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01702/Film & Media Arts (FMA)

Foundational Courses

1141. Media Arts I (4 s.h.) F SS. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0100.)

An introductory course in media arts and theory, which examines the history and practice of image making, sound production, and new technologies. Students will explore both hands-on production processes and theoretical foundations of film, video, and audio in a range of technologies including low-tech formats, professional studio, and computerized digital settings. Coursework will emphasize individual students` rigorous exploration of creative, personal visions, along with commercial applications.

Note: This course is for majors only.

1142. Media Arts II (4 s.h.) S SS. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0101.)

Prerequisite: FMA 1141 (0100).

A continuation of media arts and theory with an increased emphasis on aesthetics, genres, writing, and project design. Assigned production projects and readings will include documentary, fictional, and experimental formats.

Note: This course is for majors only.

1143. Media Arts Combined (4 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0110.)

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair required. Prior study of production courses from a transferring institution required.

An introductory course in media arts production and theory, which examines image making, sound, and new technology for those students who already have a production background. The course will further develop hands-on production processes, while relating them to the theoretical and expressive foundations of media arts. Course work will include production projects, readings and written assignments.

Note: This course is for transfer students into the major only. Duplicate Courses: FMA 1143 (0110) counts in place of FMA 1141 (0100) and FMA 1142 (0101).

1171. Media & Culture (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0102.)

An overview of cultural production, distribution, and reception explored through lectures, readings, and screenings. Equally oriented towards practical concerns such as the economics of the arts and the mass media, and theoretical debates on the social, political, and economic forces that shape culture.

Note: This course is for majors only.

1172. Introduction to Film and Video Analysis (3 s.h.) F S SS. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0155.)

Film and television analysis through screenings, lectures, and readings in the context of theory, history, and aesthetics.

Lower Division Courses

1451. Survey of New Media (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: FMA 0196.)

This lecture course introduces the history and theory of computer/telecommunications media and new media arts. Today`s convergence of computational, telecommunications and audiovisual media is transforming human interaction at personal, local and global levels. Paradoxically it has introduced new modes of alienation while creating new means of contact. Simulation and interactivity suggest new kinds of realism. Random-access databases offer both greater control of information, and the emergence of hypermedia narratives which allow the reader to get lost in information. Readings include the commentaries and works of philosophers, theorists, writers and artists and draw on theoretical and historical texts, fiction, interactive multimedia, audiovisual media and the internet.

Upper Division Courses

2241. Filmmaking (4 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0210.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course, or permission of instructor.

Intensive instruction and practice with the tools of recording and structuring 16mm film. Coursework will consist of individual and group film exercises and projects.

Note: This course is for majors only.

2242. Videography (4 s.h.) F S SS. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0200.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course or permission of instructor.

Intensive instruction and practice with the tools of recording and structuring video. Coursework will consist of individual and group exercises and projects conducted in the studio and in the field.

Note: This course is for majors only.

2243. Audio: Production and Aesthetics (4 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0231.)

Prerequisite: Special permission required for non-majors.

This course is an introduction to audio production and audio as a form of aesthetic expression. Students will explore theoretical concepts as they use digital audio recording and editing systems to complete projects.

Note: This course is primarily for FMA majors. Mode: Lecture, hands on instruction, discussion.

2244. Still Photography for Filmmakers (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0211.)

Using a 35mm single lens reflex camera, the student will learn technical and aesthetic considerations regarding natural and artificial light, exposure, shutter speeds, f/stops, framing, composition, lens selection and how these factors affect perspective and depth of field. The course will relate concepts in still photography to parallel practices in motion pictures.

2361. Writing for Media (4 s.h.) F S SS. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0201.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course or permission of instructor.

Seminar and workshop exploration of various approaches to fiction and nonfiction media writing.

Note: This course is for majors only.

2451. Experimental Video and Multi-Media (4 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0241.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course, or permission of instructor.

Intensive laboratory and field experience exploring personal, aesthetic, and social applications of video-utilizing camcorders, editing, and multi-media facilities. This course includes regularly scheduled screenings of significant experimental video and multimedia projects.

2452. Multimedia Production (3 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0245.)

Prerequisite: Completion of FMA core is required before taking this course. Permission of instructor required.

Students explore the aesthetic, communications, and practical aspects of creating websites with user input and feedback, and with streaming audio or video. They also will consider these issues in designing and producing multimedia CDís. Course will concentrate on both message-based and artistic uses of multimedia production.

2471. New Media Colloquium (1 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: FMA 0249.)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required. Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course.

A seminar for New Media students, which will host guests from the New Media professions and arts. The course will critique student and professional work and focus on a topic related to this discipline. Class will seek to integrate studentís work across the New Media concentration.

2551. Editing Film and Video (4 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0257.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course or permission of instructor.

Techniques, practices, equipment, procedures, and theories involved in achieving structure in film and video.

2670. Topics in Film Study (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: FMA 0292.)

Prerequisite: Completion of a prior media studies course.

An intermediate exploratory seminar in film study. Courses vary.

2671. Film Noir (4 s.h.) $.

(Formerly: FMA 0263.)

This course will examine the concept of `Film Noir` using a body of films (literature, photography, pop art, music) to analyze predominant noir themes and patterns, as well as investigate the history of the concept and how it has evolved in film scholarship. Prominent directors, producers and writers of noir, and the industrial process by which these films were produced, marketed and exhibited, also will be reviewed, and a variety of cultural/historical issues (e.g. race, gender, class, urban development and malaise, national morale) will be explored. In the end, we will explore the notion of noir as not simply a film genre but a cultural attitude and perspective. The first part of the class will focus on `Classic` (1940-50) Noir, while the second will concentrate on the evolution of Noir, scrutinizing postwar (1950-2002) films that have appropriated Noir characteristics in a variety of alternative cinematic forms and narrative structures, paying particular attention to international examples.

2672. Film Comedy (3 s.h.) $.

(Formerly: FMA 0264.)

This course will examine American Comedy, with a particular focus on several significant directors/producers: Harold Lloyd, Preston Sturges, Frank Tashlin, Woody Allen. We will approach this class in equal parts as a directors study, a genre study, an American culture study. Some of the questions we`ll address are: How does comedy function/work? What personal styles emerge from the genre? Are these films and their critical concerns reflective of larger patterns and tendencies in American life?

2673. Independent Film/Video (4 s.h.) $.

(Formerly: FMA 0262.)

Lectures, screenings and critical assignments will survey and analyze significant narrative, documentary and experimental works that challenge the assumptions and practices of mainstream media.

2674. History of Photography (4 s.h.) $.

(Formerly: FMA 0265.)

An examination of the history and aesthetics of fine art, documentary and commercial photography within their cultural contexts. The course will cover the works of major photographers and will relate historical and contemporary concepts in still photography to parallel practices in motion pictures.

2771. Producing (4 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0270.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course, or permission of instructor.

The business of making media from conceptualization, budgeting, financing, and fundraising to production management, distribution, and marketing. Focusing on both commercial and not-for-profit organizations and strategies, coursework includes readings, lectures, case studies, as well as guest professionals, and multi-genre assignments in developing hypothetical projects.

3085. Internship (1 to 4 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: FMA 0397.)

Students selected on the basis of special qualifications are assigned as interns on an unpaid basis with organizations professionally engaged in broadcasting and film.

Note: Enrollment subject to availability of openings.

3242. Experimental TV (4 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0341.)

Prerequisite: Completion of FMA 2242 (0200) or FMA 2451 (0241); or permission of the instructor.

An advanced workshop to develop projects in experimental, documentary, or narrative forms using portable video, TV studio, and editing facilities.

3244. Lighting for Film and Video (4 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0311.)

Prerequisite: FMA 2241 (0210), 2242 (0200), photography or theater lighting course, and permission of the instructor.

This workshop will explore the technical, aesthetic, and compositional aspects of lighting for cinematic, photographic, and electronic media for all students, as well as advanced issues of cinematography and synchronous sound for those students who wish to continue study of filmmaking. The course will analyze the evolution of lighting styles (such as classical Hollywood, neorealist, film noir, and expressionism) in fiction and non-fiction moviemaking. Each student will complete an individual and/or group portfolio of different lighting exercises. Students with an advanced interest in filmmaking will substitute camera and synchronous sound exercises for some of the lighting exercises.

3246. Making Documentaries (4 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0325.)

Prerequisite: FMA 2242 (0200) and FMA 2361 (0201) or permission of instructor.

An advanced workshop in the theory, practice, and ethics of documentary production. The workshop will feature exercises in oral history and interview techniques, camerawork, field-sound recording, and music research, specialized editing assignments, and a final project. These skills will be integrated with screenings along with readings and discussion.

3341. Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors (4 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0323.)

Prerequisite: FMA 2361 (0201); and FMA 2241 (0210), 2242 (0200), or 2451 (0241).

Analysis and exercises dealing with the conventional language of mainstream narrative film, including how this language, traditionally presented as the only way to organize narrative films, actually serves to circumscribe the kind of stories that may be told.

3361. Screen Performance (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: FMA 0322.)

Prerequisite: Completion of a 2000 level FMA production course, or a basic Theater acting course, or permission of the instructor.

Cross Listed with Theater 3278 (0319).

Acting theory and advanced acting technique as applied to television and film; individual and ensemble exercises on location and in the studio.

3396. Writing for Media II (4 s.h.) F S. Core: WI.

(Formerly: FMA W320.)

Prerequisite: FMA 2361 (0201) or permission of instructor.

An advanced course concentrating on the preparation of a complete television, motion picture, or non-fiction script.

3451. Animation Workshop (4 s.h.) SS. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0310.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core or permission of instructor.

A workshop on the art, techniques and concepts of animation, exploring several approaches from cards and cels to computer image making.

3452. New Technologies Lab (4 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0354.)

Prerequisite: FMA 1451 (0196). Permission of the instructor.

Exploration, study, design, production, and implementation of hypermedia projects including interactive and computer controlled video, computer graphics, digital sound, videodisc, virtual reality, and other emerging technologies. Interdisciplinary collaborations will be encouraged between Film and Media Arts, Mass Media and Telecommunications, Computer Science, Engineering, Architecture, Art, and Music.

3551. Advanced Editing (4 s.h.) $.

(Formerly: FMA 0357.)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. You must have successfully completed FMA 2551 (0257) and have a basic proficiency with Avid Xpress Pro.

Screenings, discussions, critiques, and individual as well as collaborative workshop exercises build upon editing techniques and aesthetic concepts introduced in prior editing courses. By the conclusion of the semester students will have completed projects designed to expose them to professional editing methods, approaches and techniques for both picture and sound.

3670. Topics in Media Culture (4 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: FMA 0390.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core and permission of instructor.

An exploratory seminar with varying special topics, which might include Gender, Theories of Subjectivity, and Marginalization and Representation.

Note: Course may be repeated. Mode: Lectures, screenings, discussion, and written assignments.

3671. Theory and Practice of Media Culture (4 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: FMA 0203.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core or permission of instructor.

The course will describe how cultural studies have grown out of film and media studies, combining intellectual and social history with changing representational practices. Students will analyze the dynamic relationship between ideas, socio-cultural, practices and technologies.

Note: This course is for majors only.

3680. Foreign Studies in FMA (3 to 6 s.h.) SS.

(Formerly: FMA 0307.)

This course is a summer seminar in one of SCTís study abroad locations. It is only available during summers when an FMA faculty member is leading the seminar. For more information and an application, students should visit the SCT website at www.temple.edu/sct.

Note: FMA students may only count three credits towards the FMA major.

3696. Writing Intensive Film Study (4 s.h.) F S SS. Core: WI. $.

(Formerly: FMA W391.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core and permission of instructor.

An writing intensive seminar with varying special topics which might include East European Cinema, The Auteur Theory Re-examined, and Ideology and Hollywood Cinema of the `50s.

Note: Course may be repeated. Mode: Lectures, screenings, discussion, and written assignments.

3770. Topics in Film Study (4 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0391.)

Lectures and screenings on a special topic arranged each semester. Please consult with the instructor.

4240. Topics in Production (4 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0393.)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

A workshop in film, video, audio, or emerging new technologies. The course will address a particular production issue (an aspect of technology or an aesthetic approach) each time it is offered, such as special effects, field recording, audio experimentation, computer imagery, video veritť, and film/video diary.

4241. Senior Project I (4 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0382.)

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in FMA core courses, FMA 2361 (0201), plus FMA 2241 (0210) or 2242 (0200), senior status, and an approved project proposal.

Advanced pre-production, production, and post-production of film, video, and emerging technologies with specific emphasis on producing works of artistic and social consequence, with critiques and evaluations by faculty and visiting professionals. Intensive field and laboratory work leading towards individual or collaborative final project for exhibition.

Note: First semester of a two-semester sequence (4241-4242).

4242. Senior Project II (4 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0383.)

Prerequisite: FMA 4241 (0382).

Continuation of FMA 4241 (0382).

Note: Second semester of a two-semester sequence (4241-4242).

4243. Film and Video Sound (4 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0331.)

Prerequisite: FMA 2243 (0231) or permission of the instructor.

Theory and practice of sound as it relates to film and video production location recording techniques, wild sound pick-up, Foley and sound effects creation, sound sweetening, scoring for film, and sound mixing for film.

4245. Cinematography Master Class I (4 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0387.)

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

An advanced production workshop that combines theory and practice in the making of personal films and crewing each other`s productions in Super 16mm or High Definition 24P digital video, along with technical and aesthetic exercises deconstructing cinematographic/videographic moviemaking.

4246. Cinematography Master Class II (4 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0388.)

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

This course is a continuation of the fall semester as a practicum in completing projects in super 16mm and 24P digital advanced productions as well as introducing new exercises. This course will have professional visitors and will continue to deconstruct cinematography and various cinematic forms in the treatment of fiction/non-fiction portraiture in observational/direct cinema, avant-garde (burst and unconventional filming), and autobiographical styles of moviemaking.

4250. Topics in Production (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0395.)

A workshop with a changeable technological or artistic topic in post-production.

4282. Special Projects (1 to 4 s.h.) F S SS. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0396.)

Prerequisite: Formal acceptance of project in writing by faculty sponsor and approval of FMA department chair.

Individual projects proposed by advanced students.

Note: Candidates submit a detailed project plan on prescribed form before registration.

4341. Screen Directing (4 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0321.)

Prerequisite: B or better in Filmmaking, Videography or Experimental Video, or permission of instructor.

Theories of directing, dramatic form, and acting are examined through lectures, demonstrations, readings, and applied exercises to establish a theoretical and practical foundation in film and television directing.

4365. Screenwriting Master Class I (4 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0385.)

Prerequisite: FMA 2361 (0201) and 3396 (W320).

The first half of the senior year capstone. Students will integrate in practice everything they have learned about film, screenwriting and story by developing the first draft of a feature-length screenplay. The course will be structured as a workshop, present students with the opportunity to further hone their critical skills and introduce them to the discipline of the writer`s life.

4366. Screenwriting Master Class II (4 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0386.)

Prerequisite: FMA 4365 (0385) or permission of the instructor.

The second half of the senior year capstone. Students will focus on rewriting as an essential part of the writing process, as they rewrite and polish the first drafts of their feature scripts developed in Screenwriting Master Class I. They will be expected to cultivate their ability to give and receive a high level of criticism.

4440. Topics in Production (4 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: FMA 0394.)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

A workshop in film, video, audio, or emerging new technologies. The course will address a particular production issues (an aspect of technology or an aesthetic approach) each time it is offered, such as special effects, field recording, audio experimentation, computer imagery, video verite, and film/video diary.

4451. Digital Animation, Compositing and Modelling (4 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0312.)

Prerequisite: FMA 2452 (0245); proficiency in Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro.

Animation, image compositing and object modelling have facilitated the crossover between animation and photographic imaging, mingling the fictive and the realistic image in digital film and videomaking. This production course explores the techniques and effects of processing and layering the moving image within film/video language and within the non-linear structures. Primary focus is on 2D animation and compositing using Adobe AfterEffects with other software packages introduced as time permits.

4461. Interactive Narrative (4 s.h.) $.

(Formerly: FMA 0327.)

Prerequisite: A media, creative writing or new media course.

A creative course within a critical frame in which students make and study interactive narratives; textual, audio and graphics/video based stories that incorporate explicit user choice. The course will be structured around a series of weekly exercises and readings, followed by a substantial final project.

4670. Topics in Film Study (4 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: FMA 0392.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core and permission of instructor.

Arranged each semester, please consult with the instructor.

4671. Senior Media Culture Thesis I (4 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: FMA 0380.)

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in FMA core courses, plus FMA 3671 (0203), senior status and permission of instructor.

The planning, conceptualization, and design of a written research project that combines skills in theory, criticism, and historiography, or a producible script based on research.

4672. Senior Media Culture Thesis II (4 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: FMA 0381.)

Prerequisite: Senior Media Culture Thesis I.

The completion of the research project or script begun in FMA 4671 (0380).

4673. International Cinema (4 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: FMA 0366.)

The course will survey and examine the various cultural determinants of international film forms through screenings, lectures, and readings. It will attempt to define the differences and similarities between mainstream Hollywood cinema and the range of international film forms from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

4674. Media Anthropology (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: FMA 0361.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core and junior or senior standing.

Anthropological perspectives on media studies in terms of both cultural organization and anthropological research tools; includes anthropological and communication theory, history of ethnography, and research methods with special emphasis on visual recording modes.

4697. History of Narrative Film (4 s.h.) F. Core: WI.

(Formerly: FMA W368.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core or permission of the instructor.

Major trends in theatrical film history and the methods and issues in the writing of film history.

4698. History of Documentary (4 s.h.) Core: WI. $.

(Formerly: FMA W360.)

Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core or permission of the instructor.

An interpretive historical survey of the non-fiction film explored through lectures, readings, and screenings. Films and writings to be studied will include work by Muybridge, Marey, Flaherty, Cooper, Grierson, Jennings, Lorentz, Van Dyke, Vertov, Ruttmann, Murrow, Leacock, Wiseman, Trinh Min Ha, and others.

4771. Pathways to Media Careers (2 s.h.) $.

(Formerly: FMA 0370.)

Prerequisite: FMA core courses.

This course is designed to assist FMA Juniors and Seniors in transitioning from the insulation of the classroom to `real world` careers in media production. It will provide insight into the diverse opportunities available in media at independent, corporate, and industry levels.

4983. Honors Reading (1 to 4 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: FMA 0398.)

Prerequisite: Open to departmental honors students only; permission of departmental Honors Director.

Designed to orient students to the field of Film and Media Arts through assigned readings. Oral and written reports presented in seminars.

4991. Honors Research/Project (1 to 4 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: FMA 0399.)

Prerequisite: Open to departmental honors students only; permission of departmental honors director.

Honors students in consultation with an assigned advisor will design and complete individual research studies or experimental projects.


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