Courses

RTVF 190-0 Media Construction Introduces the core components of media—idea, image, sound, and sequence—with the technical fundamentals involved in shooting and editing video. Students work with SLR and digital video cameras, with Photoshop and Final Cut Pro editing software, completing four projects in different genres during the quarter. Prerequisite for all upper-level production courses. Required for majors; typically taken in first year.

RTVF 202-0 First-Year Topics Seminar Beginning seminar focused around a special topic of media analysis, history, or theory. Students will learn research, analytic, and writing skills while focusing on issues relevant to film, media and/or digital arts and culture.

RTVF 220-0 Analyzing Media Texts Introduction to the study of the moving image. Basic elements of style across media including film, television, and interactive media. Focus on close analysis of texts to find significance. Prerequisite for upper-level courses in the department. Required for majors; typically taken in first year.

RTVF 230-0 Understanding Media Contexts Media industries as social and cultural forces; economic and political dimensions of the global media. Required for majors; typically taken in first year.

RTVF 260-0 Foundations of Screenwriting Introduction to writing for the screen (film, television, and/or computer). Structure, character, dialogue, format, voice, scope, pace, context. Lecture/workshop. Prerequisite for upper-level writing courses in the department.

COMM ST 275-0 Persuasive Images: Rhetoric of Contemporary Culture See Communication Studies.

RTVF 298-0 Studies in Media Topics Theoretical or practical or both; emphasis on evolving trends.

Courses Primarily for Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students

RTVF 301-0 Race and Ethnicity in Film and TV How race and ethnicity are depicted in film and media; audience response, activism, and/or alternative media production by groups of color.

RTVF 310-0 Television History Political, cultural, social, and industrial history of television, from the classic network era to the postnetwork contemporary period of media convergence. Exploration of programs as well as major events and shifts in television history.

RTVF 312-1, 2 History of Film International survey of motion pictures as a distinctive medium of expression from its prehistory to the present.

RTVF 313-1 Documentary Film: History and Criticism Survey of the schools, styles, and purposes of documentary film as a unique form of artistic expression and sociopolitical persuasion.

RTVF 313-2 Documentary Film and Video Contemporary work and issues in documentary film and video.

RTVF 321-0 Radio/Television/Film Authorship Idea of authorship in the media and an examination of different uses of author theory related to the work of particular artists.

RTVF 322-0 Radio/Television/Film Genre Concept of genre in the media, with reference to popular American forms.

RTVF 323-1 Experimental Film: History and Criticism Films and theories of experimentalists since the 1920s; contemporary underground movement.

RTVF 323-2 Experimental Film and Video Contemporary work in experimental film and video.

RTVF 325-0 Film, Media, and Gender Explores issues of gender in film and media. Introduces students to major debates and theories regarding gender and sexuality in the media.

RTVF 326-0 Film and TV Criticism Contemporary critical methods applied to film and/or television. Students read literature on critical methods and analysis and write critical analyses of films and television programs.

RTVF 330-0 Culture Industries Overview of business and social organization of film and television industry. Introduction to how media industries produce cultural products for local, national, and transnational audiences.

RTVF 331-0 Regulation of Broadcasting Government regulation and industry self-regulation; historical perspective and examination of current issues.

RTVF 334-0 Media Arts and Visual Culture An exploration of the way artists use electronic media as forms of visual expression and how artists have historically appropriated communication technologies such as radio, video/television, and computers.

RTVF 341-0 Technological Innovations How technology develops and is assimilated into mass media.

RTVF 342-0 Program Planning and Programming Programming broadcast stations, networks, and cable in relation to audiences, markets, coverage, policies, and facilities.

RTVF 345-0 History of Hollywood Cinema Overview of the development of the classical Hollywood cinema, with particular emphasis on the 1920s through the early 1960s. Explores the relationship between industry practices and aesthetic features of classical narrative film genres.

RTVF 351-0 National Cinema Historical aspects of cinema in a culture outside the United States or a social/cultural/intellectual movement within cinema’s general evolution.

RTVF 353-0 Film, Media, and Globalization Explores theories of media’s role in the globalization of cultures. Examines transnational production, marketing, and reception of film, television, and/or digital media.

COMM ST 355-0 Audience Analysis See Communication Studies.

RTVF 360-0 Topics in Media Writing Various approaches to screenwriting, emphasizing different modes and genres, such as the short film, the feature film, screenplays based on preexisting material, the teen film, interactive computer scenarios. May be taken multiple times for credit, depending on change in topic. Prerequisite: 260.

RTVF 365-1,2 Writers Studio I, II Exclusively for School of Communication seniors admitted to the Creative Writing for Media Module. Portfolio of written work completed in intensive two-workshop sequence. Pragmatic preparation for postgraduation career path; emphasis on participation in a supportive community for all aspects of creative endeavor. 

RTVF 368-1 Introduction to Acting for Screen Foundational concerns and practices for screen acting. Scene analysis, rehearsal, staging and camera space, casting, editing for performance. Creating and portraying characters for most effective capture by the camera. Film directing techniques as related to the actor. Required introductory course for the Acting for Screen module sequence. 

RTVF 368-2 Diagnostic Scene Study Retrospective critique of curricular and extracurricular performance work in the Acting for Screen module. Evaluation of performer’s range and capabilities in terms of future projects and identity as an actor. Relationship between actor and director relative to the camera. Required course for the module. Prerequisites: 368-1 and two approved module electives. 

RTVF 369-0 Topics in Acting for Screen Production-based courses on a range of practices and methods in acting for screen. May be repeated as topic varies. Counts as elective for the Acting for Screen module. Prerequisites: RTVF 190 for theatre majors; THEATRE 143 for RTVF majors; both courses for other School of Communication students. 

RTVF 370-0 Topics in Preproduction In-depth study of preproduction film, video, and media techniques and aesthetics. Sample topics include storyboarding, producing, and motion graphics. 

RTVF 372-0 Editing The technique and art of editing for film. Topics include editing for continuity, controlling pace and rhythm, and editing nonlinear narratives. Prerequisites: 190, 380, and second-year standing (not through AP credits). 

RTVF 373-0 Topics in Sound In-depth study of sound techniques and aesthetics. 

RTVF 374-0 Topics in Cinematography In-depth study of cinematography techniques and aesthetics. 

RTVF 375-0 Designing for the Internet Design concepts as they relate to the web in an intensive studio/workshop environment. Prerequisites: 190 and second-year standing (not through AP credits). 

RTVF 376-0 Topics in Interactive Media Exploration of the techniques and aesthetics of interactivity using various media. Prerequisites: 190, second-year standing (not through AP credits), and consent of instructor. 

COMM ST 377-0 Developing and Marketing of Popular Culture See Communication Studies. 

RTVF 377-0 Topics in Nonfiction Media In-depth study of nonfiction media techniques and aesthetics. 

RTVF 378-0 Topics in Postproduction In-depth study of postproduction film, video, and media techniques and aesthetics. Sample topics include color correction, special-effects cinematography, and finishing.

RTVF 379-0 Topics in Film/Video/Audio Production In-depth study and practice of one area of film, video, or television. May be taken more than once for credit, depending on changes in topic. Prerequisites: 190 and second-year standing (not through AP credits). 

RTVF 380-0 Lighting and Cinematography Techniques, aesthetics, and technologies of lighting and camera skills, including film and video. Prerequisites: 190 and second-year standing (not through AP credits).

RTVF 383-0 Introduction to Sound Production Introduction to the theories and principles of basic sound production. Demos, lectures, readings, screenings, and exercises cover all basics of sound recording technology. Prerequisite: 190.

RTVF 384-0 Introduction to Sound Postproduction Continu­ation of 383 with greater detail on sound editing, multitrack recording, sound design principles, Foley sessions, ADR recording techniques, and underscoring for media. How to work effectively in a professional mixing studio and Pro Tools environment. Prerequisite: 383.

RTVF 389-0 Practicum in Radio/Television/Film Research Collaboration with a faculty member on design and execution of a media research project. Students learn how to construct and complete a research project and document results. Requires a paper or other form of work product as determined by the faculty member. 

RTVF 390-0 Directing Single-camera dramatic directing, including visualization and breakdown of scripts, camera blocking, and working with actors. Prerequisites: 190 and second-year standing (not through AP credits). 

RTVF 391-0 TV Studio Directing Directing, crewing, and technical skills for multiple camera live-on-tape television production in narrative and nonnarrative genres; preproduction, directorial communication, blocking, pacing, visualization. Prerequisite: 380. 

RTVF 392-0 Documentary Production Students examine documentary practices and produce their own shorts. Prerequisites: 190 and second-year standing (not through AP credits). 

RTVF 393-0 2-D Computer Animation Animation techniques in the 2-D sphere and incorporation of visual design principles. Prerequisites: 190 and second-year standing (not through AP credits). 

RTVF 394-0 Experimental Media Production Creation of an experimental work as a linear film or video, an interactive website, an installation, a game, or a multidisciplinary performance. Prerequisites: 190 and second-year standing (not through AP credits). 

RTVF 395-0 Computer Animation: 3-D The fundamental concepts and techniques of 3-D computer modeling and animation. Use of concepts acquired in camera-based production techniques to create a rendered animation. Prerequisites: 190 and second-year standing (not through AP credits). 

RTVF 397-1, 2 Advanced Directing I, Advanced Directing II Two-quarter sequence for students creating advancedartistic production, with critique of work throughout the production and postproduction process; conceptual resources offered as needed. Students may work in any genre (documentary, narrative, experimental) and any medium. Admission based on portfolio of previous media work and proposal for project, including script and budget.

RTVF 398-0 Symposium: Issues in Radio/Television/Film Special issues and topics in the analysis of radio, television, film, and popular culture.

RTVF 399-0 Independent Study Prerequisite: consent of undergraduate dean after submission of petition.