USC School of
he USC School of Cinema-Television offers undergraduate and graduate-level programs
in production, critical studies, animation, writing for screen and television and producing.
The school educates students in the aesthetic and technical values of the medium
through course work, production activities and research.
All members of the full-time cinema-television faculty have been or are working professionals in
their respective fields; most have years of full-time professional experience. Each year a number of
adjunct faculty from the Los Angeles film and television industries participate in all programs.
Students at the USC School of Cinema-Television produce over 234 hours of motion pictures each
year and complete approximately 100 full-length screenplays. USC films made by students receive
150 awards annually from festivals around the world. USC cinema-television alumni are among the
most successful filmmakers and scholars working today. Since 1951, there have been only two
years when no members of the Trojan Family were nominated for Academy Awards for their work
in documentary or fiction film.
USC’s School of Cinema-Television is number one
according to the most current rankings published
in America’s Best Graduate Schools issue of U.S. The Cinema-Television Library offers a comprehensive collection of books in English and substantial
News and World Report. holdings in other languages. The vast collection of journals, unpublished screenplays and manu-
script materials includes personal papers of industry figures from the silent years to the present and
studio records from Warner Bros., MGM, Universal and other producing companies. The study cen-
ter also provides student access to the school’s large collection of film and television materials in all
film and video formats as well as to several thousand recent screenplays.
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Administration Hugh M. Hefner Chair for the Study of American Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Chair: Joseph
Elizabeth M. Daley, Ph.D., Dean Film: Richard B. Jewell, Ph.D. Andrew Casper, Ph.D.
Office of Student Affairs Fran and Ray Stark Endowed Chair: Lawrence
Carson Television Stage G-130 Turman, B.A.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Pickford Foundation Professorship: Doe
www.usc.edu/schools/cntv Mayer, M.A.
Critical Studies Professors: Drew Casper, Ph.D.; Barbara
Marsha Kinder, Division Chair Corday; Elizabeth M. Daley, Ph.D.; Robert
George Lucas Instructional Building Estrin, M.F.A.; John Furia, Jr., B.A.; Mark J.
405 Harris, B.A.; Tomlinson Holman, B.S.; Gerald
(213) 740-3334* Isenberg, M.B.A.; David James, Ph.D;
Richard Jewell, Ph.D.; Doe Mayer, M.A.;
Film and Television Production Marsha Kinder, Ph.D.; E. Russell McGregor,
Barbara Corday, Division Chair Ph.D.; K. Kenneth Miura, M.A.; Woody
George Lucas Instructional Building Omens, A.S.C. (M.A.); Christine Panushka,
404 M.F.A.; Dana Polan, Ph.D.; Michael Renov,
(213) 740-3317* Ph.D.; Vibeke Sorensen, M.A.H.; Lynn
Spigel, Ph.D.; Lawrence Turman, B.A.
John Furia, Jr., Division Chair Associate Professors: Don Bohlinger, M.F.A.;
George Lucas Instructional Building Todd Boyd, Ph.D.; Ron Curfman, M.F.A.;
301 Pamela Douglas; David Howard, M.F.A.;
(213) 740-3303 Robert E. Miller, Ph.D.; Amanda Pope, B.A.
FAX: (213) 740-8035
Assistant Professors: Tom Abrams, M.F.A.;
Peter Stark Producing Program Tara McPherson, Ph.D.; James Nathan,
Lawrence Turman, Division Chair M.F.A.; Jeff Sconce, Ph.D.
George Lucas Instructional Building
302 Visiting Professors: Midge Costin; Judy Irola;
(213) 740-3304 Jeremy Kagan; Ishu Patel
FAX: (213) 745-6652
Senior Lecturers/Lecturers: Ted Braun;
Animation and Digital Arts Laurie Burton; Roger Christiansen; Jed
Vibeke Sorensen, Division Chair Dannenbaum; Bill Dill; Mary Beth Fielder;
Marcia Lucas Post Production Pablo Frasconi; Robert Gardner; Gary
Building 201 Goldsmith; Brenda Goodman; Peter Gould;
(213) 740-3986 Karen Halverson; William Haugse; Carroll
Hodge; Mary Jansen; Mardik Martin; Nina
*For information regarding admission, call Menkes; John Morrill; Earl Rath; Mark
(213) 740-2911. Shepherd; Jennifer Warren; David Weber;
Paul Wolansky; Paul Wolff
Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Dean’s Chair in Research Associate Professors: Syou Ling Fu,
Cinema-Television: Elizabeth M. Daley, Ph.D. M.F.A.; Richard Weinberg, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty: Steve Albrezzi; Ioan Allen; Kate Amend; Tom Anderson; Wendy Appel; Jeff Apple; Robert Ballo; Philip Barry; Carol Baum; Rick
Berg; Sandra Berg; Steve Binder; Bruce Block; Mitch Block; David Bondelevitch; Robert Brown; Chris Chomyn; Joseph Cohen; Cynthia Cohn;
Cornelius Cole; Kenneth Cosby; Martin Hoggan; Karen Horn; Joseph Janeti; Gabor Howard Rosenberg; Leon Roth; Mimi Roth;
Daniel; Manohla Dargis; Sam Denoff; Eva Kalman; Kristy Kang; Randal Kleiser; Lionel Schaen; Sue Scheibler; Michael
Denst; Vera Dika; Richard Edland; Mar Christopher Knopf; Jeffrey Korchek; Richard Scroggins; Agueda Simo; Elliott Silverstein;
Elepano; Bob Enders; Peter Exline; Nina Krevolin; Susan Landau; Lisa Leeman; Tom Sito; Kathy Smith; Jason Squire; Noreen
Foch; Kathy Fogg; Greg Foster; Jean-Pierre Everett Lewis; Lawrence Lyttle; Lisa Mann; Stone; Jeffrey Stott; Ken Tamburri; Jerry
Geuens; Nelson Gidding; Dan Gillman; Frank McAdams; Leonard Maltin; David Tokofsky; Duke Underwood; Chris Vogler;
Andrew Given; Michael Gonzales; Lisa Milton; Jay Moriarty; Dan Nienaltowski; Jon Wagner; Malvin Wald; Jennifer Warren;
Gottlieb; Dianne Haak; Don Hall; Amy Richard Ollis; Jack Oswald; Peter Pampusch; Eric Weissmann; Matthew Weisman; David
Halpern; Lynn Hendee; Rowdy Herrington; Lloyd Pentacost; Russell Petranto; Rebecca Weitzner; Cynthia Wells; Sanford Wernick;
Joe Hoffman; Todd Hoffman; Michael Pollack-Parker; Lou Pitt; Vincent Robert;
General Requirements 141
Megan Williams; Oscar Williams; Robert conjunction with the School of Cinema- USC Marshall School of Business and the
Zemeckis; Vernon Zimmerman Television. The B.A. degree requires 128 units. School of Cinema-Television. Students suc-
cessfully completing the program receive a
Emeritus Professors: Gene Coe, M.F.A.; Bachelor of Fine Arts — Writing for Screen and Bachelor of Science in Business Administra-
Herbert E. Farmer, M.A.; Trevor Greenwood, Television tion with an emphasis in Cinema-Television.
M.A.; Richard Harber, M.A.; Edward This is a unique program designed for stu- The program is offered to freshmen admitted
Kaufman, Ph.D.; Gene Petersen, M.F.A.; dents who wish to receive intensive training to the Marshall School of Business as
Melvin Sloan, M.A.; Wolfram von Hanwehr, for non-fiction and fiction screenwriting. The Business Scholars. See Marshall School of
Ph.D.; Daniel Wiegand, M.A.; Morton B.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Television is Business (page 91) for course requirements.
Zarcoff, M.A. granted through the School of Cinema-
Television and requires 128 units. Master of Arts, Cinema-Television
This degree, which allows a track in Critical
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration— Studies, is granted by the USC Graduate
Entertainment Management School in conjunction with the School of
Entertainment Management is a joint pro- Cinema-Television. The Critical Studies
gram consisting of courses offered by both the track requires 32 units.
Master of Fine Arts, Cinema-Television
The USC School of Cinema-Television The School of Cinema-Television offers this
offers professional and academic degree pro- professional degree in two tracks: Film and
grams at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral Television Production and Writing for Screen
levels. and Television. The Writing for Screen and
Television track requires 42 units and the
Bachelor of Arts Film and Television Production track requires
Students can choose either a Film and 40 units.
Television Production or Critical Studies track.
The degree is granted through the USC
College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in
Master of Fine Arts, Film, Video and Computer Animation
This program requires 50 units.
Master of Fine Arts, Motion Picture Producing Minor in Film, Video and Computer Animation Acceptance of Transfer Units
The Peter Stark Producing Program requires The minor in animation offers students an The School of Cinema-Television does not
44 units. introduction to the theory and practice of ani- accept courses taken in film and/or television
mation, including its relationship to the histo- production at other institutions to fulfill
Doctor of Philosophy, Cinema-Television: Critical ry of art and cinema, creative writing, and degree and minor requirements. Basic film or
Studies basic film production. It provides students television history courses can sometimes be
The Ph.D. is based on a program of study with an opportunity to create both personal accepted for transfer credit.
and research culminating in the completion and collaborative work in a wide range of
of a dissertation in the major field of study. A genres, from traditional character to contem- No transfer credit will be accepted in lieu of
minimum of 64 semester units (exclusive of porary experimental and computer animation. CTPR 241, 290, 310, 376, 507x and 508x and
dissertation registration) beyond the bac- The program requires 32 units. any advanced production courses.
calaureate is required. Applicants who have
completed a Master of Arts degree in Minor in Performing Arts Studies No transfer credits are accepted for the Peter
Cinema-Television, or a closely related field, The minor in performing arts provides an Stark producing track, the graduate program
may apply to the Ph.D. program. The doctor- interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature and in screenwriting or the animation and digital
al degree is granted by the Graduate School aesthetics of the performing arts. It combines arts program.
in conjunction with the School of Cinema- the disciplines of cinema-television, dance,
Television. music and theatre. The minor is a unique Transfer policy for the Ph.D. requires advise-
course of study that looks at how the perform- ment and approval of the division chair.
Cinema-Television Minor ing arts contribute to a culturally literate soci-
A minor in cinema-television is available to ety. See the USC School of Theatre, page Waiver of Course Requirements
USC undergraduate students in all schools 774, for requirements. Under special circumstances waivers and
and departments. The minor provides the substitutions are granted; check with the
opportunity for students to become familiar CNTV Office of Student Affairs. All course
with various aspects of media study. waivers and substitutions must be approved
Admission to the minor program is granted in by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
the fall and spring semesters. The program
requires 24 units.
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The following courses cannot be waived for Television student affairs counselors are avail- time by registering and retaking the specific
students majoring in Film and Television able to answer questions about degree pro- course. Departmental approval is required in
Production: CTPR 290, 310, 376, 480, 507x, grams, grades, advisement and other matters. order to retake a CNTV course.
508x, 546L, 581abcz, 583, 584, 586ab,
587abcz. Grade Point Average Requirements In addition, a minimum grade point average
A minimum grade of C, 2.0 (A = 4.0), must must be achieved to earn all cinema-television
Student Advisement be earned in all required and prerequisite degrees (see the individual program descrip-
Each program has its own advisement system. courses in order to progress to the next tions). For example, undergraduates must earn
Check with the program administrator or with course level. Students may attempt to
the CNTV Office of Student Affairs. Cinema- improve a grade lower than a C (2.0) only one
a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all required Cinema-Television courses. However, graduate students must achieve a B (3.0) average in all courses
required for the degree.
Undergraduate students in the film and tele- CTPR 508x may petition to retake the Students who do not satisfy the degree
vision production program who achieve a required sequence only once. Permission to requirement after repeating a class will be
grade lower than a C (2.0) in CTPR 241/290 retake any prerequisite or core production disqualified from the program.
and CTPR 310/376 and graduate students in courses requires prior departmental commit-
the production program who earn a grade tee approval.
lower than a C (2.0) in CTPR 507x and
Students in the graduate screenwriting pro-
gram must earn a minimum grade of B (3.0)
in CTPR 291.
Policy on Films and Videos Produced by Schedule of Classes, and insurance fees. The television and new media technologies from
Students university reserves the right to assess new formal/aesthetic, historical, economic and ide-
All films, videos and computer disks pro- fees or charges. The rates listed are subject to ological perspectives.
duced with school equipment or facilities are change without notice by action of the Board
the property of USC. Any income from dis- of Trustees. The division is committed to understanding
tribution of student-produced films, videos film and television texts in relation to the
and computer disks is used for the benefit of world they represent; it studies not only the
cinema-television students through equip- meanings of these texts but also the process-
ment purchases and so on. Students can pur- es by which these meanings are constructed.
chase copies of their own work.
Applicants for the B.A. or M.A. or Ph.D.
Tuition and Fees (Estimated) Critical Studies degrees must submit supplemental applica-
Students in the School of Cinema- tion materials to the Critical Studies Program.
Television’s graduate programs pay tuition of The Division of Critical Studies of the For specific instructions, contact the Cinema-
$848 per unit effective September 2000. School of Cinema-Television offers programs Television Office of Student Affairs, University
Undergraduate programs are assessed the leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, (213)
university-wide tuition rate with a once-a- Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. This 740-2911, web page: www.cinema-tv.usc.edu.
semester access fee of $50. In addition, some comprehensive curriculum includes courses
classes are charged lab fees, as noted in the which analyze the power and responsibility
of American and international film and
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts, Cinema-Television: Critical
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema-
Television with a track in Critical Studies is
granted by the College of Letters, Arts and
Critical Studies 143
Sciences in conjunction with the School of detail on pages 169 through 175. In addition, by the school. A lab fee of $500 and an insur-
Cinema-Television. Undergraduate students students pursuing the B.A. must meet ance fee of $500 is required. Students may
take their pre-professional courses in the foreign language requirements described also spend $100 to $200 on production
College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, includ- on page 172. expenses.
ing the general education requirements.
Major courses are selected from the curricu- Required Production Courses Required Courses
lum of the School of Cinema-Television. Undergraduates admitted to the Critical CTCS 190 Introduction to Cinema 4
The degree requires 128 units, including Studies Program are required to take CTPR CTCS 191 Introduction to
22 lower division and at least 24 upper divi- 241 Fundamentals of Cinema Technique and Television and Video 4
sion units in cinema-television. A maximum CTPR 290 Cinematic Communication. CTCS 192 Race, Class and Gender
of 40 CNTV upper division units will apply These are introductory production courses in American Film 4
to the B.A. degree. which must be taken concurrently during the CTCS 200 History of the Interna-
junior year (see description). tional Cinema I 2
General Education Requirements CTCS 201 History of the Interna-
The university’s general education program CTPR 241 is an experiential course dealing tional Cinema II 2
provides a coherent, integrated introduction with the technical and aesthetic principles of CTPR 241 Fundamentals of Cinema
to the breadth of knowledge you will need to directing, cinematography, editing and the Technique, taken concur-
consider yourself (and to be considered by development of ideas through a cinematic rently with CTPR 290 2
other people) a generally well-educated per- vocabulary. CTPR 290 Cinematic Communication,
son. This new program requires six courses in taken concurrently with
different categories, plus writing and diversi- In CTPR 290 students are taught the princi- CTPR 241 4
ty requirements, which are described in ples of filmmaking through demonstrations,
hands-on production and critical analysis.
Each student makes five digital video non-
dialogue movies using equipment supplied
One course from the following:
CTCS 392 History of the American Grade Point Average Requirements Registration in graduate level courses (num-
Film, 1925-1950 4 A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be earned bered 500) for undergraduate credit requires
CTCS 393 History of the American in all required and prerequisite courses. A prior approval of the School of Cinema-
Film, 1946-1975 4 grade of C- or lower will not satisfy a major Television.
CTCS 394 History of the American requirement.
Film, 1976-present 4 Curriculum Review
Limitations on Enrollment Cinema-Television majors are expected to
Four different courses from the following: No more than 40 upper division units can be meet with their academic advisors once a
CTCS 367 Global Television and taken within the major without approval of semester to review their progress. Contact
Media 4 the Dean of Letters, Arts and Sciences. the Student Affairs Office, Carson Television
CTCS 400 Non-Fiction Film and Center, Garden Level, Room G-130, (213)
Television 4 740-8358, for appointments.
CTCS 403 Studies in National and
Regional Media 4 Honors Program
CTCS 404 Television Criticism and Critical Studies offers an honors track for
Theory 4 advanced students. Admission to the honors
CTCS 406 History of American track is made at the end of the junior year
Television 4 and requires a 3.75 GPA for courses in the
CTCS 407 African-American Cinema 4 major (and a 3.5 GPA overall). Completion of
CTCS 409 Censorship in Cinema 4 the honors track is dependent upon success-
CTCS 411 Film, Television and ful completion of a designated honors section
Cultural Studies 4 of CTCS 495 during the senior year. In this
CTCS 464 Film and/or Television course, students will work with faculty in a
Genres 4 seminar environment and produce an
CTCS 469 Film and/or Television advanced term paper based on original
Style Analysis 4 research and analysis.
CTCS 478 Culture, Technology
and Communications 4
CNTV 499* Special Topics 4
Total Required Units: 46
Master of Arts
*Major credit with departmental approval.
The Master of Arts degree in Cinema-
Television with a track in Critical Studies is
administered through the Graduate School.
Candidates for the degree are subject to the
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general requirements of the Graduate School (see page 565). Thirty-two units are required at the 400 level or higher, including a comprehensive
examination. At least two-thirds of these consultation with their faculty advisor, stu- Course Requirements
units must be at the 500 level or higher. dents will choose three of the following fields: Each Ph.D. candidate must complete 64 units
(exclusive of the prerequisite — see Graduate
Graduate Preparation Production Courses (1) Theory and Criticism Preparation Production Course — and disser-
Incoming graduate students without prior pro- (2) American Sound Film tation units) beyond the bachelor’s degree,
duction experience are required to take (3) International Silent Film 43 of which must be at the 500 level or high-
CTPR 507x (six units). This course provides a (4) International Sound Film er. (Up to 30 units may be transferred from
basic primer in production considered neces- (5) Documentary and Avant-Garde Film graduate work completed at other institu-
sary for graduate studies in critical studies. A and Video tions.) The required units will include seven
minimum grade of C (2.0) must be earned in (6) Television and New Technologies to 12 courses in cinema-television and eight
CTPR 507x. This course does not count to 16 units in the minor area. The minor will
toward the total requirements for the M.A. If the student has completed all course work be chosen by the student in close consultation
and is only taking the comprehensive exami- with the advisor and will be in an academic
CTPR 507x Production I (6 units) introduces nation, he or she must register in GRSC 810 field which supports the student’s dissertation
the fundamental principles of motion picture Studies for Master’s Examination. Note: A topic. Each student must complete the fol-
production, emphasizing visual and auditory GPA of 3.0 is required to take the compre- lowing course work toward the 64 unit total:
communication. The course is organized in hensive examination.
correlated production, acting and sound sec- (1) CTCS 500, 510 and 587 These courses
tions. Each student completes five projects, Grade Point Average Requirements should be taken before the screening
serving as a writer, producer, cinematograph- A grade point average of 3.0 must be main- procedure.
er, director, sound designer and editor on tained in all graduate level course work.
each production using digital cameras and Courses in which a grade of C- (1.7) or lower (2) Two of the following: CTCS 677, 678, 688.
editing stations provided by the school. is earned will not apply toward a graduate These courses should be taken before the
Approximately $1,400 should be budgeted degree. qualifying examination.
for course and insurance fees and other
expenses. Time Limit Graduate Preparation Production Course
Although students are normally expected to Each candidate for the Ph.D. must complete
Required Courses complete the degree in two years, the degree CTPR 507x with a minimum grade of C.
CTCS 500 Seminar in Theory and must be completed within five years of the This course is equal to six units of undergrad-
Textual Analysis 4 beginning of graduate work at USC. uate work and does not count toward the
CTCS 501 History of the Interna- total unit requirement for the Ph.D. If the
tional Cinema: Silent Curriculum Review student enters the program with a master’s
Film 2 At the beginning of their matriculation, and degree in cinema-television and possesses
CTCS 502 History of the Interna- each semester thereafter, each M.A. candidate production experience, the student may
tional Cinema: Sound will confer with a designated faculty advisor request a waiver of this requirement. The
Film 2 who will monitor the student’s progress. waiver requires passing a written examination
CTCS 503 Survey History of the and submission of films/videos to the produc-
American Sound Film 2 tion faculty for review.
CTCS 510 Case Studies in National
Media 4 Doctor of Philosophy
CTCS 511 Seminar: Non-Fiction
CTCS 518 Seminar: Avant-garde Doctor of Philosophy in Cinema-Television
Film/Video 4 (Critical Studies)
CTCS 587 Graduate Television The degree of Doctor of Philosophy with an
Seminar 4 emphasis in Critical Studies is administered
CTCS 588 Bibliography 2 through the Graduate School. The Ph.D. pro-
gram is tailored to the individual student’s
In addition, eight units of cinema-television particular needs and interests. The overall
electives are required. course of study will be designed by the stu-
dent, the student’s designated advisor and,
Comprehensive Examination following the screening procedure, the stu-
As the final requirement for the M.A. degree, dent’s guidance committee chair (see
the comprehensive examination, normally Screening Procedure under Graduate
taken near the end of course work, will con- Preparation Production Courses).
sist of six hours of questions in three fields.
The exam is given once a year in the spring Admission
semester. The field of theory and criticism is A master’s degree in cinema-television, or a
required for all students who hope to contin- closely related field, is required for admission
ue their studies toward a Ph.D. at USC. In to the Ph.D. program. Applicants without such
a degree may be admitted, but will be required
to pass a comprehensive examination to the
faculty’s satisfaction as part of the screening
procedure (see Screening Procedure).
Film and Television Production 145
CTPR 507x Production I (6 units) is designed (1) If the faculty has determined during the Guidance Committee
to introduce the fundamental principles of admissions process that a comprehensive Following a successful screening procedure,
motion picture production. The course also examination will be required as part of the the student, in consultation with the guid-
introduces students to visual and auditory screening procedure, an examination will be ance committee chair and the Critical Studies
communication and individual filmmaking. administered as appropriate. If the examina- faculty, will formally establish a five-member
Each student makes five projects, serving as tion is passed to the faculty’s satisfaction, the guidance committee. The composition of the
writer, producer, director, cinematographer, student may proceed to the next step in the guidance committee will be as specified by
sound designer and editor. Projects are shot screening procedure process. If the student the Graduate School (see page 568). For the
on digital cameras and edited on non-linear fails to pass the examination, the faculty will Ph.D. in Cinema-Television (Critical Studies),
systems. Approximately $1,400 should be determine if the student will be allowed to the committee is ordinarily composed of four
budgeted for fees and expenses. retake the examination the following semes- Critical Studies faculty members and an out-
ter before proceeding to the next step in the side member from the candidate’s minor area.
Screening Procedure screening procedure process.
The Graduate School requires that programs Foreign Language Requirement
administer an examination or other procedure (2) The student will be interviewed and his The Critical Studies faculty will advise each
at a predetermined point in the student’s stud- or her progress in the program will be student as to whether or not a foreign lan-
ies as a prerequisite to continuation in the doc- reviewed by the faculty to determine if the guage is required. This requirement is deter-
toral program (see page 568). This procedure student will be approved for additional mined by the student’s dissertation topic.
is designed to review the student’s suitability course work. If approved to continue, a guid- The requirement must be met at least 60
for continuing in the chosen Ph.D. program. ance committee chair will be selected by the days before the qualifying examination.
The School of Cinema-Television has deter- student, with the approval of the faculty, who
mined that this procedure will occur no later will serve as the student’s advisor. It is Dissertation Proposal Presentation
than the end of the student’s third semester of strongly recommended that full-time study Working closely with the guidance commit-
graduate course work at USC beyond the mas- be pursued following the successful comple- tee chair, the student will prepare to present
ter’s degree. The screening procedure process tion of the screening procedure. his or her dissertation proposal to the full fac-
will include the following steps: ulty. This will be a formal written proposal
which will include a statement of the pro-
posed topic, four fields for examination derived from the general dissertation topic area (including a field from the minor area), a detailed bibliogra-
phy, and an appropriate and comprehensive screening list of film/television titles. Formal presentation of the dissertation proposal will occur no
later than the end of the semester prior to Qualifying Examinations one each day for four days during a five-day
taking the qualifying examinations. The Written and oral examinations for the Ph.D. period.
guidance committee must approve the disser- are given twice a year, in November and
tation topic. Once the dissertation topic has April. Questions for the written portion of the The oral examination will be scheduled with-
been approved, the student will complete the examination will be drafted by members of in 30 days after the written examination. All
Request to Take the Ph.D. Qualifying the guidance committee who will also grade guidance committee members must be pre-
Examination form available from the Student the examination. The qualifying examination sent for the oral portion of the qualifying
Services Office of the Graduate School. comprises four examinations administered examination.
Admission to Candidacy on original investigation and showing technical Defense of Dissertation
A student is eligible for admission to candida- mastery of a special field, capacity for research An oral defense of the dissertation is required
cy for the Ph.D. degree after: (1) passing the and scholarly ability must be submitted. of each Ph.D. candidate. The dissertation
screening procedure; (2) presenting the dis- committee will decide whether the examina-
sertation proposal and having it approved; CTCS 794 tion is to take place after completion of the
(3) satisfying the language requirement, if Registration for dissertation units, CTCS 794 preliminary draft or the final draft of the dis-
applicable; (4) completing at least 24 units in (a and b), in the two semesters following admis- sertation. The oral defense must be passed at
residence; and (5) passing the written and sion to candidacy is the minimum requirement. least one week before graduation.
oral portions of the qualifying examination. These units cannot be applied toward the
Admission to candidacy is by action of the required 64 unit total. The student must regis- Policies
Vice Provost for Academic Programs. ter for CTCS 794 each semester after admis- The following policies apply to each student
sion to candidacy until the degree requirements admitted to the Ph.D. program.
Dissertation Committee are completed. No more than eight units of
The dissertation committee is composed as credit can be earned in CTCS 794. Residency Requirements
specified by regulations of the Graduate At least one year of full-time graduate study
School (see page 570). A dissertation based (24 units excluding registration for CTCS
146 USC School of Cinema-Television
794) must be done in residence on the main on film or video and to instill a thorough Applicants for the B.A. or M.F.A. degree
USC campus. The residency requirement understanding of the technical and aesthetic must submit supplemental application mate-
may not be interrupted by study elsewhere. aspects of motion pictures and television. rials to the Film and Television Production
Residency must be completed prior to the Courses in production provide individual and Program. For specific instructions, contact
qualifying examination. group filmmaking experiences and the the Cinema-Television Office of Student
opportunity to learn all aspects of filmmaking Affairs, University Park, Los Angeles, CA
Grade Point Average in a collaborative environment. 90089-2211, (213) 740-2911, web page:
An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for all grad- www.usc.edu/schools/cntv.
uate work. Courses in which a grade of C-
(1.7) or lower is earned will not apply toward
a graduate degree.
Bachelor of Arts
Leaves of Absence
A leave of absence may be granted under
exceptional circumstances by petitioning the The Bachelor of Arts in Cinema-Television
Graduate School the semester before the with a track in production is granted through
leave is to be taken. the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
in conjunction with the School of Cinema-
Changes of Committee Television. Students study within a frame-
Changes in either the guidance or disserta- work which combines a broad liberal arts
tion committee must be requested on a form background with specialization in a profes-
available from the Graduate School. sion. Bachelor of Arts students are enrolled
in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences,
Completion of All Requirements where they take their pre-professional cours-
Everything involved in approving the disser- es, including the general education require-
tation must be completed at least one week ments. Major courses are selected from
before graduation. Approval by the disserta- the curriculum of the School of Cinema-
tion committee, the Office of Academic Television. The degree requires 128 units
Records and Registrar, and the thesis editor including 16 lower division units and at least
must be reported on the triple card and sub- 24 upper division units in Cinema-Television.
mitted to the Graduate School by the date of A maximum of 40 CNTV upper division
graduation. units will apply to the B.A. degree.
Time Limits General Education Requirements
The maximum time limit for completing all The university’s general education program
requirements for the Ph.D. degree is eight provides a coherent, integrated introduction
years from the first course at USC applied to the breadth of knowledge you will need to
toward the degree. Students who have com- consider yourself (and to be considered by
pleted an applicable master’s degree at USC other people) a generally well-educated per-
or elsewhere within five years from the pro- son. This new program requires six courses
posed enrollment in a Ph.D. program must in different categories, plus writing, foreign
complete the Ph.D. in six years. Extension of language and diversity requirements, which
these time limits will be made only for com- are described in detail on pages 169 through
pelling reasons upon petition by the student. 175.
When petitions are granted, students will be
required to make additional CTCS 794 regis- Production Sequence
trations. Course work more than 10 years old Undergraduates admitted to the Film and
is automatically invalidated and cannot be Television Production Program are required
applied toward the degree. to take CTPR 241 Fundamentals of Cinema
Technique, CTPR 242 Fundamentals of
Cinematic Sound, CTPR 280 Structure of
the Moving Image and CTPR 290 Cinematic
Communication. CTPR 241, CTPR 242 and
CTPR 290 are introductory production cours-
ers taken either in the second semester of the
Film and Television sophomore year or the first semester of the
junior year after a student has completed the
Production minimum required units and requirements
The Division of Film and Television Pro-
duction of the School of Cinema-Television
offers programs leading to the Bachelor of
Arts and the Master of Fine Arts degrees.
The primary goals of the degree programs in
film and television production are to develop
the student’s ability to express original ideas
Film and Television Production 147
toward his or her USC degree. CTWR 413 Students will not be allowed to register for CTPR 280 Structure of the
Writing the Short Script I is taken concurrent- CTPR 310 and CTPR 376 without having a Moving Image 2
ly with CTPR 241, CTPR 242 and CTPR qualified partner. CTPR 290 Cinematic Communication
290, and these four courses are prerequisites (taken concurrently with
for the next production sequence, CTPR 310 Because of the structure of CTPR 310 and CTPR 241, CTPR 242,
and CTPR 376. CTPR 280 is recommended CTPR 376, these courses cannot be taken CTWR 413) 4
before CTPR 290. For those students who separately. Therefore, should a student fail to CTPR 310* Intermediate Film
were accepted as production majors before achieve a passing grade on either CTPR 310 Production (taken after
fall 2000, CTPR 280 is an elective; for those or CTPR 376 (see the section on grade CTPR 241, CTPR 242,
who were accepted as production majors in requirements) both courses must be retaken CTPR 290, CTWR 413
fall 2000 and after, it is required. the subsequent semester. and concurrently with
CTPR 376) 4
CTPR 241 is an experiential course dealing Following CTPR 310 and CTPR 376, stu- CTPR 376* Intermediate Cinema-
with the technical and aesthetic principles of dents can take one or more of the following tography (taken after
directing, cinematography, editing, sound and courses: CTAN 448; CTPR 480; CTPR 484. CTPR 241, CTPR 242,
the development of ideas through a cinemat- CTPR 290, CTWR 413
ic vocabulary. CTAN 448 Introduction to Film Graphics- and concurrently with
Animation is a practical course in concepts, CTPR 310) 4
CTPR 242 introduces cinematic sound media and techniques related to the graphic CTPR 413 Writing the Short Script I
design, recording, editing, mixing and finish- film. (taken concurrently with
ing through lectures, demonstrations and CTPR 241, CTPR 290) 2
exercises. In CTPR 480 Production Work I, production CTWR 414 The Screenplay 2
majors form crews of eight to 10 persons to
CTPR 280 presents visual concepts underly- produce a synchronous sound project in one *Note that enrollment in CTPR 310/376 requires meet-
ing cinematic communication, including basic semester. Each student is responsible for a ing specific guidelines.
theory and application of the concepts of specific aspect of the production: director,
time, space, composition, movement, light line producer, assistant director, cinematogra- and a choice of:
and color. pher, editor or sound. CTPR 371 Directing for Television,
In CTPR 290 students are taught the princi- Film/video stock, processing, equipment CTPR 475 Directing: Mise-en-Scene
ples of film making through demonstrations, and facilities are provided by the school. (prerequisites for
hands-on production and critical analysis. There are extra personal expenses associated CTPR 475 are CTPR 310
Each student makes five digital video non- with all production workshops. and CTPR 376) 4
dialogue movies using equipment supplied
by the school. A $500 lab fee and a $500 The selection of scripts and directors for the One of the following courses is required:
insurance fee is required. Students may also advanced production workshop (CTPR 480) CTPR 392 History of the American
spend $100 to $200 for production expenses. is made by the production faculty. Note: To Film, 1925-1950 4
qualify to direct an advanced production CTCS 393 History of the American
CTPR 310 Intermediate Film Production workshop, a student must complete CTPR Film since 1950 4
and CTPR 376 Intermediate Cinematog- 480 (non-directing position) and take a speci- CTCS 400 Non-Fiction Film 4
raphy is the second production sequence fied directing class. CTCS 464 Film and/or Television
required for the B.A., Film and Television Genres 4
Production track. These courses are also CTPR 484 Advanced Multi-Camera
taken concurrently. In these workshops stu- Television Workshop is a multi-camera televi- One of the following courses is required
dents work in teams of two, learning to col- sion class where students will produce a half- subsequent to completing CTPR 310/376:
laborate and explore the expressive potential hour situation comedy pilot in one semester. CTAN 448 Introduction to Film
of sound and image through the production Graphics–Animation 4
of two 16mm black and white films. Both are CTPR 241, 242, 280, 290, 310, 376 and CTPR 480 Production Workshop I
non-dialogue projects. Each student directs 480 cannot be waived or substituted with (narrative or
and prepares the soundtrack for the project another course or transfer credit under any documentary or video) 4
he or she has written and is cinematographer circumstances. CTPR 484 Advanced Multi-Camera
and editor for his or her partner’s project. Television Workshop 4
Most equipment and materials are provided Course Requirements
by the school. However, approximately CTCS 190 Introduction to Cinema 4 Grade Point Average Requirements
$1,000-1,500 should be budgeted by the stu- CTCS 200 History of the A minimum grade of C, 2.0 (A = 4.0), must
dent for the purchase of personal equipment, International Cinema I 2 be earned in all required and prerequisite
supplies, transportation, props, etc. which will CTCS 201 History of the courses. A grade of C- or lower will not fulfill
also be useful in future classes. International Cinema II 2 a major requirement.
CTPR 241 Fundamentals of Cinema
To qualify for enrollment in CTPR 310 and Technique (taken concur- Students who do not earn the minimum
CTPR 376, students must fulfill all require- rently with CTPR 242, grade in CTPR 241, 242, 290, 310 and 376
ments outlined in the CTPR 310/376 guide- CTPR 290, CTWR 413) 2 after repeating these requirements will be
lines distributed in CTPR 241. Students are CTPR 242 Fundamentals of disqualified from the program.
required to form their own partnerships. Cinematic Sound 2
148 USC School of Cinema-Television
Curriculum Review Graduate Preparation Production Courses mately $1,400 should be budgeted for course
Cinema-Television majors are expected to In addition to the 40 units, students are and insurance fees and other expenses.
meet with their advisor once a semester to required to take 12 units of prerequisite CTPR 507x is taken concurrently with
review their progress. Contact the Student courses (CTPR 507x Production I and CTPR CTCS 501 and CTWR 528 in the first
Affairs Office (Carson Television Center, 508x Production II) in their first year. These semester.
Garden Level G-130), (213) 740-8358, for courses provide intensive preparation consid-
appointments. ered necessary for graduate studies in pro- In CTPR 508x Production II, students work-
duction at USC and cannot be waived or sub- ing in crews of two produce two non-dialogue
stituted with transfer credit. projects whose primary goal is to communi-
cate effectively through sound/image rela-
Master of Fine Arts CTPR 507x Production I (6 units) is tionships. Each student directs and prepares
designed to introduce the fundamental prin- the soundtrack for the project he or she has
ciples of motion picture production, empha- written and is cinematographer and editor for
The Master of Fine Arts degree with a Film sizing visual and auditory communication. his or her partner’s project. Students must
and Television Production track requires a The course is organized in correlated produc- form their own partnerships. Most equipment
minimum of 40 units in cinema-television at tion, acting and sound sections. Each student and materials are provided by the school, but
the 400 or 500 level. A thesis is not required makes five projects, serving as writer, produc-
for the M.F.A. degree. er, director, cinematographer, sound designer
and editor, using digital cameras and editing
stations provided by the school. Approxi-
there are other expenses associated with the projects made in CTPR 508x. Approximately $2,500 should be budgeted by the student for the pur-
chase of personal equipment, supplies, transportation, props, lab and insurance fees and other expenses. CTPR 508 is taken concurrently with
CTWR 529 and CTCS 504 or CTCS 502.
CTPR 507x and CTPR 508x are preparatory Students who do not earn the minimum YEAR TWO, FIRST AND SECOND SEMESTERS UNITS
courses and do not count toward the total grade in CTPR 507x and CTPR 508x or sat- CTCS 502 History of the Interna-
40 units required for the degree. A minimum isfy the degree requirements after repeating a tional Cinema: Sound
grade of C (2.0) in CTPR 507x and CTPR required course will be disqualified from the Film, or
508x is required in order to continue in the program. CTCS 504 Television and the
Master of Fine Arts program. Students earn- New Technologies 2
ing lower than a C (2.0) in a preparatory or CTPR 507x, 508x, 546L, 581abcz, 583, 584, CTPR 506 Visual Expression 2
core production course may repeat the 586ab and 587abcz cannot be waived or sub-
requirement on a one time only basis upon stituted with transfer credit under any cir- Two of the following (the second may be taken
approval of the division chair. cumstances. in year three)
CTPR 541 Intermediate Interactive
Three-Year Requirements for the M.F.A. in Multimedia Workshop 4
Production CTPR 545 Intermediate Multi-
YEAR ONE, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS
CTCS 501 History of the Interna- Workshop 4
tional Cinema: Silent CTPR 546L Production III
Film 2 (non-directing capacity) 6
CTPR 507x Production I 6
CTWR 528 Screenwriting Six units from the required cinema-television
Fundamentals 2 electives (eight if CTPR 541 and CTPR 545
10 CTPR 484 Advanced Multi-Camera
Television Workshop 4
YEAR ONE, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS
CTPR 531 Planning the Production
CTCS 502 History of the (prerequisite to develop a
International Cinema: CTPR 546L documentary
Sound Film, or project) 2
CTCS 504 Television and the
CTPR 532 Intermediate Directing
New Technologies 2
(prerequisite to qualify
CTPR 508x Production II 6
to direct a CTPR 546L
CTWR 529 Intermediate
or CTPR 583 project) 2
CTWR 533ab Writing the Feature
10 Script 4-2
Animation and Digital Arts 149
CTPR 534 Intermediate Production One of the following critical studies courses: CTCS 587 Graduate Television
Design 2 CTCS 464 Film and/or Television Seminar 4
CTPR 535 Intermediate Editing 2 Genres 4 CTCS 588** Bibliography 2
CTPR 537 Intermediate CTCS 469 Film and/or Television
Cinematography 2 Style Analysis 4 **Four units of Cinema-Television electives at the 400
CTPR 538 Intermediate Producing 2 CTCS 510 Case Studies in National or 500 level if CTWR 553 or CTCS 588 chosen. Six
CTPR 539 Intermediate Graphics 2 Media 4 units of Cinema-Television electives at the 400 or 500
CTPR 540 Intermediate Sound 2 CTCS 511 Seminar: Non-Fiction level if both CTWR 553 and 588 chosen.
CTPR 542 Intermediate Electronic Film/Video
Imaging 2 CTCS 518 Seminar: Avant-Garde Cinema-Television Electives
CTAN 543 Intermediate Computer Film/Video 4 A minimum of two units of Cinema-
Animation 2 CTCS 564 Seminar in Film and Television electives at the 400 and 500 level
CTPR 551 Planning the Advanced Television Genres 4 is required.
Production (prerequisite CTCS 567 Seminar in Film/Tele-
for CTPR 586ab, CTPR vision and a Related Art 4 Grade Point Average Requirements
587abcz, CTPR 581abcz, CTCS 569 Seminar in Film and A grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0)
CTPR 582abzL, Television Authors 4 must be maintained in all USC course work
CTPR 583 in a directing toward the master’s degree. Courses in which
or producing position), a grade of C- (1.7) or lower is earned will not
and CTPR 584 2 apply toward a graduate degree.
CTPR 552 Advanced Directing 2
CTWR 553 Advanced Screenwriting 4 Time Limit
CTPR 554 Advanced Sound 2 Students must maintain satisfactory progress
CTPR 555 Advanced Production toward their master’s degree at all times. The
Design 2 time limit for completing all requirements is
CTPR 556 Advanced Editing 2 three years from the first course at USC
CTPR 557 Advanced applied toward the Master of Fine Arts
Cinematography 2 degree. Course work more than seven years
CTPR 558 Advanced Producing 2 old is invalidated and will not be applied
CTPR 559 Advanced Graphics 2 toward the degree.
CTAN 563 Advanced Computer
Animation 2 Graduate Review
CTPR 568 Advanced Electronic One year prior to graduation, students are
Imaging 2 required to file M.F.A. forms for a curriculum
CTWR 572 Practicum in Directing and graduation review. Contact the
Actors for Film 2-4 Production Faculty Office for forms (213)
CTWR 574 Advanced Seminar in 740-3317.
Directing Actors for Film 2
YEAR THREE, FIRST AND SECOND SEMESTERS UNITS
One course from the following:
CTPR 546L Production III (director
or different crew position) 6
CTWR 553** Advanced Screenwriting 4
CTPR 581abcz* Individual Production
CTPR 583* Graduate Television
CTPR 584* Graduate Interactive
Group Project 6
CTPR 586ab* Production IV 6-0
*Students must complete the prerequisites and follow
the guidelines for CTPR 581abcz, CTPR 583, CTPR 584
and CTPR 586ab.
150 USC School of Cinema-Television
Animation and Digital Arts
Master of Fine Arts
CTAN 522 Animation Department
The Master of Fine Arts degree in Film, Admission is granted once a year in the fall. Seminar 1
Video and Computer Animation is a three- Approximately 20 students will be enrolled in CTAN 548 Animation Production II 3
year (six semester) graduate program each incoming class. In addition to practical CTAN 577a Character Animation 2
designed for students who have clearly iden- production, the program also provides oppor- Elective*
tified animation as their primary interest in tunities for fieldwork experience and intern-
cinema. The program focuses on animation ships to facilitate the student’s transition into 8
production, including a wide range of tech- the profession.
niques and aesthetic approaches, from hand-
drawn character animation to state-of-the-art Applicants for the M.F.A. in Film, Video and
interactive computer graphics. While embrac- Computer Animation must submit supple-
ing traditional forms, the program strongly mental application materials. For specific
encourages innovation and experimentation, instructions, contact the Cinema-Television
and emphasizes imagination, creativity and Animation Program Office, University Park,
critical thinking. Students should graduate Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, (213) 740-3986,
with a comprehensive knowledge of anima- web page: www.usc.edu/schools/cntv.
tion from conception through realization; an
understanding of the history of the medium The application deadline is February 15 for
and its aesthetics; in-depth knowledge of the fall semester.
computer animation software and the most
important elements of film, video and inter- Prior knowledge of fundamental computer
active media. animation concepts and techniques is recom-
mended. Those without this background will
The program requires a minimum of be required to enroll in CTAN 523 Principles
50 units: 38 units are in prescribed, sequen- of Computer Animation for two of their elec-
tial courses in the School of Cinema- tive units in year one.
Television. The other 12 units are electives,
four of which must be taken in the Division Requirements for the M.F.A. in Film, Video
of Critical Studies. A thesis is required for the and Computer Animation
M.F.A. degree. Ongoing workshops in life YEAR ONE, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS
drawing and computer software provide addi- CTAN 451 History of Animation 2
tional educational opportunities. CTAN 482 Basic Motion Picture
CTAN 522 Animation Department
CTAN 544 Introduction to Film,
Video, and Computer
YEAR ONE, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS
CTAN 436 Writing for Animation 2
CTAN 522 Animation Department
CTAN 547 Animation Production I 3
CTAN 579 Expanded Animation 2
YEAR TWO, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS
CTAN 501 Interactive Animation 2
Writing for Screen and Television 151
CTCS 464 Film and/or Television
YEAR TWO, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS
Genres 4 similar work in the field and its relationship
CTAN 522 Animation Department CTCS 469 Film and/or Television to the proposed project. It will describe
Seminar 1 Style Analysis 4
CTAN 524 Contemporary Topics
CTCS 501 History of the Interna-
in Animation and
tional Cinema: Silent
Digital Arts 2
CTAN 549 Animation Production
CTCS 502 History of the Interna-
tional Cinema: Sound
6 CTCS 503 Survey History of the
American Sound Film 2
YEAR THREE, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS CTCS 510 Case Studies in National
CTAN 522 Animation Department
CTCS 511 Seminar: Non-Fiction
CTAN 593 Directed Studies in
CTCS 518 Seminar: Avant-Garde
CTAN 594a Master’s Thesis 2
CTCS 564 Seminar in Film and
Television Genres 4
5 CTCS 567 Seminar in Film/
Television and a
YEAR THREE, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS Related Art 4
CTCS 569 Seminar in Film and
CTAN 522 Animation Department
Television Authors 4
CTCS 585 Seminar in Film/
CTAN 594b Master’s Thesis 2
Theory and Production 4
Grade Point Average Requirements
*A minimum total of 12 elective units must be taken. A grade point average of at least 3.0 (A= 4.0)
must be maintained in all USC course work
Cinema-Television Electives toward the master’s degree. Courses in which
To complete the 50 units required for the a grade of C- (1.70) or lower is earned will not
M.F.A. in Film, Video and Computer apply toward a graduate degree. Courses
Animation, students are required to take a below a C must be repeated.
minimum of 12 School of Cinema-Television
elective units at the 400 and 500 level. Four Thesis Project
of those units must be taken from the follow- In order to begin work on the thesis project,
ing Critical Studies courses: students must first successfully propose their
project to a committee of M.F.A. Animation
ELECTIVES UNITS Program faculty. The proposal is prepared dur-
CTCS 400 Non-Fiction Film and ing the first year of study in the program and
Television 4 is submitted at the beginning of the second
CTCS 402 Practicum in Film/ year. Throughout the three years of study, stu-
Television Criticism 4 dents will meet regularly with an M.F.A.
CTCS 404 Television Criticism Animation Program faculty advisor to develop
and Theory 4 and refine the proposal and discuss the
CTCS 407 African-American Cinema 4 progress of their work. The advisor will be a
CTCS 408 Contemporary Political member of the thesis committee.
Film and Video 4
CTCS 409 Censorship in Cinema 4 The proposal itself will include a written
treatment of the project with a discussion of
152 USC School of Cinema-Television
aesthetic issues to be explored and specific techniques to be employed in its realization. It will also include a storyboard, budget and schedule, in
addition to supporting materials created by the student demonstrating his or her ability to pursue the project. The faculty committee will make
comments and decide whether the student The philosophy of the degree program for insurance fee is required. Students may also
may go forward with his or her project. Upon screen and television writing is that the spend $100 to $200 for production expenses.
acceptance, the student will begin work on writer has the original vision; that the art of
the project, otherwise revising the proposal film is most fully realized through a blending Four-Year Major Requirements for the
and meeting again with the committee. of film form and film content; and that the B.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Television
script needs to embody this unity of form and YEAR ONE, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS
A mid-residency review of the thesis project content. CTWR 106a Screenwriting
will take place in the second semester of the Fundamentals 4
second year of study. The student must show Each fall (there are no spring admissions), a
that deadlines set in the proposal have been class of 24 undergraduate writing students is 4
met and that progress consistent with the selected to begin the program. The students
proposal has been made. The committee move from writing synopses and treatments YEAR ONE, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS
may, if necessary, suggest modifications to the to full-length screenplays and documentaries CTCS 190 Introduction to Cinema 4
project, which the student is then obligated and from experimentation with non-verbal CTWR 105 Non-Verbal Thinking:
to implement. communication to integrating complex visual Visual and Aural 2
designs into advanced projects. A total of CTWR 106b Screenwriting
In the third and final year, students concen- 128 units is required for completion of the Fundamentals 4
trate on their thesis projects, completing pro- Bachelor of Fine Arts degree; 68 of these
duction and post-production. All sound or units are taken in a prescribed sequential 10
music, final high-resolution rendering (for order. Students work with writing faculty as
computer animation), final film or video out- well as with professional writers from the film YEAR TWO, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS
put, and compositing, titles or subtitles, will and television industries. CTCS 200 History of the Inter-
be done during this time. national Cinema I 2
Applicants must submit supplemental appli- CTPR 319 Directing for Writers:
A final review will take place in the second cation materials to the program office. For Pre-production 2
semester of the third year. The committee specific instructions, contact the Writing for CTWR 206a Writing the Screenplay 4
will meet and the student must show and Screen and Television Program, University CTWR 213 Content and Consciousness 2
defend the work. Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
or telephone (213) 740-3303, 10
Criteria for successful completion include: 50 www.usc.edu/schools/cntv.
percent originality and 50 percent quality of YEAR TWO, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS
execution. General Education Requirements CTCS 201 History of the Interna-
The university’s general education program tional Cinema II 2
Time Limit provides a coherent, integrated introduction CTPR 205 Introduction to Filmic
Students must maintain satisfactory progress to the breadth of knowledge you will need to Design 4
toward their master’s degrees at all times. consider yourself (and to be considered by CTWR 206b Writing the Screenplay 2
The time limit for completing all require- other people) a generally well-educated per- CTWR 215 Practicum in Writing
ments is three years from the first course at son. This new program requires six courses in Short Films 2
USC applied toward the Master of Fine Arts different categories, plus writing and diversi-
degree. Course work more than seven years ty requirements, which are described in 10
old is invalidated and will not be applied detail on pages 169 through 175.
toward the degree. YEAR THREE, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS
Required Production Course CTWR 306a Advanced Screenwriting 4
Undergraduate writing students are required to CTPR 318 Acting Experience for
take CTPR 290 Cinematic Communication. Writers 2
This is an introductory production course which CTPR 419 Directing for Writers:
must be taken during the sophomore year. Post-production 2
CTCS 464 Film and/or Television
Writing for Screen and In CTPR 290 students are taught the princi- Genres, or
ples of filmmaking through demonstrations, CTCS 469 Film and/or Television
Television hands-on production and critical analysis. Style Analysis 4
Each student makes five digital video non-
dialogue movies using equipment supplied 12
by the school. A $500 lab fee and a $500
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Minor Programs 153
YEAR THREE, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS Master of Fine Arts Course Requirements
YEAR ONE, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS
CTPR 290 Cinematic Communication 4
CTWR 306b Advanced Screenwriting 2 CTPR 291* Beginning Dramatic
CTWR 316 The Affective Domain 2 The Master of Fine Arts with a major in Production 4
CTWR 434 Comedy Writing, or Writing for Screen and Television is granted CTWR 459a Entertainment Industry
CTWR 435 Writing for Film and by the School of Cinema-Television. It is a Seminar 2
Television Genres 2 two-year program which concentrates in writ- CTCS 501 History of International
ing for narrative film and television. The cur- Cinema: Silent Film 2
10 riculum covers the writing of dramatic scenes, CTWR 513 Writing the Short Script 2
story structure and the full array of tools CTWR 572 Practicum in Directing
YEAR FOUR, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS available to the storyteller for heightening Actors for Film 2
CTPR 301 Creating the audience interest, involvement and participa-
Non-Fiction Film 4 tion. Graduate screenwriting students 8
CTWR 418a Senior Thesis 4 advance from learning the basics of visual
CTWR 459a Entertainment Industry storytelling to writing short scripts, treat- *The 4 units for CTPR 291 do not count toward the
Seminar 2 ments and scripts for both dramatic and com- M.F.A.
edy TV series and pilots, and finally feature-
10 length screenplays. YEAR ONE, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS
CTCS 503 Survey History of the
YEAR FOUR, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS Each fall 30 students are selected to begin American Sound Film,
CTWR 418b Senior Thesis 4 the Graduate Writing for Screen and or 2
CTWR 459b Entertainment Industry Television Program; there are no spring CTCS 464 Film and/or Television
Seminar 2 admissions. Applicants must submit supple- Genres, or 4
mental application materials to the Graduate CTCS 469 Film and/or Television
6 Writing for Screen and Television Program. Style Analysis 4
For specific instructions, contact the CTWR 459b Entertainment Industry
Electives Graduate Writing for Screen and Television Seminar 2
A minimum of 20 elective units is required. Program, University Park, Los Angeles, CA CTWR 514 Basic Dramatic
90089-2211, or telephone (213) 740-3303, Screenwriting 2
Suggested electives in Cinema-Television www.usc.edu/schools/cntv. CTWR 516 Advanced Motion
include: Picture Script Analysis 2
CTWR 431 Screenwriters and Their A total of 42 units in cinema-television at the
Work 2 400 and 500 level is required. In addition to 8-10
CTWR 433 Adaptations: Transferring the writing components, course work
Existing Work to the includes instruction in: video equipment, YEAR TWO, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS
Screen 2 uses and technology; acting and the direction CTCS 502 History of International
CTWR 434 Comedy Writing 2 of actors; directing; film economics; and his- Cinema: Sound Film 2
CTWR 435 Writing for Television tory and theory of film. CTPR 536 Editing for
Genres 2, max 8 Scriptwriters, or
CTWR 437 Writing the Situation Graduate Production Preparation Course CTPR 575 Directing for
Comedy Pilot 2 In addition to the 42 units, students are Scriptwriters 2
required to take a four-unit undergraduate CTWR 434 Writing the Situation
Grade Point Average Requirements prerequisite production course, CTPR 291 Comedy, or
A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be earned Beginning Dramatic Production, in the first CTWR 437 Writing the Situation
in all required and prerequisite courses (a semester. Comedy Pilot 2
grade of C- or lower will not fulfill a major CTWR 515a Practicum in
requirement). This course reviews the basic aspects of film- Screenwriting 4
making through lectures and hands-on pro-
duction using 8mm video. A minimum grade 10
of B (3.0) is required in CTPR 291 in order
for a student to continue in the Master of YEAR TWO, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS
Fine Arts program. CTPR 291 is not a gradu- CTWR 435 Writing for Film and
ate level course and will not count toward the Television Genres 2
total 42 units required for the degree. Grades CTWR 515b Practicum in
received in this course will not be included in Screenwriting 4
calculating the student’s grade point average.
154 USC School of Cinema-Television
Total: 42 units required for degree which a grade of C- (1.7) or lower is earned
will not apply toward a graduate degree.
Students are required to complete CTWR
435 and either CTWR 434 or CTWR 437 for In lieu of a thesis, the student is required to
the degree. complete a full-length screenplay which will
be developed in CTWR 515ab and must be
CNTV Electives accepted by the Division of Writing Graduation
A minimum of 8 or 10 elective units at the Committee.
400 and 500 level is required, determined by
which options the student selected. Time Limit
Students must maintain satisfactory progress
Grade Point Average Requirement toward their master’s degrees at all times.
An overall grade point average of 3.0 (A =
4.0) must be maintained in all courses. In The degree must be completed three years
addition, an overall grade point average of 3.0 after the beginning of graduate work at USC.
in all units attempted is required to qualify Course work more than seven years old is
for registration in CTWR 515ab. Courses in automatically invalidated and may not be
applied toward the degree.
Equipment for both courses is provided by An internship period between school years
The Peter Stark the school. Students with sufficient produc- gives students an opportunity to observe
tion experience may, with departmental actual producing and executive operations
Producing Program approval, opt to produce a film in conjunction with participating independent producers and
with the Production Department instead of film companies. The internship period is of
the first semester of this class. eight weeks’ duration during the months of
May, June and July. The internships are sub-
Master of Fine Arts In lieu of a thesis, the completion requirement ject to availability and academic performance
is a fully-developed film project with an atten- in the first year of studies.
dant budget and marketing/distribution plan.
The Peter Stark Producing Program is an During the second year, Peter Stark Produc-
innovative two-year (four semester) full-time ing Program students have an opportunity to
graduate program designed to prepare a initiate and produce a 20-minute synchronous
select group of highly motivated students for sound film financed by the program. Projects
careers as independent film and television to be produced are selected on a competitive
producers or as executives in motion picture basis.
and television companies.
Films must be produced by a Stark student or
Approximately 25 Peter Stark Program stu- team of Stark students. Scripts may be written
dents are enrolled each fall (there are no by a cinema-television student from the Divi-
spring admissions). The curriculum places sion of Writing or a Stark student. The direc-
equal emphasis on the creative and the man- tor must be a graduate student from the
agerial, to enhance and develop artistic skills Cinema-Television Production Program or a
and judgment while providing a sound back- Stark student. The Stark student may only
ground in business essentials. Each course is perform one major task on the film, i.e., direc-
continually updated to ensure that the Stark tor or writer or producer. Each team has a
program remains responsive to the needs of professional advisor available as needed.
our students and the ever-changing motion Completed films are screened at “First Look.”
picture, television and communications field.
Inquiries regarding the program should be
A minimum of 44 units of 400- and 500-level addressed to: Kathy Fogg, Assistant Director,
courses is required for the Peter Stark The Peter Stark Program, USC School of
Producing Program leading to the M.F.A. Cinema-Television, University Park, Los
degree. There are no prerequisites. Students Angeles, CA 90089-2211. Telephone
are required to take a two-semester sequence (213) 740-3304, FAX (213) 745-6652,
of production courses, CMPP 541aL and www.usc.edu/schools/cntv.
541bL Production Workshop, in their first
year. CMPP 541aL covers the basics of visual Sample Two-Year Requirements for the
communication and students produce two or M.F.A. in Motion Picture Producing
three Super 8mm, non-synchronous sound YEAR ONE, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS
films. In CMPP 541bL, second semester CMPP 541aL Production Workshop 2
students work in teams, making two 8-10
minute 16mm non-synchronous sound films.
Courses of Instruction 155
CMPP 550 Script Analysis for the
Producer 4 YEAR ONE, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS division class choices or to concentrate their
CMPP 568 Producing for Television 2 CMPP 541bL Production Workshop 4 upper division course work in an area of pri-
CMPP 589a Graduate Film Business CMPP 560 Script Development 2 mary interest, such as production.
Seminar 4 CMPP 567 Studio Management 2
CMPP 589b Graduate Film Business A student attending USC may apply to minor
12 Seminar 4 in cinema-television if he or she has a mini-
mum GPA of 2.75 and is maintaining normal
12 degree progress. Cinema-television minor
applications are evaluated by a panel of facul-
YEAR TWO, FIRST SEMESTER UNITS ty members. Admissions are made for the fall
CMPP 561 Motion Picture and spring semesters.
CMPP 565 Production Budgeting 4 Application Procedures
CMPP 566 Finance and Financing To be considered for admission to the cine-
Films 2 ma-television minor program, the applicant
CMPP 570 Advanced Television 2 will be required to submit the following
materials: (1) departmental application,
10 (2) academic records, including current
USC transcripts, (3) personal statement, and
YEAR TWO, SECOND SEMESTER UNITS (4) two letters of recommendation.
CMPP 563 Producing Symposium 2
CMPP 564 Producing Business Admission applications and information may
Procedures, or approved be obtained from the USC School of Cinema-
graduate-level CMPP Television, Office of Student Affairs, Carson
course 2 Television Center, Garden Level, Room
CMPP 569 Seminar on Non- G-130, or telephone (213) 740-8358.
Mainstream Producing 2
CMPP 592 Individual Project Course Requirements for the Minor
Seminar 4 A total of 24 units, eight in required lower
division and 16 in upper division, are
10 required for the minor in cinema-television.
Grade Point Average Requirement Required Lower Division Courses (8 units)
An overall GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.0) is required for REQUIRED COURSES UNITS
graduation. Courses in which a grade of C- CTCS 190* Introduction to Cinema 4
(1.7) or lower is earned will not apply toward CTCS 191 Introduction to Television
a graduate course. Courses cannot be repeat- and Video 4
ed. A grade of C-, D or F in any course may
be cause for termination. *Gateway course
Students must maintain satisfactory progress
toward their master’s degrees at all times.
The degree must be completed three years
after the beginning of graduate work at USC.
Course work more than seven years old is
automatically invalidated and may not be
applied toward the degree.
Minor in Cinema-Television
The minor in cinema-television combines an
introduction to this exciting and influential
field with a diversified set of classes in pro-
duction, screenwriting, the film-television
industry and critical studies. The curriculum
is purposely flexible; students may choose to
sample two or more different aspects of the
world of cinema and television in their upper
156 USC School of Cinema-Television
CTPR 460 Film Business
Required Upper Division Courses (16 units) Procedures and Application Procedures
A minimum of 16 units is required from the Distribution 2 To be considered for admission to the minor
classes listed below. Courses may be taken CTPR 461 Television Station in animation program, the applicant is
from more than one category. Management 2 required to submit the following materials:
CTCS 466 Theatrical Film (1) departmental application, (2) academic
CRITICAL STUDIES UNITS
Symposium 4 records including current USC transcripts, (3)
CTCS 392 History of the American personal statement, (4) two letters of recom-
Film, 1925-1950 4 Grade Point Average Requirement mendation, and (5) portfolio (prints, slides,
CTCS 393 History of the American A minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course is film and/or video).
Film, 1946-1975 4 required. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower does
CTCS 400 Non-Fiction Film and not fulfill a minor requirement. Grade Point Average Requirement
Television 4 A minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course is
Film, Video and Computer Animation Minor required. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower does
CTCS 407 African American
Cinema 4 The minor in animation offers students an not fulfill a minor requirement.
CTCS 409 Censorship in Cinema 4 introduction to the theory and practice of ani-
CTCS 464 Film and/or Television mation, including its relationship to the histo- Course Requirements
Genres 4 ry of art and cinema, creative writing and The following courses are to be taken in a
CTCS 469 Film and/or Television basic film production. It provides students prescribed sequential order. Thirty-two units
Style Analysis 4 with an opportunity to create both personal are required.
and collaborative work in a wide range of
PRODUCTION UNITS genres, from traditional character to contem- COURSES UNITS
CNTV 483 Interactive Entertainment porary experimental and computer animation. AHIS 120 Foundations of Western
and Multimedia 4 This includes painting, cel, stop motion, col- Art 4
CTPR 327 Motion Picture Camera 3 lage, mixed media, 2- and 3-D computer ani- AHIS 121 Art and Society:
CTPR 335 Motion Picture Editing 3 mation software and interactive digital media. Renaissance to Modern 4
CTPR 371 Directing for Television 4 Successful completion of a final project is CTCS 190 Introduction to Cinema 4
CTPR 375 Functions of a Director 4 required. CTPR 385 Colloquium: Motion
CTPR 385 Colloquium: Motion Picture Production
Picture Production Most students will enter the minor in anima- Techniques 4
Techniques 4 tion program in their sophomore year at USC. CTAN 436 Writing for Animation 2
CTPR 422 Makeup for Motion A portfolio of work (prints, slides, film, and/or CTAN 448 Introduction to Film
Pictures 2 video) is required. Graphics–Animation 4
CTPR 423 Introduction to Special
Effects in Cinema 2 A student enrolled on the undergraduate CTAN 450 Animation Theory and
CTPR 455 Introduction to level at USC may apply to minor in anima- Techniques 2, max 6
Production Design 2 tion if he or she (1) has a minimum grade CTAN 452 Introduction to Computer
CTPR 456 Introduction to Art point average of 2.75 and is maintaining nor- Animation 2
Direction 2 mal degree progress and (2) is not undergoing CTAN 451 History of Animation 2
CTPR 470 Practicum in On-Screen any type of departmental, academic or uni-
versity disqualification. Minor in Performing Arts Studies
Direction of Actors 4
The minor in Performing Arts provides an
WRITING UNITS Animation minor applications are reviewed by interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature and
CTWR 315x* Filmwriting 3 a panel of faculty members, with admissions aesthetics of the performing arts. It combines
CTWR 412 Introduction to made for the fall semester only. A maximum the disciplines of cinema-television, dance,
Screenwriting 2 of 12 students will be admitted per year. music and theatre. The minor is a unique
CTWR 414 The Screenplay 2 course of study that looks at how the per-
CTWR 416 Motion Picture Script forming arts contribute to a culturally literate
Analysis 4 society. See USC School of Theatre, page
CTWR 431 Screenwriters and 774, for requirements.
Their Work 2
CTWR 494x* Practicum in Screenplay
Courses of Instruction
*CTWR 315x and 494x cannot be applied toward
degree credit for cinema-television majors.
The terms indicated are expected but are not
THE FILM-TELEVISION INDUSTRY UNITS guaranteed. For the courses offered during any
CTPR 386 Art and Industry of given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.
the Theatrical Film 4
CTPR 410 The Movie Business: Note: Instructor availability for a particular
From Story Concept course or section cannot be guaranteed.
to Exhibition 2
CTPR 425 Production Planning 2
Courses of Instruction 157
CINEMA-TELEVISION (CNTV) 450abc Animation Theory and Techniques 523 Principles of Computer Animation
(2-2-2, FaSp) Explores the aesthetics and (2, Sp) Fundamental computer concepts,
390 Special Problems (1-4, Irregular) Super- techniques of animation, ranging from tradi- principles of modeling, rendering, lighting,
vised, individual studies. No more than one tional character to contemporary experimen- texture mapping, animation, digital composit-
registration permitted. Enrollment by peti- tal and computer animation genres, through ing, visual effects, and input/output using 3-
tion only. lectures, exercises and projects. D interactive computer graphics techniques.
Recommended preparation: basic computer
482 Designing Online Multiplayer Game 451 History of Animation (2, FaSp) In-depth knowledge.
Environments (2, Sp) Grouped into teams, survey of historical developments, styles,
students will study and design an original multi- techniques, theory and criticism of animation 524 Contemporary Topics in Animation and
player game environment suitable for online as an art form. Digital Arts (2, Sp) A seminar course focus-
usage. ing on contemporary issues affecting anima-
452 Introduction to Computer Animation tion, especially digital cameras and new inter-
483 Interactive Entertainment and Multi- (2, Sp) Lecture and laboratory in computer active technology. Interdisciplinary view-
media (4, FaSpSm) Introduction to creative animation: geometric modeling, motion spec- points from artists, scientists, theorists and
and technical aspects of new interactive tech- ification, lighting, texture mapping, render- others.
nology: multimedia; digital video and sound; ing, compositing, production techniques, sys-
producing and designing for interactive tems for computer-synthesized animation. 543 Intermediate Computer Animation
TV/cinema; virtual reality technique. Prerequisite: departmental approval. (2, Irregular) The study of computer anima-
tion including storyboarding, geometric mod-
490x Directed Research (2-8, max 8, 482 Basic Motion Picture Techniques for eling, choreography, lighting, texture map-
FaSpSm) Individual research and readings. Animators (2, Fa) Introduction for animation ping, background creation and rendering.
Not available for graduate credit. Prerequisite: majors to the basic techniques and processes Prerequisite: CTPR 508x.
departmental approval. of film, video and computer systems, includ-
ing cinematography, editing and sound. 544 Introduction to Film, Video and Com-
498 The Visiting Artist Seminar (2, max 4, puter Animation (3, Fa) Fundamentals of
FaSp) Analysis of a particular cinema or tele- 499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, FaSpSm) film, video and computer animation produc-
vision artist’s work and creative philosophy; Detailed investigation of new or emerging tion. Orientation to assist students in deter-
screenings and informal discussions with the aspects of cinema and/or television; special mining future emphases and specialties.
artist. subjects offered by visiting faculty; experi- Open only to M.F.A. Animation students.
589 Graduate Film Seminar (2 or 4, max 8, 547 Animation Production I (3, Sp) Practicum
FaSp) Detailed investigations and discussion 501 Interactive Animation (2, FaSp) Intro- in film, video and computer animation empha-
of various aspects of film. duces basic interactive and non-linear sizing the production process through individ-
approaches to animation through a series of ual projects. Open only to M.F.A. Animation
590 Directed Research (1-12, FaSpSm) lectures and exercises, culminating in a group students. Prerequisite: CTAN 544.
Research leading to the master’s degree. project. Prerequisite: CTAN 523; recommended
Maximum units which may be applied to the preparation: Photoshop/Director (software). 548 Animation Production II (3, Fa) Two
degree to be determined by the department. person intermediate practicum in film, video
Graded CR/NC. 502ab Virtual Reality and Stereoscopic and computer animation, emphasizing con-
Animation (a: 2, Fa; b: 2, Sp) a: An in-depth tent and form. Open only to M.F.A. Anima-
594abz Master’s Thesis (2-2-0, FaSpSm) exploration of aesthetics and techniques tion students. Prerequisite: CTAN 547.
Credit on acceptance of thesis. Graded involved in the conceptualization, design and
IP/CR/NC. production of immersive virtual environ- 549 Animation Production III (3, Sp) Crew
ments and stereoscopic animation. Prerequi- constituted advanced practicum in film,
site: departmental approval. b: Review of video, and computer animation. Open only
A N I M AT I O N ( C TA N ) techniques and aesthetic issues pertinent to to M.F.A. Animation students. Prerequisite:
immersive virtual reality and stereoscopic CTAN 548.
436 Writing for Animation (2, FaSp) Work- animation. Students realize an original project
shop exploring concept and structure of long proposed in CTAN 502a. Prerequisite: 563 Advanced Computer Animation
and short form animated films through practi- CTAN 502a and departmental approval. (2, Irregular) Investigation of advanced com-
cal writing exercises. (Duplicates credit in puter techniques related to character repre-
former CTWR 436.) 522 Animation Department Seminar sentation and various types of algorithmically
(1, max 6, FaSp) A weekly seminar required defined animation produced on either film or
448 Introduction to Film Graphics – Anima- of all M.F.A. Animation students. This course videotape. Prerequisite: CTAN 543.
tion (4) Practical course in concepts, media, includes guest speakers, faculty and student
and techniques related to the graphic film; presentations followed by lively and critical 576 Seminar in Film/Television and New
symbology, composition, kinestasis, anima- discussion. Graded CR/NC. Technologies (4, Sp) Focus on film’s relation-
tion, typography, color, and materials. Survey; ship to general technological developments,
lecture; production. what it owes to technologies that preceded it,
how it continues to develop in relation to
449 Advanced Production in Film Graphics emerging technologies and how it influences
(2 or 4, max 8) Concentration on one area the shape of these newer technologies. Pre-
of graphic concept or advanced exploration requisite: departmental approval.
of media and techniques. Prerequisite:
158 USC School of Cinema-Television
577ab Character Animation (2-2, FaSp) The 200 History of the International Cinema I 406 History of American Television (4, Fa)
exploration of the techniques of the art of (2, Fa) The development of international History of television as an entertainment,
character animation with an emphasis on dis- cinema from its beginnings to World War II. information, and art medium. Emphasis on
cipline, performance and personality observa- Lectures, screenings, and discussions. programming and institutional history, includ-
tion, specializing in classical Hollywood ani- Required for majors; recommended for ing issues of regulation, censorship, aesthetics
mation. Open only to M.F.A. Animation stu- non-majors. and activism.
dents. Prerequisite: CTAN 547.
201 History of the International Cinema II 407 African American Cinema (4, Fa) Inten-
579 Expanded Animation (2, Sp) A survey of (2, Sp) The development of international sive survey of African American cinema; top-
animation across media; applications to live cinema from World War II to the present. ics include history, criticism, politics, and cin-
action film, the fine arts, architecture; link- Lectures, screenings, and discussions. ema’s relationship to other artifacts of African
ages with modern art, postmodern theory and Required for majors; recommended for American culture.
social history. Open only to M.F.A. Animation non-majors.
students. Prerequisite: CTAN 451. 408 Contemporary Political Film and Video
367 Global Television and Media (4, Sp) (4) Examination of a variety of politically
592 Master Class (2-6, max 12, Fa) A special Studies in the global configurations of tele- engaged films and videotapes recently pro-
projects course in which students produce vision industries and cultures, including duced in the U.S. and abroad, with particular
a major work through weekly meetings new technologies and the textual and socio- emphasis on aesthetic strategies.
with a master artist/animator. Topics must be logical analysis of global media events and
approved prior to enrollment. Prerequisite: programming. 409 Censorship in Cinema (4, Fa) An inquiry
departmental approval; recommended prepara- into the practice and patterns of censorship in
tion: previous advanced animation production 392 History of the American Film, 1925-1950 cinema.
experience. (4, Fa) Screenings of American film classics
and their relationship to society. Lectures and 411 Film, Television and Cultural Studies
593 Directed Studies in Animation discussions. (4, Fa) Detailed examination of film/televi-
(2, max 4, FaSp) Individual exploration sion from the perspectives and insights of
in the areas of contemporary technology, ani- 393 History of the American Film, 1946-1975 Cultural Studies; focus on the production and
mation techniques or experimental film (4, Fa) Cinematic and extra-cinematic deter- reception of cultural texts, practices, and
through internships, residencies or directed minants of Post-Classical and Modernist Hol- communities.
studies. lywood studio and independent genres,
styles, and the star-phenomenon and their 464 Film and/or Television Genres (4, max 8,
594abz Master’s Thesis (2-2-0) Credit on relationship to American history and culture. FaSpSm) Rigorous examination of film and/or
acceptance of thesis. Graded IP/CR/NC. television genres: history, aesthetics, cultural
394 History of the American Film, context, social significance, and critical
599 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, Irregular) 1976–present (4, Sp) Cinematic and extra- methodologies. Prerequisite: departmental
Detailed investigation of new or emerging cinematic determinants of Postmodernist approval.
aspects of cinema; special subjects offered by Hollywood studio and independent genres,
visiting faculty; experimental subjects. styles, and the star-phenomenon and their 465 Informational Film Symposium (2 or 4)
relationship to American history and culture. Lectures and readings on creative problems
Prerequisite: departmental approval. in the informational film industry; interviews
CRITICAL STUDIES (CTCS) with visiting filmmakers.
400 Non-Fiction Film and Television (4, Fa)
190 Introduction to Cinema (4, FaSpSm) An international survey of documentary, 466 Theatrical Film Symposium (4, max 8,
Gateway to the majors and minors in cinema- informational, and independent experimental FaSp) Lectures and readings on creative
television. Technique, aesthetics, criticism, film, video and television. problems in the motion picture industry; cur-
and social implications of cinema. Lectures rent films; interviews with visiting producers,
accompanied by screenings of appropriate 402 Practicum in Film/Television Criticism directors, writers, performers.
films. (4, max 8, FaSp) Exercise in writing film and
television criticism using new and classic 469 Film and/or Television Style Analysis
191 Introduction to Television and Video films and television programs. Prerequisite: (4, max 8, FaSpSm) Intensive study of the
(4, FaSp) Exploration of the economic, tech- departmental approval. style of an auteur, studio, film or television
nological, aesthetic, and ideological character- making mode in terms of thematic and for-
istics of the television medium; study of his- 403 Studies in National and Regional Media mal properties and their influences upon the
torical development of television and video (4, Fa) Detailed investigation of traditions, art of film. Prerequisite: departmental
including analysis of key works; introduction achievements, and trends of film and/or elec- approval.
to TV/video theory and criticism. tronic media in a particular country or region.
473 Film Theories (4, Fa) Influential ideas
192m Race, Class, and Gender in American 404 Television Criticism and Theory (4, Sp) and theoretical approaches that have shaped
Film (4, Sp) Analyzes issues of race, class and The evaluation of television programs and the making and study of film. Prerequisite:
gender in contemporary American culture as their reception from various theoretical per- CTCS 190.
represented in the cinema. spectives which may include cultural studies,
race and ethnic studies, psychoanalysis, gen-
der and queer studies, and semiotics. Prereq-
uisite: departmental approval.
Courses of Instruction 159
478 Culture, Technology and Communica- 564 Seminar in Film and Television Genres 677 Cultural Theory (4, Sp) Seminar in theo-
tions (4, Fa) Cultural study of communica- (4, max 8, FaSpSm) Advanced study of a retical approaches to cultural studies; focus
tions technology and its relationship to soci- selected genre of film and/or television – its on interdisciplinary research of media and
ety. Evaluation of the social and cultural relationship to history, society, and culture, as audiences, covering a range of methods and
impact of technologies from the telegraph to well as to genre theory. theoretical frameworks; concentration varies.
the Internet. Prerequisite: departmental approval.
567 Seminar in Film/Television and a Related
495 Honors Seminar (4, Sp) Advanced work Art (4, max 8, Irregular) Historical, critical, 678 Seminar in Film Theory and Medium
in the historical, cultural and aesthetic analy- aesthetic, and theoretical issues raised by a Specificity (4, Irregular) Explores the way
sis of film, television, and new media tech- comparison of cinema and television and film has been theorized in relationship to tra-
nologies. Open only to students in the CTCS other allied art forms. ditional media that preceded it and electronic
Honors program. media that followed. Prerequisite: CTCS 500,
569 Seminar in Film and Television Authors departmental approval.
499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, FaSpSm) (4, max 8, FaSpSm) Seminar in the style of
Detailed investigation of new or emerging an auteur, studio, filmmaking, or televisual 679 Seminar in Genre Theory (4, Sp) Seminar
aspects of cinema and/or television; special mode in terms of thematic and formal proper- in media and literary genres; focus on genre as
subjects offered by visiting faculty; experi- ties and their influences upon the art of film a historical and theoretical category for analy-
mental subjects. and/or television. sis. Prerequisite: departmental approval.
500 Seminar in Theory and Textual Analysis 585 Seminar in Film/Television Critical 688 Seminar in Historiography (4, Fa) Semi-
(4, Fa) Introduction to classical and contem- Theory and Production (4, Fa) A conjoint nar in theories and methods of film and tele-
porary film theory; exploration of their rela- theory/production seminar, in which the vision history; focus on interpretation in his-
tionship to close textual analysis and filmic study of media texts will be combined with tory and reception studies. Prerequisite:
experimentation. media production informed by the theoretical departmental approval.
study. Specific themes and area of focus may
501 History of the International Cinema: vary. Prerequisite: departmental approval. 690 Special Problems (1-12, FaSpSm) Field
Silent Film (2, FaSp) Historical survey of production; organization and administration
international film from its beginning to the 587 Graduate Television Seminar (4, Sp) of local film-producing units; experimental
advent of sound. Detailed investigation and discussion of vari- aspects of film communication; advanced
ous aspects of television. work in film history and criticism; teaching
502 History of the International Cinema: cinema. Graded CR/NC.
Sound Film (2, FaSp) Historical survey of 588 Bibliography (2, Fa) Processes at work in
international film from the advent of sound library and archival research of film and tele- 691 Seminar in Close Textual Analysis
to the present. vision; exploration of research methods and (4, Irregular) Methods of analyzing and
materials available for film and television. teaching media texts; emphasizes the
503 Survey History of the American Sound Prerequisite: departmental approval. use of new technologies and formats. Prereq-
Film (2, Sp) A survey history of the American uisite: departmental approval.
film from 1927 to the present, with emphasis 592 Seminar in Film Research and Testing
upon film as art form, economic institution, (2, Fa) History of film research; experimental 699 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, FaSpSm)
technology, and cultural product. approach to audience analysis; preproduction Seminars on special subject areas; focus
and postproduction testing; film evaluation; on advanced research in film, television,
504 Television, New Media and Culture research methodology; practical problems. literature, and culture. Prerequisite: depart-
(2, FaSp) An exploration of the historical, cul- mental approval.
tural, business, creative, and technological 599 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, Irregular)
aspects of commercial television and the new Detailed investigation of new or emerging 790 Research (1-12, FaSpSm) Research lead-
interactive media. aspects of cinema; special subjects offered by ing to the doctorate. Maximum units which
visiting faculty; experimental subjects. may be applied to the degree to be deter-
510 Case Studies in National Media mined by the department. Graded CR/NC.
(4, max 8, FaSpSm) Seminar in traditions, 600 Advanced Seminar in Theory and Tex-
achievements, and trends of film and/or elec- tual Analysis (4, Fa) Advanced studies in 791 Historical and Critical Research
tronic media in a particular country; a differ- classical and contemporary film theory; explo- Methods (2, max 4, FaSp) Methods and
ent country to be studied each semester. Pre- ration of their relation to close textual analy- procedures for historical and critical research
requisite: departmental approval. sis and filmic experimentation. Prerequisite: in the visual media. Required tutorial with
departmental approval. Ph.D. student’s dissertation committee chair,
511 Seminar: Non-Fiction Film/Video (4, Fa) designed to assist initial work on dissertation.
Aesthetic, rhetorical, and ideological issues in 673 Topics in Theory (4, max 8, FaSp) Con- Prerequisite: departmental approval.
non-fiction film and video. (Duplicates credit temporary theoretical frameworks and their
in former CNTV 511ab.) relationship to film and television studies. 794abcdz Doctoral Dissertation (2-2-2-2-0,
Topics differ from semester to semester. Pre- FaSpSm) Credit on acceptance of disserta-
518 Seminar: Avant-Garde Film/Video (4, Sp) requisite: CTCS 500 or CTCS 600 and depart- tion. Graded IP/CR/NC.
Aesthetic, historical and ideological issues in mental approval.
avant-garde film and video. (Duplicates
credit in former CNTV 511ab.)
160 USC School of Cinema-Television
PRODUCTION (CTPR) 301 Creating the Non-Fiction Film (4, Fa) 376 Intermediate Cinematography (4, FaSp)
Research and writing challenges of non-fic- Intermediate cinematography workshop;
205 Introduction to Filmic Design (4, Sp) tion film (documentary, educational, indus- practical problems and assignments. Prerequi-
The visual structure of film; basic compo- trial, political, etc.), from treatment to fin- site: CTPR 241, CTPR 242, CTPR 290
nents: space, line, color, contrast/affinity. Film ished script. (Duplicates credit in former and CTWR 413; concurrent enrollment: CTPR
and video projects. (Duplicates credit in for- CTWR 301.) 310; recommended preparation: CTPR 280.
mer CTWR 205.) Prerequisite: CTWR 105.
309 Introduction to Interactive Media 380 Television Editing (4) Theory and prac-
235 Techniques in Motion Picture Production (4, FaSp) Foundations of interactive multi- tice of editing tape and film for television.
(2 or 4, max 4, Sm) Introduction to basic media, including its historical evolution, Prerequisite: CTPR 310, CTPR 376.
techniques used in films. design concepts, performance issues, resource
programs and tools for critical analysis. 384 The Cinematic Structure of a Scene
240x Practicum in Production (2 or 4, Sm) (4, Sm) Writing and directing scenes as the
Basic production techniques: introduction to 310 Intermediate Film Production (4, FaSp) basis for study of their cinematic structure
the cinematic elements, production tech- Basic principles of visual and audio commu- emphasizing tension, construction, camera
niques, and equipment; film and/or videotape nication; idea development using image, placement, editorial structure, and contribu-
production. Not available for major credit to movement, pace, the spoken word and other tion of sound and color. Prerequisite: depart-
CTPR majors. sounds; action and sound relationships; indi- mental approval.
vidual projects. Prerequisite: CTPR 241,
241 Fundamentals of Cinema Technique CTPR 242, CTPR 290, and CTWR 413; rec- 385 Colloquium: Motion Picture Production
(2, FaSp) Introduction to cinema production ommended preparation: CTPR 280; concurrent Techniques (4, FaSpSm) Basic procedures
techniques and equipment including produc- enrollment: CTPR 376. and techniques applicable to production of
ing, directing, camera, lighting and editing. all types of films; demonstration by produc-
Open to Cinema-Television majors only. Con- 318 Acting Experience for Writers (2, Fa) tion of a short film from conception to
current enrollment: CTPR 290. Basic acting theory and techniques to completion.
acquaint the writer with the needs and tech-
242 Fundamentals of Cinematic Sound niques of the performer. (Duplicates credit in 386 Art and Industry of the Theatrical Film
(2, FaSp) Introduction to sound design, former CTWR 318.) (4, FaSp) Detailed analysis of one theatrical
recording, editing, mixing and finishing. Lec- film from conception through critical recep-
tures, demonstrations and exercises. Open to 319 Directing for Writers: Pre-production tion to develop an understanding of motion
production majors only. Concurrent enrollment: (2, Fa) Understanding the director’s role and pictures as art, craft, and industry.
CTPR 290. responsibilities in preparing a script for pro-
duction, and beginning the shoot; learning 405 Filmic Expression (4, Irregular) Creative
280 Structure of the Moving Image the process of translating the script into film; aspects of film production; analysis of audio
(2, FaSp) Basic theory and application of the the challenges and opportunities of working and visual forces that make the film an
concepts of time, space, composition, move- with actors and a production team. Filmic expressive means of communication; individ-
ment, light and color in motion picture pro- Writing students only. (Duplicates credit in ual projects. Lecture-demonstration. Prerequi-
duction. Open to production majors only. former CTWR 319.) site: CTPR 310, CTPR 376.
288 Originating and Developing Ideas for 324 Still Photography I (4, FaSpSm) History, 409 Practicum in Television Production (2 or
Film (2, FaSp) Exercises in observation, imag- storytelling, critical evaluation, technology 4, FaSp) Television production laboratory
inative association, visualization, etc., that with the still camera; communication, aes- course for students with a major production
deepen the creative process, leading to ideas, thetics, and composition; individual projects. commitment with Trojan Vision. Requires
stories, characters and images for narrative, station management and Chair of Production
documentary and experimental films. Open 327 Motion Picture Camera (3, FaSpSm) Use approval.
to Cinema-Television majors only. of motion picture camera equipment; princi-
ples of black-and-white and color cinematog- 410 The Movie Business: From Story Con-
290 Cinematic Communication (4, FaSp) raphy. Individual projects. cept to Exhibition (2, FaSp) Examination of
Introduction to filmmaking as related to cine- the industry from story ideas through script
matic expression, aesthetics, criticism, and 335 Motion Picture Editing (3, FaSpSm) development, production and exhibition;
ethics. Individual film projects. Open to Cin- Theory, techniques, and practices in picture evaluation of roles played by writers, agents,
ema-Television majors only. Prerequisite: com- editing; use of standard editing equipment; studio executives, marketing and publicity.
pletion of GEs; concurrent enrollment: CTPR individual projects.
241, CTPR 242 (242 for production majors 419 Directing for Writers: Post-production
only), CTWR 413; recommended preparation: 371 Directing for Television (4, FaSpSm) (2, Fa) Understand the impact of the produc-
CTPR 280. Preparation of director’s preproduction block- tion process, staging, shooting, lighting, per-
out; study of direction for live, tape, and film formance and post-production on the realiza-
291 Beginning Dramatic Production (4, Fa) production, for both dramatic and informa- tion of a script; examine how scenes “play” or
Introductory production projects, from con- tional television. Prerequisite: departmental fail. Filmic Writing students only. (Duplicates
cept through actual production; aesthetic approval. credit in former CTWR 419.)
evaluation. (Duplicates credit in former
CTWR 291.) 375 Functions of a Director (4, Sp) Theo-
retical considerations of the director in rela-
tionship to the multiple facets of film produc-
tion. Prerequisite: departmental approval.
Courses of Instruction 161
421 Intermediate Motion Picture Editing 443 Large Format Photography (4, Irregular) 461 TV Station Management (2, FaSp)
(3, FaSp) Intermediate motion picture editing The aesthetics, techniques and laboratory Station organization and management of
workshop; practical problems and assignments practices of large format still photography locally produced programs. Topics include
encompassing film, video, and non-linear including commercial illustration, architec- program development, financing and distrib-
editing techniques. Intermediate editing class tural photography, portraiture and fine art ution, network relations and program acquisi-
for undergraduates. Open to CNTV Produc- applications, demonstrations, and individual tion issues.
tion students only. Prerequisite: CTPR 310. projects. Prerequisite: CTPR 324; corequisite:
CTPR 442. 463 Production for Non-Profit Organiza-
422 Makeup for Motion Pictures (2, FaSp) tions (2-4) Write, direct or produce a public
Lecture-laboratory in makeup relating it to 444 Color Photography (4, FaSm) A study of service commercial for television broadcast or
mood of the story and emulsion of the cam- color still photography including color print- a short video for a non-profit community ser-
era stock. ing, processing, quality control and the aes- vice organization. Creation from concept
thetics and history of the medium. Darkroom through completed production. Prerequisite:
423 Introduction to Special Effects in Cin- demonstrations and individual projects. CTPR 310 or CTPR 508 or departmental
ema (2, FaSp) Introductory workshop in the approval.
aesthetics and practices of special effects, 445ab The Filmmaker and the Motion Pic-
embracing both the classical and contempo- ture Laboratory (2-2) Laboratory equipment 467 Television Programming (2, Sp) Explo-
rary modes. Prerequisite: CTPR 290 or and procedures; color theory and application; ration of programming strategies, practices,
CTPR 327. photographic solutions and controls; sensito- sources, and services at local and national lev-
metry; photographic aspects of sound; film/ els; network, public, and independent broad-
424 Advanced Camera and Lighting video post-production. Lectures, demonstra- cast and cable operations; audience research;
(4, Irregular) Camera and lighting principles tions, field trips. Prerequisite: CTPR 310 or schedule development.
and techniques in commercial, educational, CTPR 508; recommended preparation:
and dramatic films; achieving realism with CTPR 480 or CTPR 546. 468 The Film Makers (4, FaSp) To define the
quality under studio and field conditions; cre- roles and goals of production designers, cine-
ative cinematography; new developments. 446 Preservation and Exhibition of Pho- matographers, editors, and directors by meet-
Prerequisite: CTPR 376. tographs (4, Sp) A course for photographers, ing and discussing with them their responsi-
artists, and designers, in the methods of pho- bilities in the filmmaking process. Prerequisite:
425 Production Planning (2, FaSp) Theory, tographic exhibition including gallery design CTPR 290.
discussion, and practical application of pro- and display techniques, marketing, curating
duction planning during preproduction and and restoration. 470 Practicum in On-screen Direction of
production of a film. Actors (4, FaSp) Concentration on the basic
453 Personal Voice: Documentary/Experi- skills in working with actors from a director’s
426 The Production Experience (2, FaSp) To mental Production (4) A production workshop point of view.
provide students with basic working knowl- that trains students to use personal experience
edge of both the skills of the motion picture as the basis for their story material and video 471 Directing of Informational Motion Pic-
set and production operations through class- products in the tradition of diaristic literature, tures (2) Directing educational, industrial,
room lectures and hands-on experience. solo theatrical performance and personal voice and informational films; volunteer cast and
media. Prerequisite: THTR 479. uncontrolled situations; viewing and discus-
438 Practicum in Shooting Script Develop- sion of selected films. Prerequisite: departmen-
ment (2 or 4, max 8, FaSp) Screenwriters 454 Acting for Film and Television (4, FaSp) tal approval.
and directors work together, creating and Intensive examination of skills and techniques
rewriting a shooting script concurrently in necessary for successful performances in film 472 Non-Theatrical Aspects of Film and TV
production in an upper-level production class. and television. Practical application through Producing (2, max 4, FaSpSm) Basic film and
Prerequisite: CTWR 414 or CTWR 514. in-class exercises and assigned projects. TV business procedures: financing, produc-
tion design, planning, management, and mar-
439 Seminar in Computer Editing (2, Sp) 455 Introduction to Production Design keting of non-theatrical film and television
Examines the differences between linear and (2, FaSp) Structure of the filmic art depart- products.
non-linear editing systems through practical ment, fundamentals and application of design
exercises, lecture, and demonstrations. principles to film and television, including 473 Directing the Composer (2, Sp)
script breakdown, design concepts and Acquaints aspiring filmmakers (who have no
440 LightWorks Editing (2, Fa) Theory and storyboarding. musical background) with the fundamental
practice of LightWorks computerized editing. concepts of film music from theoretical, cre-
Students will study editing, input, output, 456 Introduction to Art Direction (2, FaSp) ative, and pragmatic standpoints. Open to
and file management. Prerequisite: CTPR 310 Introduction to computer drafting, set design, Cinema-Television majors only.
or CTPR 508; recommended preparation: com- rendering and model-making for students
puter literacy. with diverse abilities. Guest lectures, group 475 Directing: Mise-en-Scene (4, FaSpSm)
discussions and hands-on workshop. Through a semester-long collaboration, direc-
442 Advanced Still Photography (4, FaSpSm) tors and actors learn how to work and com-
A seminar and workshop on still photography 460 Film Business Procedures and Distribu- municate with each other while shooting two
and photographic technique. Individual pro- tion (2 or 4, max 8, FaSpSm) Financing, scenes on camera per director. Prerequisite:
jects and technical critique, studio and dark- budgeting, management as applied to films; CTPR 310, CTPR 376.
room demonstrations. Prerequisite: CTPR 324 problems of distribution, including merchan-
or departmental approval. dising, cataloging, evaluation, and film library
162 USC School of Cinema-Television
476 Ethnographic Film Production 489 Television Docudrama Production (4) 525 Independent Feature Workshop
(4, Irregular) Problems, requirements, and Research, planning, and production of the (2, FaSp) A practical examination of the
methods necessary to meaningful recording docudrama. independent and low-budget feature film,
of societies and cultures for anthropological including development of individual projects
study; film as a research tool. 493 Senior Television Seminar (2 or 4, max 4, and discussions with industry professionals.
FaSp) Detailed investigation and discussion Open only to Cinema-Television majors.
477 Special Problems in Directing (2 or 4, of various aspects of television. Prerequisite: CTWR 414 or CTWR 514 or
max 8, FaSp) Detailed investigation and CTWR 529.
analysis of problems in directing. Individual 495 Internship in Cinema/Television (1, 2 or
projects. Prerequisite: CTPR 310 and 4, FaSpSm) On-the-job film, television and 526 Seminar in Camera (2, Sp) Selected
CTPR 376. interactive industry experience in the areas of problems in technical and artistic use of
interest of the individual student. Open only camera and lighting in film production.
479 Practicum in Television Preproduction to upper division undergraduate and graduate Prerequisite: CTPR 310 and CTPR 376.
(2, FaSp) Preproduction of a television series, students. Requires departmental approval.
from concept through distribution, including 527 Special Effects in Cinema (2 or 4, max 4,
breakdown, budget, shooting schedule, 496 The Film Industry: Career Challenges FaSp) Lecture, discussion, and exercises in
directing, editing, producing, sound, location, and Choices for Women (2, FaSp) This class optical and/or mechanical special effects.
and casting. Open to Production majors only. discusses women’s roles in the entertainment Prerequisite: CTPR 241 and CTPR 290.
Prerequisite: CTPR 310 or CTPR 508x. industry and career opportunities available
for women in the business, corporate and cre- 530 Producing for Independent Films
480 Production Workshop I (4, max 12, ative sectors. (2, FaSp) Producing film, television and
FaSp) Intermediate practical work in film multi-media productions. Focuses on busi-
production; creative use of camera, sound, 497 Music Video Production (2, FaSp) Writ- ness procedures, production design, planning,
editing, and production planning. Open to ing the concept, budgeting, shooting, editing budgeting, management, marketing, financ-
Cinema-Television majors only. Prerequisite: and directing a music video. Also covered: ing, and the structures and practices of the
CTPR 310, CTPR 376. getting the job, dealing with the band, work- industry.
ing with the record company. Prerequisite:
481abL Cinema Workshop (2-2, FaSpSm) CTPR 241, CTPR 290, CTPR 310. 531 Planning the Production (2, max 6,
Practical experience in motion picture pro- FaSp) A preproduction workshop in which
duction. (Duplicates credit in CMPP 541abL.) 499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, FaSpSm) students complete the research and planning
Detailed investigation of new or emerging of an intermediate project to be executed in
484 Advanced Multi-Camera Television aspects of cinema and/or television; special CTPR 546L. Prerequisite: CTPR 508x.
Workshop (4, max 8, FaSp) Exercises and subjects offered by visiting faculty; experi-
practical application for writing and produc- mental subjects. 532 Intermediate Directing (2, FaSp) Practi-
ing a multi-camera television project. Special cal experience in staging dramatic narrative
attention to the development of the sitcom. 505 Creative Cinema (4, FaSp) Advanced scenes, emphasizing text and subtext, and
Prerequisite: CTPR 371. problems in creative use of visuals and sound. the scene’s relationship to the scenario as a
Individual experimental production, live or whole. Prerequisite: CTPR 508x.
485 Production Workshop II (4, FaSp) Inter- animated action. Prerequisite: CTPR 376.
mediate experience in group filmmaking 534 Intermediate Production Design
affording expanded areas of responsibilities. 506 Visual Expression (2, FaSp) Definition, (2, Irregular) Exercises in production design
Take directorial responsibility or two areas analysis, and structure of the visual compo- concentrating on practical and aesthetic
different from those taken in CTPR 480. nents that make film an expressive medium; approaches to designing for film, television
Lecture and laboratory workshop in conjunc- theory and practical application; individual and commercials. Prerequisite: CTPR 508x.
tion with CTPR 480. Prerequisite: CTPR 480. projects and lecture/demonstration. To be
taken in the second year. Prerequisite: 535 Intermediate Editing (2, FaSp) Editorial
486 Senior Television Drama Production II CTPR 508x and CTAN 547. construction of film sequences to analyze the
(4, FaSp) Advanced workshop with in-depth interrelationships of the various film ele-
experience in specific production phases. Pre- 507x Production I (6, FaSp) A practical ments, both visual and aural. Prerequisite:
requisite: CTPR 480. exploration for graduate students of the fun- CTPR 508x or CTAN 547.
damental technical and aesthetic principles of
487 The Recording Studio in Film and Video motion picture production. Involves individ- 536 Editing for Scriptwriters (2, FaSp) Princi-
Production (2) Exploration of the role of the ual and group projects. For graduate students ples, techniques, practices and theories of
recording studio in professional film and only; not available for degree credit. editorial construction of film and TV scenes
video productions. Emphasis on technical and sequences. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory,
and hardware considerations. Prerequisite: 508x Production II (6, FaSp) Practicum in 1 hour. (Duplicates credit in former
departmental approval. group production for graduate students, CTWR 536.)
emphasizing the collaborative process and
488 Interactive Game Design (2, Sp) Theory the expressive use of sound and image. For 537 Intermediate Cinematography (2, FaSp)
and evaluation of interactive game experi- graduate students only; not available for Close study through practical exercises of the
ences and principles of game design utilizing degree credit. Prerequisite: CTPR 507x and technical and aesthetic principles of cine-
the leading software approaches and related CTWR 528. matography. Prerequisite: CTPR 508x or
technologies. Recommended preparation: CTAN 547.
CTPR 309, CNTV 483. 512 Television Management (2, Fa) Prob-
lems of station and network management;
prerogatives and responsibilities in entertain-
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538 Intermediate Producing (2, FaSp) Defi-
nition, examination and practical experience
in the role of the line producer as it relates to
preproduction, production and post produc-
tion. Prerequisite: CTPR 508x.
539 Intermediate Graphics (2, Irregular) An
investigation into the nature and meaning of
graphic concepts relative to their use in film
and video. Prerequisite: CTPR 508x.
540 Intermediate Sound (2, FaSp) Practical
and aesthetic considerations relating to
recording, editing and sound design. Prerequi-
site: CTPR 508x or CTAN 547.
541 Intermediate Interactive Multimedia
Workshop (4, FaSp) Practicum in the cre-
ative and technical aspects of interactive
media technology: multimedia; digital video;
producing and designing for interactive
TV/cinema/cd/online. Students will design an
interactive piece. Open to production majors
only. Prerequisite: CTPR 508x.
542 Intermediate Electronic Imaging
(2, Irregular) Technical and creative aspects
Critical studies students gain insight into the power and aesthetics of mass media through their study and
of electronic imaging such as high definition analysis of texts and of the processes behind the creation of film. Marsha Kinder, professor of critical
television, multi-media, and digital television. studies (center), teaches film theory.
Emphasis on understanding potential and
limitations of state-of-the-art technologies. 545 Intermediate Multi-Camera Television 546L Production III (6, max 12, FaSp) An
Prerequisite: CTPR 508x. Workshop (4, FaSp) Practicum in the cre- intensive workshop experience in which stu-
ative usage of multi-camera and single cam- dents, crewing in their area of specialization,
543 Editing the Advanced Project (2, Irregu- era electronic production techniques. Stu- complete the shooting and postproduction of
lar) Utilitarian seminar focused on editing dents will complete an 8-12 minute video projects up to 30 minutes in length. Prerequi-
advanced projects. Open to Cinema-Televi- piece using three camera production proce- site: CTPR 508x.
sion production students only. Corequisite: dures. Open to production majors only. Pre-
CTPR 481a, 581a, 586a or 587a. requisite: CTPR 508x. 551 Planning the Advanced Production
(2, FaSp) An advanced preproduction work-
shop in which students complete the plan-
ning of an advanced project to be executed in
CTPR 587ab, CTPR 581ab, CTPR 583, or
CTPR 584. Graded IP/CR/NC. Prerequisite: