Skip to Main Content
Mobile Menu

Film and Television Arts (FILM) Courses


FILM 190 INTRO TO PRODUCTION (3-0-3)(F,S). Introduction to the theory and practice of film production.

FILM 220 CINEMA: HISTORY AND AESTHETICS (3-0-3)(F/S)(FA). Designed to provide knowledge of the development of motion pictures with attention given to the elements and qualities peculiar to cinema which give it validity as a unique and multi-cultural art form.

FILM 230 FILM STYLES AND GENRES (3-2-3)(F/S)(FC). Viewing a variety of international cinema masterpieces from different periods, analyze and discuss these films in terms of formal elements, historical/social context, and industrial constraints. Concepts of genre, authorship and ideology will also be introduced, providing requisite critical tools for analytical writing on a wide range of film art.

FILM 250 SCREENWRITING I (3-0-3)(F/S). Creative and critical exploration of writing for the screen, with an emphasis on the short film. Students will write and analyze scripts with a focus on the basic theory and formal aspects of story, structure, and character.

FILM 290 INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTION (3-0-3)(F/S). Survey and application of narrative and nonfiction production theory and practice. PREREQ: FILM 190.


FILM 330 FILM THEORY (3-2-3)(F/S). Survey of historical and contemporary film theory, and application through critical analysis of film texts. PREREQ: FILM 230.

FILM 350 SCREENWRITING II (3-0-3)(S). Creating a premise, synopsis, treatment, and first draft of a full-length feature screenplay. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: FILM 250.

FILM 355 WRITING FOR TV (3-0-3)(F). This course explores writing for series television. Over the course of the semester, students will write “spec” scripts and original pilots. The class will take an in-depth look at TV writing from the inside out, learning how to “break” an episode and how a TV writer’s room works. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: FILM 250.

FILM 360 POSTPRODUCTION (3-0-3)(F,S). Theory, techniques, and tools of non-linear film editing. PREREQ: FILM 190.

FILM 370 PRODUCING FOR FILM (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the film industry in terms of financing, distribution and exhibition of films, the interaction between art and business in film production, and skills for working with creative talent. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

FILM 371 PRODUCTION DESIGN (3-0-3)(F/S). A study of the theories, principles and practices of motion picture design including both aesthetic conception and practical application. PREREQ: FILM 190.

FILM 372 CINEMATOGRAPHY (3-0-3)(F/S). Practical exploration of the art and craft of motion picture creative image control, focusing on the application of foundational principles, theory, and tools of lighting and cinematography. PREREQ: FILM 290.

FILM 390 DIRECTING FILM (3-0-3)(F/S). Advanced work in theory and practice of film production. PREREQ: FILM 290 and FILM 250.

FILM 401 NTVI WRITERS ROOM (3-0-3)(F). Students will collaboratively develop and write original narrative television shows for production in the Narrative TV Initiative. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

FILM 402 NTVI PREPRODUCTION (3-0-3)(S). Students will develop the narrative television show written in the Narrative TV Initiative Writers Room for production, undertaking all phases of preproduction, both logistical and creative. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: PERM/INST.