2019-2020 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 three emphasis areas.

  • Film and TV Major with a General Emphasis
  • 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 General Emphasis

Major with a General Emphasis is 40 credits minimum with 20 being upper division.

Required Courses:
FILM 101Introduction to Film Studies4
COMM 200Broadcasting and the Media Industry4
FILM 207Begininning TV Production4
or FILM 208 Beginning Cinema Production
Required:
COMM 360Film Theories4
FILM 410Film Studies Capstone2
or FILM 411 Post-Production and Distribution
FILM 490Independent Study1-4
or FILM 492 Internship
Take 5 Courses:
ART 368Stage Lighting and Scenic Design4
ART 369Theatrical Costume and Makeup Design4
COMM 308Politics in Cinema4
COMM 312International Media4
COMM 344Storyboarding4
COMM 350Communication Theories-Capstone4
COMM 404Broadcast Sports Production4
COMM 407Broadcast News Production4
ENGL 360The Holocaust in Literature and Film4
FILM 307Advanced TV Production4
FILM 308Advanced Cinema Production4
FREN 447French Cinema4
GERM 447German Cinema4
MULT 202Media Theory, History and Creative Dev4
MULT 358Visual Effects/Motion Graphics/Animation4
MULT 470High Definition Digital Cinema I4
or MULT 471 High Definition Digital Cinema II
MUS 333History and Survey of Film Music3
RLTH 360Jesus in Film and History4
SPAN 470Film in Spanish4
TA 131Beginning Acting4
TA 167Design & Production for Stage & Media4
TA 368Scenic Design for Stage and Media4
TA 369Costume Design for Stage and Media4
TA 433Acting for the Camera4

Film and Television Major with Film Studies emphasis:

Major with Film Studies emphasis is a minimum of 38 credits, 20 being upper division.

Introductory Courses
FILM 101Introduction to Film Studies4
FILM 207Begininning TV Production4
or FILM 208 Beginning Cinema Production
COMM 200Broadcasting and the Media Industry4
Required:
COMM 351Research Methods4
FILM 410Film Studies Capstone1-4
or FILM 492 Internship
COMM 360Film Theories4
Select three courses
COMM 308Politics in Cinema4
or POLS 308 Politics in Cinema
COMM 312International Media4
COMM 330Film Studies4
or ENGL 330 Film Studies
ENGL 303Creative Writing: Poetry4
ENGL 319Multimedia Presentations3
ENGL 346Studies in Poetry4
ENGL 360The Holocaust in Literature and Film4
FREN 447French Cinema4
GERM 447German Cinema4
MUS 333History and Survey of Film Music3
RLTH 360Jesus in Film and History4
SPAN 470Film in Spanish4
Experiential Electives
(select one)
FILM 306Screenwriting3
TA 131Beginning Acting4
TA 167Design & Production for Stage & Media4

Film and Television Major with Production Emphasis

Major is 40 credits minimum with 20 being upper division

Introductory Courses
FILM 101Introduction to Film Studies4
COMM 200Broadcasting and the Media Industry4
FILM 207Begininning TV Production4
or FILM 208 Beginning Cinema Production
Required
COMM 360Film Theories4
FILM 306Screenwriting3
FILM 307Advanced TV Production4
or FILM 308 Advanced Cinema Production
FILM 411Post-Production and Distribution2
FILM 490Independent Study1-4
or FILM 492 Internship
Select five courses
ART 368Stage Lighting and Scenic Design4
or TA 368 Scenic Design for Stage and Media
ART 369Theatrical Costume and Makeup Design4
or TA 369 Costume Design for Stage and Media
COMM 344Storyboarding4
COMM 404Broadcast Sports Production4
COMM 407Broadcast News Production4
MULT 358Visual Effects/Motion Graphics/Animation4
MULT 465Maxon Cinema 4D 3D Animation4
MULT 470High Definition Digital Cinema I4
or MULT 471 High Definition Digital Cinema II
TA 167Design & Production for Stage & Media4
TA 433Acting for the Camera4

Minor in Film and Television

Minor is 20 credits minimum with 8 being upper division.

Introductory
FILM 101Introduction to Film Studies4
COMM 200Broadcasting and the Media Industry4
Required
COMM 360Film Theories4
Select One Course
COMM 308Politics in Cinema4
or POLS 308 Politics in Cinema
COMM 344Storyboarding4
ENGL 360The Holocaust in Literature and Film4
FILM 306Screenwriting3
FREN 447French Cinema4
GERM 447German Cinema4
MULT 202Media Theory, History and Creative Dev4
MUS 333History and Survey of Film Music3
RLTH 360Jesus in Film and History4
SPAN 470Film in Spanish4
Select One Production Course
COMM 404Broadcast Sports Production4
COMM 407Broadcast News Production4
FILM 207Begininning TV Production4
FILM 208Beginning Cinema Production4
MULT 470High Definition Digital Cinema I4
MULT 471High Definition Digital Cinema II4

Courses

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 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.

Upper Division

FILM 306. Screenwriting. (3).

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. 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 306 and either FILM 207 or 208.

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 207 or FILM 208.

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).

Faculty

Chair

David Grannis

Assistant professor

Mahmoud Salimi