Ithaca College

Roy H. Park School of Communications

Cinema and Photography Courses

CNPH-10100 Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis LA HU

An analysis of the cinematic techniques utilized throughout film history to create meaning, suggest mood, develop psychology of characters, and communicate ideas. Emphasis is placed on classic American and foreign films, from the silent period to the present day. 3 credits. (F)

CNPH-11100 Cinema Production 1 NLA

In this intensive production experience, students learn the rudiments of creating a motion picture. Aspects of preproduction (idea conception, budgeting), production (camerawork, directing), and postproduction (sound and picture editing) are introduced as students create multiple works of cinema art.
4 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-14100 Introduction to Photography LA 3b

Introduction to photographic processes and historical, conceptual, and aesthetic concerns. Fundamentals of the art, including camera handling, exposure, digital image control and correction, lighting, composition, and printing. 4 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-20100 Film and Literature LA

Analysis of relationships between literature and film, focusing on the filmmaker's translation of verbal information to the screen. Topics include how the filmmaker transforms words into images and sound to establish setting and mood and convey characters' physical, emotional, and mental experiences, and how the filmmaker or scriptwriter is influenced by political, sociological, and production factors in determining what aspects of the work of literature are conveyed in the new medium. Prerequisites: CNPH-10100. 3 credits. (IRR)

CNPH-20310 The Photograph in Exhibition LA

Addresses the issue of photographic exhibition - touching on considerations of context, scale, and installation - as it affects the experience and meaning of images. Students will attend a series of photographic exhibitions and will critically evaluate the content of each through written papers and oral presentations. Prerequisites: Open only to B.S. cinema and photography students in the still photography concentration. Corequisites: CNPH-24000.
1 credit. (S)

CNPH-21001-CNPH-21099 Special Topics in Cinema Production NLA

Study of the cinema production process using significant works representative of important historical and contemporary ideas and movements. Screenings and readings inform discussions and analysis, providing familiarity with a broad range of production models, and connect cinematic work to larger questions of cultural production and artistic expression. Students in the B.S. cinema production concentration and B.F.A. degree in film, photography, and visual arts will take two different offerings of the course; the course may be repeated once. Prerequisite: One course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-21100 Sync-Sound Production Technique NLA

In this minicourse, students participate in several workshops using sync-sound recorders and cameras to understand how to create sync-sound film productions. Students will gain technical proficiency with sync-sound production through hands-on experience. Prerequisites: CNPH-11100. 1 credit. (F-S)

CNPH-21400 Hollywood and American Film LAHU

The focus is on the historical, economic, and social formations in the evolution of a wide range of American cinemas, including Hollywood, independent work, documentary, experimental, and hybrid forms. A survey and analysis of films of representative American directors, styles, and genres will be conducted.
4 credits. (S)

CNPH-22400 Cinema Production 2 NLA

In this intermediate-level motion picture production course, students complete several works of cinema, continuing where Cinema Production 1 left off in both technical and artistic sophistication. Students will make significant progress in the areas of sound design, cinematography, directing, and editing. Prerequisites: CNPH-11100. 4 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-23300 Screenwriting NLA

Introduction to the theory and practice of screenwriting. Topics include analysis and writing of feature-length, short, and experimental screenplays; adapting literary sources for the screen; the business of screenwriting; and computer formatting of screenplays. Prerequisites: CNPH-10100 or TVR-13100; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-24000 History of Photography LA

Study of photography from its beginning to its emergence as an important means of communication and expression. Critical examination of the growth and relationship of the contribution of photography to the visual arts. The development of the medium is seen through the eyes of past and present masters who struggled to understand and perfect it. Prerequisites: Nonmajors must have at least sophomore standing. 3 credits. (S)

CNPH-24200 Intermediate Photography NLA

Rigorous immersion in color processes and aesthetic concerns. Further technical mastery of image making, including large-format film, digital acquisition, high-resolution scanning, color control, and digital color output. Coursework introduces different modes of working and genres in the medium of photography. Students are asked to employ the various techniques to solve a variety of conceptual and aesthetic problems in the medium. Prerequisites:CNPH-14100. 4 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-25500 Survey of Critical Methodologies in Mass Media LA

Introductory overview of methodologies and approaches for the study of mass communications. Critical, historical, and social science methods are examined in terms of their framing of mass media, their philosophical approaches, their method of research, and their history and usage within the field of mass communications. Emphasis is placed on using these methods as analytical tools. Prerequisites: TVR-12100 or CNPH-10100. 3 credits. (IRR)

CNPH-30000 Fiction Film Theory LA

Close visual analysis of film, focusing on cinematographic and directorial aspects of film style. Detailed examination of specific films and various theories. Prerequisites: CNPH-10100; at least two level-2 liberal arts courses; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F)

CNPH-30100 Nonfiction Film Theory LA

Investigation of the social, historical, cultural, and aesthetic implications of nonfiction film through historical overview of various films. This course uses social theory, economic theory, ethnography, historiography, and documentary theory to explore the intersection of historical contexts and film movements. Prerequisites: CNPH-10100; at least two level-2 liberal arts courses; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F)

CNPH-30200 Selected Topics LA/NLA

Intensive exploration and analysis of a specific area of film study, allowing students to concentrate their study in an upper-level course. Depending on faculty research interests and student demand, this course may cover genres, periods, directors, and other cinematic conceptual frameworks. Prerequisites: Vary depending on the topic; consult department. 3 credits. (S)

CNPH-30300 Images of Men and Women in Mass Media LA

Investigation and assessment of the social construction of gender representations in mass media: feminist films, television, pornography, art photography, popular music, and fashion. As a survey of contemporary feminist cultural theory, social history, and criticism, this course analyzes mass culture as the site of mediation and articulation of discourses on women, men, and gender difference. Prerequisites: CNPH-23300, CNPH-24000, or at least three level-2 courses in television-radio, art history, politics, or sociology. 3 credits. (IRR)

CNPH-30400 Photography: Selected Topics NLA

Exploration and analysis of a specific area of photography. Topics vary based on student demand and on faculty expertise and research interests. Prerequisites: CNPH-14100, CNPH-24200, or may vary depending on topic - refer to Undergraduate Course Offerings each semester. 4 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-30500 Contemporary Film Criticism LA

Analysis and evaluation of contemporary films and criticism. Students trace current feature films to their artistic and cinematic roots and assess the value of the new offerings. At the same time, they evaluate national criticism (not reviews) of the new offerings. Prerequisites: CNPH-10100; CNPH-11000 or TVR-13100; CNPH-23300; CNPH-30000. 3 credits. (IRR)

CNPH-32100 Advanced Cinema Production: Fiction NLA

This intensive, advanced-level course examines cinema as a form of storytelling. Students produce their own cinema projects and critical papers to familiarize themselves with techniques of aesthetics specific to narrative cinemas. A final project of the student's design and participation in a culminating public exhibition of work from the class are required. Prerequisites: CNPH-22400.
4 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-32200 Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction NLA

This intensive, advanced-level course examines the relationship between the theory and practice of cinematic documentary. Students produce short cinema projects and critical papers to familiarize themselves with techniques and aesthetics specific to documentary modes of cinema. A final project of the student's design and participation in a culminating public exhibition of work from the class are required. Prerequisites: CNPH-22400. 4 credits. (S)

CNPH-32300 Advanced Cinema Production: Experimental NLA

This intensive, advanced-level course examines cinema as a visual art form akin to painting, photography, and sculpture. Readings, lectures, and screenings are used to develop a basic context for relevant critical, historical, and theoretical issues, with emphasis placed on the various formal, conceptual, structural, and post-structural ideas that characterize 20th-century modern and contemporary art. Students produce their own cinema projects and critical papers to familiarize themselves with these ideas and practices. A final project and participation in a culminating public exhibition of work from the class are required. Prerequisites: CNPH-22400. 4 credits. (F)

CNPH-32400 Advanced Cinema Production: Animation NLA

Intensive exploration of the art and craft of animated cinema. Through directed productions, screenings, readings, and workshops, students develop experience in several modes of animation including, but not limited to, cameraless, cel, electronic, and object animation within the context and history of cinema. Prerequisites: CNPH-22400. 4 credits. (Y)

CNPH-33001 through CNPH-33099 Special Topics in
Advanced Cinema Production NLA

Exploration of a specific area of cinema production, designed to enhance and enrich the traditional production curriculum and provide significant professional training for an ever-changing discipline. Subjects will likely include, but are not limited to: cinematography, sound design, advanced editing, alternative special effects, and directing for the screen. Topics will vary to reflect current and future trends in cinema production, as well as student demand and faculty expertise. Prerequisites: CNPH-22400. 4 credits. (Y)

CNPH-33300 Advanced Screenwriting NLA

Advanced theory and practice of screenwriting, with analysis of both classic and contemporary screenplays. Students complete a substantial portfolio of work in short and/or feature-length forms and participate in written and oral critiques of each other's work. With the permission of the instructor, students may rewrite and polish a script begun elsewhere. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisites: CNPH-23300. 3 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-40200 Photographers' Forum LA

Addresses the continuities and disparities between photographic images and the intent of their makers. Students attend a series of photographers' presentations and critically evaluate each through written and oral presentations. Prerequisites: CNPH-24000; one level-3 course in cinema, photography, or art history; senior standing. Open only to B.S. cinema and photography students in the photography concentration. Corequisites: CNPH-44000. 1 credit. (F)

CNPH-40901 through CNPH-40999 Seminar in Film Studies LA

Capstone course in film studies that provides an intensive experience in cinema research. Designed as a seminar to allow students to engage actively in their own research and critical thinking in this area, the course revolves around an intensive schedule of screenings and key readings on a particular topic in film studies. May be repeated with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: CNPH-30000, CNPH-30100, or permission of instructor. 4 credits. (Y)

CNPH-42000 Thesis Cinema Production NLA

Individual experience preparatory to graduate study and careers in cinema production. This course is designed to bring together ideas, processes, practices, and theories in the service of the production of a substantial work of cinema. Students will pursue an entire project from conception to completion, combining intensive preproduction, production, and postproduction with in-depth instruction on lab work, distribution, and exhibition. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on instructor, peer, and self-critique. In addition to completion of the final production, students are expected to generate an essay that situates their work within the history of the medium and contextualizes its relationship to current intellectual and creative debates. Prerequisites: CNPH-11100, CNPH-22400, CNPH-23300, CNPH-30000, or CNPH-30100; CNPH-32100, CNPH-32200, CNPH-32300, or CNPH-32400; senior standing. 4 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-43201 through CNPH-43299 Selected Topics in
Screenwriting NLA

Exploration and analysis of a specific genre or type of screenwriting. Topics vary based on faculty interests and student demand. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: CNPH-33300; junior standing; screenwriting concentration; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (Y)

CNPH-43300 Screenwriting Workshop NLA

A workshop in writing feature-length scripts for narrative film, preparatory for graduate study or a career in screenwriting, film, or television. Students complete a new feature-length script or, in rare instances with permission of the instructor, rewrite and polish a script begun elsewhere. Prerequisites: At least two semesters of CNPH-33300 or TVR-43100 and one semester of CNPH-33300; senior standing. 3 credits. (S-Y)

CNPH-44000 Contemporary Photographic Issues LA

Through lectures and discussions, the student is exposed to the changes and growth of the photographic medium. Photographic theories, criticism, classification, and aesthetics, as well as individual photographers, are explored to develop an understanding of contemporary photography. Prerequisites: CNPH-24000; one level-3 course in cinema, photography, or art history; senior standing. 3 credits. (F)

CNPH-44300 Photo Workshop NLA

Individual experience preparatory to graduate study and to careers in photography. Designed to fit the individual student's background and interests. Students bring together technical and conceptual competencies mastered in previous photography courses for the purpose of assembling a unified portfolio of exhibition-ready, fully realized work. Prerequisites: CNPH-24200; senior standing or permission of instructor. 4 credits. (S)

CNPH-45000 Cinema Production Practicum NLA

Motion picture production capstone course, in which students undertake the primary creative and professional roles in a significant project under the direct supervision of a faculty specialist. The nature of the project will vary with each offering. Prerequisites: CNPH-11100; CNPH-22400; CNPH-32100, CNPH-32200, CNPH-32300, or CNPH-32400; senior standing; faculty permission. 4 credits. (IRR)

CNPH-49000 Internship NLA

Jointly supervised work experience with a cooperating institution in the field of cinema or photography, intended to motivate the intern toward professional growth through observation and participation, to provide opportunities to meet active professionals, and to stimulate career planning. Skills and academic knowledge will be put into practice. May be repeated. Total may not exceed 12 credits, including London and Los Angeles internships. Prerequisites: Junior cinema and photography or film, photography, and visual arts major or minor; completion of the Park School internship procedures. Pass/fail only. 1-6 credits. (F-S)

CNPE-49800 London Communications Internship NLA

A limited number of internships with cooperating institutions or organizations are available to communications majors. The jointly supervised work experience offers the opportunity to learn through observation and participation in a professional setting. See p. 264. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; completion of Park School internship procedures; approval of the dean in the semester preceding the London registration. Pass/fail only. 3-6 credits. (F-S)

CNPH-49900 Independent Study LA

Intensive study of one of the following problems under the supervision of a faculty adviser: program evaluation, scriptwriting, production, programming, film and cinema studies, contemporary issues in communications. Comprehensive research paper and/or project is required. Prerequisites: Junior cinema and photography or film, photography, and visual arts major. 3 credits. (F-S)