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

    Matthew Niederhauser

    Friday 5:30 - 8:00; 9/6 - 12/13
    Saturday 6:00 - 8:45; 9/7 - 12/14

    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.

    Friday: 9/6; 9/20; 10/11; 11/8; 12/6 : 5:30 – 8:00PM Saturday: 9/7; 9/21; 10/12; 11/9; 12/7 : 10:00AM-3:00PM

    455.611.11 - Screenwriting Workshop 1-The Step Outline

    Jeremy Pikser

    Friday 6:00 - 8:45; 9/6 - 12/13
    Saturday 6:00 - 8:45; 9/7 - 12/14

    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: 9/13; 10/11; 10/25; 11/15; 12/6 from 6-9p Saturday: 9/14; 10/12; 10/26; 11/16; 12/7 from 10a-3p

    455.613.11 - Immersive Storytelling for Social Impact

    Gaurav Arora

    Thursday 6:00 - 8:45; 9/5 - 12/12
    Saturday 6:00 - 8:45; 9/7 - 12/14

    This course will enable students to study and design projects that affect the way we see the world. Covering the topics of immersion and narration in the new immersive media landscape, it will also discuss questions of flow, art history, and the goal of social impact. Each session will include case studies, and presentation by experts followed by in-class discussions.

    Thursday: 9/12; 9/26; 10/17 ; 10/31; 12/5. : 5:30PM-8PM Saturday: 9/14; 9/28; 10/19; 11/2; 12/7 : 10AM- 3PM

    455.615.11 - Episodic Writing Workshop 1 – The Pilot

    Tammy Green

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

    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.

    455.620.11 - Fundamentals of Business 1

    Timothy Perell

    Monday 6:00 - 8:45; 9/9 - 12/9

    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.

    455.624.11 - Social Impact Documentary Filmmaking

    Sabaah Jordan

    Sunday 10:00 - 4:30; 9/8 - 12/15

    In this hands on course, students will learn the basics of documentary filmmaking from development through post production and social impact. Through a series of screenings, discussions and real-time filmmaking exercises, students will engage in a process of exploration and discovery focused on honing each filmmakers personal voice. There will be a strong focus on telling stories with a clear and provocative point of view. Students will leave the course with a strong bio and personal statement, and having completed 3-5 minute documentary on the subject of their choosing.

    Class times: 10a-4:30P Sunday Sept 8th Sept 29 Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 17 Dec 8

    455.630.11 - Recording Sound for Film

    Edward Tetreault

    Thursday 6:00 - 9:00; 9/5 - 12/12

    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.

    455.640.11 - Graduate Filmmaking Studio I


    Tuesday 6:00 - 10:00; 9/10 - 12/17

    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.

    455.642.11 - Advanced Cinematography Workshop


    Friday 9:00 - 1:00; 9/6 - 12/13

    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

    Student must have approval from Tim Perell before enrolling MICA Course - class start 8/26

    455.652.11 - Digital Media: Storytelling & Strategy

    Thalia Mavros

    Saturday 10:00 - 5:30; 9/7 - 12/14

    We live in a world where content is queen and more money is being poured into original content than ever before, but what does this deluge of money and distributors mean for creators? In this course we’ll take a dual-pronged approach to the digital media landscape—looking at business strategy and creative process in tandem to understand how to take a holistic approach to selling content in a shifting marketplace with an ever-increasing number of buyers. How is digital distribution of video changing the traditional media business models? How does a content developer create a scalable business in this environment? This course will feature a practical element in which all students will pitch, develop and produce digital content, melding business strategy with creativity to create saleable IP with potential for multiple distribution partners and revenue streams. The course will feature industry executives and independent creators as guest lecturers.

    Meeting dates: 9/14, 9/28, 10/19, 11/2, 12/7.

    455.800.11 - Capstone for Film & Media


    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 9/4 - 12/17

    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

    Timothy Perell

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 9/4 - 12/17

    455.803.11 - Capstone Continuation for Film and Media (non-credit)


    Capstone Continuation is required for those students who have taken the Capstone Course but not yet finished the required and approved work.