Filmmaking (Documentary, Experimental, and Fiction)

Program Scope

Documentary, fiction and experimental pathways provide students with the opportunity to develop the various crafts of filmmaking, including cinematography, directing, editing and sound. Students apply these skills to the completion of well-executed short film projects spanning the genres of documentary, experimental and fiction.

Documentary Filmmaking

Students pursuing this pathway gain the necessary skills to craft compelling, socially engaging documentaries. Documentary students often graduate having produced three or more short documentary films.

Required courses

  • CINE 310: Workshop in Film Production (3)

And additional units from the following courses for a minimum of 15 for the emphasis:

  • CINE 342: Documentary Film (3)
  • CINE 554: Documentary Screenwriting (3)
  • CINE 430: Documentary Film Workshop
  • CINE 527: Documentary of Social Justice and Health (6)
  • CINE 532: International Documentary Workshop (6)
  • CINE 630: Workshop in Experimental Documentary (3)

Students electing to pursuing the Documentary Filmmaking pathway are encouraged to fulfill their major electives by taking any combination of the following courses:

  • CINE 423: Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
  • CINE 442: Producing and Financing Films I
  • CINE 515: Directing Actors
  • CINE 520: Sound Post-production for Cinema
  • CINE 522: Projects in Film Editing
  • CINE 524: Exploring Sound Design for Cinema
  • CINE 525: Cinematography and Lighting
  • CINE 530: Digital Cinematography

Experimental Filmmaking

The pathway in Experimental Filmmaking offers courses that help students reflect on the intimate relationship between experimental cinema, the historical avant-gardes and contemporary art. Students pursuing this pathway develop a practice of experimentation in cinema, creating and screening original films.

Required Courses

  •  CINE 310: Workshop in Film Production (3)

And additional units from the following courses for a minimum of 15 for the emphasis:

  • CINE 346: The Art of the Short Film (3)
  • CINE 410: Art and Film (3)
  • CINE 502: Experiments in Cinematic Form (3)
  • CINE 529: Experimental Filmmaking (3)
  • CINE 551: 2D Digital Animation (3)
  • CINE 630: Workshop in Experimental Documentary (3)
  • CINE 651: Experimental Animation (3)

Students pursuing the Experimental Filmmaking pathway are encouraged to fulfill their major electives by taking any combination of the following courses:

  • CINE 423: Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
  • CINE 520: Sound Post-Production for Cinema
  • CINE 522: Projects in Film Editing
  • CINE 523: Exploration in Interactive Cinema
  • CINE 524: Exploring Sound Design for Cinema
  • CINE 525: Cinematography and Lighting
  • CINE 530: Digital Cinematography

Fiction Filmmaking

Students pursuing this pathway gain the necessary skills to craft gripping, fiction films that challenge and entertain audiences. Fiction filmmaking students often graduate having produced two to three short films.

Required Courses

  • CINE 310: Workshop in Film Production (3)

And additional units from the following courses for a minimum of 15 for the emphasis:

  • CINE 423: Introduction to Digital Filmmaking (3)
  • CINE 442: Producing and Financing Films I (3)
  • CINE 454: Writing Short Films (3)
  • CINE 510: Directing Visual Style (3)
  • CINE 512: Sound Production for Cinema (3)
  • CINE 515: Directing Actors (3)
  • CINE 519: Soundstage Workshop (1)
  • CINE 520: Projects in Post-production Sound (3)
  • CINE 522: Projects in Editing (3)
  • CINE 523: Exploration in Interactive Cinema (3)
  • CINE 524: Exploring Sound Design for Cinema (3)
  • CINE 525: Cinematography and Lighting (3)
  • CINE 530: Digital Cinematography (3)
  • CINE 542: Producing and Financing Films II (3)
  • CINE 620/622/624: Fiction Filmmaking I (3)/Fiction Filmmaking II (3)/Advanced Production Crafts (1)
  • CINE 623: Exploration in Cinema as an Online Medium (3)
  • CINE 654: Writing and Performing in Film and Theatre (3)