Cinematic Arts & Technology

CART 195: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Cinematic Arts & Technology. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations

Introduces students to the processes, concepts and techniques of cinematic production. Through hands-on exercises and projects students learn to write, storyboard, shoot, and edit narrative, documentary, and experimental films. Students will analyze cinematic examples and contextualize their work within film theory and media art history. (Credit/No Credit Available)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 201: Ottermedia

Ottermedia: Students create and host web and cable-casted programs meant to enrich the CSUMB community and the world.

Units: 1 — 1

CART 203: Pre-Prod Research Methods

Seminar class addresses creative concept development and feasibility assessment of ideas.

Units: 1 — 1

CART 204: Pre-Prod Planning Process

Seminar class outlines planning process, roles, tasks, timelines, budgets, and deliverables.

Units: 1 — 1

CART 205: Production Management

Seminar class outlines production management role, responsibilities, and tasks.

Units: 1 — 1

CART 206: Marketing Strategies

Seminar class provides overview of marketing, promotion, and press planning and execution.

Units: 1 — 1

CART 207: Distribution Methods

Seminar class examines distribution research resources and opportunities for local and global reach with a focus on an entrepreneurial approach.

Units: 1 — 1

CART 208: Bus Fund for Creative Prod

Seminar class provides overview of general business skills for creative production, such as not-for-profit and contractor status, contracts, etc.

Units: 1 — 1

CART 210: Sound Production for Media Arts

Introduces the theoretical and practical fundamentals of audio production, technology, and terminology. The may include exercises using available equipment, an introduction to the lexicon of audio production, and an understanding of the selection and use of audio tools that support radio, television, video, film and multimedia production. Students will have practice in the field and studio for broad/podcast and screen.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 211: Picturing the Environment

An exciting, multidisciplinary historical survey examining the depiction of the environment across the arts. Students will track artists' adventures and how they shaped the way we understand our ecology and environment, communities and ourselves.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 212: Charlie Don't Surf: War, Culture & Cinema

The course examines representations of armed conflict in cinema across different cultures. Fictionalized accounts of war, documentaries and satires are viewed and analyzed, examining social and psychological effects of armed conflict, attitudes toward nationalism and heroism, power structures, the morality of violence, and the ethical responsibilities of the individual.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 218: Self Other and Media

Students examine the relationship of media to contemporary social and cultural development.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 220: Haunted Screens: Horror in Film

Horror films are mirrors of social anxieties, playing an influential but disreputable role in contemporary culture. The course analyzes cinematic techniques used to induce responses of fear in an audience and examines the themes of international horror cinema. Students analyze how horror films represent identity, ideology, gender, sexuality, and violence. The course explores the audience's fascination with fear, the evolution of horror and its role in creating contemporary mythologies.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 225: Distribution Workshop

Intensive workshop course provides basic production skills in distribution. Students learn to prepare and deliver media for broadband distribution.

Units: 2 — 2

CART 228: Cinematic History 1849-1960

Survey of film history from early cinema to 1960. Watch and understand film from the first flickering of projection through the golden age of Hollywood.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 230: The Art of Storytelling

Introduces students to the fundamentals of the art of storytelling. The course examines diverse narrative forms to explore the elements of story structure and the role of the narrative arts in the life of the individual and the culture.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 231: Movie Mania

Explores film genres by theme that may change each semester, e.g. rock 'n roll cinema, film noir, gangster movies, spaghetti westerns. Course outcomes foster independent, critical perspectives on the films viewed and help students develop a deepened understanding and appreciation of the art and craft of film making.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 232: Power of Film

Powerful films have changed culture, impacted the Celluloid medium and can change viewers! This course introduces the practice of narrative film analysis and appreciation through a unique combination of screenings, creative projects, writing assignments, readings and close case studies of film sequences. During the course of this class, students will engage in series of creative, reflective and analytical exercises, gaining deeper understanding for the way moving images exercise social and emotional power.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 251: Voice and Speech

Students develop techniques for the expressive use of the voice in performance. Emphasizes the development of vocal range, the enhancement of vocal power, breath control, resonance, and articulation of language to convey emotion and meaning.

Units: 2 — 2

CART 255: The Actor's Process

Introduction to the creative process of the actor, and the elements of dramatic expression which develop a role for performance on film.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 280: Animation Visual Development

Introduction to character design, background design, layout, and the storyboarding process for animation pre-production. Through the study of design principles, students will learn how to express their visions through visual language. (Credit/ No Credit Available)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 295: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Cinematic Arts and Technology. (Credit/ No Credit Available)

Units: 1 — 4

CART 300: Major ProSeminar

Foundation course for Cinematic Arts majors. Addresses ethical issues in media, including the role of intellectual property rights, morality/censorship, privacy, free expression, and the power of images. Emphasizes writing, reading, and critical thinking. [Prereq: (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3) and (CART 237 and CART 228: Cinematic History 1849-1960 (4 units) and CART 230: The Art of Storytelling (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

CART 301: Practical Application

Practical Application: Students develop collaborative production skills while working on interdisciplinary projects, including senior projects, campus-wide productions and community-based projects.

Units: 1 — 4

CART 303: Media, Power, and Society

This course provides a framework for understanding, interpreting and analyzing the creation of images and their impact on social and political structures. It asks students to evaluate media within a broader ethical, social, political, and economic context in order to better understand multiple perspectives. This is an advanced-level writing and oral communication course, incorporating the ethical and reasonable construction of argumentation into written papers and oral presentations. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 309: Fundamentals of Production Lighting

Students learn basics of production lighting design. Basic principles of light. Includes script analysis, basic 3 point lighting, fill, key, differences between perceived light, and recorded light. Addresses various formats. (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 2 — 2

CART 310: Sound Design

Sound Design: Students learn basics of production sound design. Includes script analysis, recording of original sound, and acquisition of existing audio; introduces foley production. Addresses various formats including sound postproduction for video, film, and new media. (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 315: Visual Design

Introduction to spatial and temporal visual design. Includes fundamentals of aesthetic principles. Outlines basic visualization techniques and design communication for moving-image media. Introduces art and creative direction, and set and production design.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 318: Introduction to Animation

This course offers an introduction to the techniques, history, and cultural significance of animation. Students will explore, demonstrate, and apply basic skills in traditional and digital animation techniques. The course also covers basic pre-production, production, and distribution skills, as well as collaborative projects. Incoming students are expected to be comfortable with drawing, working in groups, and to be familiar with basic digital media tools.  (Credit/ No Credit Available)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 319: Motion Graphics

Students learn motion graphics design and production, including principles of spatial and temporal graphic design for animation, film titles, TV graphics, and broadband content.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 321: Experimental Production

Students focus on video art, web video, animation, and experimental narrative. Students develop aesthetics and techniques for conceiving, producing, and distributing experimental works. May address audio/video, still image and handheld devices. Explores emergent forms of media. (Credit/No Credit Available) (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 322: Expanded Cinema

The course explores diverse forms of interdisciplinary cinema practices such as video remixes and mashups, live cinema, and audiovisual performance. Students learn and apply techniques for incorporating pre-recorded and live-feed video into performances.  (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 323: Art of Compositing

Students create special effects for film and video by combining images from different sources such as live-action digital video, digitized film, computer generated 3-D, 2-D animations, painted backdrops, digital still photographs, and text. Topics include color keying, rotoscoping, matte painting, motion tracking, and lighting. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: CART 318: Introduction to Animation (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

CART 325: Sound for Cinema

This course synthesizes creative practice with a historical overview of sound for cinema. Students will be exposed to feature films whose groundbreaking and frequently innovative use of sound plays a crucial role in a modern 21st century medium. This course will refine students' ability to effectively communicate within the realm of cinematic music's many specialized terms and concepts. Students will create projects using contemporary sound software. (Credit/No Credit Available) (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 326: Animation Techniques

Students will learn the fundamentals of making animated films through a series of hands-on workshops. This class will cover traditional hand-drawn animation, digital flash animation, and experimental animation techniques such as cut-outs, photo-montage, direct-techniques, installation/performance, and other hybrid techniques in animation production. (Credit/ No Credit Available)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 329: Contemporary Media History

Survey of the history, aesthetics, production technologies and cultural impact of media arts from 1960 to present. Throughout this course students will watch, analyze and contextualize works from the some of the most exciting periods in Media History. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 330: Cinematic Storytelling

Students are introduced to the principles of narrative theory as well as the expressive tools of cinema. Students analyze media to understand how framing, camera movement, mise en scene lighting and sound are used to express character and tell stories, applying this understanding during short exercises. Students build a repertoire of cinematic tools and techniques. (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 332: Media Arts for Teaching

Introduces media principles and tools to help make learning more creative, alive, interactive, and fun. Using theatre games, improvisations, story dramatizations, and creative dramatics, student collaborative groups learn the process for producing plays that stretch their imaginations and their problem-solving skills.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 333: Art of Producing

This course explores the craft and techniques of film and television producing. The course introduces students to the language and practice of producing and filmmaking through lectures, analysis of contemporary industry practices, readings, and individual research assignments. (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 2 — 2

CART 338: Intro to Radio

Introduces the history, theory, and practice of both broadcast and Internet radio in today's global society. Includes the study of the history, uses, and current status of radio and Internet audio throughout the world. Students learn the basics of audio production, including field and studio production, internet streaming, nonlinear editing, research, and interviewing skills.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 340: Screenwriting

An overview of the script writing process focusing on the basics of dramatic writing across cinematic disciplines. Provides preparation for narrative and short-format screenwriting. Requires extensive reading and creative writing.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 341: Directing for the Camera

Teaches the tools of the narrative film/video director's art. Working in small production groups, students learn to break down scripted material in order to prepare to shoot dramatic scenes and sequences on camera. Students learn techniques for working with actors on camera. Applies production planning and management skills. (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 342: Acting for Directors

An intensive workshop course that develops skills and techniques for directing actors. Through participation in the acting process and directing exercises, students will learn how to establish collaborative relationships with actors and how to give effective direction. (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 2 — 2

CART 351: Voice Prod & Speech

Training in the principles of effective vocal production and articulation for performing actors on stage, in broadcasting, and before the camera. Involves exercises designed to free the natural voice: removing tension, increasing resonance, facilitating breathing response, and maximizing effectiveness of speech.

Units: 2 — 2

CART 361: Intro to Editing

Students learn digital editing and the concepts of digitizing, editing, and outputting content using industry-standard software packages. Includes script analysis and working with directors. Applies techniques and principles for editing various types of projects including music video, documentary, and narrative.

Units: 4 — 4

CART 370: Stop Motion Animation Basics

This course is an introduction to the technique of stop-motion animation. The course covers the basic principles of puppet making, animation performance using a variety of methods including, wire armature puppets, clay, and found objects. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: CART 318: Introduction to Animation (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

CART 375: Cinematography

Students will explore the expressive possibilities of moving pictures, through aesthetic and formal investigations of lenses, shot duration, screen direction, camera movement and lighting. Students develop the skills required of a professional camera and lighting crew, with particular attention to the role of director of photography. (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 376: Documentary Making

Combines study of documentary history, theory, and practice. Students learn how to plan, organize, and produce documentaries. Students produce a short documentary on video. (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 395: Special Topics

Project based course developing and producing content in collaboration with other courses, the community, university, or others. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 1 — 6

CART 396: Cinematic Arts Internship

Student proposed Internship as part of an approved Individualized Learning Plan.

Units: 1 — 8

CART 397: Independent Study

Student proposed course of study on select topic in Cinematic Arts and Technology as part of an approved Individualized Learning Plan.

Units: 1 — 6

CART 398: Art of Producing/Presenting

Students receive experience in the basics of presenting, promoting, and distributing cinematic events (film festivals, Internet streaming of TV, radio, and theatre productions). Students are required to select, coordinate, supervise, and facilitate all aspects of cinematic presentation, including leading a lecture and discussion. (Prereq: CART 206: Marketing Strategies (1 units) and CART 207: Distribution Methods (1 units))

Units: 4 — 4

CART 399S: Community-Based Media

Working with community-based organizations, students will participate in service activities or projects with external communities and integrate the service experience with specific outcomes, written reflections, discussion, and evaluation. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 404: Character Animation Study

This course covers the basic anatomy of human and animal figures, as well as character design and performance, with an emphasis on gesture, construction, continuity, and expression, to support the narrative structure of the film.  (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: CART 318: Introduction to Animation (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

CART 410: Advanced Stop Motion

An in-depth study of stop-motion animation production through the experience of making a short film, this class will focus on giving students studio time to experiment with poses, timing and pacing throughout the film. Students will experiment with storytelling, puppet fabrication, set & prop design, animation, lighting and compositing. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: CART 370: Stop Motion Animation Basics (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

CART 412: Set Building for Stop Motion

Students will learn how to work with various art materials, tools, fabrication methods and building processes that are required to create props and sets for their stop-motion films. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: CART 370: Stop Motion Animation Basics (4 units))

Units: 2 — 2

CART 422: Animated Short Films

Using the principles learned in the previous animation course, students learn how to prepare and apply the visual elements and motion studies into the narrative and non-narrative animated films. The full process of pre-production, production and post-production of animation process are taught and explored throughout the course. (Prereq: CART 318: Introduction to Animation (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

CART 424: Environmental Media Arts

Through a series of explorations and adventures, students in the arts and sciences create media arts projects with environmental themes or science topics, while working across disciplines. Environments include urban communities, rural and agricultural settings, and military bases, as well as marine and wilderness areas. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 425: Docu-Fiction Filmmaking

Through film analysis, critical readings, and filmmaking projects, students will explore cinematic styles that call into question traditional categories of fiction and documentary: hybrid films, neo-realist features, documentary reenactments, and mockumentary. (Prereq: CART 200: Cinematic Arts Foundations (4 units) or CART 237)

Units: 4 — 4

CART 440: Advanced Screenwriting

A workshop-format class which guides students through the process of outlining and writing a feature length screenplay or television pilot. Extensive writing required. (Prereq: CART 340: Screenwriting (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

CART 461: Advanced Editing

Students learn form, style, pacing, and advanced techniques in editing including titles and effects work, and output in various formats. (Prereq: CART 361: Intro to Editing (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

CART 490: Research and Development

Students practice research skills, engage in creative writing, and develop marketing and pitching proposals. The major outcome is a pre-production portfolio. [Prereq: GE Area A4 and (CART 315: Visual Design (4 units) or CART 340: Screenwriting (4 units)) and CART 361: Intro to Editing (4 units) and (CART 339 or CART 341: Directing for the Camera (4 units) or CART 376: Documentary Making (4 units) or CART 422: Animated Short Films (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

CART 491: Capstone Completion & Assessment

Students complete the Capstone project as conceived and planned in CART 490: Research and Development (4 units). Students complete the Cinematic Arts and Technology MLO processes of production, postproduction, and distribution. Completed projects are presented to the public at the Cinematic Arts and Technology Capstone Festival. (Prereq: CART 490: Research and Development (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4