Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalogue: USC Catalogue 2015-2016 Program: Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production (BFA) Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production (BFA)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production is a unique four-year program, offered by the School of Cinematic Arts, that combines a liberal arts background with comprehensive specialization in a profession. Students are provided an intensive production experience combined with requirements and electives from other School of Cinematic Arts programs including Critical Studies, Writing, Animation and Interactive Media. The degree requires 128 units, including 64 units in Cinematic Arts, many of which are taken in a sequential order.

Applicants must submit a supplemental application and materials to the Undergraduate Production Program. For specific instructions, contact the Cinematic Arts Office of Admission, University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, (213) 740-8358 or online at cinema.usc.edu.

General Education Requirements

The university’s general education program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. This program is effective for all students entering USC in fall 2015 or later, or transfer students beginning college elsewhere at that time and subsequently transferring to USC. It requires eight courses in six Core Literacies, plus two courses in Global Perspectives (which may double-count with courses in the Core Literacies) and two courses in writing.

Production Sequence

Candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Production are required to take CTPR 285 Lateral Thinking for Filmmaking Practice, CTPR 290 Cinematic Communication, CTPR 294 Directing in Television, Fiction, and Documentary and CTPR 295 L Cinematic Arts Laboratory. These courses are taken in the first two years of the program in preparation for the next phase of the production sequence, CTPR 310 Intermediate Production.

CTPR 285 introduces contemporary concepts of production, emphasizing the variety of contemporary media and significant related concepts. Students will create mini-projects using laptops, phones and networks.

CTPR 290 introduces the interrelationship of visuals, sound and editing in cinematic communication. Students participate in directing and producing workshops as well as individual and group projects. Approximately $1,000 should be budgeted for miscellaneous expenses, lab and insurance fees.

In CTPR 294, students explore the basic concepts of directing in television, documentary and dramatic narrative by working with actors, documentary production and the creation of short television projects.

In CTPR 295, students study the aesthetics and tools of the major disciplines of cinematic arts: producing, cinematography, sound and editing.

CTPR 310 Intermediate Production is the second phase of the production sequence. In this workshop students work in small crews, learning to collaborate and explore the expressive principles of visual and audio communication; idea development and realization using image, movement, pace, the spoken word and other sounds. Most equipment and materials are provided by the school; however, approximately $2,000 should be budgeted for miscellaneous expenses, lab and insurance fees.

To qualify for enrollment in CTPR 310, students must fulfill all requirements outlined in the CTPR 310 guidelines distributed in CTPR 294.

Following CTPR 310, students must take CTPR 450 The Production and Post-Production Assistant, and refine their areas of interest by taking advanced-level practicum courses within the major disciplines of production: directing, editing, cinematography, sound, producing and production design. Thereafter students complete the final phase of the production sequence by taking one of the following courses: CTPR 480, CTPR 484 or CTPR 486.

In CTPR 480 Advanced Production Workshop, production students form crews in which directors, producers, cinematographers, editors and sound designers collaborate to produce, shoot, edit and deliver a fictional narrative, documentary or experimental project in one semester.

Equipment and facilities are provided by the school. There are extra personal expenses associated with all production workshops.

To qualify for enrollment in CTPR 480, students must fulfill all requirements outlined in the CTPR 480 guidelines distributed in  CTPR 450.

CTPR 484 Advanced Multi-Camera Television Workshop is a class in which students will produce a half-hour situation comedy pilot in one semester.

CTPR 486 Single Camera Television Dramatic Series is a class in which students collaborate on the production and post-production of an original episodic drama, 44 minutes in length, that is shot on original sets.

CTPR 285, CTPR 290, CTPR 294, CTPR 295, CTPR 310, CTPR 480, CTPR 484 and CTPR 486 cannot be waived or substituted with another course or transfer credit under any circumstances.

Course Requirements

Course NameUnits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CNTV 101 Reality Starts Here Units: 2
CTCS 190g Introduction to Cinema Units: 4
CTCS 200g History of the International Cinema I Units: 4
CTCS 201 History of the International Cinema II Units: 4
CTPR 285 Lateral Thinking for Filmmaking Practice Units: 2
CTPR 290 Cinematic Communication Units: 4, 6
CTPR 294 Directing in Television, Fiction, and Documentary Units: 4
CTPR 295L Cinematic Arts Laboratory Units: 4
CTPR 310 Intermediate Production Units: 4, 6
CTPR 450 The Production and Post-Production Assistant Units: 2
CTWR 413 Writing the Short Script I Units: 2
CTWR 414 The Screenplay Units: 2

and a choice of:

Course NameUnits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CTWR 411 Television Script Analysis Units: 2
CTWR 416 Motion Picture Script Analysis Units: 2

One of the following critical studies courses:

Course NameUnits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CTCS 367 Global Television and Media Units: 4
CTCS 392 History of the American Film, 1925–1950 Units: 4
CTCS 393 History of the American Film, 1946–1975 Units: 4
CTCS 394 History of the American Film, 1977–present Units: 4
CTCS 400 Non-Fiction Film and Television Units: 4
CTCS 402 Practicum in Film/Television Criticism Units: 4
CTCS 403 Studies in National and Regional Media Units: 4
CTCS 404 Television Criticism and Theory Units: 4
CTCS 406 History of American Television Units: 4
CTCS 407 African American Cinema Units: 4
CTCS 409 Censorship in Cinema Units: 4
CTCS 411 Film, Television and Cultural Studies Units: 4
CTCS 412 Gender, Sexuality and Media Units: 4
CTCS 414 Latina/o Screen Cultures Units: 4
CTCS 464 Film and/or Television Genres Units: 4
CTCS 469 Film and/or Television Style Analysis Units: 4
CTCS 478 Culture, Technology and Communications Units: 4
CTCS 482 Transmedia Entertainment Units: 4

Three of the following production practicum courses:

Course NameUnits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CTPR 421 Practicum in Editing Units: 2
CTPR 424 Practicum in Cinematography Units: 2
CTPR 438 Practicum in Producing Units: 2
CTPR 440 Practicum in Sound Units: 2
CTPR 465 Practicum in Production Design Units: 2
CTPR 478 Practicum in Directing Units: 2

One of the following production courses:

Course NameUnits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CTPR 480 Advanced Production Workshop Units: 4
CTPR 484 Advanced Multi-Camera Television Workshop Units: 4
CTPR 486 Single Camera Television Dramatic Series Units: 4

One course from the following:

Course NameUnits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CTPR 458 Organizing Creativity: Entertainment Industry Decision Making Units: 2
CTPR 466 The Art of the Pitch Units: 2
CNTV 495 Internship in Cinematic Arts Units: 1, 2, or 4
CTPR 496 The Film Industry: Career Challenges and Choices for Women Units: 2

Four units from the following:

Course NameUnits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CTAN 436 Writing for Animation Units: 2
CTAN 448 Introduction to Film Graphics — Animation Units: 4
CTAN 452 Introduction to 3-D Computer Animation max 4 Units: 2
CTAN 462 Visual Effects Units: 2
CTAN 495 Visual Music Units: 2
CTIN 401L Interface Design for Games Units: 2
CTIN 463 Anatomy of a Game Units: 4
CTIN 464 Game Studies Seminar max 4 Units: 2
CTIN 482 Designing Online Multiplayer Game Environments Units: 2
CTIN 483 Introduction to Game Development Units: 4
IML 340 Remixing the Archive max 8 Units: 4
IML 400 Creative Coding for the Web Units: 4
IML 420m New Media for Social Change Units: 4
IML 466 Digital Studies Symposium Units: 4

Additional Requirements

Grade Point Average Requirements

A minimum grade of C, 2.0 (A = 4.0), must be earned in all required and prerequisite courses. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower will not fulfill a major requirement.

Students who do not earn the minimum grade of C (2.0) in CTPR 285, CTPR 290, CTPR 294, CTPR 295 and CTPR 310 after repeating these requirements will be disqualified from the program.

Limitations on Enrollment

Registration in graduate-level courses (numbered 500) for undergraduate credit requires prior approval from the School of Cinematic Arts.

Curriculum Review

Cinematic Arts majors are expected to meet with an adviser every semester to review their progress. Contact the Cinematic Arts Student Services Office (SCB 105), (213) 740-8358, for an appointment.

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