Film Production & Media Arts Courses

Prof. Min Bae works with 4th year student in SoCA's film studioProf. Min Bae works with 4th year student in SoCA's film studio

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Film Production & Media Arts: Courses

The courses listed below are part of the BA Honours in Visual Arts and Communication, Media, and Film (Film Production and Media Arts) program.

CMAF-1100. Fundamentals of Film Theory and Aesthetics
An overview of major themes, concepts and issues that inform the field of Canadian communication studies. Topics may include: the political, economic, historical, and cultural contexts of communication; new media; policy issues and concerns; representation; the role of media in the social construction of reality and the broad interaction between media and society. (2 lecture, 1 tutorial hour per week.)

CMAF-1120. Introduction to Media Design and Production I
An introduction to fundamental concepts, methods and strategies used to create specific meaning, emotional impact and consumer behaviour through both the analysis and creation of messages. In-class workshops and experiential learning exercises provide students with foundational skills in story development, media treatment, scriptwriting, and production budgets. Students will research various media/delivery channels and potential demographics. (Also offered as CNMA-1120)

CMAF-1130. Introduction to Media Design and Production IIBuilding on skills learned in CMAF-1120, this course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of film and video production. In-class workshops and experiential learning exercises provide students with skills in production planning and audio-visual design including cinematography, lighting, sound recording, editing and digital content deliverables. Combining both studio and field based learning, students will scriptwrite, shoot and edit basic projects. (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour per week) (Prerequisite: CNMA-1120/CMAF-1120). (Also offered as CNMA-1130)

Students working on a movie shoot

CMAF-2090. Fundamentals of Sound Technology
This course introduces students to the principles of sound technology and message design appropriate for a variety of contexts. Students will apply relevant design, vocal and sound theory in conceptualizing and producing effective sound messages using contemporary technologies and software. (Prerequisite: CMAF/CNMA 1120) (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour per week) 

CMAF-2150. Experimental Film and Video
This course examines experimental processes in film, video and sound and provides a technical and critical foundation in each medium. Focus will be given to the basic events and artists central to the historical development of this genre as well as its contemporary practitioners. Based on screenings and various exercises, students will craft projects that explore the potential of these artistic forms in challenging the norms and conventions of mainstream cultural production. (Prerequisites: CNMA-1120/CMAF-1120 or CNMA-1130/CMAF-1130) (Prerequisite as of Fall 2018: CNMA-1130/CMAF-1130) (Also offered as CNMA-2150) (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour per week)

CMAF-2200 Screenwriting Fundamentals
This course introduces students to the craft of screenwriting with an emphasis on core concepts such as structure, character development, plot, theme, tone and dialogue. Through a variety of writing exercises and assignments students will develop the skills necessary to translate visual and story ideas into written format. (Prerequisite: CNMA-1120/CMAF-1120) (Also offered as CNMA-2200) (2 lecture and 1 laboratory hour per week). 

CMAF-2210. The Art of Photo-blogging
In this course students will develop and design photography-based blog projects that combine effective research and writing skills with the creative use of image capture as a tool for visual communication. Students will learn photographic techniques and image editing software as well as communication strategies, applicable Canadian copyright laws, web analytics and search engine optimization. (Prerequisite: CMAF-1120.) (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour per week)

CMAF-2310. Film Production
In this project-based course, students pitch project ideas that are then selected based on merit and work in teams to research, write, shoot and edit productions targeted to specific external screening venues. A variety of techniques are explored appropriate for fiction, non-fiction, experimental, etc., genres. (Prerequisite: CNMA-1130/CMAF-1130.)(2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour per week) (Also offered as CNMA-2310) (Credit may not be obtained for both CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310.)  

CMAF-2320. Documentary
In this project-based course, students will work in groups to write proposals, scripts and storyboards while also familiarizing themselves with the terminology, aesthetics, mechanics and equipment associated with producing, lighting, shooting and editing for studio and location-based documentary projects. (Prerequisite: CNMA-1130/CMAF-1130.)(1.5 lecture, 1.5 laboratory hours per week) 

 

Noiseborder Ensemble multimedia performance

CMAF-3090. Field and Studio Sound Recording
An overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of audio including frequency range, khz, bits and file formats in accordance with industry standards. Students will learn advanced techniques and principles of sound mixing for various production contexts. (Prerequisite: CNMA-2090/CMAF-2090) (Also offered as CNMA-3090) (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour per week)

CMAF-3100. Cinematography
This course focuses on cinematic visuals using various cameras as tools. Students will explore the theory and craft of motion picture cinematography. This course will provide students with the opportunity to shoot several film assignments, engage in critical discussion, conduct peer reviews of each other’s work, and screen their productions. (Prerequisite as of Fall 2019: CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310) (Also offered as CNMA-3100).

CMAF-3110. Intermediate Film Production
This course continues the creative approach to and technical practice of independent film production initiated in CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310. Students will expand their experience and knowledge of theoretical and practical filmmaking in both field and studio settings. (Prerequisite as of Fall 2019: CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310) (Also offered as CNMA-3310) (2 lecture and 1 laboratory hour per week)

CMAF-3140. Studio and Location Lighting for Film and Video
This course examines the aesthetics, techniques and technology of lighting and its role in storytelling and meaning-making processes. Through hands-on exercises with lighting instruments and systems, students will develop skills in professional and creative applications of lighting in both location and studio environments. (Prerequisites as of Fall 2019: CNMA-2320/CMAF-2320 or CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310) (Also offered as CNMA-3140) (2 lecture and 1 laboratory hour per week) 

CMAF-3170. Directing the Screen Performance
This course provides practical knowledge about techniques and methods in directing actors for the screen. Through in-class exercises, workshops and scene studies, students will learn about the art of acting from both performance and directorial perspectives and develop an appreciation of the collaborative relationship between actors and directors. Directing processes will be rigorously analyzed in order to develop a critical approach to direction and the relationship of performance to technical visual/screen languages. Student-directors will become familiar with casting, rehearsal and shooting protocols and gain insight into the demands the camera makes on actors.(Prerequisite as of Fall 2019: CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310) (Also offered as CNMA-3170)

CMAF-3200. Intermediate Screenwriting
This course builds on skills acquired in CNMA-2200. Students will write scripts that will be work shopped throughout the semester in order to develop and refine writing and storytelling skills. Writing assignments, discussion, peer review, pitch presentations and analysis of texts via screenings and readings will inform the students’ work and understanding of the form. (Prerequisites: CNMA-2200/CMAF-2200) (Also offered as CNMA-3200).

CMAF-3230. Production Planning and Development
This course provides a foundation in pre-production and planning processes including the development of location agreements, production schedules and budgets. Students will also learn how to assemble representative portfolios of their creative work, advance their pitching skills, write effective grant proposals and identify funding sources for independent film/video projects in the Canadian context. (Prerequisite as of Fall 2019: CNMA-2320/CMAF-2320 or CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310) (Also offered as CNMA-3230)

CMAF-3270. Digital Video Editing and Post-Production
This course provides an examination of the historical, aesthetic and theoretical aspects of editing and post-production. Through screenings, workshops, praxis-based pedagogical approaches and group assignments, students will explore various editing styles and acquire advanced editing skills in accordance with industry standard software. (Prerequisite as of Fall 2019: CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310) (2 lecture, 1 laboratory per week) (Also offered as CNMA-3270)

CMAF-3300. Motion Picture Technologies
An in-depth study of techniques for creating 3D film production, special effects, aerial cinematography and robotic cinema imagery. Students will expand their creative visual approach and technical practice in field and film studios. (Prerequisite as of Fall 2019: CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310.) (2 Lecture hours, 1 lab hour a week). (Also offered as CNMA-3300).

CMAF-3310. Intermediate Film Production
This course continues the creative approach to and technical practice of independent film production initiated in CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310. Students will expand their experience and knowledge of theoretical and practical filmmaking in both field and studio settings. (Prerequisite as of Fall 2019: CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310) (Also offered as CNMA-3310) (2 lecture and 1 laboratory hour per week)

CMAF-3320. Intermediate DocumentaryThis course examines theories, techniques and styles of modern documentary as well as other non-fiction forms such as the photo-essay. Students may investigate different sub-genres of the documentary approach and create projects that explore specific personal, social and/or community/campus related issues. Readings and in-class screenings will focus on the theory and practice of documentary for social change. (Prerequisite as of Fall 2019: CNMA-2320/CMAF-2320) (Also offered as CNMA-3320) (1.5 lecture and 1.5 laboratory hour a week)

Students working on a movie production

CMAF-4150 Advanced Studio and Location Lighting for Film and Video
This course builds on skills acquired in CMAF-3140 and will deepen student's technical, conceptual and aesthetic knowledge while working with light in creative projects. Students will explore a variety of strategies to evoke specific moods/themes and plan and execute aesthetically strong and technically advanced lighting schemes for controlled studio environments and diverse interior and exterior location sites. (Prerequisite: CNMA-3140/CMAF-3140 or permission of instructor) (Also offered as CNMA-4150) (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour per week) 

CMAF-4200. Advanced Screenwriting
A continuation of the study and practice of screenwriting for short film and video projects, students in this course focus on narrative craft and theory while workshopping scripts toward a final pitch presentation. The goal of this course is to expand the students’ writing and storytelling skills through writing assignments, discussion, peer review, pitch presentations, creative exercises and in-depth analysis of texts via screenings and readings. (Pre-requisite: CNMA-3200/CMAF-3200) (Also offered as CNMA-4200) (Credit may not be obtained for both CMAF-4200 and CMAF-3320.)

CMAF-4210. Advanced Television Production
This course integrates advanced principles and practices of television studio production. Students will research, plan, write scripts, shoot and edit segments about the campus community and the region for broadcast on local cable television. This course may be repeated once for credit with permission of the instructor and the Undergraduate Advisor/Department Head. (2 lecture and 1 laboratory hour per week) (Prerequisite as of Fall 2020: One of CNMA-2320/CMAF-2320, CNMA-3320/CMAF-3320, or CNMA-3270/CMAF-3270, or permission of instructor) (2 lecture and 1 laboratory hour per week)

CMAF-4230. Advertising/Marketing Campaign Production
This advanced course integrates knowledge and skills acquired in previous theory and production courses. Working in groups, students will obtain hands-on experience in the production of advertising/marketing campaigns for various delivery formats, including social media. The class will focus on graphic design programs, script writing, the digital editing of video, stills and audio, audience research and ethical standards in advertising. (Prerequisites: or CMAF-2310 and CMAF-2600 or CMAF-3820 or permission of instructor (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hours per week.)

CMAF-4240. Advanced Non-Fiction Media Production
This course integrates theories and practices of digital media with an emphasis on professional standards and skills. Students will plan, write, shoot, edit and compress news, documentary, and other short form non-fiction projects. This course may be repeated once for credit with permission of the instructor and the Undergraduate Advisor/Department Head. (Prerequisite: One of CNMA-2310/CMAF-2310, CNMA-3270/CMAF-3270, CNMA-3310/CMAF-3310 or CNMA-3320/CMAF-3320 or permission of instructor; (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hours per week.)

CMAF-4270. Advanced Editing and Post-Production
This course explores various technical, aesthetic and ethical issues involved in editing, color grading, 16mm and 35mm HD Telecine, special effects, post production workflow. Through readings, screenings, hands-on exercises and projects, students will gain in-depth knowledge about the impact of post-production aural/visual effects and manipulation in editing processes. (Prerequisites: CMAF-3270 or CNMA-3310/CMAF-3310.) (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour per week) (Also offered as CNMA-4270)

CMAF-4280. Senior Project
In this course, students may produce content across a range of new media platforms. Emphasis will be on demonstrating professional capabilities in the areas of critical thinking, proposal writing, project development, creation and distribution. The course synthesizes both theoretical and practical learning acquired throughout the program and offers students the opportunity to further advance their production portfolio. This course may be repeated once for credit with permission of the instructor and the Undergraduate Advisor/Department Head.(Prerequisites: One of CNMA-2310, CNMA-2320,CNMA-3270/CMAF-3270, CNMA-3310/CMAF-3310 or CNMA-3320/CMAF-3320 or permission of instructor).

CMAF-4320. Advanced Documentary
A continuation of CNMA-3320/CMAF-3320, this course will further explore issues and concepts that apply to documentary film. Students will analyze the form and create work within a context of artistic experimentation and theoretical consideration. Students will further develop their abilities to reflect upon, critique, discuss and express the creative strategies and theoretical meanings that motivate their own work on topics of local interest that engage and impact local communities, particularly on campus. (Prerequisite: CNMA-3320/CMAF-3320). (Also offered as CNMA-4320).

 

Prof. Min Bae shooting on location

 

 

Sonic Art: an introduction to techniques for creating sound-based art

Sonic Art

MUSC-1020. Fundamentals of Music and Sound
An investigation of the principles, vocabulary and concepts of musical and sonic art forms, including the physical nature of sound, technologies for sound recording and processing, music notation, and basic elements of musical and sonic design.

VSAR-2630. Sonic Art
An introduction to techniques for producing music and sound-based art, including sound recording, editing and processing, sample-based timbre design, soundscape composition, and MIDI-based electronica. (Also offered as MUSC-2630.) (Lab fees may apply.) (1.5 lecture hours and 1.5 lab hours per week.)

VSAR-3630. Advanced Sonic Art An in-depth study of techniques for creating advanced sound-based art. Selected topics of study may include sound synthesis, electroacoustic music composition, sound installation, multimedia performance, and soundtracks for film and video. (Pre-requisite: VSAR-2630 or MUSC-2630 or permission of the instructor.) (Also offered as MUSC-3630.) (May be repeated for credit.) (Lab fees may apply.)

 

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Updated: April 26, 2019