Film Studies

Courses

 COM 264 - INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCTION AND THEORY (3 credits)

An introduction to the theory and practice of media production including critical and aesthetic theories. Topics may include scriptwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, sound recording, editing, and standards of operation for production facilities and equipment. Prerequisites: COM 205, COM 261, and sophomore standing; or instructor permission. 

 COM 306 - SCRIPTWRITING (3 credits)

An introduction to the fundamental tools and skills required to craft a script for performance on stage or in film/video. Students are expected to produce play scripts and screenplays of varying lengths; they are also expected to read and respond to one another's writing. Some history of playwriting and study of prevailing models of script- writing are also included. Prerequisites: COM 205 and COM 222, or ENG 205, with a minimum grade of "C."

 COM 323 - MEDIA/ ARTS MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

An introduction to the basic principles and structure of management as it applies to Communication Arts. Particular focus is given to management of small and mid-size nonprofit media and arts organizations, and to the interrelationship between those two areas. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

 COM 331 - SCENOGRAPHY IN FILM AND THEATRE (3 credits)

A study of designing visually for the stage and screen, with an emphasis on a unified look and a single intense effect. A strong emphasis on script analysis as a basis for design. Additional information on visual research for theatre and film including location scouting and contextual research into the background of the story. Hands-on development of skills in generating graphic communication of design ideas is included. Prerequisite: COM 231 or instructor permission.

Roll the credits. In Western's film studies program, you are part of the production. With easily accessible faculty in small classes and seminar settings, and state-of-the-art media production technology, you will be immersed in theoretical, philosophical and critical studies of media and dramatic works.

Students learn and experience crucial storytelling theory through by creating media.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

You'll gain experience and skills in the critical aspects of film:

  • Screenwriting theory and structure.
  • Producing, including media law, ethics, releases, licenses and management.
  • Production, including digital cinematography, cinema aesthetics, cinema theory, lighting and audio production.
  • Post-production, including cinema editing and web content creation.
  • Marketing, publication and distribution strategies.

Beyond the Classroom

Each semester, the program hosts popular public screenings of student work. We promote student research and internships – locally, nationally and internationally. We host visiting professionals and artists, and sponsor student trips to national conferences and film festivals, where they share their research and artistry.

After Graduation

Graduates are prepared for staff positions at television and radio stations, media outlets and communication corporations. They also are well equipped for entrepreneurial and freelance work.

Western graduates also have continued their studies in graduate schools in major media markets.

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