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MDST 1110 - Film Appreciation

A course focused on fostering an awareness, understanding, and appreciation for cinematic art. Students will consider the primary visual, aural, and narrative conventions in motion pictures, and will investigate the interaction between film, politics, history, religion, science, and society. This course replaced FILM 1100.

Hours:
3



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MDST 1500 - Seminar on the Film and Digital Media Industry

As an introduction to the film and digital media industry, this seminar examines the roles and responsibilities for each position within a film, television and/or digital media production. All areas of the production process will be considered, including business & legal issues, story development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. Best-practices, procedures, professional expectations, and related safety considerations for each area will be emphasized. This seminar course will also address emerging technologies, workflow trends and other aspects of working in the film and digital media industry.

Hours:
3



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MDST 1502 - Popular Culture & Media Literacy

An introductory class that focuses on popular culture, such as films, television shows, video games, advertising, books, and other media texts, both American and international. Students will learn how to discuss and write about popular culture texts with an emphasis on media literacy, critiquing them and placing them in their cultural and historical contexts. Different sections of this class may focus on a specific theme or a specific medium.

Hours:
2



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MDST 2100 - Writing for Media

This course introduces students to the process and formatting conventions of writing for various mass media, including film, television, radio, Internet, and non-broadcast audio applications. The course will cover fictional narrative content, non-narrative informational content, and journalistic content.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102H with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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MDST 2150 - Literature and Film

This course is a study of the relationships between film and literature, which focuses primarily on cinematic adaptations of literary texts and/or cinema as text. It involves analyzing and interpreting significant texts within their historical, social, cultural, and generic contexts; and considers the influence of commercial factors on the artistic process.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102H with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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MDST 2350 - World Cinema

This course presents cinema as a global art form that both reflects and critiques cultural constructions of such issues as race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, post-colonialism, and stardom.  Instructors may choose to focus on particular themes, genres, or artistic/historical movements, and consideration may be given to questions of national cinemas and their relationship to the dominance of Hollywood.

Hours:
3



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MDST 2500 - Production I

This course introduces students to all phases in the film and digital media production cycle, from pre-production to production to post-production. Through readings, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on projects, students will learn foundational skills in production management, cinematography, sound, and video editing.

Hours:
3



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MDST 2700 - Intro to Film & Digital Media Post-Production

In this practical "hands on" course, students will learn how to cut together found footage and footage they create using advanced editing software. Students will learn how the editor has a profound and significant influence on the overall tone and meaning of a film through the editing process. Students will strengthen their cinematic voice as they learn about and how to work with different kinds of conventional cuts, such as reverse cuts, POV, reactions, inserts, and jump cuts. Students will also learn how and when to employ other types of transitions such as dissolves, fades, and superimpositions. In addition students will learn how to synchronize sound, add musical tracks, and create sound effects. Note: This course is cross-listed with FILM 2700 Introduction to Film & Digital Media Post-Production.

Hours:
3



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MDST 2901 - Special Topics in Media Studies

Special interest courses which may not be transferable are offered in response to student interest and demand. Among such topics are Latin American Film, Feature Writing, Digital Film Making and other topics suggested by students.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102H with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
1



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MDST 2902 - Special Topics in Media Studies

Special interest courses which may not be transferable are offered in response to student interest and demand. Among such topics are Latin American Film, Feature Writing, Digital Film Making and other topics suggested by students.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102H with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
2



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MDST 2903 - Special Topics in Media Studies

Special interest courses which may not be transferable are offered in response to student interest and demand. Among such topics are Latin American Film, Feature Writing, Digital Film Making and other topics suggested by students.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102H with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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MDST 3000 - Acting for Camera I

This course introduces the techniques and skills of acting for the camera. In this course students will explore the acting process and develop basic skills in acting, auditioning, analyzing, improvisation, visualization, breathing, and relaxation as well as a working vocabulary of terms used in acting for film television, and digital media. Students will work in a variety of genres while also addressing technical problems posed by the different types of camera shots (e.g., close-up, two-shot, establishing shot). Recognizing that the dynamic field of film is a useful tool for communicating in any arena, this course also serves as an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen their public speaking skills and bolster their confidence.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Completion of all Area F requirements or permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 3100 - Screenwriting

In this course students will learn the basic form of narrative screenwriting by focusing on developing short screenplays. Students will learn how to construct plot, develop characters, and write dialogue. Students will develop their narrative, visual voice through rigorous writing exercises, script study, and critiques. Outside writing, reading, and screening assignments are required.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 2100 or permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 3150 - Pre-Production

This course introduces students to all elements of the pre-production process, including scene breakdown, storyboarding, the shooting script, assembling a crew, casting, scheduling, location scouting, and the production package.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: MDST 1500, MDST 2100, and either MDST 2500 or COMM 1400

Hours:
3



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MDST 3200 - Audio Production for Visual Media

This course will teach the hands-on techniques and aesthetic theory of audio production for visual media. Topics covered will include capturing direct dialogue and ambient sound on location and in studio, foley techniques, audio for animation, recording voice-over and post-synchronized dialogue, recording and mixing musical scores, and blending multiple audio elements in a unified sound design.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisistes: MDST 1500, MDST 2100, and either MDST 2500 or COMM 1400

Hours:
3



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MDST 3210 - Studio Audio Recording I

An introductory course that focuses on the methods of basics of audio production as it pertains to recording audio in a studio environment. Through a series of screenings, lectures, assignments, critiques, and class discussions, students will develop the ability to record and master a multi-track audio project using studio production techniques. Special emphasis will be given to understanding of the basics of how we perceive sound, signal flow in the recording studio; different phases of multi-track production; how engineers and producers interact with recording artists; and deliverables of a multi-track product.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3200 or THEA 3525, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 3250 - Editing and Mixing Audio I

An introductory course that focuses on the methods of basic audio mixing and editing of a multi-track production. Through a series of screenings, lectures, assignments, critiques, and class discussions, students will develop the ability to edit, mix, master, and deliver a multi-track audio project using computer-based, postproduction software. Special emphasis will be given to understanding of workflow procedures that will achieve professional results; the basics of multi-track editing, equalization, and manipulation or audio in a post environment; and deliverables of a multi-track product.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3200 or THEA 3525, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 3300 - Directing for Motion Pictures I

In this course students will learn to develop a visually compelling cinematic language. Students will learn how to break down a script and/or concept into dramatic beats and then organize those into visual moments. Students will build the vocabulary and conceptual framework necessary to analyze and discuss shot progression, camera movement, and production practices. Students will develop their visual voice by dissecting scenes, exploring the director's language, and participating in camera workshops. Outside film exercises are required.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3150 (can also be taken as a corequisite)

Hours:
3



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MDST 3301 - Film History I

This course examines the development of cinema as an art form from its beginnings in the late 19th century through the end of World War II. Film History I focuses initially on the technologies that contributed to the invention of motion pictures and the existing art forms that influenced the aesthetics of early films. Students will then study the development of cinema through the Weimar Republic and Third Reich in Germany, Soviet Cinema of the 1920's, the experimental and classical periods of French cinema, and American cinema from The Trust Era through The Classical Hollywood Era. Students will view and research select films from each period, studying them both as reflective of their historical context and as one of the social forces that shaped history.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

Hours:
3



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MDST 3302 - Film History II

This course examines the development of cinema as an art form from the end of World War II until the present. Film History II begins by reviewing the Classical Hollywood Era then surveys the major cinematic movements that have followed, including Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, European art cinema, the Chinese Fifth Generation, modern Japanese cinema, South Korean cinema, Bollywood, Iranian cinema and African cinema. All the while, we will track global trends such as the movement from distinct national cinema industries to internationalism, from conventional narrative form to more diverse and stylized storytelling, and from studio-controlled production to independent filmmaking. Students will view and research select films from each period, studying them both as reflective of their historical contest and as one of the social forces that has shaped history.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

Hours:
3



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MDST 3310 - East Asian Cinema

This course examines the contemporary East Asian cinemas of China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, with a focus on their critical visualization and deconstruction of nation. East Asian cinema cannot be understood outside the context of transnationalism, in light of the cross-pollination of culture, history, politics, and bodies that unite these Asian nations. In this course, students will be introduced to key filmmakers and their emergent new cinemas, industrial practices and national exchanges, as well as the historical, political, industrial and cultural events that gave rise to these globally influential transnational cinemas.

Hours:
3



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MDST 3350 - Media History

Survey of the history and development of the mass media in relation to social, economic, cultural, and technological conditions. The course will focus primarily on broadcast, print, and new media, with particular emphasis on the interrelations and convergence among all mass media. Students will also be introduced to historical analysis and research methods and will complete an historical research project.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: COMM 2900 or COMM 2050, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 3400 - Reading Video Games: An Introduction to Game Studies

This course explores the cultural, artistic, economic, and educational function of video games contemporaneously and historically. By examining the "flavor" of a game (analog and digital) students discover how games, like any media genre, reflect cultural, social, technological, and industrial shifts. By examining the various applications of video games, and understanding the medium's historical evolution, students are able to gain insight into contemporary media culture, consumer habits, and its potential roles in the future. This course is conducted in a lecture and discussion format with visual presentations. Outside games, screenings, and assigned readings are required.

Hours:
3



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MDST 3500 - Production II

In this course, students learn how to interpret a film script within a moving image, both creatively and technically. They will advance their knowledge in roles and procedures related to the camera, grip, and electric departments, as well as digital imaging. Through readings, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises, students will further their understanding of cinematography theory and practice and learn how to function as a successful member of the Director of Photography's crew.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 2500, COMM 1400, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 3600 - Television Studies

Overview and analysis of contemporary television structures, meaning systems, genres, and modes of production. Course will focus on U.S. television, comparing it to global television production systems.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

Hours:
3



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MDST 3700 - Post-Production

In this practical "hands on" course, students will learn how to cut together found footage and footage they create using advanced editing software. Students will learn how the editor has a profound and significant influence on the overall tone and meaning of a film through the editing process. Students will strengthen their cinematic voice as they learn about and how to work with different kinds of conventional cuts, such as reverse cuts, POV, reactions, inserts, and jump cuts. The students will also learn how and when to employ other types of transitions such as dissolves, fades, and superimpositions. In addition, students will learn how to synchronize sound, add musical tracks, and create sound effects.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3500

Hours:
3



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MDST 3725 - Post-Production II

In this course students will strengthen their editorial voice by taking a short-film project through the editorial process to completion-including packaging the deliverables and the creation of finished works for exhibition across multiple converged-media. In the practical "hands on" aspects of the course, students will sharpen their understanding of juxtaposition, continuity editing, montage, et. al. They will learn how to improve post-production efficiencies by incorporating meta-data and applying advanced media-management workflows. In addition, students in this course will learn how to employ advanced post-production technique such as multi-camera editing, color correction & grading, and managing & applying Look Up Tables (LUTs) to production footage. This applied experience will be balanced with theoretical understanding and purpose of post-production. Through detailed film and scene analysis, as well as peer-review of student projects, students in this course will understand how post-production brings together all of the elements of a finished motion picture story.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3700

Hours:
3



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MDST 3750 - Writing for Television

This course focuses on scripting for various television formats. Topics covered include teleplay formatting, generic conventions, and the business specific to broadcast and cable television. Particular emphasis will be placed on writing in groups, as is the norm in the television industry. Students will collaborate on two teleplays, gaining experience in writing for existing series and in creating original series. The course will be taught as a workshop, with the majority of class time used for discussion, read-throughs, and critiques.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 2100

Hours:
3



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MDST 3780 - Adaptation for Film

Introduces students to the process of adapting stories from public domain sources for the screen. Topics include the ethics of adaptation, techniques to fictionalize internal story "truths" for dramatic purposes, the differences between fictional and nonfictional original materials and contemporary non-fiction adaptations. Students adapt four scripts of varying lengths from source materials. Offered on an alternative year basis per program needs.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3100 with a grade of B or higher

Hours:
3



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MDST 3800 - Studio Production I

This course adapts students' production capabilities to the studio setting and introduces them to fundamental studio production techniques. Course topics will also include studio lighting, set design, multiple camera setups, studio audio, teleprompting, live-switching, and creating on-screen graphics (Chryon).

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 1500, MDST 2100, and either MDST 2500 or COMM 1400, or permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 3820 - Documentary Cinema

A cinema course that focuses on the methods by which nonfiction filmmakers develop, produce and distribute documentary films. Through a series of screenings, lectures, critiques, and class discussions, students will examine in-depth a variety of long- and short-form documentary projects. Special emphasis will be given to history, aesthetics, and ethics. Through case-studies, students will also analyze the process of nonfiction filmmaking as it relates to: pre-production, production, postproduction, and distribution models.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 2900, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 4000 - Acting for Camera II

This course is designed to explore intermediate acting using several approaches from contemporary and classic acting disciplines. Students will cultivate skills in acting for camera, including analyzing, auditioning, improvisation, visualization, breathing, relaxation, and rehearsing techniques. Students will increase their self-confidence, cultivate their public speaking ability, and sharpen their 'presence'. Students will continue to build the vocabulary and conceptual framework necessary to analyze and discuss film and media and will gain a broad awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the craft of acting. Students will apply these skills through auditioning and acting in short films, doing scene and monologue work, readings, script analysis, and group exercises.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3000

Hours:
3



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MDST 4101 - Feature Film Writing I

In this, the first of a two-course sequence, students will learn the basic form of feature length screenwriting. Students will learn how to deepen plot, strengthen characters, and intensify dialogue. Learners will augment their narrative, visual voice through rigorous writing exercises, script study, scene study, workshops, and critiques, resulting in the development of a rough, first draft of a feature length screenplay. Outside writing, reading, and screening assignments are required. Offered alternating Fall semesters.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3100 with a grade of B or higher

Hours:
3



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MDST 4102 - Feature Film Writing II

In this, the second of a two-course sequence, students will expand upon the form of feature length screenwriting. Learners will deepen plot, refine characters, and strengthen dialogue. As engaged learners, students will amplify their narrative, visual voice through intense writing exercises, script development, workshopping, and critiques, resulting in the development of a polished, final draft of a feature length screenplay. Outside writing, reading, and screening assignments are required. Offered alternating Spring semesters.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 4101

Hours:
3



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MDST 4150 - Media Production Finance, Management, & Distribution

This course examines the business aspects of film and digital video production—from financing and budgets to production management and distribution/exhibition. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the business of moving images and learn to successfully engage in all related areas of global production and fulfillment.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3150 or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 4200 - Diversity in the Media

Discussion and examination of diversity issues and representations of social groups by news and entertainment media. Areas covered will include gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and people with disabilities. Social, cultural, economic, psychological, and other effects of the representations of these groups will be considered. Media examined will include news media as well as movies, video games, television, magazines, and web sites. Ethical problems for media producers in portraying social groups will be considered.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 2900, COMM 2050, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 4220 - Sports and Media

In-depth, diversified examination of sports in the mass media. The course is designed to help students think more critically about the role of sports in culture, as well as the role of sports in the contemporary media landscape. Topics may include, but will not be limited to, the portrayal and representations of athletes in the media, coverage of various sports by the media, impact of new media on sports and sports coverage, nationalism in sports, effects of media on sports and vice versa, and sports and media as businesses.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 2900, COMM 2050, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 4300 - Directing for Motion Pictures II

In this course students will strengthen their cinematic voice. Students will break down a script and/or concept into dramatic beats and then organize those into visual or special moments. Students will utilize shot progression, camera movement, and production practices to improve their storytelling skills. Students will cultivate advanced directing techniques by working with actors, shooting scenes outside of class, and participating in camera and editing workshops. Outside film exercises are required.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 2700 or MDST 3300

Hours:
3



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MDST 4310 - American Film History

This course examines the history of American film as an art form and as a cultural phenomenon, from the invention of motion pictures to the present. The course will cover major historical movements and periods, including the Cinema of Attractions, the Trust Era, the advent of the Sound Era, the Hollywood Studio Era, Experimental Cinema, New Hollywood, American Independent Cinema, and Internationalization. Students will view and research select films from each period, studying them both as reflective of their historical context and as social forces that have shaped American culture.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: MDST 3301 and MDST 3302

Hours:
3



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MDST 4320 - Animation History

This course surveys animated motion pictures from their invention to the present, focusing on the form's commercial, industrial, and technical development, the aesthetics of animation as a form of expression, and the cultural context of significant moments and movements in animation history.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: MDST 3301 or MDST 3302, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 4330 - Japanese Anime

This course explores the cultural, historical, and (trans) national origins of Japanese anime, and their continued impact on its later development. A product of both Japanese cultural traditions and outside global influences, anime has grown from a niche market to one of wider global appeal. Anime is a complex reflection of cultural flow that reflects aspects of post-war Japanese identity while also serving as a prime example of how culture flows between nations. By exploring the various facets of anime and its relationship to other media, students will learn more about both Japanese cultural history, racial identity, and about the flow of culture around the world – including right here at home.

Hours:
3



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MDST 4340 - Japanese Cinema

This course offers a broad survey of Japanese cinema and its formal characteristics across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, investigating how such a study allows access to the historical tensions and socio-cultural movements inherent in each time period. We will pay particular attention to Japanese cinema in relation Japanese imperialism, American Occupation, the atomic bomb and nuclear fear, globalism and Hollywood cinema, as well as gender and sexuality. This exploration of cinema in Japan will offer new insights into cinema as we examine the role of nation, trauma, memory and history in the formation of one of the most influential cinemas in the world.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3301, MDST 3302, MDST 3350, or MDST 3310

Hours:
3



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MDST 4350 - Korean Cinema

This course introduces students to the canonical texts, major filmmakers, industrial practices, and defining themes of South Korean cinema. The course content will be focused primarily on the Korean cinema industry's unique history and global impact, but the course will also broaden students' understanding of Korean culture, society, and politics.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3301, MDST 3302, MDST 3350, or MDST 3310, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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MDST 4390 - Topics in Moving Image History

This course allows the Communication, Media Studies and Journalism Department to offer instruction in special interest courses related to film history. Sections of MDST 4390 will be created in response to student demand or offered to capitalize on faculty research and expertise. Topics will vary but may include Women in Cinema, History of Television Advertising, African American Film History, or History of the Television Sitcom; studies of cinema and television in particular countries or regions; or may cover the history of a particular form or genre, such as Documentary or Animation.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: Completion of all lower division coursework

Hours:
3



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MDST 4500 - Cinematography

In this course students will strengthen their visual voice by being the cinematographer for a short-film project and compiling the footage into select dallies. In the practical, "hands on" aspects of the course, students will sharpen their skills, as well as study techniques and aesthetics of cinematography. Some of these topics may include: 4K and Cinema-RAW workflows, advanced cinematography theory, advance light/shadow control, A/B camera production methods, applying Look Up Tables (LUTs) onset. In addition, students will study the shooting strategies, as well as the overall visual design, of renowned cinematographers. Class time will be spent in lectures, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, in-class shoots, field trips, critiques and discussions.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3500

Hours:
3



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MDST 4550 - Production Design

Students will learn theory and skills related to film production design that will enhance their ability to create believable, thoughtful, and meaningful worlds within the frame of a moving image. Topics include, but are not limited to, script analysis and research for design purposes, color and texture theory, sketches and models, set design (studio and location), natural and special effects makeup, hair styling, and wardrobe styling.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3500

Hours:
3



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MDST 4590 - Topics in Film & Digital Media

This course offers instruction in special interest topics related to film and digital media pre-production, production, or post-production which are covered by courses currently in the catalog. Sections of MDST4590 are offered in response to student demand or to capitalize on faculty research and expertise. This course may be taken twice under different topics.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Completion of all Area F courses

Hours:
3



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MDST 4600 - Film Theory

This course surveys the canonical works of film theory, develops students' awareness of the social, cultural, and historical contexts that produced major theoretical movements, and introduces students to the types of questions that serve as the basis of theoretical works. A central goal of the course is to develop students' ability to comprehend primary sources then apply theoretical models to motion picture texts.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: MDST 3301and MDST 3302

Hours:
3



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MDST 4610 - Film as Literature

This course takes a comparative approach to studying the humanities by applying critical theory and methodologies characteristic of literary studies to the study of film, emphasizing aesthetics and the commonalities and distinctions between literature and film as art forms. The course will examine narrative structure, explore the cinematic equivalents to literary figures such as metaphor, metonymy, symbolism, etc., and compare the nature of the spectator's engagement with the filmic text to the reader's engagement with literature, with the goal of developing students' understanding of both media.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: This course is open to English and CMJ bachelor's majors who have completed all general education requirements.

Hours:
3



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MDST 4620 - Cinema Aesthetics

This class focuses on the aesthetic qualities and practices that have come to be known as "cinematic," that is, the narrative and formal traits once thought distinct to motion pictures. Students will examine how these stylistic qualities have influenced the aesthetics of other media, such as television, comics, and video games.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3301, MDST 3302, MDST 3350, or MDST 3600

Hours:
3



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MDST 4700 - Digital Intermediate Effects

Students will learn skills in the fundamentals of the digital motion picture finishing process, including color grading, compositing, visual rhythm, contagion, work flow and other intermediate effect techniques. Topics include, but are not limited to, media management, color correction, match-moving, compositing, motion graphics, kinetic typography, morphing, rendering and finishing models for distribution of the final motion picture.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3700

Hours:
3



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MDST 4725 - Digital Intermediate Effects II

In this course students will strengthen and expand on the skills acquired in MDST 4700. Students will explore additional visual effects for a motion picture production. Topics may include, but are not limited to, chroma-keying, traveling mattes, and motion capture, as well as advanced asset management for episodic media, match-moving, and compositing. In addition, emerging visual effects theories, techniques and practices for motion pictures will be discussed and explored. Students in this course will also be exposed to the impact and outcomes of the convergence of various media, and the influence of digital visual effects for motion pictures has in these expanding paradigms.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 4700

Hours:
3



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MDST 4800 - Studio Production II

This course examines the relationship between field and studio production for content produced for television and online distribution. The practical, hands-on techniques of studio production and the aesthetic appreciation of film, video and audio will be emphasized. The students in this course will learn to produce news and information segments, entertainment content and material for traditional and Internet media outlets. In addition, topics including the history and development of studio production, the rise and influence of the digital age and the convergence of multiple media will be discussed.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MDST 3800

Hours:
3



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MDST 4909 - Co-operative in Film & Digital Media

Co-operative in Film & Digital Media offers off-campus study with a semester of full-time, paid employment (minimum of 30 hours per week) at an industry partner. The course is designed to complement a student's formal education with paid practical work experience directly related to the student's academic major. The course will give students the opportunity to combine the theories and skills learned in class with paid practical experience related to their major. This course is repeatable once, for a total of two.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

Hours:
6-9



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MDST 4951 - Film & Digital Media Internship

This course enables students to earn credit toward their degree by completing an internship within a field related to film and digital video production or game development. The student's advisor will liaise with the organization offering the internship to verify that the experience merits internship credit. This course is appropriate for students who will work at the internship for an average of fewer than 7 hours per week during the Fall or Spring terms. For Summer terms, First & Second terms/sessions, and Maymester terms, the number of required hours may be increased accordingly, due to the abbreviated time frame of the session/term. Internship courses may be repeated for up to 6 total hours.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Hours:
1



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MDST 4952 - Film & Digital Media Internship

This course enables students to earn credit toward their degree by completing an internship within a field related to film and digital video production or game development. The student's advisor will liaise with the organization offering the internship to verify that the experience merits internship credit. This course is appropriate for students who will work at the internship for an average of between 7 and 12 hours per week during the Fall or Spring terms. For Summer terms, First & Second terms/sessions, and Maymester terms, the number of required hours may be increased accordingly, due to the abbreviated time frame of the session/term. Internship courses may be repeated for up to 6 total hours.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Hours:
2



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MDST 4953 - Film & Digital Media Internship

This course enables students to earn credit toward their degree by completing an internship within a field related to film and digital video production or game development. The student's advisor will liaise with the organization offering the internship to verify that the experience merits internship credit. This course is appropriate for students who will work at the internship for an average of between 13 and 20 hours per week during the Fall or Spring terms. For Summer terms, First & Second terms/sessions, and Maymester terms, the number of required hours may be increased accordingly, due to the abbreviated time frame of the session/term. Internship courses may be repeated for up to 6 total hours.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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