Ithaca College

Roy H. Park School of Communications

Cinema and Photography

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Steven Skopik, Professor and Chair

The Department of Cinema and Photography administers two degree programs: the bachelor of science program in cinema and photography and the bachelor of fine arts program in film, photography, and visual arts. Both offer a variety of experiences in the conceptual, design, and production phases of film and photography. The department also offers a minor in still photography. The departmental curriculum provides the critical, theoretical, and historical frames of reference necessary for informed communication and creative expression, as well as technical fluency with the media.

The bachelor of science program in cinema and photography (120 credits) has three concentrations - cinema production, screenwriting, and still photography. Majors typically choose their concentration before registration for the first semester of their sophomore year. The B.S. program allows students to choose a significant number of elective courses and/or minors from the broad range of offerings at the College.

The bachelor of fine arts program in film, photography, and visual arts (120 credit hours) emphasizes an interdisciplinary focus in a production-intensive communications and fine arts program. It combines the same course requirements found in the cinema production concentration of the B.S. program with significant additional required coursework in still photography and required supplemental courses in video production, studio art, and art history. The B.F.A. program is more tightly structured than the B.S. program, with fewer open electives. Planning for off-campus semesters (in London, Los Angeles, or elsewhere) must be done carefully.

Entering majors in both degree programs must have their own light meters and 35 mm cameras. In addition, students must pay for laboratory services and purchase materials such as photographic film and paper, mounting board, motion picture film, videotapes, and digital storage media. Because of the large number of required production courses, B.F.A. applicants should be aware that they will incur additional expenses for supplies.

B.S. in Cinema and Photography

Departmental Academic Policies

In addition to meeting general College guidelines for academic standing and the Park School academic policies, majors in cinema and photography are required to maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.00. All majors must complete a minimum of 60 credits outside communications and a minimum of 60 credits in courses designated as liberal arts (LA).

Requirements for the Major

*Denotes a liberal arts course

Departmental requirements

CNPH-10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis*

3

CNPH-11100

Cinema Production 1

4

CNPH-14100

Introduction to Photography*

4

Total

11

Additional requirements for the cinema production concentration

CNPH-21400

Hollywood and American Film

4

CNPH-21001-21099

Special Topics in Cinema Production (3) (must be taken twice)

6

CNPH-21100

Sync-Sound Production Technique

1

CNPH-23300

Screenwriting

3

Choose one of the following:

CNPH-30000

Fiction Film Theory (3)

CNPH-30100

Nonfiction Film Theory (3)

3

Choose two of the following (one must be CNPH-32100, CNPH-32200, CNPH-32300, or CNPH-32400):

CNPH-32100

Advanced Cinema Production: Fiction (4)

CNPH-32200

Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction (4)

CNPH-32300

Advanced Cinema Production: Experimental (4)

CNPH-32400

Advanced Cinema Production: Animation (4)

CNPH-33001-33099

Special Topics in Advanced Cinema Production (4)

8

Choose one of the following:

CNPH-42000

Thesis Cinema Production (4)

CNPH-45000

Cinema Production Practicum (4)

4

Total

29

Additional requirements for the screenwriting concentration

THPA-16000

Introduction to Theater*

3

ENGL-2xx00

Level-2 English course*

3

WRTG-20500

Personal Essay*

3

CNPH-21400

Hollywood and American Film*

4

CNPH-23300

Screenwriting

3

WRTG-3xx00

Level-3 writing course*

3

CNPH-33300

Advanced Screenwriting

3

TVR-33300

Writing for Series Television

3

CNPH-40901-40999

Seminar in Film Studies*

4

CNPH-43201-43299

Selected Topics in Screenwriting

3

CNPH-43300

Screenwriting Workshop

3

Choose one of the following:

CNPH-33300

Advanced Screenwriting+ (repeated a second time) (3)

TVR-43100

Advanced Writing for Television (3)

3

Choose one of the following:

CNPH-30000

Fiction Film Theory* (3)

CNPH-30100

Nonfiction Film Theory* (3)

3

Choose one of the following:

ENGL-1xx00

Level-1 English course* (3)

ENGL-2xx00

Level-2 English course* (3)

3

Choose one of the following:

WRTG-15000

Affiliate to Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis* (3)

WRTG-10600

Academic Writing I* (3)

WRTG-11100

Academic Writing II (3)

3

Choose one of the following:

THPA-13100

Acting I* (3)

SPCM-13200

Storytelling* (3)

SPCM-26000

Analysis and Performance of Literature* (3)

3

Total

50

+May be repeated once. Students may opt to take TVR-43100 instead of a second semester of CNPH-33300.

Additional requirements for the still photography concentration

CNPH-20300

The Photograph in Exhibition

1

CNPH-24000

History of Photography*

3

CNPH-24200

Intermediate Photography

4

CNPH-30401-30499

Photography: Selected Topics (two sections required)

8

CNPH-40200

Photographers' Forum

1

CNPH-44000

Contemporary Photographic Issues*

3

CNPH-44300

Photo Workshop

4

Choose two courses from the following:

ARTH-13500

Visual Culture*

ARTH-25100

Nineteenth-Century European Art*

ARTH-25200

Twentieth-Century European Art*

ARTH-25500

The Mediated Image*

ARTH-27500

Selected Topics in Art History*

ARTH-28300

American Visual Culture*

ARTH-28500

Art since 1960*

ARTH-34200

Images of Women in Western Art*

ARTH-35000

Studies in Art from Baroque to Modern*

ARTH-37500

Selected Topics in Art History*

ARTH-38600

American Painting: Landscape into History*

ARTH-39000

Introduction to Museology*

6

Choose one of the following:

CMSP-10600

Academic Writing I (3)

CMSP-11100

Academic Writing II (3)

3

Total

33

Summary

Departmental requirements

11

Concentration requirements:

Cinema Production

29

Screenwriting

50

Still Photography

33

Electives

59-80

Total, B.S. in cinema and photography

120

B.F.A. in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts

Academic Policies

In addition to meeting general College guidelines for academic standing and the Park School academic policies, majors in film, photography, and visual arts are required to maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75. All majors must complete a minimum of 48 credits outside communications, and a minimum of 25 percent of their credits (normally 30) in courses designated as liberal arts (LA).

Requirements for the Major

*Denotes a liberal arts course

Departmental requirements

CNPH-10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis*

3

CNPH-11100

Cinema Production 1

4

CNPH-14100

Introduction to Photography*

4

CNPH-21400

Hollywood and American Film*

4

CNPH-21011-21099

Special Topics in Cinema Production
(must be taken twice)

6

CNPH-21100

Sync-Sound Production Technique

1

CNPH-23300

Screenwriting

3

CNPH-24000

History of Photography*

3

CNPH-24200

Intermediate Photography

4

CNPH-42000

Thesis: Cinema Production

4

CNPH-44000

Contemporary Photographic Issues*

3

CNPH-44300

Photo Workshop

4

Choose one of the following:

CNPH-30000

Fiction Film Theory (3)

CNPH-30100

Nonfiction Film Theory (3)

3

Choose two of the following (one must be CNPH-32100, CNPH-32200, CNPH-32300, or CNPH-32400):

CNPH-32100

Advanced Cinema Production: Fiction (4)

CNPH-32200

Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction (4)

CNPH-32300

Advanced Cinema Production: Experimental (4)

CNPH-32400

Advanced Cinema Production: Animation (4)

CNPH-33001-33099

Selected Topics in Advanced Cinema Production (4)

8

Total

54

Additional requirements

Video supplement

TVR-11500

Introduction to Field Production

4

Choose one of the following:

TVR-31000

Experimental Video: Production and Criticism (4)

TVR-49100

Video Workshop (4)

4

Total

8

Art history supplement

ARTH-1xxxx

One level-1 art history course

3

ARTH-2xxxx or ARTH-3xxxx

Two level-2 or level-3 art history courses

6

Total

9

Directed elective - choose one of the following:

CNPH-33300

Advanced Screenwriting (3)

THPA-11200

Introduction to Theatrical Design (3)

THPA-30300

Techniques of Theater Sound Production (3)

ART-12000

Two-Dimensional Design* (3)

ART-13000

Introduction to Drawing* (3)

ART-22000

Intermediate Drawing (3)

ART-27000

Book Design (3)

WRTG-23400

Humorous Writing* (3)

WRTG-30500

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy* (3)

MUNM-25100

Music and the Media* (3)

Total

3

Summary

Total requirements

78

Open electives

42

Total, B.F.A. in film, photography, and visual arts

120

Minor in Still Photography

Steve Skopik, Professor and Coordinator

Not open to majors in cinema and photography or in film, photography, and visual arts. A minor in still photography provides opportunities to develop a systematic knowledge of the discipline. Minors must be declared through consultation with still photography faculty and approved by the chair of the cinema and photography department. Applicants to the minor must have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance into the minor.

Required courses for the minor

CNPH-14100

Introduction to Photography

4

CNPH-24000

History of Photography

3

CNPH-24200

Intermediate Photography

4

CNPH-44300

Photo Workshop

4

Photography electives (any two different offerings under CNPH-30400 Photography: Selected Topics)

8

Total

23

Note: Transfer courses are not accepted to meet requirements of the minor.