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Writing

FLM 200A/B: Screenwriting 1,2 (3,3)
Cultivating the art of writing for the screen from conceptualization, research, and development to completion of an original product.

FLM 201: Writing for Television (3)
Focus on writing stories for television in the serial or episodic format.

FLM 203: Documentary Storytelling (3)
Exploration of the styles and approaches of crafting powerful stories utilizing the documentary format.

FLM 209: Special Topics in Writing (3)
Unique courses that reflect special areas of research or interest by various faculty members and visiting lecturers.

Cinematography

FLM 210A/B: Cinema Production 1,2 (4,4)
Exploration and application of the use of digital cameras, lenses, and lighting techniques for cinematic storytelling.

FLM 211 A/B: Cinematography 1,2 (4,4)
Advanced cinematography techniques utilizing professional cameras, lenses, and lighting in studio and location settings.

FLM 212: The Art of Lighting (4)
Focused curriculum on advanced techniques in the use of lighting for professional media.

FLM 213A/B: Crew Participation (3, 3)
Students practice and hone production skills through participation as key crew members on film projects (may be repeated once for credit).

FLM 214: The Documentary (3)
Exploration of the unique aspects and techniques of documentary production.

FLM 219: Special Topics in Cinematography (4)
Unique courses that reflect special areas of research or interest by various faculty members and visiting lecturers.

Audio

FLM 220: Production Audio (4)
Students apply the techniques of location sound and professional studio audio production for dialogue, music, and effects.

FLM 221A/B: Post-Production Audio 1,2 (4,4)
Exploration of the Pro Tools audio platform and advanced techniques of post-production sound. Led by an Avid Certified Instructor.

FLM 222: Scoring for the Screen (4)
Exploration and analysis of digital music for film and television, web sites, video games, and other interactive media. The course will produce, record, arrange, and manipulate music for digital distribution using MIDI, loops, digital audio workstations, and virtual instruments.

FLM 229: Special Topics in Audio (4)
Unique courses that reflect special areas of research or interest by various faculty members and visiting lecturers.

Editing

FLM 230A/B: Editing 1,2 (4,4)
Hands on application of the techniques and theories of the art of editing with the latest industry software.

FLM 231: Advanced Editing with Avid (4)
Exploration of the deeper editing, text, and effect functionalities of Avid Media Composer. Led by an Avid Certified Instructor, this class will prepare students to pass the advanced Avid certification exam.

FLM 232: Color Correction (4)
Exploration and application of the theories and techniques involved with color manipulation in the post-production process.

FLM 239: Special Topics in Editing (4)
Unique courses that reflect special areas of research or interest by various faculty members and visiting lecturers.

Producing

FLM 240: Production Management (3)
Management skills, strategies, budgeting, and practices necessary to bring a film project from conceptualization to the marketplace.

FLM 241: Film Marketing (3)
Exploration of the structures and techniques of marketing film and television content.

FLM 242: Pitching (3)
Focus on the process of developing and pitching content for a feature film or television series.

FLM 243: Industry and Entertainment Seminar (3)
Special courses exploring the structure, standard practices, and business of the film and television industry. 

FLM 244A/B/C: Special Topics in Film & Television (1,1,1)
Individualized courses taught by industry leaders on their area of expertise and experience . May be repeated for credit.

FLM 249: Special Topics in Producing (3)
Unique courses that reflect special areas of research or interest by various faculty members and visiting lecturers.

Film Studies

FLM 250A/B: History of American Cinema 1,2 (3,3)
An advanced survey course on the history of film-making, students engage the films and filmmakers that developed and shaped the industry in the United States. The first course covers up to the mid-20th century, and continues in the second semester.

FLM 251: History of Animation (3)
Exploration of the development and history of 2D and 3D animation.

FLM 252A: Genre Studies: Noir (3)
Study of Film Noir, its characteristics and impact on film, television, and video games, and the social, political, and economic factors that led to its development.

FLM 253: Cinematic Language (3)
Explore the “big picture” of the film-making process, including the elements and key personnel involved with development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution.

FLM 254: Film Criticism (3)
Study and development of the ability to critically and professionally analyze, discuss, and write about film. 

FLM 259: Special Topics in Film Studies (3)
Unique courses that reflect special areas of research or interest by various faculty members and visiting lecturers.

Acting

FLM 260A/B: On-screen Acting 1,2 (3,3)
Techniques and skills of acting before a camera.

FLM 261: Broadcast Performance: Newscasters & Hosts (3)
Development of on-screen persona for broadcast television.

FLM 262: Acting for Motion Capture (3)
Fundamentals and techniques of acting for motion capture for animation and video game characters.

FLM 269: Special Topics in Acting (3)
Unique courses that reflect special areas of research or interest by various faculty members and visiting lecturers.

Digital Visual Effects

FLM 270: After Effects (3)
Exploration and application of Adobe’s After Effects software for visual effects and image manipulation.

FLM 271: Nuke (3)
Introduction to the Nuke compositing software for post-production.

FLM 272: Rotoscoping (3)
Techniques and skill with rotoscoping for live action and animation.

FLM 279: Special Topics in Digital Video Effects (3)
Unique courses that reflect special areas of research or interest by various faculty members and visiting lecturers.

Animation

FLM 280A/B/C: Animation 1, 2, 3 (4, 4, 4)
Exploration and application of the technology and techniques of computer animation.

FLM 281: Stop-motion Animation (3)
Theory and application of stop-motion animation.

FLM 285A/B: Video Game Design 1, 2 (4, 4)
Theory and techniques of video game design and interactive storytelling.

FLM 289: Special Topics in Animation (3)
Unique courses that reflect special areas of research or interest by various faculty members and visiting lecturers.

Directing

FLM 290A/B: Directing 1, 2 (3, 3)
Exploration of the multiple roles of the director, including coaching actors, building and maintaining a collaborative and efficient work environment on set and off.

FLM 291: Production Design (3)
Theory and techniques involved with designing the look of a film, television program, or video game.

FLM 295: Special Topics in Directing (3)
Unique courses that reflect special areas of research or interest by various faculty members and visiting lecturers.

Directed Study

FLM 296A/B: Independent Study (3, 3)
Students independently explore specific areas of study and/or skills under the guidance of a faculty member (may be repeated once for credit).

FLM 297A/B: Internship (3, 3)
Students serve in an approved internship (may be repeated once for credit).

FLM 298: Capstone (4)
Students work with a faculty member to develop a substantive sample of their work appropriate to their chosen area of study. This portfolio or demo reel should demonstrate technical proficiency and an understanding of the critical and historical context of the theories, methods, and techniques employed by their craft.

FLM 299A: Thesis 1 - Pre-production (3)
Thesis project pre-production.

FLM 299B: Thesis 2 - Production (3)
Thesis project production.

FLM 299C: Thesis 3 - Post-production (3)
Thesis project post-production.