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

    Saturday 10:00 - 3:00; 1/25 - 5/2
    Thursday 5:30 - 8:30; 1/23 - 4/30

    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.

    This course will meet on the following dates at the JHU MICA Film Centre February 6th and 8th ; February 20th and 22nd ; March 5th and 7th; March 26th and 28th; April 16th and 18th

    455.612.11 - Screenwriting Workshop 2 - The Draft

    Jeremy Pikser

    Friday 6:00 - 9:00; 1/24 - 5/1
    Saturday 10:00 - 3:00; 1/25 - 5/2

    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.

    455.618.11 - Episodic Writing Workshop II - The Writers' Room

    Tammy Green

    Monday 5:30 - 8:30; 1/27 - 5/4

    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.”

    455.625.11 - Creative Producing & Line Producing

    Timothy Perell

    Monday 6:00 - 9:00; 1/27 - 5/4

    Through in-class projects, interactions with working producers, line producers and AD’s and on-going independent productions, students will be exposed to the myriad responsibilities of producers, from the creative and on-the-field perspectives. We will explore the many elements that make up the creation of films and television shows, with a focus on a producer’s creative input from development to post production to a producer’s understanding of the nuts and bolts fundamentals of how to budget and schedule.

    455.634.11 - Designing Sound for Film and Media

    Christopher Kennedy

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

    Explore the use of software and hardware as a means to create, capture, and edit music and sound for picture. Examine the role of music and sound in media and develop the skills to operate software instruments and Digital Audio Workstations. Gain an appreciation for the craft of composing music for picture - including fundamentals of music, 'spotting' a scene, and creating simple music 'cues'. Additionally, learn about editing and recording sound effects and dialogue to create complete soundtracks that incorporate soundscapes and musical compositions.

    This course will meet at the JHU MICA Film Centre.

    455.641.11 - Graduate Filmmaking Studio II

    Albert Birney

    Thursday 6:00 - 10:00; 1/23 - 4/30

    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.

    This course will meet at the JHU MICA Film Centre.

    455.643.11 - The Future of Cinematic Gaming


    Friday 6:00 - 9:00; 1/24 - 5/1
    Saturday 10:00 - 3:00; 1/25 - 5/2

    An introductory course that provides students with an overview of the process to create innovative and meaningful cinematic stories in the evolving field of interactive games. From concept to completion, the class will explore the creative architecture, production process and technical considerations necessary for developing for the new wave of interactive entertainment across platforms. Drawing from theoretical and production frameworks in game design, narrative and documentary filmmaking, art, immersive theatre, and motion capture––critical attention will be given to intuitive and engaging design. The hands on portion of the class will culminate with students developing a prototype for their own original interactive cinematic project.

    455.644.11 - Podcasting Fundamentals


    Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00; 1/22 - 4/29

    In this introductory course, students will ultimately create their own short podcasts around stories that are meaningful to them and their intended audiences. Students will enact principles of listener-centered design, they’ll work to find stories worth telling, and they’ll learn to tell those stories powerfully. This course will build competency in recording and editing techniques, interviewing skills, creating story structure, and understanding the potential social impact of documentary work. Students will also study current monetization strategies in the booming podcast market and learn how to find, keep, and grow an audience.

    455.800.11 - Capstone for Film & Media

    Timothy Perell

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 1/26 - 5/3

    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.

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


    Sunday 12:00 - 12:01; 1/26 - 5/3

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