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CIN 1 The Art of the Film/1900-1930

This course studies the silent film and the birth and development of film as an art form in the United States, Germany, Russia and France.
Fall, 3 credits

CIN 2 The Art of the Film/1931 to Present

In this course, students study the sound film: the international development of creative motion pictures from the advent of sound through Neorealism, the New Wave and the work of major new directors.
Spring, 3 credits

CIN 3 Major Forces in the Cinema

The influence of major movements in the cinema is examined in this course. Subject changes each semester. May be taken for a maximum of three semesters.
Spring, 3 credits.

CIN 4 Major Figures in the Cinema

The personal styles and influences of major directors are covered in this course. Subject changes each semester. May be taken for a maximum of three semesters.
Prerequisite: CIN 1, 2, or 11, or permission of the instructor.
Spring, 3 credits

CIN 5 The Art of the Documentary Film

This course is an analysis of the major contributors to the film documentary from the Kino Eye movement of Vertov through the contemporary documentary.
Prerequisite: CIN 1, 2, or 11, or permission of the instructor.
Spring, 3 credits

CIN 6 Basic Motion Picture Production

The basic concepts of film production, direction and editing are covered in this course. Prerequisite: Film Major or permission of department.
Co-requisite: CIN 12
Fall, 3 credits

CIN 7 Intermediate Motion Picture Production

The techniques of sync sound and learning to work as a crew as emphasized as student produce a short film. Individual approach is encouraged.
Prerequisite: CIN 6
Spring, 3 credits

CIN 8 Advanced Motion Picture Production

This course integrates color and advanced lighting into the techniques of filmmaking and application of professional practice. Individual approach is encouraged.
Prerequisite: CIN 6, 7
Spring, 3 credits

CIN 9, 10 Screenwriting

These course include an intensive program of screenwriting techniques, from short form to full-length screenplays.
Annually, 3 credits

CIN 11 History of World Cinema

A concise history of film from its origins in the 1890s to the present is covered. Silent and sound films from around the world are screened and discussed each week. Suggested for non-majors core requirement.
Every Semester, 3 credits

CIN 12, 13 Basic and Intermediate Editing and Sound Techniques

These courses are designed to give students basic skills in digital picture and sound editing, sound recording and sound mixing.
Co-requisite: 12, CIN 6; 13, film major or departmental permission.
Fall and Spring, 3 credits

CIN 15 Cinematography

This course is an intensive study of the motion picture camera and lighting technology.
Prerequisite: CIN 6, 7
Fall, 3 credits

CIN 24 Video Documentary Workshop

Students learn the basics of producing a short documentary film, including research, interviewing, budgeting, shooting styles and organizing footage for editing.
Annually, 3 credits each semester

CIN 28, 29 Film Theory

These courses analyze theories related to realism, montage, narrative and non-narrative films. Writings by Eisenstein, Vertov, Bazin and others are examined and films are viewed and discussed, and students learn to write short critical pieces.
Prerequisite CIN 1, 2
Fall, Spring 3 credits each

CIN 35, 36 Production Laboratory

These courses are intensive practica in motion picture production that cover advanced cinematography, advanced sound, research, budgeting, casting, production design and graphics, and postproduction practices.
Prerequisite CIN 6, 7, 12, 13
Annually, 3 credits each

CIN 37, 38 Film Production Lab-Practicum

These courses are intensive production experiences that culminate in a group-made professional film.
Prerequisites: CIN 6, 7, 8, 12, 13; co-requisites CIN 35, 36.
Annually, 3 credits

CIN 44 Directing for Film

This course focuses on learning directing techniques for motion pictures. Workshop approach includes scene study, blocking, performing and critiques of the scenes.
Every Semester, 3 credits

CIN 89 Advanced Individual Study in Cinema

Individual faculty-guided projects in cinema are appropriate when existing courses in the student's area of interest have been completed. Film majors may repeat for a maximum of four semesters. Students may register for more than one section during a given semester as long as the number of units for each section differs.
Departmental Permission. Film majors may repeat for a maximum of four semesters. Students may register for more than one section during a given semester as long as the number credits for each section differs.
Every Semester, 1, 2 ,3 or 4 credits