Cinema and Media Arts

Faculty

Chair: Gerald Fisher, Ph.D.
Professors: Fisher, Gonzales
Associate Professors: Medberry, Schmidt, Swain, Yamada
Assistant Professors: Hafer
Instructors: Tucker

Courses

Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA)

CNMA 101 - The Art of StorytellingCredits 3

Giving filmmakers an introduction to the building blocks of storytelling: character, setting and plot. Students will read and study the steps of the Hero's Journey as used in current Hollywood films. They will analyze story structure, write short stories based on real and imagined events and create film ideas and short screenplays. Special emphasis will be given to the history, art and aesthetics of storytelling. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $40.

CNMA 102 - Visual AestheticsCredits 3

Through an introduction to the building blocks of visual storytelling, students will learn to use film grammar to tell their stories effectively. Special emphasis will be given to lighting, color, shape, line, and space. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $60.

CNMA 103 - Introduction to TV and Film ProductionCredits 3

Creating sculptors via the building blocks of moving images: the editing of pictures and sound. Students will form groups to write, direct, shoot and edit short film and video projects. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $60.

CNMA 104 - History of CinemaCredits 3

Creating historians via a survey of the development of the motion picture including the evolution of motion pictures as an art form, classic Hollywood narrative structure, technological developments, communication medium, and industry. Films screened in the course will be analyzed from perspectives of auteur theory, genre theory and thematic criticism. Special emphasis will be given to cultural criticism locating films in their unique time and place. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $40.

CNMA 202 - Introduction to Mass MediaCredits 3

An introductory approach to the major mass media: film, television, music, print, radio and Internet. Includes history, growth, business practices and technological aspects of each. Explores a Christian response, strategy for witness and influence, and integration into the field. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $40.

CNMA 203 - Screenwriting ICredits 3

An introductory course to the art of writing for film and television. Includes emphasis on structure, especially the hero's journey, archetypes, genre and story outline. Students will develop a detailed treatment before creating a feature screenplay. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 101.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $20.

CNMA 204 - The Entertainment BusinessCredits 3

A survey of current industry practices and careers in film, television, music and emerging technologies. Students will learn to research and analyze the career and business choices of current professionals in the industry and create long-term strategies for entering into and succeeding in the entertainment business. Special emphasis will be given to the unique ethical questions and biblical applications that arise within the Hollywood context. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $40.

CNMA 251 - Sound RecordingCredits 2

An introduction to the theory and practice of storytelling with sound. Topics include physics, acoustics and psychoacoustics of sound, field and studio sound recording, multi-track mixing and editing, and sound effects as applied to film, television, recording arts and other media. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 101, CNMA 102.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100.

CNMA 262 - Directing for TV and FilmCredits 2

Covers all aspects of directing for motion pictures and television. Includes emphasis on the director's role and responsibility in the following stages: script, casting, actors, pre-production, camera, post-production. Also covers the director's spiritual preparation and integration into the craft. Students complete one short film. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 101, CNMA 102.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $40.

CNMA 301 - TransmediaCredits 2

Transmedia introduces the techniques of telling a story across multiple technology platforms and formats. Topics include: web design, media streaming, small screen production and apps for pads or smartphones, graphic design, interactive, virtual reality, audio and video formats for new media; computer hardware, operating systems, networking and server systems. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 101 or BUSN 211; and CNMA 102 or BUSN 212.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100.

CNMA 302 - Production ManagementCredits 3

Covers the budgeting and scheduling necessary for media production. Students learn the parameters considered in making decisions to balance the creative goals and logistical demands of production. Matters of insurance; deal negotiation; contracts; union rules (including SAG-AFTRA, DGA, IATSE) copyright and clearance issues; management of crew; liaison difficulties with studios, clients and outside publics; and other issues will be covered. Evaluation of students' understanding will be based on a budget and schedule for a one hour single camera drama they will be required to complete, as well as pertinent test and quizzes. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $50.

CNMA 303 - CinematographyCredits 2

Explores the aesthetics of the film image. Students gain the ability to talk and write about the aesthetics of an image and the practical business of image capture. Students will understand basic composition, lighting and exposure and what makes an image attractive to the human eye. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 101, CNMA 102.
Corequisites: CNMA 315.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100.

CNMA 310 - Visual EffectsCredits 3

An introduction to digital visual effects for film and television. The class covers basic 2-D, 3-D and motion graphics. Participants should have extensive computer experience. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100.

CNMA 312 - Screenwriting IICredits 3

Advanced work in writing an original feature-length screenplay. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 203.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $20.

CNMA 315 - Editing for Film and TelevisionCredits 2

Instruction and application in the art of digital editing with emphasis on Final Cut Pro HD. An intense study of the craft and role of the editor as storyteller. Covers various genres and formats (e.g., features, documentaries, short films, trailers). Emphasis on the editor's role in other aspects of post-production, including audio, music, color correction, digital effects, DVD authoring. Several individual projects allow hands-on practical learning. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 101, CNMA 102, CNMA 104.
Corequisites: CNMA 303.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100.

CNMA 320 - Advanced Studies in CriticismCredits 3

A detailed critical study of a particular auteur, genre, era, nation or theme. The course will be offered with a rotating series of subjects and professors focused upon film or broadcast history. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $40.

CNMA 350 - Advanced Studies in Media ProductionCredits 1-3

Aspects of theory and practice in media production. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different course content. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $40.

CNMA 351 - Writing the SceneCredits 3

This course will take students through the study of story premise, outline, treatment and draft as it pertains to both feature motion pictures and television plays. Students will write each of these various elements in the process of screenplay development. There will be thirteen writing assignments during the semester. Each student's material will be reviewed and critiqued by the instructor and the students in the class one week later. Several of the assignments will be rewritten after notes have been given. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 203.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 352 - Character Development and DialogueCredits 3

An exploration of characters and dialogue in film and television formats. Scenes and sequences will be written by students during the course. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 203.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 353 - Media LiteracyCredits 3

This course will cover the effect of visual media on society and the noticeable absence of learning the grammar of visual language within the educational process. Instead of relegating the study of media to a simple inoculation against negative images, this course seeks to understand and celebrate the quite human process of media creation and consumption with the hope of restoring agency to the audience and accountability to the creator. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 354 - The TV Writer's RoomCredits 3

Re-creating the format and method of the television 'writer's room', students will collaborate to pitch, develop, outline, and as a group, write (and then re-write) episodes of an existing television show. TV story structure, scene writing, note-taking, and collaboration will all be addressed. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 351
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $50.

CNMA 355 - History of Television ProgrammingCredits 3

A study of the history of the television business from a programming perspective. Students learn how programming of each season reflects the socioeconomic trends of the times. A variety of sitcoms, dramas and variety shows are viewed and students learn to look at how current programming has developed from formats that were successful in the 1950s through the present. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 101.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 358 - Motion Picture Pre-ProductionCredits 3

The first course of a three-course sequence (358, 359, 452) in which a dramatic film will be produced. This course emphasizes the essential pre-production aspects including script development, budgeting, casting, set construction, location surveys, and develops skills in using production equipment. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 302.
Corequisites: CNMA 359.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100.

CNMA 359 - Motion Picture ProductionCredits 3

Principal photography will be done for the film project begun in 358. Emphasizes lighting, camera operation, sound recording and directing. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 251, CNMA 262, CNMA 303, CNMA 315.
Corequisites: CNMA 358.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100.

CNMA 361 - Intermediate Production: NarrativeCredits 3

The planning and creation of a short fiction film or TV project with a special emphasis upon collaboration. Students will form crews, practicing the crafts of writing, directing, cinematography, editing and sound design. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100.

CNMA 362 - Intermediate Production: DocumentaryCredits 3

The planning and creation of short documentary projects with a special emphasis upon collaboration. Students will form crews, practicing the crafts of writing, directing, cinematography, editing and sound design. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100.

CNMA 364 - Media PerformanceCredits 3

Use of acting skills in front of television cameras using scenes from actual television and film scripts. Includes critiques of acting methods. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 365 - Digital Audio Editing and Post ProductionCredits 3

Exploration of digital audio editing. Entirely computer-based exploration of developing, composing, recording, mixing and posting audio for film, television and recording arts. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 251.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $50.

CNMA 375 - Expansive MediaCredits 3

An introduction to the fundraising, creating and producing, promoting, branding, and distribution of documentaries, music videos, commercials, mobisodes, webisodes, and industrial films. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 392 - Principles of AdvertisingCredits 3

Advertising principles and techniques. The study of effective and ineffective forms of advertising. Applications linked to public relations, media events, marketing, and communication encounters. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $25.

CNMA 405 - Understanding RepresentationCredits 2

This course will involve learning the importance of representation for the writer, how to get representation, and how to develop this relationship to one's best advantage, learning basic contracts that professionals in the industry will need in order to do business in their areas. In addition, this will include packaging and pitching of projects, which students will learn to reduce ideas to basic components enhancing verbal presentation skills. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 420 - Coverages and RewritesCredits 2

A course in learning to perform coverage of scripts and in rewriting and polishing dramatic scripts for television and motion pictures. An emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of story structure from classic films to contemporary works. Includes identification of key story concepts and elements of three-act structure. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 312.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 425 - Advanced Audio RecordingCredits 3

Development of advanced aesthetics and techniques in miking, mixing, recording, editing and processing audio for music production. Includes both studio and live recording of musical performances. Developing a master CD is the final project of the class. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 365.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $50.

CNMA 433 - Mass Media Law and EthicsCredits 3

Study of theoretical approaches to the First Amendment as well as specific areas of concern to professional journalists such as defamation, privacy, fair trial, obscenity, copyright, shield laws, sunshine laws, etc. Exploration of applied professional ethics and contemporary professional issues of ethics for media professionals. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 440 - Cinema and Media Arts InternshipCredits 1-3

A real-world learning experience beyond the university classroom. The focus is working in a media-related organization such as a production company, network, studio or media ministry. This course will test students' commitment, aptitude and stamina for work within the entertainment industry. Includes on-campus sessions designed to strengthen and expand professional skills. Notes: Sixty hours of internship is required for each academic credit. May be taken multiple times for a maximum of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 447 - Advanced Screen WritingCredits 3

Advanced work in writing and polishing dramatic scripts for television and motion pictures. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 356.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 449 - The Role of the ProducerCredits 3

Producers make film and television happen. This course covers what a producer does to create a budget, to find financing, to manage the production process, and to market and distribute a film or television project. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 450 - Cinema and Media Arts PracticumCredits 1-3

Directed practical experience in the various fields of mass communication. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits with different content. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 451 - Audio Post Production for Film and TVCredits 3

Development of advanced aesthetics and techniques in composing, editing and processing audio for film and television postproduction. Includes ADR, sound effects, surround sound and orchestra recording. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 365.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $50.

CNMA 452 - Motion Picture Post-ProductionCredits 3

The final course in a three-course film production sequence (358, 359, 452). Emphasizes editing, music, sound effects, mixing, laboratory coordination, and distribution. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 359.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $50.

CNMA 453 - Beauty as TruthCredits 2

This course will explore the idea of how to get one's worldview into the story without ruining the story. It will study how story works to impact an audience, and how the filmmaker uses the many aspects of film apart from just dialogue to tell the story and shape the message. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 455 - Media ManagementCredits 3

Covers management strategies as applied to media companies, including television stations, cable systems, motion picture production companies, companies in the emerging technologies and ministry media. In addition, students will receive guidance geared toward final preparation for entering into executive positions in the entertainment industry. Projects include resumes, cover letters, interview and meeting techniques, reader coverage, and concludes with students pitching projects to current entertainment executives. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 456 - Senior Media ProjectCredits 3

Student produces a 'calling card' project with advice and guidance from faculty. The project will represent the student's highest achievement in media production. Projects can include scripts, audio recordings, video, motion pictures, and other emerging media. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 356 or CNMA 359.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $50.

CNMA 457 - Mass Communication TheoryCredits 3

Social scientific theory in mass communication with emphasis on practical usefulness of theories. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 458 - Mass Communication ResearchCredits 3

Methodology for mass communication research, including sampling, questionnaire design and introduction to statistics. Students conduct an audience analysis, focus groups and research project. A major goal is to become adept at reading and evaluating research reports. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 459 - Faith and FilmCredits 3

This is the capstone integration course covering what a Christian film is and what makes a Christian filmmaker. Films will be analyzed and discussed to understand how God's truth can be seen in films regardless of who creates them. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 460 - Advanced ProductionCredits 3

Students will perform a particular above-the-line function (producer, director, cinematographer, editor, sound designer, production designer) for an advanced production that will serve as a calling card/resume builder. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100.

CNMA 464 - Advanced Editing for TV and FilmCredits 3

This workshop-based course will require students to edit entire short films to understand not just what makes a scene work but an entire story arc. Through the critiquing of one another's work, students will learn to articulate what is, and is not, working in their weekly cuts. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 315, CNMA 452.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $50.

CNMA 465 - Advanced Directing for TV and FilmCredits 3

The three keys to directing will be covered in this class: visual structure, working with actors and leadership. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: CNMA 262.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $40.

CNMA 470 - Cinema and Media Arts SeminarCredits 1-3

A rotating variety of topics and production experiences often employing special guests from within the media industries. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Fund Raising, Event Planning, Visual Effects, Audio Recording, Cinematography, Production Design, the Sundance Film Festival, the City of the Angels Film Festival, the Biola Media Conference. Notes: May be taken multiple times. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: May involve lab fees.

CNMA 475 - Church MediaCredits 2

The duties of a 'media director' inside the local church are explored. Students will learn how to start and manage a media ministry, providing them with the skills to team build, produce content, shepherd volunteers, and communicate with other church leadership. With marketing to the church in mind, students will discover trends and track sales. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.

CNMA 480 - Directed ResearchCredits 1-3

Individual research in an area of mass communication determined in consultation with the instructor. Notes: Special approval required. May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Cinema and Media Arts (CNMA); and Undergraduate Level.