2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Film and Television

Live and learn film and television production in the heart of Hollywood, the world-famous home of the film and television industry.

Film and Television at Cal Lutheran combines a rigorous curriculum with hands-on learning. You'll be prepared for a range of careers within a wide variety of segments in the film and television industry. Your knowledge will include production skills, industry-specific knowledge, creative and critical thinking, effective communication, and professional and ethical leadership.

Students will participate in all phases of film and television production.

The student has a choice of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television with one of two emphasis areas.

  • Film and TV Major with a Film Studies Emphasis
  • Film and TV Major with a Production Emphasis

Please refer to Communication, English, Multimedia and Music for additional course descriptions.

Film and Television Major with Film Studies emphasis:

Major with Film Studies emphasis is a minimum of 40 credits, 20 being upper division.

In the Film Studies emphasis, students learn how to study film as an art form and a mass medium. The curriculum focuses on the critical, historical, and theoretical aspects of motion pictures. 

Introductory Courses
FILM 205Introduction to Film and Tv Production4
FILM 101Introduction to Film Studies,4,
FILM 207Begininning TV Production4
or FILM 208 Beginning Cinema Production
Required Courses
COMM 351Research Methods4
COMM 360Film Theories4
Select five courses from this list
COMM 308Politics in Cinema4
or POLS 308 Politics in Cinema
ENGL 201Introduction to Literary Study4
ENGL 470Literary Criticism and Theory4
ENGL 301Academic Research and Writing4
ENGL 360The Holocaust in Literature and Film4
FREN 447French Cinema4
GERM 447German Cinema4
MUS 333History and Survey of Film Music4
RLTH 360Jesus in Film and History4
SPAN 470Film in Spanish4

Film and Television Major with Production Emphasis

Major is 51 credits minimum with 20 being upper division

In the Production emphasis, students build advanced skills in film and television production, including camera operations, editing, lighting, writing, directing, and producing from experienced faculty.  

Introductory Courses
FILM 101Introduction to Film Studies,4
FILM 207Begininning TV Production4
or FILM 208 Beginning Cinema Production
FILM 205Introduction to Film and Tv Production4
Required Courses
FILM 304Lighting and Cinematography forýFilm and TV4
FILM 305Sound Design for Film and TV4
FILM 306Screenwriting3
FILM 307Advanced TV Production4
or FILM 308 Advanced Cinema Production
FILM 310Producing and Directing For Film and TV (Producing and Directing for Film)4
FILM 411Post-Production and Distribution (Proposed to increase from two to four credit hours)4
FILM 492Internship1-4
Take twelve credit hours from this list
COMM 360Film Theories4
COMM 404Broadcast Sports Production4
COMM 407Broadcast News Production4
FILM 4STSelected Topics (Advanced Screenwriting)3
FILM 207Begininning TV Production4
FILM 208Beginning Cinema Production4
FILM 307Advanced TV Production4
FILM 308Advanced Cinema Production4
FILM 490Independent Study1-4
FILM 492Internship1-4
MULT 358Visual Effects/Motion Graphics/Animation4
MULT 465Maxon Cinema 4D 3D Animation4
MUS 333History and Survey of Film Music4
TA 131Beginning Acting4
TA 433Acting for the Camera4

Minor in Film and Television

Minor is 20 credits minimum with 8 being upper division.

Required Courses:
FILM 101Introduction to Film Studies,4
FILM 205Introduction to Film and Tv Production4
FILM 207Begininning TV Production4
or FILM 208 Beginning Cinema Production
FILM 306Screenwriting3
Select one course from this list
COMM 404Broadcast Sports Production4
COMM 407Broadcast News Production4
MULT 358Visual Effects/Motion Graphics/Animation4
MULT 465Maxon Cinema 4D 3D Animation4


Lower Division

FILM 101. Introduction to Film Studies. (4).

Film Studies provides students with a solid grounding in the major elements of film, including genre, narrative, acting, design, cinematography, sound, and editing. Students will become critically informed viewers able to understand and analyze film and/or to pursue additional  studies in film history or film theory.

FILM 1ST. Selected Topics. (4).

FILM 205. Introduction to Film and Tv Production. (4).

An introduction to single-camera film and television production, including electronic news gathering, electronic field production, basic cinematic storytelling, beginning video and audio editing, introductory lighting, and on-camera performance for television. Students will write, film, and produce short video packages for student media outlets such as The Echo.

FILM 207. Begininning TV Production. (4).

Learn how to shoot, direct and produce a television production in a multi-camera studio environment. Students will learn about the different jobs required in a live action television studio broadcast; including; director, actor, camera operator, technical director, audio, stage manager and playback operator.

FILM 208. Beginning Cinema Production. (4).

This course is an entry-level class to the art of Filmmaking. Students will learn about the process of filmmaking from its beginning to how we use visual imagery today to tell a story.

FILM 3ST. Selected Topic. (1-4).

FILM 4ST. Selected Topics. (3).

Upper Division

FILM 304. Lighting and Cinematography forýFilm and TV. (4).

Intermediate hands-on training in lighting and cinematography for narrative films, television programs, and other media productions. Students will learn how to communicate content and convey emotion through light, exposure, angle, focus, and composition. Prerequisite: FILM-207 or FILM 208.

FILM 305. Sound Design for Film and TV. (4).

Beginning training in audio mixing, processing, and sound design for narrative films, television programs, and other types of media projects. Introduction to industry standard audio software and sound techniques and practices such as Foley and ADR. Prerequisite: Take FILM-207 or FILM-208.

FILM 306. Screenwriting. (4).

An introductory course on the craft of writing for television or film. Emphasis is on narrative storytelling for the screen, understanding film grammar and the tools of the screenwriter from basic three-act structure to characterization. In a workshop approach, students will develop their own story premise, treatment, outline and draft script, plus revisions. Prerequisite: ENGL-111 Fulfills CORE 21 Writing Intensive requirement.

FILM 307. Advanced TV Production. (4).

Produce a bi-monthly soap/sitcom for web distribution in short formats (5 - 8 minutes). Students will write the scripts and then participate in the pre-production, production and post production. Class members will design and build the sets, act, direct, work as crew and as editors on this bi-monthly web series. Prerequisites: FILM 207 or 208 and FILM-306.

FILM 308. Advanced Cinema Production. (4).

Students will write, produce, direct and edit a 10-20 minute short narrative or documentary film with the purpose of submitting it to student film festivals across the country. Students will attend advanced workshops in editing and lighting. Prerequisites: FILM 306 and FILM 208.

FILM 310. Producing and Directing For Film and TV. (4).

Students study the art and practice of producing and directing for film, including production coordination and supervision, working with actors, fundraising, managing crews and locations, and addressing legal issues. Students receive hands-on instruction via labs and work on student film productions. Prerequistes: FILM-208 and FILM-306.

FILM 401. Avid Media Composer. (4).

Used by more editors in Hollywood than any other editing software, this class covers AVID Media Composer 101 and 110. Students have the chance to receive their AVID certification in Media Composer upon passing the tests.

FILM 410. Film Studies Capstone. (2).

This course prepares students to analyze films, genres, cinematic formal elements, and narrative structures and helps students develop the skills to recognize, understand, describe and appreciate film as both entertainment and art. Prerequisites :COMM-360.

FILM 411. Post-Production and Distribution. (2).

This course is for post-production and marketing of projects that were shot during the previous semester in both Advanced Cinema Production and Advanced Television Production. The participant will be expected to participate in Festival of Scholars and the Annual Television Gala and Annual Film Festival. Students will be responsible for organizing, marketing and running the events held at the end of the Spring Semester. They will divide into groups responsible for post-production, marketing and Festival organizers. Students will each sign a contract at the beginning of the semester detailing their project and responsibilities.

FILM 490. Independent Study. (1-4).

FILM 492. Internship. (1-4).



David Grannis

Assistant professor

Mahmoud Salimi