Course Requirements

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.  It is suggested that students include the followign in their electives:
Note: Pre-production elements will be covered in TV 271, TV 301, and TV 330.


ANI 260

MOTION GRAPHICS

This course will introduce the student to effective communication using motion graphics, including its application in the areas of film titles, broadcast and commercial design, interactive media, and gaming. The combination of music, visuals and typography will be explored following the basic theories of kinetic composition and aesthetics. Students will study the history of the field, including the work of pioneers such as Norman McLaren, Saul Bass and Len Lye. PREREQUISITE(S): Sophomore Standing and one of the following: ANI 105, ANI 101, GD 105, ART 105, GPH 211, DC 205

DC 215

INTRODUCTION TO SOUND DESIGN

This course is an introduction to sound editing and sound design. The course examines the place of sound in cinema, both artistic and technological. The course will cover the basics of sound, microphones, and analogue-to-digital conversion. Lectures, readings, and film clips will be used to illustrate the language of film sound, as practiced by film directors, sound designers, and editors. Students will learn to edit sound assignments with Pro Tools and current technologies. This course has an additional fee. PREREQUISITE(S): None

DC 225

DIGITAL STILL PHOTOGRAPHY

This course is an introduction to the history and aesthetics of still photography and to the concept of photography as a descriptive and interpretive artistic medium. Students will learn the fundamental concepts necessary to shoot, edit, manipulate, and print digital still photographs. Students will learn to scan, capture, correct and enhance digital images and prepare files for output on black and white and color printing devices. Introduces students to theories, terminology, and applications of digital imaging technologies. Students will acquire the knowledge needed to analyze and critique existing work. In addition, students will involve themselves in hands-on exercises with digital still photography, manipulation and printing. Demonstrations will facilitate learning software techniques and systems of working. Use of Adobe Photoshop will be extensively covered in this course. This course has an additional fee.

DC 271

INTRODUCTION TO TELEVISION PRODUCTION

An introduction to the basic principles, procedures, and techniques of television production. The course heavily utilizes Digital Cinema's TV studio. Students are organized in teams and create various TV broadcasts. Students learn how to operate TV switchers, TV cameras, sound, and graphic equipment. The course covers the fundamentals of producing, scripting, directing, and editing for television. This course has an additional fee.

DC 272

INTRODUCTION TO TELEVISION WRITING

The primary objective of this course is to learn how to write for television, for both network and cable, focusing on fiction and non-fiction TV programs including news, talk, documentaries, dramas and comedies. The course will assist students in improving their writing skills as well as help them understand the basic approaches and techniques in writing for television. Prerequisites: DC 201

DC 275

CINEMATOGRAPHY

This course is an intensive exploration of the craft, technologies and aesthetic principles of cinematography and lighting techniques. Lectures and in-class demonstrations will cover film and video formats, film stocks, film and digital cameras, exposure, lenses and optics, lighting units, lighting placement, lighting control, camera support, and camera movement. Class sessions will consist of lectures, demonstrations, hands on with cameras and lighting units, exercises, and screenings of selected film clips which demonstrate specific cinematography and lighting techniques. This course has an additional fee. PREREQUISITES: DC 210, DC 220

DC 323

PRE-PRODUCTION FOR CINEMA

This course will cover the pre-production phase of short and feature-length flimmaking, including fundraising, breaking down scripts, scheduling, budgeting and pre-visualizing. Professional scheduling, budgeting and pre-visualization software will be utilized. Additionally, the rules of the creative producer, line producer and assistant director will be examined. Prerequisite(s): DC 210

DC 371

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

This course covers all phases of documentary filmmaking including interview techniques, storytelling with interviews and B roll, and documentary cinematography. For the final project each student will produce a completed documentary film. This course has an additional fee. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 210, DC 220

DC 372

TOPICS IN TV PRODUCTION

This course is a hands-on experience in television production of news and public affairs programs. Students learn through theory and practice the role TV Producers and their teams play in creating various TV programs. This course has an additional fee.

DC 373

ADVANCED DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

This advanced course in documentary production is designed for students who already have experience with making documentaries. In this course, each student will direct and produce a substantial short subject documentary and serve as a crew member on at least one other student project. Topics covered will include choice of subject matter, filmmaker's POV, dramatic structure, proposal writing, and a variety of technical, aesthetic, practical, and ethical concerns related to producing professional documentary projects. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 371/471

DC 376

VISUAL DESIGN

Definition, analysis, and structure of visual components that cinema employs to support and emphasize the story. Theory of visual design will be applied through student still photos, as well as an original, visually-oriented, narrative or documentary short film, animation or game design. PREREQUISITES: DC 220

TV 289

THE BUSINESS OF TELEVISION

Course provides historical background of the television business, beginning with the inital launch of the industry in the 1940s. Students examine the establishment of the regulatory system, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the operational structure of stations and networks, the development of cable and satellite broadcasting, and the programming policies and strategies of the present broadcasting industry. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 271

TV 301

TELEVISION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Television program development is a creative and intense process that takes you from the germ of a story idea to a fully thought out series or program. In this class, you will work with your colleagues and the instructor to enhance your skills in storytelling and in pitching your "baby" to industry executives from cable to network to public and independent services. PREQUISITE(S): DC 201, DC 272

TV 320

EDITING FOR TELEVISION

Class emphasizes editing and post production producing under tight deadlines. Students edit commercials, trailers, and PSA projects. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 220, DC 271

VFX 200

INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL EFFECTS

Students will explore contemporary concepts and approaches to production in the current state of film and video effects work. Digital and traditional methodologies will be covered, with a concentration on digital exercises illustrating modern techniques. This course has an additional fee. PREREQUISITES: NONE

DC 378

COMPOSITING AND SPECIAL EFFECTS

Layering of live action and rendered 3D graphics to produce special effects. Includes such techniques as layered texturing / rendering, depth-based effects, motion tracking, and camera matching. This course has an additional fee. Prerequisite: DC 210

TV 271

INTRODUCTION TO TELEVISION PRODUCTION

An introduction to the basic principles, procedures, and techniques of television production. The course heavily utilizes Digital Cinema's TV studio. Students are organized in teams and create various TV broadcasts. Students learn how to operate TV switchers, TV cameras, sound, and graphic equipment. The course covers the fundamentals of producing, scripting, directing, and editing for television.

TV 372

TOPICS IN TV PRODUCTION

This course is a hands-on experience in television production of news and public affairs programs. Students learn through theory and practice the role TV Producers and their teams play in creating various TV programs. PREREQUISITE(S): None

VFX 278

DIGITAL COMPOSITING I

This course is an introduction to compositing and special effects in digital post production. Using current editing/compositing software, students will learn techniques used to combine live action footage with 2D and 3D animation and graphics. PREREQUISITES: DC 220 and VFX 200

TV 110

FOUNDATIONS OF TELEVISION

This course provides an introduction and framework of the history of television production. Evolving story forms will be examined from television's beginnings to the present. Developments in story and production styles will be analyzed and discussed. Professionals from different sectors of the Chicago television industry will speak to the class in panels.

DC 210

DIGITAL CINEMA PRODUCTION I

This course is a beginning workshop in narrative film production. The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of cinema, including camera and lens technology, composition, lighting, directing and sound recording. Utilizing digital technology, students will produce several films with an emphasis on visual storytelling and personal expression. This course has an additional fee. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 220

TV 330

WEBISODE PRODUCTION

Students will write, produce, edit, screen and webcast a series of five-minute webisodes over the course of the quarter, focusing on short form storytelling for online distribution. Students will have to think creatively, collaborate and act quickly to complete the webisodes on deadline. The class will focus on short serial storytelling discussing composition, structure and editing for the various forms the work will take (narrative, documentary, sitcom, reality, etc...). Production groups will be assigned and create a series. Each student will write at least one script of that series that will be produced. All will take part in the production process. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 210

DC 313

PRODUCTION SOUND

This workshop based course offers production recording and mixing techniques. Subjects include microphone selection, basic acoustics, boom techniques, dual system recording practices, and mixing. Several projects will be completed throughout the quarter. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 215

DC 306

WRITING THE SITCOM

This course focuses on the fundamentals of writing the half-hour situational comedy. Creating comedic characters, situations, and developing multiple storylines are covered. Students will create an original sitcom pilot. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 272

DC 307

WRITING THE EPISODIC DRAMA

This course examines the storytelling techniques necessary to write an hour long television dramatic series with an emphasis on characterization and structure. Students will create an original hour long pilot. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 272

TV 351

ADVANCED SCRIPTED TELEVISION PRODUCTION

Advanced production class focused on the techniques and production methods of a television program. Students will learn three-camera and one-camera directing and on-set and on-location television shooting and lighting workflows. The class will culminate in the pre-production, casting, production, and post of a television pilot script in a collaborative environment.

TV 373

REALITY TELEVISION PRODUCTION

Advanced production class develops a reality or factual show concept and treatment. Students will produce and cast a pilot based on their treatments. The class will focus on techniques and methods to build engagement and conflict within the reality or factual genre.

TV 385

TELEVISION PRODUCING

This course discusses the different roles of the television producer and show runners. Students work in various producer roles throughout the quarter, culminating in creating a short promo segment of an original television show pilot.