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

    455.610.11 - Foundations of Immersive Storytelling: Theory & Practice


    Gaurav Arora

    Friday 5:30 - 8:30; 9/7 - 12/14
    Saturday 10:00 - 3:00; 9/8 - 12/15

    This introductory course will provide students with the tools and the mind set for making compelling VR/AR experiences. While the industry is nascent, the technological and storytelling innovations move forward at breakneck speed. Students will also, each class, dissect to understand the approaches to the current catalog of immersive experiences, ranging from 360 film, to animation and room scale installation experiences, often with creators who made them to understand challenges and lessons learned. Subsequently, after this overview, students will have the option to build their own prototypes and, also, to support a VR/AR project housed within the program with a leading artist.

    Fridays 5:30-8:30pm and Saturdays: 10am -3pm 9/7-8, 9/28-29, 10/19-20, 11/9-10, 11/30-12/1

    455.611.11 - Screenwriting Workshop 1-The Step Outline


    Jeremy Pikser

    Friday 6:00 - 9:00; 9/5 - 12/18
    Saturday 10:00 - 3:00; 9/8 - 12/15

    The focus of the class will be the structure of the feature screenplay as a function of thematic coherence. We will analyze films by act, sequence, and scene to understand dramatic action as a tension between different possible outcomes. There will be five weekend intensive workshop sessions, divided between Friday evening and Saturday that will include some lecture components, some viewing and discussion of films, and, more and more as the semesters develop, reading and discussion of student work. Between the weekend workshops there will be weekly writing assignments and individual internet or telephone conferences. By the end of the first semester, each student will be required to have completed an outline for a feature film, organized by act, sequence, and scene, and including character, setting, and aesthetic details.

    Fridays 6-9pm and Saturdays 10am - 3pm: Sept 7-8, Sept 28-9, Oct 19-20, Nov 9-10, Nov 30-Dec1

    455.618.11 - Episodic Writing Workshop II - The Writers' Room


    Tammy Green

    Monday 5:30 - 8:30; 9/10 - 12/17

    Imagine your one hour dramatic pilot script has just been picked up to series, congratulations. Find out what really happens in the writers room to turn one pilot into many episodes. Learn how to add depth to your original characters, create new ones and develop future storylines. Having already completed or substantially completed a one hour dramatic pilot script is a plus, but not required. Taught by Tammy Ader Green, a writers room veteran and the creator/showrunner of the long-running Sony series “Strong Medicine.”

    455.620.11 - Fundamentals of Business 1


    Ged Justice

    Saturday 10:00 - 5:30; 9/15 - 12/15

    This comprehensive business seminar is 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 first semester we cover such subjects as entertainment law, film finance, production, marketing, public relations and distribution. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and recreating actual and relevant case studies and business situations. Other subjects include sales estimates, comps, tax credits, festivals, release strategies and the art of the pitch.

    Saturdays 10am-5:30pm 9/15, 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, 10/17, 12/1, 12/15

    455.630.11 - Recording Sound for Film


    Edward Tetreault

    Thursday 6:00 - 8:45; 9/6 - 12/13

    This course serves as an orientation to the recording studio and the craft of capturing sound with microphones. Topics will include sound behavior (i.e., basic acoustics), human perception of sound (i.e., basic psychoacoustics), microphone theory and techniques, signal flow and processing, basic digital audio theory, and the digital audio workstation (Pro Tools and Logic Pro). Projects will include in-studio and location recordings. By the end of the semester students will be able to effectively navigate the studio at the Ten East North facility and capture sound on location for use in subsequent classes. Should be taken prior to or concurrently with AS.445.631 Designing Sound for Film.

    455.635.11 - Sales, Acquisitions and Marketing


    Daniel Berger

    Friday 5:30 - 8:30; 9/5 - 12/18
    Saturday 5:30 - 8:30; 9/5 - 12/18

    This class will explore the ways films reach an audience. We will examine festival strategy and traditional theatrical distribution as well as changing ancillary and online markets. Case studies of successful marketing campaigns across genres and platforms will be used as evidence. Testimonies by guest lecturers who work in the field of distribution will supplement the core syllabus.

    455.640.11 - Graduate Filmmaking Studio I


    Albert Birney

    Tuesday 6:00 - 10:00; 8/28 - 12/11

    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. Students will work in groups, particularly during their first semester. While writing and editing are often solitary activities, production is not. Great films are collaborations and students will be expected to work in teams. 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.

    Graduate Filmmaking Studio begins Tuesday August 28 as it's on MICA's schedule, from 6-10pm in room 218.

    455.642.11 - Advanced Cinematography Workshop


    Karen Yasinsky

    Friday 9:00 - 1:00; 9/7 - 12/14

    The Director of Photography has instrumental role in crafting the final look of a film. In the course, the four creative roles of the cinematography department – Camera Operator, Gaffer, Key Grip, and Dolly Grip are examined in-depth. Through a series of screenings, discussions and workshops, the students learn many of the dynamics between these roles. In class, students will mount detailed and intricately lighted shots. Students will work with the Arri Amira, a professional motion picture camera. Camera topics include camera settings & trouble shooting, on-set data management, ALEXA color science, working with LogC, look management, and dailies creation. Prerequisites: AS.455.640 (Graduate Studio I) or a demonstrated basic camera proficiency

    455.800.11 - Capstone for Film & Media


    Karen Yasinsky

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:01; 9/5 - 12/18

    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.

    455.801.11 - Independent Study


    Karen Yasinsky

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:01; 9/5 - 12/18