In addition to a rigorous and comprehensive study of media cultures and screenwriting, Radio/Television/Film students can develop and hone their filmmaking craft through a variety of production opportunities within the curriculum and outside of the classroom.
Producing the TV Sitcom
This two-course sequence is a unique opportunity for students to conceive, write, and produce a brand new TV comedy. Under the faculty leadership of a seasoned television writer, students pitch ideas and craft three full scripts based on their selected premise. Production students, with a grant from the School of Communication, then produce the episodes using talent from across the university.
Advanced Directing Sequence
Tied to the Directing for the Screen module, the directing sequence is a two-quarter sequence for students creating advanced artistic production, with critique of work throughout the production and post-production process. Students may work in any genre (documentary, narrative, experimental) and any medium. Admission is based on a portfolio of previous media work and a proposal for the project, including script and budget.
Students have an opportunity to learn how to operate the RED One, a cutting-edge high-end HD camera and a digital cinematography standard used throughout the film and television industry. Students experience both the production and post-production workflow through hands-on, technical instruction while continuing to develop their own unique visual storytelling style.
The Special Effects Cinematography course emphasizes in-camera, analog, first generation special effects. Students learn several effects techniques, including miniatures & landscapes, reflection, forced-perspective, models, front-silvered mirrors, the Shuftan process, front projection, and matte painting/photography.
For a listing of all courses, view the School of Communication Undergraduate Catalog [pdf]