Cinema (CIN)

CIN 100  Introduction to Film     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the language of film, its history, aesthetics, theory and technology. The course will critically examine the cinema from the early days of black and white silent films to the most recent blockbusters. Attendance at weekly screenings outside of class is required.

CIN 120  Film Theory and Criticism     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Examination of various approaches to film theory and criticism including formal aspects of cinema, tools for stylistic analysis, and ideological implications of film. Attendance at weekly screenings outside of class is required. Prerequisite(s): CIN 100.

CIN 220  Film Studies     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A rotating topics course focusing on various issues relating to the world of film. Topics include: History of Film, Women in Film, Film Genres, American Genres, and Film Directors. Attendance at weekly screenings outside of class is required. Prerequisite(s): CIN 120.

CIN 245  Production I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Introduction to basic theory and practice of video production with emphasis on preproduction planning, scripting, directing, lighting, camera operation, editing and audio. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): CIN 100.

CIN 253  Audio Production     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Professional techniques in audio recording, mixing, and editing for music, theatre, and film production, utilizing current digital technology. Prerequisite(s): CIN 245.

CIN 255  Editing I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Intermediate level non-linear editing, building upon basic editing skills introduced in CIN 245. This course will provide a thorough grounding in operation of Final Cut Pro software with emphasis upon theoretical editing concepts and communication of content and meaning through visual language. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): CIN 245.

CIN 280  Portfolio I     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: This is a workshop course, ideally, for students in their fourth or fifth semester which job search preparation in addition to compiling work for their first reel, reflective self-analysis and professional outlook. Course must be completed during their fourth or fifth semester in the major. Course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

CIN 335  Motion Picture Lighting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: This course is an intensive exploration of the craft, technologies and aesthetic principles of cinematography and lighting techniques. Lectures and in-class demonstrations will cover film and video formats, film stocks, film and digital cameras, exposure, lenses and optics, lighting units, lighting placement, lighting control, camera support, and camera movement. Class sessions will consist of lectures, demonstrations, hands on with cameras and lighting units, exercises, and screenings of selected film clips which demonstrate specific cinematography and lighting techniques. Prerequisite(s): CIN 255.

CIN 340  Acting for the Camera     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Focuses on the development of auditioning skills and techniques in preparation for professional acting and performance work for film and television. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): CIN 245.

CIN 342  Screenwriting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course is designed to explore all aspects of scripting for both video and film production. The course encourages creativity in writing and examines pre-script planning, the components of scripting, scripting as communication and language as well as the mechanics of scripting. Analysis of current motion picture, commercial and television scripts. Prerequisite(s): CIN 245 and THR 275.

CIN 345  Production II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Intermediate production course with an introduction to recording synchronous location sound, synchronizing it with a picture and using it in post-production to tell a story. Students will pair technical filmmaking knowledge with visual storytelling techniques and synchronized sound recording in order to create a narrative film that can resonate with an audience. Prerequisite(s): CIN 253, CIN 255, CIN 280, and CIN 342.

CIN 350  Selected Topics in Cinema     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Specialized course work in the field of video and cinema. Course may be repeated for up to six credits maximum with different topics. Prerequisite(s): CIN 100 or departmental approval.

CIN 355  Editing II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Students will extend their knowledge of the editorial tool set, professional video standards, terminology, and aesthetics of editing. Further develop skills in design, layout, interactivity, and media encoding through the use of DVD Studio Pro. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): CIN 253 and CIN 255.

CIN 361  Cinema Internship     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Students work with a professional film/video production company or distinguished art institution in such capacities as are mutually agreed upon by the student, the Company, and the student advisor. The student will develop objectives related to his/her discipline and carry out those responsibilities through an internship as approved by the director. Applies theory and skills to actual work situations. Professionally supervised work experiences related to the student's area of interest. (Thirty hours of work for each credit hour.) Graded pass/fail. Application must be made at least one semester prior to course registration. Prerequisite(s): Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

CIN 377  Producing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Focuses on duties of a producer through development, financing, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing and distribution. Emphasizes production management, budgeting and scheduling. Prerequisite(s): CIN 253, CIN 255, and CIN 342.

CIN 380  Production Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A course in the general principles of art direction and the creation of the visual look of a production. Films will be analyzed from a design perspective: the set, costumes, make-up, cinematography, and other visual elements. Prerequisite(s): CIN 100.

CIN 410  Production     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A rotating topics course focusing on various issues relating to the world of film production and direction. Topics include: Music Video Production, Commercial Production, Documentary Production, and Studio Production. Prerequisite(s): CIN 245.

CIN 435  Cinematography     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: The process of studio and location lighting for film and video; principles, instruments, measurement tools, filters/diffusers, single/multiple setups. Prerequisite(s): CIN 253, CIN 335, and CIN 342.

CIN 442  Advanced Screenwriting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Advanced study and practicum in writing feature-length screenplays with emphasis on creating works for production, sale, and/or publication. Prerequisite(s): CIN 253, CIN 255, and CIN 342.

CIN 450  Independent Project     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Independent projects developed in consultation with a departmental faculty mentor. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, declared departmental major, minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and departmental approval.

CIN 472  Business of Film     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This course will focus on how professional film/video projects are financed, produced, distributed, marketed and exhibited. It will survey the contemporary marketplace, its pitfalls and practices, and propose workable strategies and solutions to market your work while protecting your rights as an artist. Prerequisite(s): CIN 377.

CIN 477  Directing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Examination of various theories and techniques of directing including script analysis and interpretation, directing actors for film and video, mise-en-scene, coverage, and continuity along with focus on set issues including lighting, set design, lens selection, and blocking. Prerequisite(s): CIN 335, CIN 345, and CIN 377.

CIN 480  Portfolio II     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: This is a workshop course for graduating seniors which includes resume, resume reel and job search preparation in addition to compiling a passing graduation portfolio consisting of a resume, cover letter, head shot (for actors), reflective self-analysis and a collection of writings, production projects and recorded audition and performance pieces from their major courses and productions during their college career. Course must be completed during one of the last two semesters prior to graduation. Course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

CIN 495  Thesis     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Designed for hands-on and special projects in video production, using both studio and remote locations. Students serve in pre-assigned crew positions. Prerequisite(s): CIN 477.