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Studio Concentration - Filmmaking (2013-14)

MICA’s new concentration in Filmmaking, offered in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU)’s Film and Media Studies program, trains students in the film making process—from pre- to post-production on professional, collaboratively- made documentaries and narrative films.

Film making requires broad and varied knowledge, and this uniquely enriching program with JHU gives students from both campuses access to a faculty with numerous cinematic strengths and areas of expertise. As students gain skills in all aspects of making and distributing film—from budgeting and scouting to screenwriting and editing--electives allow them to build a focused area of study.

Professional development & real-world experience:

Students in the program work with a renowned faculty of professional film makers, and in addition to specific skills, students gain insight into the business of cinema and begin to build a professional network. Faculty at MICA includes Allen Moore, Emmywinning cinematographer for Ken and Ric Burns, and Patrick Wright, who was co-producer on an Academy Award winning short documentary. Collaboration with JHU gives students contact with such industry professionals as Matthew Porterfield, whose narrative film Putty Hill has received national acclaim. MICA also has a strong connection to the Maryland Film Festival, and throughout the year we co-host screenings, giving students access to visiting film makers. Coursework offers real-world experience as well, such as the Finding Our Wings Community Documentary program, where students collaborate on a documentary.

Requirements for the Filmmaking Concentration

Students need eighteen credits to complete the concentration. The culmination of the concentration is a sequence of courses renamed Narrative Filmmaking I (3 credits) and Narrative Filmmaking II (6 credits) or Documentary Filmmaking I (3 credits) and Documentary Filmmaking II (6 credits). The focus (documentary or narrative) would alternate each year. The first course will be a ‘how to’ on all aspects of making and distributing, including planning, budgeting, scouting, and working with actors or subjects (people) in the case of nonfiction. The second semester's course counts for 6 credits and will involve working in a team to film and edit a short, 10-15 minute film.

Course TitleCourse #Credits
Choose from either for a total of 9 credits:
Narrative Filmmaking I (3 credits) and Narrative Filmmaking II
Documentary Filmmaking I (3 credits) and Documentary Filmmaking II (6 credits)
Subtotal 9
Choose 3 Film electives for a total of 9 credits:
Moving Image I & II FILM 200 and FILM 300
Film I & Film II FILM 210 and FILM 310
Screenwriting (Humanistic Studies) CWRT 322
Cinematography and Lighting FILM 364
Advanced Editing FILM 325
Story FILM 230
Comedy and its Discontents FILM 399D
Road Movies and Travelogues FILM 399A
Destination Moon: Sci-Fi Film FILM 399C
Alternative Narrative FILM 453
Blockbusters and Small Tales FILM 385
Subtotal 9
Total Credits for the Filmmaking Concentration 18