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Undergraduate Courses

Below is a list of the courses offered in the department of Film & Media Arts, click for course description. For specific information on which courses are being offered, class times and sections available during each semester, please visit the Temple University course search. To register for classes, visit TUPortal to access Self Service Banner. FMA classes fill up extremely quickly, so keep track of when registration opens for classes as soon as possible.

Course Descriptions

0843. Race & Ethnicity in American Cinema (3 s.h.)

Note: This course fulfills the Race & Diversity (GD) requirement for students under GenEd and Studies in Race (RS) for students under Core. Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed FMA 0943.
Movies have played a central role in how we understand race, racial categories, and ethnic cultural identities. We will study Hollywood’s evolving portrayal of African-Americans, Asian-Americans and ethnic groups like Latinos and Italian-Americans. From Edison’s early films, through “Birth of a Nation,” and to the present, commercial cinema has denigrated Americans of color and stereotyped its ethnic groups. How are stereotypes built up on century-old cinematic traditions and how do they function today? What self-images have minority filmmakers presented as an alternative to mainstream views? In addition to looking at the critiques, we look at more positive aspects of ethnic and racial images and examine the ways that these images speak to the history of the nation as a whole.

0869. Imaginary Cities (3 s.h)

Film making is an overwhelmingly urban phenomenon. This class will take you to cities around the world, examining how international cinema has richly depicted and interpreted urban life during the last hundred years. As you respond to film clips, readings, lectures and lively discussions about the increasingly urbanized face of world societies, you will study films texts, and research the contexts in which they were produced and consumed. In a semester-long project you will research and interpret how urban experience is depicted and explored in a specific film or film series.

0943. Honors Race & Ethnicity in American Cinema (3 s.h.)

Note: This course fulfills the Race & Diversity (GD) requirement for students under GenEd and Studies in Race (RS) for students under Core. Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed FMA 0843.
Movies have played a central role in how we understand race, racial categories, and ethnic cultural identities. We will study Hollywood’s evolving portrayal of African-Americans, Asian-Americans and ethnic groups like Latinos and Italian-Americans. From Edison’s early films, through Birth of a Nation, and to the present, commercial cinema has denigrated Americans of color and stereotyped its ethnic groups. How are stereotypes built up on century-old cinematic traditions and how do they function today? What self-images have minority filmmakers presented as an alternative to mainstream views? In addition to looking at the critiques, we look at more positive aspects of ethnic and racial images and examine the ways that these images speak to the history of the nation as a whole. (This is an Honors course.)

1141. Media Arts I (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0101.)
Note: This course is for majors only.
An introductory course in media arts and theory, which examines the history and practice of image making, sound production, and new technologies. Students will explore both hands-on production processes and theoretical foundations of film, video, and audio in a range of technologies including low-tech formats, professional studio, and computerized digital settings. Coursework will emphasize individual students’ rigorous exploration of creative, personal visions, along with commercial applications.

1142. Media Arts II (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0101.)
Note: This course is for majors only. Permission of the FMA Chair required for non-majors.
Prerequisite: FMA 1141 (0100).
A continuation of media arts theory and practice with an increased emphasis on aesthetics, genres, writing, and project design. Assigned production projects and readings include documentary, fictional, and experimental formats.

1143. Media Arts Combined (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0110.)
Note: This course is for Honors candidates or FMA transfer students only. FMA 1143(0110) counts in place of FMA 1141 (0100) and FMA 1142 (0101).
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair required. Honors status or production credits from a transferring institution required.
An accelerated introductory course in media arts production and theory, which examines image making, sound, and new technology for those students who already have a production background. The course will further develop hands-on production processes, while relating them to the theoretical and expressive foundations of media arts. Course work will include production projects, readings and written assignments.

1171. Media & Culture (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0102.)
Note: This course is for majors only. Permission of the FMA chair required of non-majors.
An overview of cultural production, distribution, and reception explored through lectures, readings, and screenings. Equally oriented towards practical concerns such as the economics of the arts and the mass media, and theoretical debates on the social, political, economic and aesthetic forces that shape culture.

1172. Introduction to Film and Video Analysis (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0155.)
Film and television analysis through screenings, lectures, and readings in the context of theory, history, and aesthetics.

1451. Survey of New Media (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0196.)
Cross Listed with NMIC 1451.
An introduction to the history, theory and aesthetics of computer/telecommunications media and new media arts. The iPhone, video games, World Wide Web, digital technologies, simulation, interactivity, random access, and today’s convergence of computational, telecommunications and audiovisual media are transforming human interaction at personal, local and global levels. Readings include the commentaries and works of philosophers, theorists, writers and artists and draw on theoretical and historical texts, fiction, interactive multimedia, audiovisual media and the internet.

2241. Filmmaking (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0210.)
Note: This course is for majors only. Permission of the FMA Chair required for non-majors.
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core required before taking this course, or permission of instructor.
Intensive instruction and practice with the tools and concepts of recording and structuring motion pictures in 16mm film. Coursework will consist of individual and collaborative film exercises and projects.

2242. Videography (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0200.)
Note: This course is for majors only. Permission of the FMA chair required for non-majors.
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course or permission of instructor.
Intensive instruction and practice with the tools of recording and structuring video. Coursework will consist of individual and group exercises and projects conducted in the studio and in the field.

2243. Audio: Production and Aesthetics (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0231.)
Note: This course is primarily for FMA majors. Mode: Lecture, hands on instruction, discussion.
Prerequisite: Special permission required for non-majors.
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.

2244. Still Photography for Filmmakers (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0211.)
Using a single lens reflex camera, the student will learn technical and aesthetic considerations regarding natural and artificial light, exposure, shutter speeds, f/stops, framing, composition, lens selection and how these factors affect perspective and depth of field. The course will relate concepts in still photography to parallel practices in motion pictures.

2396. Media Writing I (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 2361 & 0201.)
Prerequisite: Completion of FMA core.
Seminar and workshop exploring various approaches to fiction and nonfiction media writing.
Note: This course is for majors only. Permission of the FMA chair required for non-majors. Prior to Spring 2009, the course title was “Writing for Media.”

2451. Experimental Video and Multi-Media (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0241.)
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course, or permission of instructor.
Intensive laboratory and field experience exploring personal, aesthetic, and social applications of video utilizing digital camcorders, editing, and multi-media facilities. This course includes regularly scheduled screenings of significant experimental video and multimedia projects.

2452. Web Art & Design (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0245.)
Prerequisite: Completion of FMA core is required before taking this course.
Students explore the interactive web site as an art form and communications medium. They will consider these issues in designing and producing interactive narrative, locative media projects and social media art works. The course will concentrate on conceptual, esthetic and technical engagement with multimedia production.

2471. New Media Colloquium (1 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0249.)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required. Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course.
A seminar for New Media students, which will host guests from the New Media professions and arts. The course will critique student and professional work and focus on a topic related to this discipline. Class will seek to integrate student’s work across the New Media concentration.

2551. Editing Film and Video (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0257.)
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course or permission of instructor.
Techniques, practices, equipment, procedures, and theories involved in achieving structure in film and video.

2670. Topics in Film Study (4 s.h.)

2670. Topics in Film Study (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0292.)
Prerequisite: Completion of a prior media studies course or permission of the instructor.
An intermediate exploratory seminar in film study. Courses vary.

2671. Film Noir (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0263.)
This course examines the concept of “Film Noir” in its cultural context using a body of films (literature, photography, art, music) to analyze predominant themes and the history of the concept in film scholarship. Directors, producers and writers of Noir; the industrial process by which these films were produced, marketed and exhibited; and a variety of cultural/historical issues (e.g. race, gender, class, urban development, national morale) will be examined. The first part of the class will focus on “Classic” Noir (1940-60), while the second will concentrate on the evolution of Noir, scrutinizing 1960-contemporary films that have appropriated Film Noir characteristics, paying particular attention to international examples.

2672. Film Comedy (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0264.)
Note: Open to FMA majors and non-majors.
This course will examine American Comedy, with a particular focus on several significant directors/producers: Harold Lloyd, Preston Sturges, Frank Tashlin, Woody Allen. We will approach this class in equal parts as a directors study, a genre study, an American culture study. Some of the questions we’ll address are: How does comedy function/work? What personal styles emerge from the genre? Are these films and their critical concerns reflective of larger patterns and tendencies in American life?

2673. Independent Film/Video (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0262.)
Lectures, screenings and critical assignments will survey and analyze significant narrative, documentary and experimental works that challenge the assumptions and practices of mainstream media.

2674. History of Photography (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0265.)
An examination of the history and aesthetics of fine art, documentary and commercial photography within their cultural contexts. The course will cover the works of major photographers and will relate historical and contemporary concepts in still photography to parallel practices in motion pictures.

2675. Film History I (1895-1950) (3 s.h.)

This screening-intensive course surveys the broad trends in the development of cinema as an art and as an industry. Spanning from the beginning of cinema to the immediate post-World War II years, it will ask how a popular art arose and how cinema finds its expression either with or against its commercial nature. Topics to include the Hollywood studio system, European and international national cinema traditions, the avant-garde, the role of documentary and propaganda, and the role of women in the film industry.

2676. Film History II (1950-present) (3 s.h.)

Note: FMA 2675 is not a prerequisite.
This screening-intensive course surveys the broad trends in the development of cinema as an art and as an industry. Spanning from 1950 to present, it will examine how notions of film art and social protest defined national cinemas, including American film, against the traditional Hollywood studio film. Topics to include the decline of the studio system, the international art film, the New Hollywood, oppositional countercinema, independent cinema, and transnational and global exchange of cinematic style and language.

2771. Producing (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0270.)
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core is required before taking this course, or permission of instructor.
The business of making media from conceptualization, budgeting, financing, and fundraising to production management, distribution, and marketing. Focusing on both commercial and not-for-profit organizations and strategies, coursework includes readings, lectures, case studies, as well as guest professionals, and multi-genre assignments in developing hypothetical projects.

3085. Internship (1- 4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0397.)
Note: Enrollment subject to availability of openings. Contact FMA’s internship director.
Students selected on the basis of special qualifications are assigned as interns on an unpaid basis with organizations professionally engaged in broadcasting and film.

3242. Experimental Media Workshop (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0341.)
Note: This course is repeatable for credit. Prior to fall 2009, this course was called “Experimental TV.
Prerequisite: Completion of FMA Core. Completion of FMA 2242 (0200) or FMA 2451 (0241); or permission of the instructor.
An advanced workshop to develop projects in experimental, documentary, or narrative forms using portable video, TV studio, and editing facilities.

3244. Lighting for Film and Video (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0311.)
Prerequisite: either FMA 2241 (0210), 2242 (0200), theater lighting, or still photography course and permission of the instructor.
This workshop will explore the technical, aesthetic, and compositional aspects of lighting for cinematic, photographic, and electronic media for all students, as well as advanced issues of cinematography and synchronous sound for those students who wish to continue study of filmmaking. The course will analyze the evolution of lighting styles (such as classical Hollywood, neorealist, film noir, and expressionism) in fiction and non-fiction moviemaking. Each student will complete an individual and/or group portfolio of different lighting exercises. Students with an advanced interest in filmmaking will substitute camera and synchronous sound exercises for some of the lighting exercises.

3246. Making Documentaries (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0325.)
Prerequisite: FMA 2242 (0200) and FMA 2396 (2361/0201) or permission of instructor.
An advanced workshop in the theory, practice, and ethics of documentary production. The workshop will feature exercises in oral history and interview techniques, camerawork, field-sound recording, and music research, specialized editing assignments, and a final project. These skills will be integrated with documentary screenings along with readings and discussion.

3341. Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0323.)
Prerequisite: FMA 2396 (2361/0201); and FMA 2241 (0210), 2242 (0200), or 2451 (0241).
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 kind of stories that may be told.

3361. Screen Performance (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0322.)
Prerequisite: Completion of a 2000-level FMA production course, or a basic Theater acting course, or permission of the instructor.
Cross Listed with Theater 3278 (0319).
This course is designed to develop performance skills before the camera. Actors are given experience in texts for commercials, soap operas, sit-coms, and film scenes, so that they are prepared for auditions in these areas. Individual and ensemble exercises may be on location or in the studio.

3396. Writing for Media II (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA W320.)
Prerequisite: FMA 2396 (2361/0201) or permission of instructor.
An advanced course concentrating on the preparation of a complete television, motion picture, or non-fiction script.

3451. Animation Workshop (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0310.)
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core or permission of instructor.
A workshop on the art, techniques and concepts of animation, exploring several approaches from cards and cels to computer image making.

3452. New Technologies Lab (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0354.)
Prerequisite: FMA 1451 (0196). Permission of the instructor.
A creative laboratory for exploring new media arts and interactive technologies for producing a variety of experimental, documentary, narrative and genre blended projects. Generating from classical traditions ( film, visual and performing arts ) to contemporary forms of interactive media: video games, blogs & YouTube, 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 & Information Sciences. Open to all FMA majors with suggested prerequisites that include: FMA 1451 (0196), FMA 2451 (0241), FMA 2451 (0245). Permission of the instructor required for students with equivalent prerequisites in other departments.
Course website
Prof Peter d’Agostino’s website

FMA 3473 – Moving Camera(4 s.h.)

Moving Camera is a workshop course that explores the art and practice of moving camera media production. The course covers the range of techniques including handheld, dolly, jib, virtual/motion sensors and particularly focus on Steadicam operation. Class time will be spent on group discussion/exercises, lectures/screenings, lab instruction and critiquing work. Through a series of production projects, students will work through the aesthetics of moving camera and gain the technical and physical expertise necessary for successful projects. This course will also explore the theory and history of camera movement as well as blocking & directing techniques. Locative & mobile media projects will extend the work outside the classroom.

3551. Advanced Editing (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0357.)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. You must have successfully completed FMA 2551 (0257) and have a basic proficiency with Avid Xpress Pro.
Screenings, discussions, critiques, and individual as well as collaborative workshop exercises build upon editing techniques and aesthetic concepts introduced in prior editing courses. By the conclusion of the semester students will have completed projects designed to expose them to professional editing methods, approaches and techniques for both picture and sound.

3670. Topics in Media Culture (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0390.)
Note: Course may be repeated. Mode: Lectures, screenings, discussion, and written assignments.
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core and permission of instructor.
An exploratory seminar with varying special topics, which might include Gender, Theories of Subjectivity, and Marginalization and Representation.

3671. Theory and Practice of Media Culture (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0203.)
Note: This course is for majors only. Permission of the FMA chair required for non-majors.
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core or permission of instructor.
The course will describe how cultural studies have grown out of film and media studies, combining intellectual and social history with changing representational practices. Students will analyze the dynamic relationship between ideas, socio-cultural, practices and technologies.

FMA 3677 – American Film(4 s.h.)

This course studies the American cinematic tradition from its inception in the 1890s to the present. We will examine the development of film as an aesthetic medium and a technical language, and we will connect the issues and ideas that films deal with to changes in American culture and society during this time period. We will be especially concerned with how films are used in the major value debates that shape America.

3680. Foreign Studies in FMA (3 – 6 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0307.)
Note: FMA students may only count three credits towards the FMA major.
This course is a summer seminar in one of SCT’s study abroad locations. It is only available during summers when an FMA faculty member is leading the seminar.

3696. Writing Intensive Film Study (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA W391.)
Note: Course may be repeated. Mode: Lectures, screenings, discussion, and written assignments.
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core and permission of instructor.
A writing intensive seminar with varying special topics which might include criticism and analysis of East European Cinema, The Auteur Theory Re-examined, and Ideology and Hollywood Cinema of the 50s.

3770. Topics in Film Study (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0391.)
Lectures and screenings on a special topic arranged each semester. Please consult with the instructor.

3771. Exhibition and Distribution of Independent Media (3 s.h.)

The objective of this course is to expose you to methods and approaches to the 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 giving them behind-the-scenes, hands-on film festival experience.

3772. Fundraising for Independent Media (3 s.h.)

This class is a companion course to the FMA courses “How to be a Producer” and “Exhibition and Distribution of Independent Media”. This course is a workshop class where students must come prepared with a project around which they will create a fundraising campaign. At the conclusion of the course, the student should have a full funding proposal ready for dissemination to various funding sources.

FMA 3871 – Film Theory (4 s.h.)

This course introduces key ideas and debates in film theory. Covering work from classical film theory through the 1970s Screen theory to contemporary approaches, the course asks how best to understand film as an art form and social document. It will interrogate the nature of cinema as a medium and the direction of film in a digital age. Key ideas to include film aesthetics, signification, textuality, ideology, narration, political modernism, and feminist and postcolonial critique. Film screenings will illuminate concepts in the readings.

4240. Topics in Production (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0393.)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
A workshop in film, video, audio, or emerging new technologies. The course will address a particular production issue (an aspect of technology or an aesthetic approach) each time it is offered, such as production design, color correction, 3-D computer imagery, special effects, audio experimentation, video verité, and film/video diary.

4241. Senior Project I (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0382.)
Note: First semester of a two-semester sequence (4241-4242).
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in FMA core courses, FMA 2396 (2361/0201), plus FMA 2241 (0210) or 2242 (0200), senior status, and an approved project proposal.
Advanced pre-production and production of film, high definition video, or emerging technologies with specific emphasis on producing an ambitious work of artistic and social consequence, with critiques and evaluations by faculty and visiting professionals. Intensive field and laboratory work leading towards a year-long individual or collaborative final project for exhibition.

Application packet must include:

  • Senior Projects Approval Form (available in FMA office)
  • 1-2 page Approach Statement: a summary of the reasons for producing this project and its importance for you and others
  • Work sample: include only your strongest work (only 10 mins will be reviewed)

For narrative projects:

  • Script (20 page limit)
  • For documentary / experimental projects:
  • Project proposal, which must include:
  • “Story” Overview
  • Visual Treatment
  • Anticipated and/or completed Research
  • Project Budget

Deliver completed application to the FMA Office (Room 120).
Note: Please label your application clearly with name and project title

For more information or questions please contact Professor Eran Preis at  215-204-6991 or epreis@temple.edu.

4242. Senior Project II (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0383.)
Prerequisite: FMA 4241 (0382).
Continuation of FMA 4241 (0382) with an emphasis on completing the field production and post-production phases of a year-long project in film, high definition video or an emerging new technology.
Note: Second semester of a two-semester sequence (4241-4242).

4243. Film and Video Sound (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0331.)
Prerequisite: FMA 2243 (0231) or permission of the instructor.
Theory and practice of sound as it relates to film and video production location recording techniques, wild sound pick-up, Foley and sound effects, sound sweetening, scoring for film, and sound mixing for film.

4245. Cinematography Master Class I (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0387.)
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
An advanced production workshop that combines theory and practice in the making of personal films and crewing each other’s productions in Super 16mm or High Definition 24P digital video, along with technical and aesthetic exercises deconstructing cinematographic/videographic moviemaking.

4246. Cinematography Master Class II (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0388.)
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
This course is a continuation of the fall semester as a practicum in completing projects in super 16mm and 24P digital advanced productions as well as introducing new exercises. This course will have professional visitors and will continue to deconstruct cinematography and various cinematic forms in the treatment of fiction/non-fiction portraiture in observational/direct cinema, avant-garde (burst and unconventional filming), and autobiographical styles of moviemaking.

4250. Topics in Production (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0395.)
A workshop with a changeable technological or artistic topic in film or video post-production, multimedia, or 3-D computer animation.

4282. Special Projects (1 – 4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0396.)
Note: Candidates submit a detailed project plan on prescribed form before registration.
Prerequisite: Formal acceptance of project in writing by faculty sponsor and approval of FMA department chair.
Individual projects proposed by advanced students.

4341. Screen Directing (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0321.)
Prerequisite: B or better in Filmmaking, Videography or Experimental Video, or 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.

4397. Screenwriting Master Class I (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 4365 & 0385.)
Prerequisite: Completion of FMA core; FMA 3396 (W320): Writing for Media II; and permission of instructor. Special authorization required for all students.
The first half of the senior year capstone in screenwriting. Students will integrate in practice everything they have learned about film, screenwriting and story by developing the first draft of a feature-length screenplay. The course will be structured as a workshop, present students with the opportunity to further hone their critical skills and introduce them to the discipline of the writer’s life.

4398. Screenwriting Master Class II (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 4366 & 0386.)
Prerequisite: Completion of FMA core and FMA 4397 [4365 (0385)]: Screenwriting Master Class I; or permission of the instructor. Special authorization required for non-majors.
The second half of the senior year capstone. Students will focus on rewriting as an essential part of the writing process, as they rewrite and polish the first drafts of their feature scripts developed in Screenwriting Master Class I. They will be expected to cultivate their ability to give and receive a high level of criticism.

4440. Topics in Production (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0394.)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
A workshop in film, video, audio, or emerging new technologies. The course will address a particular production issue (an aspect of technology or an aesthetic approach) each time it is offered, such as color correction, 3-D computer animation, special effects, digital audio applications, and multimedia.

4451. Digital Animation, Compositing and Modeling (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0312.)
Prerequisite: FMA 2452 (0245); proficiency in Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro.
Animation, image compositing and object modelling have facilitated the crossover between animation and photographic imaging, mingling the fictive and the realistic image in digital film and videomaking. This workshop explores the techniques and effects of processing and layering the moving image within film/video language and within non-linear structures. Primary focus is on 2D animation and compositing using Adobe AfterEffects with other software packages introduced as time permits.

4461. Interactive Narrative (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0327.)
Note: An emphasis on interactive environments and games.
Prerequisite: One of the following FMA courses is required: FMA 2241, 2242, 2396, 2451 or 2452, OR permission of the instructor.
A creative course within a critical frame in which students make and study interactive worlds; textual, audio, graphical and video based stories, environments and games that incorporate explicit user choice. The course will be structured around a series of weekly exercises and readings, followed by a substantial final project. Students will learn necessary software.

4670. Topics in Film Study (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0392.)
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core and permission of instructor.
Lectures and screenings on a special topic arranged each semester. Please consult with the instructor.

4671. Senior Media Culture Thesis I (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0380.)
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in FMA core courses, plus FMA 3671 (0203), senior status and permission of instructor.
The planning, conceptualization, and design of a written research project that combines skills in theory, criticism, and historiography, or a producible script based on research.

4673. International Cinema (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0366.)
The course will survey and examine the various cultural determinants of international film forms through screenings, lectures, and readings. It will attempt to define the differences and similarities between mainstream Hollywood cinema and the range of international film forms from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

4674. Anthropological Film/Media (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0361.)
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core and junior or senior standing.
Anthropological perspectives on media studies in terms of both cultural organization and anthropological research tools; includes anthropological and communication theory, history of ethnography, and research methods with special emphasis on visual recording modes.

4696. Senior Media Culture Thesis II (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 4672 & 0381.)
Prerequisite: FMA 4671 (0380): Senior Media Culture Thesis I required. Special authorization required for all students.
The completion of the research project or script begun in FMA 4671 (0380).

4697. Advanced Film History (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA W368.)
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core or permission of the instructor.
Throughout its century-plus of existence, the cinema has been at once a popular entertainment, a major art form, a culture industry, and a basis for social and national identity. This course goes into depth into historical case studies to examine what film history means as an attempt to the richness of explain cinema’s past. The emphasis will be on research and argumentation. Possible topics to include the political economy of the film industry, reception study, social history of cinemagoing, national cinema, and auteur or star agency in the studio system.

4698. History of Documentary (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA W360.)
Prerequisite: Completion of the basic FMA core or permission of the instructor.
An interpretive historical survey of the non-fiction film explored through lectures, readings, and screenings. Films and writings to be studied will include work by Muybridge, Marey, Flaherty, Cooper, Grierson, Jennings, Lorentz, Van Dyke, Vertov, Ruttmann, Murrow, Leacock, Wiseman, Trinh Min Ha, and others.

4771. Pathways to Media Careers (2 s.h.)

(Formerly: FMA 0370.)
Note: Reserved for University Honors students.
Prerequisite: FMA core courses.
This course is designed to assist FMA Juniors and Seniors in transitioning from the insulation of the classroom to “real world” careers in media production. It will provide insight into the diverse opportunities available in media at independent, corporate, and industry levels.

4940. Honors Topics in Film (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: The FMA core with a B or better, or permission of the instructor or chair.
An advanced seminar or workshop in film or video. Topics vary each semester.

4950. Honors Topics in Media (4 s.h.)

Note: Reserved for University Honors Students.
Prerequisite: The FMA core with a B or better, or permission of the instructor or chair.
An advanced seminar or workshop in multimedia, digital media, or new technologies. Topics vary each semester.

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.