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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2002-2003

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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 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 department also offers a minor in still photography.

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 very 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 2.50. 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 liberal arts courses)

Departmental requirements

222-10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis*

3

222-11100

Cinema Production 1

4

222-14100

Introduction to Photography*

4

 

Total

11

Additional requirements for the cinema production concentration

222-21400

Hollywood and American Film

4

222-22400

Cinema Production 2

4

222-23300

Screenwriting

3

222-40901-222-40999

Seminar in Film Studies

4

Choose one of the following

222-30000

Fiction Film Theory (3)

 

222-30100

Nonfiction Film Theory (3)

3

Choose two of the following (one must be 222-32100, 222-32200, 222-32300, or 222-32400)

222-32100

Advanced Cinema Production: Fiction (4)

 

222-32200

Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction (4)

 

222-32300

Advanced Cinema Production: Experimental (4)

 

222-32400

Advanced Cinema Production: Animation (4)

 

222-33001-33099

Special Topics in Advanced Cinema Production (4)

8

Choose one of the following

222-42000

Thesis Cinema Production (4)

 

222-45000

Cinema Production Practicum (4)

4

 

Total

30

Additional requirements for the screenwriting concentration

305-16000

Introduction to Theater*

3

307-2XX00

Level-2 English course*

3

377-20500

Personal Essay*

3

222-21400

Hollywood and American Film*

4

222-23300

Screenwriting

3

377-3xx00

Level-3 writing course*

3

222-33300

Advanced Screenwriting

3

221-33300

Writing for Series Television

3

222-40901-222-40999

Seminar in Film Studies*

4

222-43201-222-43299

Selected Topics in Screenwriting

3

222-43300

Screenwriting Workshop

3

Choose one of the following

222-33300

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

221-43100

Advanced Writing for Television (3)

3

Choose one of the following

222-30000

Fiction Film Theory* (3)

 

222-30100

Nonfiction Film Theory* (3)

3

Choose one of the following

307-1xx00

Level-1 English course* (3)

 

307-2xx00

Level-2 English course* (3)

3

Choose one of the following

377-15000

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

 

377-10600

Academic Writing I* (3)

377-10700

Academic Writing II (3)

3

Choose one of the following

305-13100

Acting I* (3)

319-13200

Storytelling* (3)

319-26000

Analysis and Performance of Literature* (3)

3

 

Total

50

*May be repeated once. Students may opt to take 221-43100 instead of a second semester of 222-33300.

Additional requirements for the still photography concentration

222-20300

The Photograph in Exhibition

1

222-24000

History of Photography*

3

222-24200

Intermediate Photography

4

222-24600

Digital Photography

4

376-25200

Twentieth-Century European Art

3

376-28300

American Visual Culture

3

222-30401-222-30499

Photography: Selected Topics (two sections required)

8

222-40200

Photographers' Forum

1

222-44000

Contemporary Photographic Issues*

3

222-44100

Photography: Advanced Studio

4

222-44300

Photo Workshop

4

Choose one of the following

337-10600

Academic Writing I (3)

 

337-10700

Academic Writing II (3)

3

 

Total

41

Note: Majors with the still photography concentration must take 222-20300 and 222-20400 concurrently; and 222-44000 and 222-44100 concurrently.

Summary

 

Departmental requirements

11

 

Concentration requirements:

 
 

Cinema Production

30

 

Screenwriting

50

 

Still Photography

41

 

Electives

59-79

 

Total, B.S. in cinema and photography

120

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

Departmental 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 liberal arts courses)

Departmental requirements

222-10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis*

3

222-11100

Cinema Production 1

4

222-14100

Introduction to Photography*

4

222-21400

Hollywood and American Film*

4

222-22400

Cinema Production 2

4

222-23300

Screenwriting

3

222-24000

History of Photography*

3

222-24200

Intermediate Photography

4

222-40901-222-40999

Seminar in Film Studies*

4

222-42000

Thesis: Cinema Production

4

222-44000

Contemporary Photographic Issues*

3

222-44100

Photography: Advanced Studio

4

222-44300

Photo Workshop

4

Choose one of the following 3

222-30000

Fiction Film Theory (3)

 

222-30100

Nonfiction Film Theory (3)

 

Choose three of the following (one must be 222-32100, 222-32200, 222-32300, or 222-32400) 12

222-32100

Advanced Cinema Production: Fiction (4)

 

222-32200

Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction (4)

 

222-32300

Advanced Cinema Production: Experimental (4)

 

222-32400

Advanced Cinema Production: Animation (4)

 

222-33001- 222-33099

Selected Topics in Advanced Cinema Production (4)

 
 

Total

63

Additional requirements

Video supplement

221-11500

Introduction to Field Production

4

Choose one of the following

221-31000

Experimental Video: Production and Criticism (4)

 

221-49100

Video Workshop (4)

4

 

Total

8

Art history supplement

376-1xxxxx

One level-1 art history course

3

376-2xxxx or 376-3xxxx

Two level-2 or level-3 art history courses

6

 

Total

9

Directed elective -- choose one of the following

222-33300

Advanced Screenwriting (3)

 

305-11200

Introduction to Theatrical Design (3)

 

305-30300

Techniques of Theater Sound Production (3)

 

326-12000

Two-Dimensional Design* (3)

 

326-13000

Introduction to Drawing* (3)

 

326-22000

Intermediate Drawing (3)

 

326-27000

Book Design (3)

 

377-23400

Humorous Writing* (3)

 

377-30500

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy* (3)

 

555-25100

Music and the Media* (3)

3

 

Total

3

Summary

Total requirements

83

Open electives

37

 

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 2.50 cumulative GPA.

Required courses for the minor

222-14100

Introduction to Photography

4

222-24000

History of Photography

3

222-24200

Intermediate Photography

4

222-44300

Photo Workshop

4

 

Photography electives (defined as any two different offerings under 222-304xx or one offering under 222-304xx and 222-24600 Digital Photography)

8

 

Total

23

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

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