All courses are 3 units unless specified.

Overall total: 60 units

First Year

Fall Semester

  • PROD 500 - Fundamentals of Production
  • PROD 565 - Cinematography
  • PROD 566 - Post-Production
  • SCWR 501 - Writing for Production

Spring Semester

  • Select between:
    • PROD 530 - Intermediate Documentary Pre-Production
      OR
    • SCWR 530 - Screenwriting for Intermediate Production
  • PROD 550 - Intermediate Production
  • PROD 668 - Production Planning
  • RECA 500 - Sound for Production

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • PROD 600 - Advanced Production (6 units)
  • RECA 567 - Seminar in Sound

Declaration of Specialization

Students declare one of the following specializations:

  • Second Year

    Spring Semester

    • PROD 598 - Developing, Selling, & Monetizing Digital Content
    • PROD 598 - Film & TV Development
    • FTVS 513 - Seminar in American Film
    • FTVA 688 - Intern Practicum (zero units)

    Third Year

    Fall Semester

    • PROD 685 - Producing Master Class
    • SCWR 685 - Entertainment Business Affairs
    • FTVS 514 - Seminar in International Film

    Spring Semester

    • PROD 670 - Thesis Portfolio
    • Advanced Elective - Select from the following:
      • PROD 598 - Web Series Development
      • SCWR 635 - Advanced Motion Picture Script Analysis
      • SCWR 551 - Seminar in Feature Writing
      • Others by permission of Chair
    • FTVS Elective - Any 500 or 600-level FTVS course

    Final Deliverables

    • Work as a Producer on at least two Graduate Thesis projects, managing the project from pre-production through post-production. Submit links to finished films and a three-page reflection on the experience.
    • Complete a Thesis project consisting of: a bible, pitching materials, business marketing strategy, pitch presentation for industry, a look book.
    • A web series idea composed of either a written treatment and visual pitch OR a completed digital proof of concept (POC).
    • A rip/tone reel or visual sales tool for the web series.
  • Second Year

    Spring Semester

    • FTVS 513 - Seminar in American Film
    • SCRW 620 - Writing the Narrative Production Thesis
    • Advanced Elective - Students choose the first of three advanced elective courses in Directing Fiction:
      • PROD 685 - Visual Design
      • PROD 598 - Pre-Visualization
      • PROD 598 - Web Series Development
      • SCWR 635 - Advanced Motion Picture Script Analysis
      • PROD 666 - Advanced Editing
      • PROD 690 - Post-Production Effects
      • PROD 685 - Editing and Finishing the Short Film
      • PROD 685 - Working with Actors
      • PROD 680 - Seminar in Directing
      • PROD 685 - Producing Master Class
      • PROD 685 - Directing the Camera
      • PROD 685 - Film and TV Development
      • SCWR 551 - Seminar in Feature Writing

    Third Year

    Fall Semester

    • PROD 650 - Thesis Production
    • FTVS 514 - Seminar in International Film
    • Advanced Elective - Select from the list above

    Spring Semester

    • PROD 670 - Thesis Post-Production
    • Advanced Elective - Select from the list above
    • FTVS Elective - Any 500 or 600-level FTVS course

    Final Deliverables

    • Completed fiction film 8-15 minutes in length
    • Festival plan and promotional materials
  • Second Year

    Spring Semester

    • FTVS 513 - Seminar in American Film
    • PROD 626 - Pre-production for Documentary Thesis
    • FTVA 688 - Intern Practicum (zero units)

    Third Year

    Fall Semester

    • PROD 650 - Thesis Production
    • FTVS 514 - Seminar in International Film
    • Advanced Elective - Students choose the first of three advanced elective courses in Directing Non-Fiction:
      • PROD 685 - Visual Design
      • PROD 635 - Advanced Motion Picture Script Analysis
      • PROD 666 - Advanced Editing
      • PROD 690 - Post-Production Effects
      • PROD 685 - Working with Actors
      • PROD 680 - Seminar in Directing
      • PROD 685 - Producing Master Class
      • PROD 685 - Directing the Camera
      • PROD 598 - Film and TV Development

    Spring Semester

    • PROD 670 - Thesis Post-Production
    • Advanced Elective - Select from the list above
    • FTVS Elective - Any 500 or 600-level FTVS course

    Final Deliverables

    • Completed documentary film 15-30 minutes in length
    • Festival plan and promotional materials
  • Second Year

    Spring Semester

    • PROD 669 - Advanced Cinematography
    • PROD 685 - Color Correction
    • FTVS 513 - Seminar in American Film
    • FTVA 688 - Intern Practicum (zero units)

    Third Year

    Fall Semester

    • PROD 685 - Cinematography Master Class
    • FTVS 514 - Seminar in International Film
    • Advanced Elective - Students choose the first of three advanced elective courses in Cinematography:
      • PROD 685 - Directing the Camera
      • PROD 685 - Music Video Production
      • PROD 598 - Pre-Visualization
      • PROD 666 - Advanced Editing
      • PROD 685 - Visual Design

    Spring Semester

    • PROD 670 - Thesis Portfolio
    • Advanced Elective - Select from the list above
    • FTVS Elective - Any 500 or 600-level FTVS course

    Final Deliverables

    • 2- to 3-minute cinematography reel
    • Online portfolio / website
    • A completed personal marketing package
    • Shoot a minimum of four short films and provide links. At least two films must be Graduate Thesis projects (in PROD or WPTV). Undergraduate senior thesis can make up the other two projects.
  • Second Year

    Spring Semester

    • FTVS 513 - Seminar in American Film
    • FTVA 688 - Intern Practicum (zero units)
    • Advanced Elective - Six units selected from the following:
      • RECA 568 - Advanced Post-Production Sound
      • PROD 690 - Post-Production Effects
      • PROD 669 - Advanced Cinematography
      • PROD 685 - Color Correction
      • PROD 685 - DIT Workshop (1 unit)
      • PROD 685 - Post-Production Supervisor Workshop (2 units)
      • SCWR 635 Advanced Motion Picture Script Analysis (3 units)

    Third Year

    Fall Semester

    • PROD 666 - Advanced Editing
    • FTVS 514 - Seminar in International Film
    • Advanced Elective - Select from the list above

    Spring Semester

    • PROD 670 - Thesis Portfolio
    • PROD 680 - Editing and Finishing the Short Film
    • FTVS Elective - Any 500 or 600-level FTVS course

    Final Deliverables

    • 2- to 5-minute editing reel
    • Online portfolio / website
    • Trailers for completed films
    • 25 to 60 minutes of edited content for Graduate Thesis films (PROD or WPTV). Must include a minimum of two projects.
    • Post-production schedules, budgets, and workflows for each project