keep in mind that these course descriptions are for
undergraduate production area courses only. This page
is provided as an informal resource only, and does not
reflect the most up-to-date University, College, or Departmental
requirements. Please consult the latest college catalog for
complete and current information. Many of these courses have
prerequisites and/or unique unit limitations not specified
Division Production Courses
200 Introduction to Single Camera and Editing
introduction to fundamentals of single camera production.
Students, working independently and in small groups, plan, shoot, and edit various short subject pieces such as interviews, music videos, and short narratives. This course familiarizes students with the basics of preproduction, production and postproduction with concentrations on camera operations, framing, composition, montage, and lighting.
201 Introduction to Television Studio Production
introduction to television production facilities and
TVF 201 is the entry level TV studio course at Cal
L.A. Students learn to write, produce, and direct their
own live 3-camera studio productions. They also learn
basic skills in camera operation, lighting and sound,
as well as organized pre-production and crewing in
a studio environment.
student should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the class
to produce limited video tape productions.
techniques for reading and reporting radio and television
265 Introduction to Scriptwriting
techniques of short subject dramatic screenplay structure
and storytelling. Script
development from story concept selection, character
design, story treatment, plot and character development.
292 Introduction to News Writing and Reporting
to news writing and reporting. News sources, collection
of news, acceptable forms for news stories, news
reporting styles and journalism ethics.
Division Production Courses
301 Intermediate Television Studio Production
intermediate course in multiple camera television production.
Each member of the class produces and directs projects
ranging from music
videos to dramatic scenes. Members
of the class participate as crew on various productions.
The objective of the course is to teach students the
skills necessary to produce and direct music and dramatic
television productions. Emphasis is
on preparation, professional
production techniques, composition, montage, and control room
All members of the class need to know and use the skills of
the craft including all pre-production, production, and post-production
skills. i.e. directing, producing, camera operation, lighting,
audio, technical direction, on camera techniques etc.
303A Intro to Digital Graphics for Film and
workshop providing application and
understanding of digital post production
303B Introduction to Television Digital Post Production Lab-based
workshop providing application and operational understanding
303C Introduction to
Film Digital Post
workshop providing application
and operational understanding of
film digital post production.
320 Audio Production
Hands-on course covering a wide array of audio related topics including: Analog and digital audio formats, microphones, tape and disc recording, mixing, ProTools digital audio design, sound effects, interviews, press conferences, studio recording, single and multi-track field recording, audio for video, radio programs, news gathering, and audio web content.
354L Selected Studies in Broadcasting Production
application of audio and video production and post production
technologies. Variable topics including:
introduction to the television production of
The objective of the course is to familiarize students
with the principles of the process involved in creating commercials
for television. This includes an understanding of the skills
brought to bear by the client, the agency and the creative
groups from pre-production
to production and finally to post-production. The student
should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired
in the class to produce a PSA or short marketing video on
behalf of a local non-profit organization.
LA cable broadcaster,
LA36, students will
write, produce, direct,
shoot, and edit material
for broadcast. Subjects
include public service
and news stories.
An exciting opportunity
for students to have
their work aired
in the nation's second
introduction into the creation of professional
quality DVD content. Students develop skills
in design, layout, interactivity, and media
encoding through the use of DVD Studio
Cut Advanced FX
in the Final Cut Pro advanced effects
and build skills in compositing, keyframing,
graphics, multilayer effects editing,
customizing filters and transitions.
include: Studio and Field lighting techniques;
Lighting instrument selection and placement;
Grip equipment and expendables; Artistic and
functional lighting design and applications.
course provides students with an introduction
to the basic and intermediate functions of
digital nonlinear postproduction using Final
365 Intermediate Scriptwriting
of feature film writing, script story theory, structure
and analysis. Lecture and workshop-based, computer-assisted
feature script development and writing. Typed story
synopsis required for first class meeting.
377 Introduction to Animation
377 is an entry level course in traditional hand drawn
character animation. Students complete four introductory
exercises (asterisk hold, bouncing ball, rocking egg,
and walk cycle), to learn skills that can be used in
their final projects. They then present a storyboard
for a 15 second animated film, designing characters,
storyline, and soundtrack, and spend the rest of the
quarter working on their first animated project.
378 Writing and Storyboarding for Animation
378 teaches the fundamental principles of storyboarding
and the art of telling a story visually. Students complete
several different storyboards throughout the course
of the quarter. Each board should advance the students’ skills
in terms of story structure, dramatic conflict, character
design, movement, framing and camera angles.
381 Advanced Animation
381 continues principles learned in the Intro to Animation
class. Students do more advanced exercises (the blink
cycle or facial expression, flour sack carry, the sneak,
and the 4-legged walk cycle). They then present a storyboard
for a 30 second project. In this class, students can
choose to work in a variety of techniques, such as
ink-and-paint, rotoscope, colored pencil, as well as
any 2D software program (Flash, Toonboom) that they
are familiar with. Some students also incorporate Photoshop
and Final Cut Pro editing into their pieces. The course
is repeatable and students may choose to do longer
form projects over two quarters.
practices in motion picture photography including
directing for single camera, camera operation,
lighting, and editing. Students learn to operate Arriflex 16mm motion picture cameras, light meters, and lenses and shoot short subject films. Special areas of concentration include techniques involving exposure, composition, lens selection, framing, color temperature, picture depth, and lighting. Equipment, film stock, processing, and transfer is provided by the department.
401 Advanced Video Production
location, studio, and field production techniques and aesthetics. Working independently and in small groups, students work on projects including documentary, music video, short subject narratives, and advanced editing exercises.
403A Advanced Digital Graphics for
instruction and application on digital graphics
403B Advanced Television Digital Post Production Advanced
instruction and application of digital post production
403C Advanced Film Digital Post ProductionAdvanced
instruction and application of digital post
production film technologies.
430 Documentary Field Production
field practicum stressing aesthetics and techniques
of documentary production.
454L Selected Studies in Production
application of audio and video production techniques
in the creation of entertainment,
documentary, and public affairs programming.
465 Seminar: Advanced Scriptwriting
workshops, scene clinics and writer/actor lab activities
for rewriting an existing feature screenplay and developing
a new film/television script. May be repeated to a
maximum of 8 units.
475 Television News/Magazine Production
in television news/magazine segment production.
program, which appears on campus and
local cable systems.
492A Motion Picture Preproduction
for making a motion picture; emphasis
on 16mm short film, applicable
to longer films.
and editing motion pictures; emphasis on 16mm short
to longer films.
492C Motion Picture
cutting, sound track preparation,
and printing of
films; emphasis on 16mm
short film, applicable to longer
497 Film and Video Production Portfolio
focusing on the creation of professional
portfolio-quality film and video works suitable
entry and employment.
498 Capstone Animation Project
project, done in the senior year, is the students’ calling
card to the animation industry. Under the supervision
of their advisor, students spend a year working on
their final film, and may also get units for working
on other Capstone projects.
499 Undergraduate Directed Study
to reflect ability
of student and
be a contribution
to field of educational,