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|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|DFP-101||Introduction to Cinema: History & Aesthetics||This course covers multiple eras and movements throughout the age of film.||4|
|DFP-111||Digital Video Production I||This course introduces students to the technical and aesthetic aspects of small format digital production as well as the basic principles of motion picture production. Students learn the language of film/digital video and how its manipulation can express one‛s individual message or purpose.||4|
|DFP-113||Film Financing, Budgeting, and Distribution||This course is an intense overview of the entire process beyond the creation of a production. Students review film financing, contracting, budgeting, insurance, etc.||4|
|DFP-115||Acting for the Camera||This introductory course helps digital film production students to develop skills and gain experience in acting and directing for the camera. Students participate on both sides of the camera. Course sessions include lecture, practical exercises, and preparation for analyzing and blocking a scene and working on a set. Students screen selected film clips to evaluate performances, explore methods to prepare for an audition, discuss the actor/director relationship, and examine the professional requirements of relating to a crew.||4|
|COM-331||Visual Media and Storytelling||This course focuses on the elements that make up almost all storytelling. Students are encouraged to discover and develop their unique voices as writers and storytellers, while understanding the critical importance of working as part of a creative team. This course emphasizes the use of traditional storytelling, classic mythology, and the ways in which these devices apply to contemporary media.||4|
|COM-221||Screenwriting I||Students in this writing-intensive course learn storytelling for the screen through a managed regimen of in-class and out-of-class experiences that emphasize the essential mix of imagination and craft in writing. They hone their skills in observation, communication, and visualization, and receive instruction on structure for screenwriting and how to employ written language to articulate dramatic and visual expression.||4|
|DFP-223||Cinematography||This course will be an intensive exploration of the craft, technologies, and aesthetic principles of cinematography, lighting, and set design techniques. Lectures and in-class demonstrations cover video formats, cameras, exposure, lenses and optics, lighting units, lighting placement, lighting control, camera support, and camera movement.||4|
|DFP-225||NonLinear Editing||This course follows the general chronology of editing from capture and logging, through editing and effects, to final output of a finished program. The first half of the course is devoted entirely to a mastery of the editing software. The second half of the course is devoted to examining how and why editing is important. Different editing theories are explored, including montage, fast cut, long take, jump cut, and others. Lab fee required.||4|
|DFP-227||Audio Production and Design||This course is an interactive exploration and implementation of audio production for cinema, including multimodal and theoretical approaches.||4|
|DFP-311||Cinema Directing||This course utilizes techniques of directing, sound editing, lighting, and advanced editing programs. Several practical and written exercises lead to a short digital production. Students spend time working with actors in front of the camera as well as composing shots to convey a story visually.||4|
|DFP-345||Entertainment Union and Guilds||Students learn the impact, use, and history of entertainment guilds and unions. The course also covers value, membership requirements, and alternative opportunities outside of the union system.||4|
|DFP-457||Screenwriting II||Students in this writing-intensive course study, analyze, and implement advanced techniques in creating cinema screenplays. This course emphasizes the use of traditional storytelling and classic mythology, and how these devices apply to contemporary screenplays. Prerequisite: COM-221.||4|
|DFP-463||Adapting Media to Screenplays||Students learn to adapt various forms of media to screenplays. Prerequisite: DFP-457.||4|
|DFP-470||Screenwriting Capstone||Students participate in individually writing a full-length feature film. They also explore all aspects of structure, character, settings, theme, obstacle, and expressive writing storytelling. Prerequisites: DFP-457 and DFP-463.||4|
|Required Course Total Credit:||56|
|General Education Requirements:||34 - 40 credits|
|Open Elective Credits:||24 - 30 credits|
|Total Degree Requirements:||120 credits|
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