Film and Creative Media Courses

Fall

FCM 5003 Story and Structure- (3hr) Fall, Full Term Online, This course explores the basic dramatic principles of story, character, and structure from multiple narrative viewpoints.  While special attention is given to the storytelling philosophy of modern western culture there is considerable attention given to ancient myth narratives and eastern culture. 

FCM 5012 Emerging Media – (2hr) Fall, Term I, Tr 6:30-9:30, This course examines new narrative forms in depth and the unique requirements that they place upon storytellers. Creating content for webisodes, mobile and alternative viewing platforms, branded entertainment, as well as commercials and the music videos are discussed in depth in this class.  Students will complete a script that will go into production the same semester.

FCM 5022 Media Entrepreneurship – (2hr) Fall, Term II, T 6:30-9:30pm, This course explores how the film and media business works in today's ever-changing marketplace, and provides students with the tools to have what it takes to compete as a professional working in the industry. Throughout the course, students will get an inside glimpse into the economic, political, and power structures behind the scenes which help determine how movies and media get made, distributed, and seen by the public.

FCM 5033 Film Production I – (3hr) Fall, Full Term, 9am-Noon Saturdays. This course introduces students to major aspects of visual storytelling. Students will learn concepts to help achieve maximum psychological impact by studying the director’s decisions in camera placement, blocking, staging, and visual image design, as well as fundamental aspects of linear (continuity) editing and sound production.

Spring

FCM 5042 Development – (2hr) Spring, Term I, T 6:30-9:30pm, This course explores the process of creative content development, the role of the producer and pre-production planning and logistics for any type of film shoot.  Students will develop many conceptual ideas during this course including their thesis.

FCM 5052 History of TV and Film- (2hr) Spring, Term II, T 6:30-9:30pm. This course is a critical and historical investigation of film and television. Different areas of scholarly study will be examined.  Including: Film and Television Comedy, the Western, Film Noir, and Social Media.  Special emphasis will be given to the study of religious films and redemptive storytelling.  Script breakdowns for multiple genres will be expected.

FCM 5062 Writing for Television – (2hr) Spring, Full Term, Online with once a week video conference. This course focuses on short-form videos for the internet as well as traditional television sit com and dramas.  It will also touch on education training videos as well as reality tv.  Students will complete a script that will go in to production the following semester.

FCM 5073 Film Production II – (3hr) Spring, Full Term, 9am-Noon Saturdays.  This course moves deeper into the process of film directing.  Students learn the on set dialogue necessary to run a set crew, direct two camera sets, and focus on intermediate directing and cinematography techniques.  They also learn more complex editing techniques including non-linear and experimental.

FCM 5121 Professional Practicum – (1hr) Spring/Summer, Full Term, 3 hours a week at professional internship at students discretion. Provides opportunities for practical and hands-on experience with a professional production company, in all five of the areas of film production. Such as Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, Distribution.

Summer

FCM 5082 Screenwriting – (2hr) Summer, Full Term, Online with once a week video conference. This course teaches students to write feature films in the traditional screenplay formats; it facilitates a deeper understanding of the screenwriting process; and enables students to develop character, story, and linear structure.  The students leave the course having written their final thesis work, which they will produce in the fall.

FCM 5092 Distribution – (2hr) Summer, Term II, T 6:30-9:30pm. This course focuses on aspects of media production as they relate to raising financing and creating a marketing plan for a project. Examination of traditional theatrical distribution as well as new distribution avenues, including web and mobile technologies.

FCM 5102 Cinematic Aesthetics – (2hr) Summer, Term I, T 6:30-9:30pm. This course focuses on aesthetic experience in various media.  Special emphasis is placed on the the visual work of the director. Relevant film theories of the 20th and 21st centuries will be examined.

FCM 5113 Film Production III – (3hr) Summer, Full Term, 9am-Noon Saturdays, This course explores the advanced process of film directing and cinematography for the narrative feature film.  The students also learn more advanced editing techniques including foley, color correction and orchestration for film.

FCM 5121 Professional Practicum – (1hr) Spring/Summer, Full Term, 3 hours a week at professional internship at students discretion. Provides opportunities for practical and hands-on experience with a professional production company, in all five of the areas of film production. Such as Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, Distribution.

Fall

FCM 5133 Portfolio I – (3hr) Fall, In this course the student is required to put together an advanced business plan and production notebook for their final film.  They will meet with a Thesis advisor regularly and a copy of the product will be delivered to the library.

FCM 5143 Portfolio II – (3hr) Fall, In this course the student will produce, direct and edit their final film project.  They will also be required to work on other thesis projects with their peers at various capacities.  They must have a Thesis advisor that guides them through the process.  A copy of their fully realized film will be delivered to the library.