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Specialization in Narrative Filmmaking (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS25)The Media School

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Specialization requirements

The specialization requires at least 9 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Narrative Filmmaking. Three (3) courses from the following:
    • Topic varies. Analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 392 and MSCH-F 392. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C221, MSCH-C 223, TEL-T 206, or TEL-T 211; or consent of instructor. Covers format, structure, and writing of dramatic and nondramatic scripts. Credit given for only one of MSCH-P 331 or TEL-T 331. (3 credit hours.)
    • Provides conceptual and hands-on experience for researching, writing, and producing different genres of video programs using VRA camcorders and editing systems. This course emphasizes conceptual processes from the original script to the completed video. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 335 and MSCH-P 335. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 223 or TEL-T 206; and in MSCH-C 228 or TEL-T 283; and consent of instructor. Lab fee required. Intermediate, hands-on production course that covers acquisition and post-production, including composition, continuity, sound, lighting and digital editing. Provides practical experience in the planning, shooting, and editing of video programs using both Avid and Final Cut Pro software. Credit given for only one of MSCH-P 351 or TEL-T 351. (3 credit hours.)
    • Lab fee required. A hands-on introduction to the technical and aesthetic basics of making 16mm silent films. Students learn how to design, direct, light, shoot, and edit several short films working individually and in groups. Credit given for only one of CMCL-C 360 or MSCH-P 360. (4 credit hours.)
    • P: CMCL-C 360 or MSCH-P 360. Lab fee required. Introduction to the making of 16mm sound films, including the recording and editing of synch sound. The various stages of production are explored in lectures, lab exercises, and discussions. Each student designs, directs, and edits a short synch sound film and participates as a crew member in the other students' productions. Credit given for only one of CMCL-C 361 or MSCH-P 361. (4 credit hours.)
    • (approved topic: "Short Film") P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 223 or TEL-T 206; and in MSCH-C 228, MSCH-G 320, TEL-T 283, or TEL-T 284; and in two 300-level production courses; and consent of instructor. A capstone course for those in production sequence. Students plan, direct, and produce programs or program segments that may air on WTIU, Indiana University's public television station. May be repeated with different topics in MSCH-P 436 and TEL-T 436. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 223 or TEL-T 206; or consent of instructor. Exploration of design or production problems and issues in telecommunications. Topics vary. May be repeated with different topics in MSCH-P 452 and TEL-T 452. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • P: One of CMCL-C 335, CMCL-C 360, MSCH-P 335, or MSCH-P 360; and consent of instructor. Lab fee required. Students produce one personal project (narrative, documentary, or experimental) from script to screen, using either 16 mm. or digital video. Each class meeting devoted to discussing the students' projects and exploring the aesthetic and technical issues involved. Each student assists in the production of at least one other project by a fellow student. Credit given for only one of CMCL-C 460 or MSCH-P 460. (4 credit hours.)
    • Three (3) credit hours from the following:
      • P: Junior or senior standing; at least 12 semester credit hours completed in the school; advanced arrangement with academic advisor. Faculty-supervised work in a media field related to student's academic interests. Credits based on at least 45 work hours per credit hour with a maximum of 6 credit hours applied toward the B.A. in Media or the B.S. in Game Design. Student must write a critical analysis paper and be evaluated by a workplace supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 382, MSCH-I 382, MSCH-I 497, MSCH-X 472, or TEL-T 497. (1–3 credit hours.)
      • P: Completion of an application for internship credit (available on the school website) and school approval. Students secure an internship and enroll for one, two or three credit hours, based on at least 120 work hours per credit hour with a maximum of three credit hours applied toward the B.A.J. Student must write a critical analysis paper and be evaluated by a workplace supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours in JOUR-J 492, MSCH-I 492, and MSCH-X 474. S/F grading. (1–3 credit hours.)
  2. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the specialization.
    2. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the specialization—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    3. Exceptions to specialization requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.