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.)

  • Washington DC Center

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


    Timothy Perell

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 1/23 - 5/7

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

  • Homewood Off Campus

    455.610.11 - Foundations of Immersive Storytelling: Theory & Practice


    Gaurav Arora

    Friday 5:30 - 8:30; 1/25 - 5/3
    Saturday 10:00 - 3:00; 1/26 - 5/4

    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.

    Times for 455.610.11 – Foundations of Immersive Storytelling: Feb 1, 2 Feb 15/16 March 8/9 March 29/30 April 19/20 Fridays: 5:30p-8:30p Saturdays: 10a-3p

    455.612.11 - Screenwriting Workshop 2 - The Draft

    Jeremy Pikser

    Friday 6:00 - 9:00; 1/25 - 5/3
    Sunday 10:00 - 3:00; 1/27 - 5/5

    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.

    455.612.11 will meet 2/1 and 2; 2/22and23; 3/15 and 16; 4/12 and 13 and 5.3 and 4 – Fridays will be 6-9p; Saturdays 10a-3p

    455.616.11 - Episodic Writing Workshop 2 – Comedy

    Douglas Stone

    Sunday 10:00 - 4:30; 1/23 - 5/7

    This workshop teaches you how to write a television script for your favorite half-hour comedy. In this class students will learn the basics of script writing, from premise lines and beat sheet, to writing pages, punching up dialogue and polishing the draft. The focus here will be on a writing a "spec" script for a current television half-hour comedy, critiquing and workshopping the script as one would in a professional writers' room. Though in this class we will not be developing and writing pilots, we will discuss the process and students will learn the basics of pitching an idea to networks. This course is designed to prepare students for the professional world.

    This course will meet the following dates from 10a-4:30p: 2/3; 2/17; 3/3; 3/31; 4/14; 5/5

    455.626.11 - Mixing Sound for Picture


    Timothy St. Clair

    Thursday 6:00 - 9:00; 1/24 - 5/2

    This course is a practical exploration of all aspects of mixing audio for film and tv. The students will prepare to mix during the first half of the semester, topics will include dialog editing, automated dialog replacement (ADR, or “looping”), Foley, music editing and sound effects spotting as well as basic sound design. Recording of ADR and Foley will take place in the studio at the JHU-MICA Film Centre using condenser and dynamic microphones. The class will shift its focus in the second half of the semester to re-recording mixing, exploring both the technical and creative aspects of mixing. Students will learn to mix in the Film Centre’s control room using Avid Pro Tools HD software for Apple macOS with proprietary and third-party software plug-ins. Upon completion of the course, students will know how to provide final mix files as well as stems, i.e. mix minus, M&E, dialog, sound effects, and music. Projects will include spotting, prepping, building and mixing a short film or series of scenes. Class will occur during a three-hour weekday evening throughout the semester in the sound studio of The JHU-MICA Film Centre, where students will work as a class to record and edit group projects and, schedule permitting, individual projects.

    455.641.11 - Graduate Filmmaking Studio II

    Albert Birney

    Tuesday 6:00 - 10:00; 1/29 - 5/7

    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.

    Class Meeting Times: TBA

    455.650.11 - Script to Screen


    Ged Justice

    Saturday 10:30 - 5:00; 1/26 - 5/4

    This course de-mystifies the film development process and teaches students the key tools necessary for a successful career as a film executive or producer. This course will chart the key stages of finding and preparing a good project for production. These steps include how to find, evaluate, obtain rights and shape material from the producer's perspective. The course will examine strategies employed by filmmakers who adapt existing IP and literary works to the screen. Detailed comparisons between cinematic adaptations and the novels, plays, and short stories on which they are based. Case studies of literary works that pose a variety of challenges to filmmakers.

    455.650.11 will meet on the following days from 10:30a – 5p: 2/9 2/23 3/9 3/30 4/13 4/27

    455.651.11 - Film Financing


    Timothy Perell

    Monday 6:00 - 9:00; 1/28 - 5/6

    Successful producing involves the bridging of the creative with the commercial. Effective producers need the skills to structure and manage fundraising efforts on behalf of their productions and establish a comfort level in defining and promoting their projects as commercial ventures.

    At its conclusion, students should have a working command of both the theory and the practice of raising money for film, television and new media productions and the skill-base to embark confidently on their own fundraising efforts. Students will learn of the various mindsets of attorneys, financiers, and other professionals and master the vocabulary of content as investment. Finally, students will understand how to mix- match financing strategies and approaches as is appropriate for each particular project.

    Meeting Times: TBA

    455.800.11 - Capstone for Film & Media


    Timothy Perell

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 1/23 - 5/7

    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


    Sunday 12:00 - 12:01; 1/23 - 5/7