee, Andrew Sarris, Pauline Kael, Roger Ebert, Emily Nussbaum, Matt Zoller Seitz, Anthony Lane, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott.
  • 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 description is currently under construction.
  • 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 325 and 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 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 or COM FT 522.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 303.
    Students will develop an original concept for their own TV situation comedy series. This includes pitching their concept for the series, submitting a beat sheet for review and creating a show bible. Once the concept and characters are sufficiently fleshed out, the process of writing the pilot episode will begin. For the final project, each student is required to hand in a polished draft of his/her pilot.
  • COM FT 517: Television Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 303.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 701.
    The responsibilities that television and multi-platform content managers face. Research, programming, revenue, regulatory issues and ethics are all explored. Lectures, readings, case studies, and visits from professionals develop the student's understanding of a variety of managerial functions and the challenges these functions entail. 4 cr. Fall/spring