Master of Fine Arts in Cinema

Starting Spring 2013

The MFA in Cinema at Mount St. Mary’s College offers two tracks in the art of filmmaking. Track One provides students the acquisition of the essential skills for the production of professional film products and build a body of work that demonstrates their filmmaking abilities in each aspect of the creative and technical process. This Track is broad-based and comprehensive in terms of necessary skills for producing a digital film. Track Two also includes essential filmmaking knowledge in the first semester, but then concentrates in skills-building in 3D Animation.

Track One Required Courses

Digital Filmmaking

Semester 1*:

CIN 210

Screenwriting I

(3)

CIN 230

History of American Cinema

(3)

CIN 240

Cinematography I

(3)

CIN 250

Production Audio

(3)

CIN 265

Production Management

(3)

Semester 2:

CIN 211

Screenwriting II

(3)

CIN 220

On-Screen Performance

(3)

CIN 241

Cinematography II

(3)

CIN 251

ProTools

(3)

CIN 255

Editing

(3)

Semester 3:

CIN 252

Post-Production Audio

(3)

CIN 260

Directing I

(3)

CIN 278

Digital Effects

(3)

CIN 297

Thesis Project I

(3)

Semester 4:

CIN 261

Directing II

(3)

CIN 298

Thesis Project II

(3)

CIN 299

Thesis Project III

(3)

Plus one elective from 3D Animation Courses (3)

Total units required for Master of Fine Arts in Cinema: 54*

*Students with no previous academic or professional experience in digital filmmaking are required to pass CIN 200 Intro to Editing and CIN 201 Intro to Cinema by the end of their first semester.

Track Two Required Courses

3D Animation

Semester 1:

CIN 210

Screenwriting I

(3)

CIN 230

History of American Cinema

(3)

CIN 240

Cinematography I

(3)

CIN 250

Production Audio

(3)

CIN 265

Production Management

(3)

Semester 2:

CIN 231

History of Animation

(3)

CIN 255

Editing

(3)

CIN 270

Animation Fundamentals

(3)

CIN 271

Animation Production I

(3)

CIN 273

3D Modeling

(3)

Semester 3:

CIN 272

Animation Production II

(3)

CIN 274

Texture and Lighting

(3)

CIN 275

Character Animation

(3)

CIN 276

Stop-Motion Animation

(3)

CIN 297

Thesis Project I

(3)

Semester 4:

CIN 277

Advanced Studies in Animation

(3)

CIN 298

Thesis Project II

(3)

CIN 299

Thesis Project III

(3)

Total units required for Master of Fine Arts in Cinema: 54*

*Students with no previous academic or professional experience in digital filmmaking are required to pass CIN 200 Intro to Editing and CIN 201 Intro to Cinema by the end of their first semester.

Cinema Courses

CIN 200 Intro to Editing (1)

This one-unit course is a hands-on introduction to Apple’s Final Cut editing software. Students will learn foundational editing processes including importing footage, basic editing techniques, and how to export their video for online or DVD exhibition. Students with previous FCP experience may test out of the course.

CIN 201 Intro to Cinema (1)

This one-unit course is designed for students with no previous academic or professional experience in digital filmmaking. The class will cover fundamentals in cinematic language, aesthetics, and practices.

CIN 210 Screenwriting I (3)

Introduction to the principles and art of writing a screenplay from conceptualization, research, and development to completion of an original product.

CIN 211 Screenwriting II (3)

Advanced exploration of the principles and art of screenwriting.

CIN 220 On-Screen Performance (3)

Techniques and skills of acting before a camera.

CIN 230 History of American Cinema (3)

A survey course on the history of filmmaking, with primary focus on the development of this art and industry in the United States.

CIN 231 History of Animation (3)

Exploration of the development and history of 2D and 3D animation.

CIN 240 Cinematography I (3)

Introduction of camera, lens, and lighting techniques to produce quality professional footage in studio and location settings.

CIN 241 Cinematography II (3)

Advanced use of camera, lens, and lighting techniques to produce quality professional footage in studio and location settings.

CIN 250 Production Audio (3)

Students learn the techniques of location and studio audio production for dialogue and effects.

CIN 251 ProTools (3)

Master the basic tools and of the world's leading audio production software for both music and film. The course will prepare students to pass the Pro Tools certification exam.

CIN 252 Post-Production Audio (3)

Exploration of the Protools audio platform and the techniques of post-production sound.

CIN 255 Editing (3)

Introduction to and application of Avid for editing digital media. This course will prepare students to pass the Avid certification exam.

CIN 260 Directing I (3)

Introduction to the multiple roles of the director, including coaching actors, building and maintaining a collaborative and efficient work environment on set and off.

CIN 261 Directing II (3)

Advanced exploration of the roles, duties, and techniques of the director.

CIN 265 Production Management (3)

Management skills, strategies, budgeting, and practices necessary to bring a film project from conceptualization to the marketplace.

CIN 270 Animation Fundamentals (3)

Introduces students to basic principles and approaches to animation theory and technique.

CIN 271 Animation Production I (3)

Introduces all elements of animating a scene, including character, lighting, background, and sound.

CIN 272 Animation Production II (3)

Advanced implementation of scene creation, including character, background, lighting and sound.

CIN 273 3D Modeling (3)

Students learn to create and manipulate 3D props, characters and environments.

CIN 274 Texture and Lighting (3)

An exploration of the application of textures and three dimensional lighting.

CIN 275 Character Animation (3)

Exploration and application of character motion and movement.

CIN 276 Stop-Motion Animation (3)

Theory and application of stop-motion animation.

CIN 277 Advanced Studies in Animation (3)

Deeper exploration of animation theory and application by directed study.

CIN 278 Digital Effects (3)

Introduction and application of software used in digital special effects for filmmaking.

CIN 297 Thesis Project I (3)

Development and proposal of thesis project.

CIN 298 Thesis Project II (3)

Completion of a 40-50 minute digital cinema production.

CIN 299 Thesis Project III (3)

Post-production and completion of a 40-50 minute digital cinema production.