Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

  • Homewood Off Campus

    455.612.11 - Screenwriting Workshop 2 – The Draft

    $4326

    Jeremy Pikser

    Friday 5:30 - 8:30; 1/19 - 4/20
    Saturday 10:00 - 3:00; 1/20 - 4/21

    Students will write the first draft of their feature-length script in the first few weeks. Aided by class discussion and targeted screenings of films related to their specific challenges, students will go through two full revisions of their script.

    This course only meets during the following dates: January 19 January 20 February 9 February 10 March 2 March 3 March 30 March 31 April 20 April 21

    455.615.11 - Episodic Writing Workshop 1 – The Pilot

    $4326

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    Monday 5:30 - 8:30; 1/8 - 4/23

    This course will expose students to the mechanics and realities of writing an original pilot for a television series, from concept through beat sheet to draft. Each student will finish the semester with a mini-series bible, a detailed outline and the first half the draft of the pilot. Dramatic goals, character arcs, operational themes will be a few of the many subjects covered.

    455.619.11 - Business of Nonfiction

    $4326

    Tamara Rosenberg
    Christopher Booker

    Saturday 10:30 - 5:30; 1/20 - 4/21

    Smaller cameras combined with an expanded distribution network have opened a window for nonfiction content like never before – flooding our television, cinemas and streaming platforms with reality television, documentaries and branded content. For filmmakers, programmers and distributors this means an insatiable appetite for content, but with more than 400 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute how do you prevent your work from getting lost in the sea of sneezing pandas and piano playing cats? This course will explore the nuts and bolts of nonfiction production – giving students an inside look at how each part of the process, from story selection to distribution, can influence the commercial and creative viability of the project. Students will have the opportunity to meet acclaimed documentarians, who will answer their questions on all aspects of production of short and long form documentaries and digital content.

    This course only meets during the following dates: January 20 January 27 February 10 March 3 March 31 April 7 April 21

    455.623.11 - Fundamentals of Business II

    $4326

    Erica Motley
    Eileen Rodriguez

    Saturday 10:30 - 5:30; 1/13 - 4/14

    This comprehensive business seminar will be centered on presentations and interactive sessions with experts in the field, the study of relevant case studies and the creation of sample plans and strategies by the students. During the second semester we will cover such subjects as alternative financing, crowdfunding, branded content, episodic content, straight to series and international co-productions. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and recreating actual and relevant case studies and business situations. Other subjects will include micro budgets and over the top content.

    This course only meets during the following dates: January 13 February 3 February 17 February 24 March 10 March 17 April 14

    455.632.11 - Sound on Film I

    $4326

    Glenfield Payne
    Robert Hein

    Saturday 11:30 - 5:30; 1/13 - 4/14

    This course builds on the training from Recording Sound for Film and Designing Sound for Film by utilizing the knowledge and skills acquired in the operation of the recording studio and use of software and hardware instruments. Students will study finished works and analyze the use of sound by filmmakers in different genres, and apply those techniques to short film projects created by filmmakers also in the MA program. The ProTools digital audio workstation will be the primary tool used during the course but students are welcome and encouraged to integrate their knowledge of other audio systems into their work. Grading will be based on the quality of work, use of the tools and techniques discussed in class and classroom participation. Prerequisites: Recording Sound for Film, Designing Sound for Film.

    This course only meets during the following dates: January 13 February 3 February 17 February 24 March 10 March 17 April 14

    455.641.11 - Graduate Filmmaking Studio II

    $4326

    -STAFF-

    Tuesday 6:00 - 10:00; 1/9 - 4/24

    This two-semester course is the centerpiece of the graduate experience. The studio meets for four hours weekly and is co-taught with the MICA MFA Program. This hands-on studio is where good, smart and compelling movies are born. While writing and editing are often solitary activities, production is not Students will work on their own project, teaming up with fellow students and other filmmakers. Group discussions and critiques are balanced with individual meetings with faculty and visits with guest filmmakers. Class meetings will often include a screening in conjunction with the Maryland Film Festival. Special emphasis will be placed on ways that filmmakers can build and reach an audience. Students will explore the diverse ways filmmakers are sustaining careers while creating high impact films. Pre-Requisite: Graduate Filmmaking Studio I.

    455.800.11 - Capstone for Film & Media

    $4326

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    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 1/8 - 4/30

    Guided by meetings with the instructor and other guest speakers from the industry, students research, develop and deliver a final project that demonstrates skill in one or both of their concentrations. Ideally, this project will be completed in collaboration with a student or students from the JHU MA or MICA MFA program who are completing their own capstone projects.

    The schedule of each Capstone Course is decided by the Faculty Advisor.

    455.802.11 - Independent Studies

    $4326

    -STAFF-

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 1/8 - 4/30

    The schedule for each Independent Studies course is decided by the Advisor.