Film & Digital Media Production

Course Descriptions

COM 243. (3) Fundamentals of Aural-Visual Production.

Hands on experience in familiarizing students with the foundations of aesthetic values, current professional standards, and technical tools of creation. Introduction to individual elements of all three phases of production. Prerequisites: None. Special Fee: $30.00. (Fall, Spring)

Course Objective: On completion of this course, the student will be able to competently approach productions with applied basic understanding of practical approaches to acquisition and manipulation of sound and moving images.

COM 343. (3) Film and Digital Media Production Projects.

Accentuated understanding of industry areas such as history, existing/emerging technologies, structure, regulation, operation, management, economics, social implications, or other anterior and posterior interests corresponding to film and digital media productions. Prerequisite: None. Special Fee: $30.00. (Fall, Summer)

Course Objective: On completion of this course, the students will be able to present themselves as well rounded, versed, and rehearsed content producers with projects that are worthy of consideration and utilization.

COM 393W. (3) Short Screenplay Writing.

Workshops in the craft’s most effective conventions and an induction to constructing affective visual narratives. Exercises guide to mastery of essentials, which culminate in conceptualizing and composing an authentic work. Prerequisite: None. Special Fee: $30.00. (Fall, Spring)

Course Objective: On completion of this course, the student will be able to apply and demonstrate skilled screenwriting techniques to modify their own interoceptive values into aesthetic and emotive threads for audiences.

COM 443. (3) Advanced Production Techniques.

Competent and consistent application of theoretical concept comprehension and principles of professional standards to the individual elements of all three phases of production through utilization of current tools in projects. Must be repeated one time for a total of six credit hours. Prerequisite: COM 353. Special Fee: $30.00. (Fall, Spring)

Course Objective: On completion of this course, the student will be able to skillfully demonstrate aesthetic and technical understanding of image and sound acquired projects related to the conventions of traditional genres.

  • Track One: Conventional Documentary
    • Ex: Grierson “creative treatment of actuality” or Mott “report of any new thing”
  • Track Two: Conventional Narrative
    • Ex: Classical Hollywood Cinema

COM 453W-I. (3) Feature Screenwriting Artistry.

In a symposium atmosphere students familiar with the screenwriting processes will develop and refine a foundation for a successful feature length screenplay by completing a step outline and first act. Prerequisite: COM 393W. Special Fee: $30.00. (Spring)

Course Objective: On completion of this course, the student will be able to diligently progress in a meticulous process of shaping a prepared story in the creation of a feature length screenplay.

FIL 493. (1-3) Film and Digital Media Production Practicum.

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, specialized field experience in production roles and the communication of community initiated projects through the integration of personal performance and collaborative contributions. Prerequisite: departmental approval of proposal. Special Fee: $30.00. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Objective: On completion of this course, the student will be able to take developed skills and directly apply them to earning further production experience and screen credit for longer form projects.