Graduate Courses

Graduate Course Work

Below are descriptions of courses offered in the department of Film & Media Arts. For specific information on which courses are being offered, class times and sections available during each semester, please visit the Temple University course schedule search. To register for classes, visit TUPortal to access Self Service Banner, or for more information, visit the Temple Registration information website.

5241. Cinematography Workshop (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: MFA candidacy or permission of instructor. Required for the
Fall semester of the first year of the MFA program.

The art, theory, and technology of film production with special attention paid to location lighting, location sound, cinematic composition, and film structure. This is a dual level course, intended for both the experienced filmmaker and the media-aware but inexperienced graduate student ready for intensive, accelerated study in the design and solution of cinematographic problems.

5242. Videography (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: MFA candidacy or permission of the instructor. Recommended for the Spring semester of the first year of the MFA program.
Lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises in the art, theory, and technology of video and electronic media production.

5243. Audio: Production and Aesthetics (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: MFA candidacy or permission of instructor
This course is an introduction to audio production and audio as a form of aesthetic expression. Students will explore theoretical concepts as they use digital audio recording and editing systems to complete projects. Mode: lecture, hands on instruction, discussion.

5244. Lighting For Film & Video (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: FMA 458 or permission of the instructor
Technical, aesthetic and compositional aspects of lighting for cinematic, photographic and electronic media. The course analyzes the evolution of lighting styles in fiction and non-fiction film, commercials, and music videos. Each student completes an individual and/or group portfolio of different lighting exercises.

5341. Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: MFA candidacy
Analysis and exercises dealing with the conventional language of mainstream narrative film, including how this language, traditionally presented as the only way to organize narrative films, actually serves to circumscribe the kinds of stories that may be told.

5361. Writing for Media I (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: MFA candidacy or permission of instructor. Required for the fall semester of the first year of the MFA program.
A seminar and workshop exploring various approaches to media writing, including documentary treatment, experimental appropriation, performative conceptions, and narrative screenplays. Through weekly exercises and a final project, each student will begin to develop a personal integration of these approaches, leading to a voice of his/her own.

5451. Animation Workshop (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
A creative workshop exploring the concepts, aesthetics, and techniques of independent animation in a number of media from cards and cels to digital design and manipulation. (Offered summer only.)

5461 Visual Research Film Workshop (4 s.h.)

Graduate students from across the university in fields of the arts, humanities and sciences join together to develop innovative approaches to visual research and representations of actuality through cinematic arts and other creative forms.  Students explore methods, language, ethics, and processes of nonfiction visual research, and learn ways to work together across disciplines to make innovate documentary projects. Modules include documentary poetics, ethnography and participant observation, visual theory and semiotics, narrative and metaphor theory, spatial practices and geographic imaging, ethnics in visual research, emergent praxis and interdisciplinary collaboration among others. 

5467 Media Arts Theory & Practice (4 s.h.)

This cross-disciplinary graduate workshop explores uses of new media in creative arts and cultural representation. Students examine emergent and hybrid uses of electronic technologies from digital mapping tools to mobile media. The cross-disciplinary course crosses fields of the arts, humanities and sciences and student projects can take many forms.  Using diverse tools, students develop original creative works that respond to critical readings and participate in discourse both in the classroom and through digital technologies.

5670. M.F.A. Colloquium (1 s.h.)

Required for the fall semester of the first year of the MFA program.
Wide variety of discussions, screenings, and lectures from guest image makers, exploring and integrating the range of theoretical, conceptual, and pedagogical aspects of film and video production. This course must be taken a second time for fulfillment of the MFA degree in FMA.

5671. Film History and Theory (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: MFA candidate or permission of the instructor. Recommended for the fall semester of the first year of the MFA program.
This course surveys major filmmakers who have theorized their practice in journals, workbooks, lectures, interviews, essays, etc., including theorist-practitioners like Sergei Eisenstein, Jean-Luc Godard, Atom Egoyan and Jane Campion. Historical and cultural contexts of theorist-practitioners and related critics are considered in relation to the conditions of experimentation and innovation in significant genres and aesthetic movements.

5672. History of Documentary Film (4 s.h.)

An international, historical survey of the factual film, including creative documentary, anthropological film, television news film, direct cinema, and cinema verite.

5673. Time-Image Arts/Cinemapr (4 S.h.)

Cross listed with Philosophy and Art History.
This screenings-oriented graduate course examines how writers such as Deleuze, Taussig, and Robbe-Grillet and media makers such as Antonioni, Frampton, and Viola expand our ideas about time- based images and the production of space in a globalizing and technological era. Students respond to the readings and screenings through short biweekly discussion papers, which are used to launch seminar discussions. Students conclude the course with a paper (M.A./Ph.D. students) or project (M.F.A. students) designed in response to the course discussions; students share in a cross-disciplinary critique of each other’s works.

5771. Producing (4 s.h.)

An overview of the processes of financing, managing, promoting, and distributing a documentary, fiction, or experimental production. Emphasis is on projects produced independently, outside the commercial mainstream, and without institutional sponsorship or governance. Students will produce a comprehensive proposal for a viable film or videotape project.

8242. Experimental Media Workshop (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
An advanced workshop to develop projects in experimental, documentary, or narrative forms using portable video, TV studio, and computerized image and editing facilities.

8243. Film Sound (4 s.h.)

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8244. Experimental Methods (4 s.h.)

The focus in this graduate-only course is on how film and media arts techniques might be used to explore notions of time, place, visual thinking and consciousness. The course blends a cross-disciplinary conversational seminar format with production, workshop critiques, and optional training sessions on a number of special techniques in film and new media. The course enables students to develop approaches that may result in self-standing experimental works or may result in sequences that will be incorporated into larger projects. In the past, this has included students making experimental works for festivals, gallery exhibition, and performance events, as well as students developing painted and optically printed motifs that are interwoven in their larger MFA projects. The flexibility of the class accommodates grads at differing levels; including students who would like to explore cinematic questions through small experiments and others who are working toward a thesis-level work. Experiments in presentation approaches are encouraged, including interactive media, performance, and gallery exhibition formats.

8245. Documentary Workshop (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Design, pre-production planning, production, and subsequent evaluation of individual documentary projects.

8246. Advanced Documentary/Fiction Workshop (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: FMA 419, 651 or permission of the instructor
Designing and executing individual documentaries, dramatic projects, or works that intermix the strategies of documentary and fiction while dealing with socially significant material. Each project will involve one month of planning and scripting, one month of field production in film or video, and a final month of editing and postproduction. Lectures, demonstrations, critiques, and crew assignments on each other’s projects will accompany the intensive fieldwork.

8340. Topics in Production (1-4 s.h.)

Schedule changes depending on the semester.

8341. Screen Directing Theory and Practice (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Theories of directing, dramatic form, and acting are examined through lectures, demonstrations, readings, and applied exercises to establish a theoretical and practical foundation in film and television directing.

8361. Writing for Media II (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
The preparation of a scenario and complete television or motion picture script.

8450. Topics In Media (1-4 s.h.)

Schedule changes depending on the semester.

8451. Digital Animation (4 s.h.)

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8452. New Technology Laboratory (4 s.h.)

A creative laboratory for graduate students to explore new media arts and interactive technologies for producing a variety of experimental, documentary, narrative and genre blended projects. Emanating from classical arts traditions to contemporary forms of interactive media: video games, social and locative media, the projects range from the production of websites to interdisciplinary multi-media installations and performances. Successful NewTechLab productions have included individual and collaborative works by students from FMA, Art, Architecture, Dance, Music, Theater, Computer and Information Sciences.

Open to all MFA students in the FMA Department. Permission of the instructor required for students in other departments.
Course website
Prof Peter d’Agostino’s website

8551. Digital Post-Production (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: FMA 457 or permission of the instructor
Advanced tools and concepts of digital non-linear editing of film and video with emphasis on fine-cut preparation, file management, ProTools, foley, looping, multi-track mixing, compositing, titling, EDL generation, and film matchback.

8670. Topics In Media Studies (1-4 s.h.)

Schedule changes depending on semester.

8673. Historical Film Research (4 s.h.)

Major trends in theatrical film history and the methods and issues in the writing of film history.

8674. Critical Methods Seminar (1-4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: FMA 461. Required of 4th semester MFA candidates.
Methods and approaches to issues of media history, theory, and critical analysis are covered through lectures, discussions, screenings, and directed research as practical preparation for comprehensive examinations.

8675. Seminar: International Film (4 s.h.)

A critical and historical examination of the films of a particular country or world region. Topics vary per semester. May be repeated (as long as the specific topic is not duplicated).

8771. Exhibition/Distribution (3 s.h.)

The objective of this course is to expose students to methods and approaches for exhibition and distribution of independent media. Students will investigate popular media outlets such as film/video festivals, microcinemas and internet exhibition possibilities, to name only a few. The course will serve dual functions in that it will prepare students to distribute their own work while also exposing them to career opportunities in exhibition and distribution. 

9085. Professional Field Experience (1-4 s.h.)

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9245. Advanced Problems in Film & Video Production I (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: FMA 655 and permission of instructor
Enrollment limited. Planning and production of individual projects dealing with significant topics. May be repeated.

9282. Directed Projects (1-4 s.h.)

Individual production projects proposed by advanced students.

9683. Directed Readings (1-4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: The FMA core with a B or better, or permission of the instructor or chair.
Note: Reserved for university Honors students.
An advanced seminar or workshop in multimedia, digital media, or new technologies. Topics vary each semester. Individual research/theory projects proposed by advanced students.

9995. M.F.A. Projects (1-6 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Permission of the department
Open only to M.F.A. candidates in Film and Media Arts for their final project. May be repeated for credit during all semesters the final project is in progress, although only a maximum of six hours will be counted toward the degree.

Special Topics

Each semester Temple offers numerous classes beyond the official course catalogue. Here are the classes being offered for the upcoming semester. Some of these courses will be offered again, some will only be offered only once.