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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Film and Electronic Arts

Undergraduate Programs

Option in Narrative Production (120 units)

51 units required for the major.

Students meeting the requirements for admission to the major may apply for admission into the production option by presenting a portfolio to the department in January of their sophomore year, or in subsequent Januarys. Admission to the option will be in the Fall semester only. Portfolios will be comprised of 1) a statement of purpose, 2) a critical analysis of a film or television show, 3) a sample of creative work (either writing, visual art or a short film or video) and 4) two letters of recommendation. Although a transfer student may apply to the FEA production option prior to learning whether or not they have been admitted to the university, they cannot be accepted into the option until they have been officially admitted to the university. The Film and Electronic Arts Department is not involved in the university admissions process.

Students admitted to this option are required to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA average in all major course work in order to retain their place in the option. Students admitted to the option are also required to abide by the rules and regulations as specified in the FEA Department's Policies and Procedures handbook, which is available for purchase through the department.

Students may apply to the FEA Option in Narrative Production when they have completed a minimum of 56 units, but may not apply after they have completed more than a maximum of 88 units.

Requirements

Lower Division Core

Take the following course during the pre-major year:

  • FEA 299 Media Aesthetics (3)
    Prerequisites: Pre-major or major status.

Take the following courses:

  • FEA 205 Film History (3)
    Prerequisites: Major status, FEA 299.
  • FEA 206 History of Broadcasting (3)
    Prerequisites: Pre-major or major status

Take the following courses in the following sequence:

1. Fall Semester of Junior Year:

  • FEA 303 Film and Electronic Media Writing (3)
    Prerequisites: Major status, FEA 299 with "B" or better and or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 307 Audio Production (3)
    Prerequisites: Major status, FEA 299 with "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 309 Production I: Cinematography (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to Option in Narrative Production.
  • FEA 415 Media Editing (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the Option in Film/Video Production or consent of instructor.

2. Spring Semester of Junior Year:

  • FEA 302 Film Theory I: Classical (3)
    Prerequisites: Major status, FEA 299 with "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 304 Writing the Short Script (3)
    Prerequisites: Major status, FEA 299 with "B" or better or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 328 Film and Video Lighting (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 309. Priority enrollment given to students in Narrative Production Option.
  • FEA 336 Production II: Film Production (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to Option in Narrative Production; Corequisite: FEA 328

3. At the end of their junior year, students must select a two-semester track of specialization for their senior year.

A. Production and Directing

Take the following courses in the Fall:

  • FEA 327 Production Management I (3)
    Prerequisites: Major status, FEA 299 with "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • FEA 340 Production III: Advanced Production A (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 336 and approved enrollment in Advanced Narrative Production Track. Experience in group production of original films and videos.
  • FEA 344 Directing (3) (may be taken in junior year)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Option in Narrative Production.

Take the following courses in the Spring:

  • FEA 342 Production IV: Advanced Production B (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 340 and approved enrollment in Advanced Narrative Production Track.
  • FEA 375 Producing and the Business of TV (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements and upper division standing.

Take one international cinema course from the following courses:

  • FEA 392A, 392B, 392C, 392D, FEA 454/ITAL 454, FEA 456/FREN 456, FEA 457/GERM 480, FEA 458/RUSS 428, SPAN 428

B. Cinematography

Take the following courses in the Fall:

  • FEA 341 Advanced Cinematography I (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 328 and 336 and approved enrollment in Advanced Cinematography Track.
  • FEA 344 Directing (3) (may be taken junior year)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Option in Narrative Production.

Take one international cinema course from the following:

  • FEA 392A, 392B, 392C, 392D, FEA 454/ITAL 454, FEA 456/FREN 456, FEA 457/GERM 480, FEA 458/RUSS 428, SPAN 428.

Take the following course in the Spring:

  • FEA 343 Advanced Cinematography II (3)
    Prerequisites: FEA 341 and approved enrollment in Advanced Cinematography Track.

Take one of the following courses:

  • FEA 320 Sound Design (3)
    Prerequisite: Major status, FEA 307.
  • FEA 327 Production Management I (3)
    Prerequisites: Major status, FEA 299 with "C" or better or consent of instructor.

Take three additional units of FEA elective

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