Oct 28, 2020  
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 
    
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses of Instruction


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Courses

Motion Picture Producing

Note: Instructor availability for a particular course or section cannot be guaranteed.

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    CMPP 541a Producing Workshop

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Hands-on workshops in creative and physical filmmaking.
    Duplicates Credit in CTPR 504 and former CMPP 541L.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 541b Producing Workshop

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sp
    Further hands-on creative and physical filmmaking, making more advanced short films.
    Duplicates Credit in CTPR 504 and former CMPP 541L.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 548 Introduction to Producing for Television

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    An introduction to the creative and business aspects of producing for television.
    Registration Restriction: Open only to PFTM students.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 550 Script Analysis for the Producer

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Detailed evaluation of completed scripts and of the producer's role in bringing them to fruition.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 560 Script Development

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    From idea and story to finished shooting script.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 561 Motion Picture and Television Marketing

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Analysis and preparation of film and television show marketing campaigns from creative concept to targeting across various media.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 563 Producing Symposium

    Units: 1
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Lectures on creative aspects of producing.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Credit/No Credit

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    CMPP 564 Digital Media and Entertainment

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Sp
    Exploring the effect of digital media on the entertainment landscape.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 565 Scheduling and Budgeting

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Concept and preparation of a complete schedule and budget.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 566 Finance

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Seminar on financial aspects of film industry and methods of financing films.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 568 Producing for Television

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Discussions of the creative and financial aspects of television producing.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 569 Seminar on Non-Mainstream Producing

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Discussions on non-major studio producing options, including non-traditional financing and non-theatrical producing.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 570 Advanced Television

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Advanced studies of the business of television, including the economic structure of the television industry.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 571 Producing the Screenplay

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Workshop for the creation and development of a screenplay or teleplay.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 589a Graduate Film Business Seminar

    Units: 3
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Economics of the entertainment industry, including entertainment law, and rights acquisition. Includes weekly film screening.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 589b Graduate Film Business Seminar

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sp
    Economics of the entertainment industry, including entertainment law, and rights acquisition. Includes weekly film screening.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 591 Producing Practicum

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Irregular
    Producing workshop encompassing all aspects of producing, including script development, budgeting, casting and actual production.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 592 Individual Project Seminar

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sp
    Directed research project and seminars in related topics.
    Duplicates Credit in former CTPR 592.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CMPP 599 Special Topics

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Irregular
    Investigation of new and emerging aspects of producing motion pictures and television; special and experimental subjects.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

Cinematic Arts

Note: Instructor availability for a particular course or section cannot be guaranteed.

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    CNTV 101 Reality Starts Here

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Introduction to emerging forms of immersive entertainment, to Cinematic Arts faculty, and to guest speakers who will comment on the changing nature of the industry.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 325 Film and Digital Cinematography

    Units: 3
    Terms Offered: Sm
    The craft of cinematography for film and digital media; includes lectures, on-set film and video production exercises, and scene studies.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 332 The Art of Motion Picture Editing

    Units: 2
    Analyzing and deconstructing all the elements of the art of creatively manipulating visual images through editing.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 367 The Music Video: Business and Practice

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sm
    Creating concepts, writing treatments, pitching, and the realities and details of music video production including budgeting, pre- and post-production.
    Duplicates Credit in CTPR 497 Music Video Production.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 370 3-D Animation for Film and Video

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sm
    The basics of 3-D computer animation techniques and their use in creating animated characters.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 372 Developing the Screenplay

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Sm
    The process of script development, examining a project from the initial idea and tracking its progress through to the completed screenplay ready for production.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 375 Breaking Into the Entertainment Industry

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    An overview of the entertainment industry and the tools needed to secure jobs and survive and succeed in the market.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 390 Special Problems

    Units: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Terms Offered: Irregular
    Supervised, individual studies. No more than one registration permitted. Enrollment by petition only.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 392 Beginning Digital Filmmaking

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sm
    The basic technical and aesthetic concepts underlying motion picture production and an exploration of visual language.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 393 16mm Filmmaking: Structuring Scenes That Work

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sm
    The creative and technical aspects of 16mm filmmaking, particularly as they apply to the short film or the individual scene.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 405 Studio Producing and Directing

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sm
    Understanding the craft and art of directing in the studio system, and developing a working methodology for creative producing.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 410 Non-Fiction Filmmaking

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sm
    Conceiving, researching, writing, producing, directing, and editing an original non-fiction work and exploring practical training in techniques of non-fiction film.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 411 Directing Intensive

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sm
    An overview of the concerns, functions and responsibilities of the director. The core of the course is casting, producing and directing an individual project.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 413 Digital Editing

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sm
    Introduction to non-linear editing techniques, hardware, digitizing, logging, and special effects, using the AVID Media Composer editing system.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 415 Commercial Production: The Art of the Sixty-Second Story

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sm
    The three main components of commercials: agency creation, spot production, and post-production. Writing, pitching, casting, directing, and editing commercials.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 419 Inside the Business of Film and Television

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    An overview of the contemporary studio system, independent films, and television, including script analysis, pitching, optioning properties, the marketplace, representation, career management, and networking.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 420 Independent Feature Filmmaking

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Independent feature film development, financing, production, and distribution. Discussions with independent filmmakers.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 427 The Art and Commerce of Independent Film

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    A comprehensive analysis of the development-to-release life cycle of independently produced films.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 440 The Business of the Entertainment Industry: Motion Pictures, Television, Animation, Video Games, and Interactive Entertainment

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    An in-depth analysis of the history, evolution, and current state of the motion picture, television, animation, video game, and interactive entertainment industries.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 441 Business and Cinematic Arts Entertainment Practicum

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Sp
    Application of business and cinematic arts concepts to entertainment industry networking and career-building experiences. Peer collaboration/competition, and identifying organizational compatibility.
    Registration Restriction: Open only to Business Administration (Cinematic Arts) majors
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 457 The Entertainment Entrepreneur: Getting Your First Project Made

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    The practical aspects of entrepreneurial producing in the entertainment industry. Identifying and understanding the pitfalls and benefits of creating one's own projects.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 458 Producing and Marketing Feature Length Films

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    The principles and business practices of producing and marketing feature length films in the motion picture industry.
    Registration Restriction: Open only to Business Administration (Cinematic Arts) majors
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 463 Television: Integrating Creative and Business Objectives

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    An investigation of the creative and business sides of television and how they connect, including changes caused by fractionalization and digital technology.
    Registration Restriction: Open only to Business Administration (Cinematic Arts) students.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 467 The Future of Digital Media and the Entertainment Industry

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Sp
    Examines how digital media will affect the future of the television, motion picture, game, music, and interactive industries.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 474 Digital DNA: Media Redefined

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    A practical, hands-on learning experience in creating media content and turning that content into a myriad of viable businesses.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 490x Directed Research

    Units: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Max Units: 12.0
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Individual research and readings.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 495 Internship in Cinematic Arts

    Units: 1, 2, 4
    Max Units: 04
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    On-the-job film, television, and interactive industry experience in the areas of interest of the individual student. Requires departmental approval.
    Duplicates Credit in former CTIN 495 and former CTPR 495
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 499 Special Topics

    Units: 2, 3, 4
    Max Units: 8.0
    Selected topics in cinematic arts.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 501 Cinematic Arts Seminar

    Units: 1
    Max Units: 4.0
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Introduction to an industry and art form in the midst of transformation, with guest speakers and cinematic arts faculty who will address new research and technologies.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 521 The World of the Producer

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    A comprehensive overview of the role of the producer in creating television programming, feature films, and new media content.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 522 The Television Industry: Networks, Cable and the Internet

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    The current state of the television industry and future business paradigms.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 523 Feature Film Financing and the Studio System

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    An overview of the motion picture studio system and how to finance feature films. Principles, business practices, and future trends.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 524 Digital Technologies and the Entertainment Industry

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    The impact of digital technologies on the film, television, and music industries from content creation to distribution.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 525 Entertainment Marketing in Today's Digital Environment

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Entertainment industry marketing disciplines, covering motion pictures, television, music, theme parks, home entertainment, and video games. Current principles and business practices.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 530 Cinematic Ethics

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    An introductory course in the ethical questions professionals encounter in the field of cinematic arts. Case studies and guest lectures.
    Registration Restriction: Open only to students in the School of Cinematic Arts
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Discussion
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 589 Graduate Film Seminar

    Units: 2 or 4
    Max Units: 8.0
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Detailed investigations and discussion of various aspects of film.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 590 Directed Research

    Units: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Research leading to the master's degree. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 594a Master's Thesis

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Credit on acceptance of thesis.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: In-progress to Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 594b Master's Thesis

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Credit on acceptance of thesis.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: In-progress to Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 594z Master's Thesis

    Units: 0
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Credit on acceptance of thesis.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: In-progress to Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 595 Professional Practicum

    Units: 1, 2, 4
    Max Units: 8
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Film, media, archival and interactive industry experience in areas of interest to the individual student, and development of a personal brand. Requires departmental approval.
    Registration Restriction: Open only to graduate students.
    Grading Option: Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 599 Special Topics

    Units: 2, 3, 4
    Max Units: 8.0
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Detailed investigation of new or emerging aspects of cinematic arts; special subjects offered by visiting faculty; experimental subjects.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CNTV 794a Doctoral Dissertation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Credit on acceptance of dissertation.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: In-progress & Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 794b Doctoral Dissertation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Credit on acceptance of dissertation.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: In-progress & Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 794c Doctoral Dissertation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Credit on acceptance of dissertation.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: In-progress & Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 794d Doctoral Dissertation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Credit on acceptance of dissertation.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: In-progress & Credit/No Credit

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    CNTV 794z Doctoral Dissertation

    Units: 0
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Credit on acceptance of dissertation.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: In-progress & Credit/No Credit

Animation

Note: Instructor availability for a particular course or section cannot be guaranteed.

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    CTAN 101L Introduction to the Art of Animation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Theory and practice of animation across organic and digital media with an emphasis on self-exploration.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 102L Introduction to the Art of Movement

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Sp
    Theory and practice of animation with a focus on movement, gesture, timing and performance.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 101 .
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 200g The Rise of Digital Hollywood

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Sp
    An overview of the evolution of computer graphics in modern media. 
    Satisfies New General Education in Category A: The Arts
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 201L Intermediate Animation Production

    Units: 3
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Tools, skills and procedures used in animation production with a focus on professional execution of independent and collaborative productions.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 102 .
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 202L Introduction to 3-D Character Animation

    Units: 3
    Terms Offered: Sp
    3-D animation performance utilizing preset rigs and virtual characters. Emphasis on timing, gesture, and performance.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 201L .
    Registration Restriction: Open only to sophomores in Animation and Digital Arts.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 301L 3-D Character Performance Animation

    Units: 3
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Advanced 3-D character animation with an emphasis on performance, lip-syncing, timing and execution.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 202L .
    Registration Restriction: Open only to juniors in Animation and Digital Arts.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 302L Expanded Concepts in 2-D/3-D Animation

    Units: 3
    Terms Offered: Sp
    Integration of advanced concepts to create and produce a short 2-D/3-D animated work with original sound and content.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 301L .
    Registration Restriction: Open only to juniors in Animation and Digital Arts.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 305 Professionalism of Animation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Understanding the business of the animation industry. Developing presentation skills for interviewing and pitching, preparing personal marketing tools, researching employment opportunities, and practicing networking techniques.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 330 Animation Fundamentals

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Sp
    An introduction to the fundamentals of animation, covering such topics as timing, anticipation, reaction, overlapping action, and metamorphosis.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 336 Ideation and Pre-Production

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Sp
    Emphasis on lateral thinking working across boundaries to find underlying principles in terms of ideation: the act of becoming an agent of ideas.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 301L  
    Registration Restriction: Open only to juniors in the School of Cinematic Arts
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 401a Senior Project

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Understanding the requirements and relationships between theory and practice regarding the complexity of an animated film in idea and execution.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 336  
    Registration Restriction: Open only to seniors in the School of Cinematic Arts
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 401b Senior Project

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Completion and exhibition of the short animated film to demonstrate understanding and further examination of the possibilities of animation time based graphic media.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 401a  
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 410 Audio Design for Animation and Immersive Media

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Experimental and traditional audio design practices for animation, culminating in an immersive audio project utilizing acoustic design, surround sound, and professional recording and editing tools.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 420 Concept Design for Animation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Creating characters and environments for animation, live action, and video games.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 423L Principles of Digital Animation: Visualizing Science

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Principles of 2-D and 3-D digital animation applied to scientific themes and research topics.
    Duplicates Credit in former CTAN 523.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 432 The World of Visual Effects

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Introduction to the expanding field of visual effects; topics include integration for cinematic storytelling and the study of digital productions employing the latest visual effects.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 435 Story Art Development

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Using basic storyboarding techniques to develop a sense of character, plot, and continuity. Technical aspects of developing ideas into films.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 436 Writing for Animation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Workshop exploring concept and structure of long and short form animated films through practical writing exercises.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 443L Character Development for 3-D Animation and Games

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSpSm
    Development, modeling, and animation with an emphasis on character setup features: rigging, skeletons, deformers, and scripting. Applying principles of traditional animation to 3-D character rig/puppet.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 452 .
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 448 Introduction to Film Graphics — Animation

    Units: 4
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    An introduction to methods for creating analog animation through experimentation with imagery, concepts and materials. Emphasis on basic timing principles and hands-on techniques.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 450a Animation Theory and Techniques

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Methods for creating animation blending traditional techniques with contemporary technologies.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 450b Animation Theory and Techniques

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Instruction in methods for planning and executing a short animated film. Topics covered include storyboarding, visual development and production planning.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 450c Animation Theory and Techniques

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Practical completion of a short animated film.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 451 History of Animation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    In-depth survey of historical developments, styles, techniques, theory and criticism of animation as an art form.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 452 Introduction to 3-D Computer Animation

    Units: 2
    Max Units: 4.0
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Lecture and laboratory in computer animation: geometric modeling, motion specification, lighting, texture mapping, rendering, compositing, production techniques, systems for computer-synthesized animation.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 455L Organic Modeling for Animation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    The art of digital sculpting for animated characters, with visual effects integration.
    Recommended Preparation: CTAN 452  or CTAN 462 .
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 460 Character Design Workshop

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Sp
    The basics of character design for animation: anatomy, poses, facial expressions, silhouettes, and anthropomorphism. Development of a portfolio.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 462 Visual Effects

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Survey of contemporary concepts and approaches to production in the current state of film and video effects work. Digital and traditional methodologies will be covered, with a concentration on digital exercises illustrating modern techniques.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 463L Creative Workflow in Visual Effects

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Spherical panoramic photography, 3-D digital environment techniques and a range of visual effects work while providing the stage for the student's storytelling.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 462 .
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 464L Digital Lighting and Rendering

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Concepts, tools and techniques used to create cinematic lighting and rendering in computer-generated imagery (CGI).
    Prerequisite: CTAN 452  or CTAN 462 .
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 465L Digital Effects Animation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    All aspects of digital effects animation, including particles, dynamics, and fluids. Creating water, fire, explosions, and destruction in film.
    Prerequisite: CTAN 452  or CTAN 462 .
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 470 Documentary Animation Production

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Examination of the history, techniques, and methods of documentary animation production. Collaboration on a short film project.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 485L Pipeline and Character Modeling for Animation

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: FaSp
    Modeling and pipeline integration for 3-D animation props, sets and characters. Prior knowledge in Maya preferred.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture, Lab Required
    Grading Option: Letter

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    CTAN 495 Visual Music

    Units: 2
    Terms Offered: Fa
    Experimental animation providing the opportunity to produce individual or group projects. Focus is non-conventional techniques for image creation and collaboration between composer and visual artist.
    Instruction Mode: Lecture
    Grading Option: Letter

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