Film and Television

College of Communication

Screen Language: The Aesthetics, Grammar and Rhetoric of the Moving Image

COM FT 201

In this course, students study and practice the art and craft of expressing themselves persuasively through audio-visual media. The aim is both to familiarize students with the conventions of screen language and to test the validity of those norms. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Creativity/Innovation. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)


Understanding Film

COM FT 250

Required of all students in the Film Program. An introduction to the art of film. How do films make meaning? How do audiences understand them? Explores some of the ways in which movies teach us new ways of knowing. Students also study a variety of historical examples of different styles that illustrate the expressive possibilities of image and sound. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)


Storytelling for Film and Television

COM FT 310

An introduction to the art and craft of storytelling through the moving image. Particular emphasis is given to writing short scripts. Topics covered include character development and narrative structure as it applies to shorts, features and episodic television. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-intensive Course, Creativity/Innovation. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)


Special Topics

COM FT 554

Online offering. Topic for Summer 2019: Super Heroes in Film. Focusing on films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), this course explores the thematic and aesthetic aspects that have made super hero films so popular. Students learn and utilize basic film studies terminology (the close-up, the long take, cross-cutting, etc.) in order to understand how filmmakers create meaning through the use of specific cinematic techniques. In addition, the course contextualizes MCU films by explaining how each has operated within Marvel's cinematic history and its competition with DC. Taking the films themselves and their historical context into consideration, students are introduced to a basic understanding of the field of film studies and the types of analyses those working in the field undertake. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; technology fee: $240; total charge: $3040

Summer 2 (July 1-August 9)

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