Film and Television

College of Communication

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

    COM FT 201

    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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Creativity/Innovation. 4 cr. Tuition: $3100

    Summer 2 (July 5-August 14)

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  • Understanding Film

    COM FT 250

    Introduces students to key aesthetic aspects of film. Students study a variety of historical and contemporary examples of fiction and nonfiction films that illustrate the expressive possibilities of image and sound. Students learn to analyze, explain, and write about these formal elements. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Critical Thinking. 4 cr. Tuition: $3100

    Summer 2 (July 5-August 14)

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  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Creativity/Innovation. 4 cr. Tuition: $3100

    Summer 2 (July 5-August 15)

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  • Super Heroes in Film

    COM FT 460

    Online Offering. 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: $3100

    Summer 2 (July 5-August 15)

    Read a BU Today article about this course: A Scholarly Take on Superheroes.
    For information about technology requirements for online courses at Boston University, see bu.edu/online/online-learning/technology. The Distance Education office can be reached at 617-358-1960 for additional information.

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  • 2D Animation Basics

    COM FT 590

    Prereq: (COM FT 201). From TV shows to feature films and webisodes, 2D animation is more popular than ever, but how is it created? This fun yet intensive hands-on beginner course teaches all the fundamental skills needed to create great 2D character animation--the way it's done in the industry, with Adobe Animate CC. Through progressive lessons, students learn basic drawing and character design, storytelling, and how to make characters walk, talk, and come to life. The course covers acting, timing, and facial expressions, drawing "keys and in-betweens," scene composition, color backgrounds, and more. The history of animation and industry trends are also discussed. Students complete numerous projects including a fully produced animated short film. Many of the skills covered in this class can also be applied to 3D and experimental animation, filmmaking, art, and broadcast design. 4 cr. Tuition: $3100

    Summer 2 (July 5-August 14)

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