Television & New Media Courses

Broadcast Practicum

V338 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: V102 Introduction to TV Production
Students learn the workings of a TV Broadcast control room and assist in the production of Columbia College Hollywood programming.

Developing Animation: From Concept to Sale

F358 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: GH155 Script Analysis 1, F150 Screenwriting 1
Developing an animated project -- whether for the big screen, small screen, or smallest screen -- is far different than developing a live action project. The characters and visual design come before the narrative. In this course students will move through the process of creating an animated project prior to actual production.

Digital Studio Lighting

V220 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1
The Digital Studio Lighting class is designed to help students take their knowledge of cameras, lensing, and especially the knowledge and skill in lighting scenes and action to the next level in crafting precise and technically advanced visual imagery that create precise emotional responses in the viewing audiences.

Distribution: How to Sell Your Production

F442A (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: None
A great film or other production can sit in a vault or in your closet if you do not find distribution to an audience. Through lecture and practical application, this course gives students the tools to sell their production when it is completed and maximize its potential – be it to the big screen, the small screen, or the smallest screen.

Editing Reality

F225 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F124A Editing Nonfiction
Reality TV is a staple of the small screen where the editor takes a commanding role in the final product by creating the narrative from the often hours and hours of footage shot. This course offers the challenge of creating a final product from a production that is mostly unscripted.

Entertainment Business Studies

GH364 (4 units)
Prerequisite: Hollywood Business Practices, Entertainment Law
A chance for the Producing: Entertainment Business Emphasis student to research and deeply explore a broad industry business model or specific business model of a known or upcoming company, and to create a detailed and sophisticated model that can be used to attract investors. 

Entertainment Industry Internship

IN499A (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: All Tier 1 & 2, 3rd Year, 3.0 CGPA, Dean of Curriculum approval
Internship courses create a bridge between college and the entertainment industry, offering advanced BFA students the opportunity to earn college credit while gaining real world entertainment experience. For each one (1) quarter internship, a student earns four (4) credit hours for 160 applied hours of interning and related academic requirements, commensurate with the applied hours of a classroom-based course. Weekly assignments and feedback are provided by an instructor. To receive course credit for an internship, the student must register for the IN499A Entertainment Industry Internship course before the quarter begins. Course credit will not be applied retroactively. To receive a passing grade for the internship course, the student must complete the minimum applied hours within the quarter of enrollment.

Entertainment Online: How to Create, Shoot and Market an Online Network

V316 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F110 Directing 1
A workshop focusing on online entertainment content and marketing. The student will make and market viral videos, creating new channels for creativity and income. This course is a road map to what is increasingly a big part of the present and will be a bigger part of the future of entertainment. Additionally, the business end and models of this emerging branch of entertainment will be of focus.

Experimental Video Workshop

F231 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1
A lot more can be done with the camera than merely shooting narrative or documentary films. The camera is a tool with vast artistic possibilities. In this course, students will execute single channel or installation video art pieces, and have an expressive, creative experience with the camera unencumbered by the narrative screenplay. This course is designed to expand the student as artist with camera.

Hip Hop Production

V320 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: ALl Core Tier 1 courses
Don’t just dance to Hip Hop – make it!  In this cutting-edge class you will develop and shoot a short project that either employs the hip hop style or comments on it – your choice of a film, TV commercial, music video, or documentary. 

Hollywood Business Practices & History

GH253 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
Hollywood Business Practices & History offers the student the information to understand and analyze the foundational business model of Hollywood, the center of not only the American motion picture and television industries, but the movie capital of the world. Students will learn the language and operations of these businesses. Topics include representation, trade publications, publicity, how the project development process works, the roles of unions and guilds, the roles of different job titles, how the money flows, and, perhaps most importantly, how to find your place in the industry.

Internet Essentials: The Business of New Media

V321 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  GH253 Hollywood Business Practices
The business of the Internet is a frontier that is only beginning to be tapped. This course explains the business of online platforms as well as other emerging platforms such as mobile phone content, video gaming, and possible windows for entertainment currently on the horizon.

Introduction to TV Production

V102 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F101 Principles of Production
A beginning workshop in the preparation and production of studio broadcast television programs. Students explore the nature and pacing of studio production by preparing, rehearsing and producing TV projects.

Music Video Production

V318 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
Production workshop for 3-minute music videos, from conception to answer print. Students write their own scripts, prepare schedules and budgets, recruit cast and crew, produce, direct, shoot, and post-produce, including editing, sound effects, music, and dubbing.

Navigating New Media

F315 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
Students learn to employ their production skills outside of feature films and television to create content for the smallest screens, such as the Internet, mobile phones, and other emerging media. In addition to guiding in the particulars of production for these platforms, lectures offer current information on the scope of the business side of emerging media.

Nonfiction TV Production

V209 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F101 Introduction to TV Production, F102 Cinematography 1, F122A Editing Theory & Practice
Nonfiction TV programming is a staple of broadcast networks, first-run syndication, cable and especially digital tier cable. It is not to be confused with reality programming. Students create a nonfiction TV program segment and learn such specifics of the genre as strong interview techniques, clearance issues, and editing a final product that has an engaging structure.

Producing: From Green Light to Completion

F441 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F141A Production Sound
Other courses teach students how the film business and TV industry work and how to pitch and sell projects. This course offers the hands-on process of producing that begins after the selling is done, and the script is approved. This is a course that trains students to shepherd the project from the moment the green light to pre-production is given, through production and running the set, and into post production. Students will use the EP Software program for pre-production then go through the process of both simulated and real productions to learn how to stay on budget and problem-solve in the moment. A course designed to teach students how to run the nuts & bolts of pre-production, production, and post production. 

Production for New Media

F317 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
New Media is a wide terrain, and one that could be a large part of a student’s future in entertainment. Students will create and produce dynamic program content that crosses multiple genres and can be launched on many different platforms – from the web to DVDs to streaming media. You will conceive, produce and post concepts such as Behind the Scenes shorts, and shorts for cellular launch, iTunes, downloadable content, and other media. Some emphasis is placed on marketing tools, one of the hottest new media genres.

Reality TV Production

V235 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F110 Directing 1
Reality TV is one of the hottest genres in entertainment today. Students will work together to create reality series, of both the competition and non-competition stripe, with full understanding of their development and structure. They learn the rigors of ongoing production, capturing moments, encouraging subjects who may be reticent in front of the camera, and combining all elements to create a viable TV program.

Shooting The Live TV Drama

V221 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: V102 Introduction to TV Production
Once a staple of television, live drama ultimately gave way to one-camera film productions. But the genre is still a viable learning tool for understanding how to communicate on the small screen using the multi-camera TV studio techniques.

Shooting The Multi-Camera Comedy

V350A (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: V102 Introduction to TV Production
With cable networks embracing multi-camera sitcoms and sketch comedy shows along with ongoing broadcast network production, understanding and experiencing multi-camera comedy can lead to increasing opportunities in the business. In this course, students will learn the artistry behind shooting the multi-camera comedy or sitcom. Students learn how to plan a production and break down a script, and use existing sitcom scripts to direct multi-camera sequences.

Special Project - Television

V239 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: Dean of Curriculum approval
The highly advanced student takes on a special, non-production TV or New Media-related project under the individual guidance of an instructor. Projects and grades must meet academic standards established by the Instructor and the Dean of Curriculum. Student should expect to meet with the instructor weekly.

TV Comedy Writing

F251 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F150 Screenwriting 1
Television comedy writing, particularly situation comedy, is a form that has been produced since the beginnings of television. This course will put students through the process of creating a script in a team environment. Students, working in small groups, begin with the development of an idea and, by the end of the quarter, complete a full 30-minute episode of a current situation comedy on the air.

TV Commercial Production

V118 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1, F141 Production Sound
A production-based course for commercials from concept to finished spots. Students write their own scripts, prepare storyboards, prepare schedules and budgets, recruit crew and cast, produce, direct, and shoot their spots. Spots are completed in post-production, including editing, sound effects, music, and dubbing.

TV Directing and Producing 1

V103 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F110 Directing 1, V102 Introduction to TV Production and Directing 1
To provide the student an understanding of the role of the Producer and Director in a multi-camera studio production environment, the class will guide the student from the Pre-Production to Production process followed by Post-Production to the final presentation of their completed project.

TV Directing and Producing 2

V203 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: V103 TV Directing and Producing 1
An advanced course in which students direct and/or produce a studio and control room-based short TV program they have individually developed.

TV Documentary Production

V207 (4 crdit hours)
A hands-on approach to developing and shooting TV Documentary. The instructor guides the student through all areas of the format: writing, scheduling, principal photography, and editing. Students will complete this course having shot a viable TV-style documentary as well as learning the business dynamics of this genre.

TV Drama Writing

V319 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F150 Screenwriting 1
Students write scripts for both dramatic series and dramatic long form TV movies. They write an episode of an existing series. They also pitch ideas and write treatments for pilots for original series. In addition, a portion of the course will be given over to understanding and learning to write the seven-act structure of the television movie.

TV Essentials

V201 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: None
A course designed to teach the TV language, history, and business. Students gain in depth knowledge of the television industry and the business models that drive that industry with an in-depth look at the standard methods of Nielsen ratings and license fees to the new frontier of mobile technology, on demand delivery, and broadband.

TV History: The Greatest TV Shows Ever

V210C (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: GH152A History of Critical Analysis in Cinema 1
In this class, students take a critical and fun view of groundbreaking, benchmark programming from Lucy Ricardo to Archie Bunker, from Tony Soprano to Olivia Pope. This course offers a history of American television from its inception in the late 1940s, as “radio with pictures”, to its more recent role in media convergence. Each week students will assess the varied components that make good television.

Writing for Animation

F354 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F150 Screenwriting 1
Writing for animated TV programs, features and other media has different rigors and aesthetic demands than writing for live action. This course will be an introduction to this genre of writing, and also explore how to develop and sell an animated TV show.