Film and Creative Media Courses
FCM 5002 Story and Structure (2) Fall, Full Term Online
This course explores the basic dramatic principles of story, character, and structure from multiple narrative viewpoints. The coursework consists of extensive readings in theories of narratology with application to drama, film and other media.
FCM 5012 Emerging Media (2) Fall, Term II
Examining new narrative forms and the unique requirements they place upon storytellers, this course covers the hows and whys of content creation for web series, mobile and alternative viewing platforms, branded entertainment, commercials and other emerging forms of digital content.
FCM 5022 Media Entrepreneurship (2) Fall, Term I
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 (3) Fall, Full Term
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.
FCM 5042 Development (2) Spring, Term I
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 (2) Spring, Online
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 (2) Spring, Term II
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 (3) Spring, Full Term
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 5082 Screenwriting (2) Fall, Term I, or 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 (2) Summer, Term II and Spring, Term II
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 (2) Summer, Fall Term I
This course focuses on aesthetic experience in various media. Special emphasis is placed on the visual work of the director. Relevant film theories of the 20th and 21st centuries will be examined.
FCM 5113 Film Production III (3) Summer, Full Term
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 (1) Fall/Spring/Summer, Full Term, (2 must be taken for MA, 5 for MFA) 3 hours a week
Provides opportunities for practical and hands-on experience with a professional production company, or the FCM in house production company, in all five of the areas of film production. Such as Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, Distribution.
FCM 5133 Portfolio I (3) 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 (3) 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.
FCM 5152 Writing for TV II (2) Summer, Term II
This course is an extension of Writing for TV I and focuses on writing a pilot script for sitcoms and dramas. Students will complete a script, and select scripts will go into production the following semester.
FCM 5162 Redemptive Media (2) Fall, Online
This course is a critical study of theories and practices behind the creation of overtly religious or redemptive films and media. Study will focus on quality connotations and audience reception as well as examining the overall impact these works have on contemporary culture.
FCM 5172 Screenwriting II (2) Fall, Term II
This course will be an extension of the first screenwriting course. Designed to develop a deeper understanding of the screenwriting process, special emphasis will be placed on creating compelling plots and memorable characters. Students will write an original full length screenplay during the course.
FCM 5183 Film Production IV (3) Fall, Full Term
This course explores advanced practices of film directing and cinematography for unscripted, documentary and historical filmmaking. Special emphasis will be given to researching and developing compelling subject matter. Topics relevant to this area of post-production will include narrative construction, the use of historical and stock footage, voice-over, and basic graphics.
FCM 5202 Transmedia (2) Spring, Online
In this class students will look at the increasing use of transmedia storytelling as part of television and film programming and marketing. Students will do a case study of a major television show and a major feature film that used transmedia techniques. They will then develop techniques for their own portfolio piece.
FCM 5223 Film Production V (3) Fall, Full Term
This course explores advanced techniques in film directing and cinematography for the narrative feature film. Special emphasis will be given to post-production sound — dialogue editing, foley, music, and sound mixing — as well as post-production visuals, including digital visual effects, titles and color correction. Students will complete a short narrative film in class.
FCM 5233 Cannes Film Festival (3) Summer, Maymester
This is a travel course that meets the MBA global business requirements. Refer to BU 6633 in the MFA/MBA section.
FCM 5243 Advanced Digital Entertainment Business & Law (3) Summer, Online
An overview of the legal and ethical issues involved in entertainment law and business. Topics include intellectual property, copyright, options, employment agreements, distribution agreements, music licensing, and negotiation strategies. Special emphasis will be placed on standards and practices (or the lack thereof) in entertainment business accounting.
FCM 5252 Writing for TV III (2) Spring, Term I
This course focuses on writing for television formats including unscripted, documentary, historical and live event. Students will complete a script, and select scripts will go into production the following semester
FCM 5263 Producing I (3) Summer, Full Term
This course explores the advanced skills needed for producing unscripted, documentary and historical films. The students will work with Directors in Film Production IV to realize a film for class.
FCM 5272 Acting for Directors (2) Fall, Term II
This course focuses on the process of directing and evaluating actors for the camera. Student directors work on camera technique, auditions, cold readings, blocking, etc. for both film and television performances. Students will learn by directing their own pieces as well as performing for other directors.
FCM 5283 Producing II (3) Fall, Full Term
This course explores the advanced process of producing for narrative films. The students will work with Directors in Film Production V to realize a short film for class.
FCM 5233 MBA Global Business (3) Maymester Cannes Film Festival
This course will give learners international/domestic business exposure and a unique cultural experience with an opportunity to encounter first-hand a global business environment including various business segments, trends, governing/advising bodies, cultural influences, political issues, marketing and service strategies, management approaches and other factors impacting the transaction of business in the chosen destination. Participation is required.
**Students in the MFA/MBA Track must also take the PMBA degree in the College of Business. Mandatory courses are as follows: PMBA 6533, 6062, 6103, 6023, 6633 (Cannes), 6142, 6253, 6013, 6043, 6083. Each student must be accepted into that program.