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The M.A. track in Digital Production trains students in all phases of the production and post-production process, with an emphasis on developing the student's artistic vision and command of the expressive possibilities of moving images and sound. Hands-on courses in production are supplemented by courses in the history and theory of the moving image, so as to broaden the student's awareness of the many stylistic traditions that comprise the history of film and other moving-image media.

The courses in the production core curriculum are sequenced, so that each semester the student builds upon skills learned in the previous semester. Thus, courses in the second semester of the production core have as their pre-requisite courses taken in the first semester, and so on through the curriculum. Therefore, the courses designated as the "production core curriculum" must be taken in the order given below. We strongly advise all production students to follow the program of study listed here.

YEAR ONE [22 hours]
The first year introduces the student to the language of the moving image as a medium for personal expression and for exploration of the social and cultural worlds we live in. Courses in both the theory and history of moving images and in the basic skills of moving image production train the student in the fundamentals of the language of images and sound.

FALL [11 hours]
Media Expression [4]**
Digital Editing [4]**
Issues and Perspectives in Communication [3]*

SPRING [11 hours]
Acting and Directing for the Camera (elective) [4]
Digital Cinematography [4]**
Advanced Film Theory [3] **

YEAR TWO [21 - 22 hours]
The core of the second year is the Digital Production / Digital Postproduction sequence. In this sequence, each student produces his or her own fully-realized film or video project, while also working as a crew member on fellow students' productions. This project allows students to refine craftsmanship, master more complex production technologies, and develop the complexity of their artistic vision, to prepare them to move into the thesis project in the third year.

FALL [10 - 12 hours]
Digital Moving Image Production [4]**
Studies / Production Elective [3 - 4]
Required Foreign Language or Research Tool [3 - 4]**

SPRING [10-11 hours]
Digital Postproduction [4]**
Studies / Production Elective [3 - 4]
Research Methods in Communication [3] *

YEAR THREE [6-12 hours]
The final year is dedicated to the completion of a practicum project (usually a short film or video). The student must select a committee of three faculty members as specified in the Communication Department's M.A. Handbook. The practicum project should represent the culmination of knowledge and experience from previous coursework. Access to facilities and equipment to complete the practicum is dependent on the adherence to the recommended curriculum of the Media Production track. Students may take not less than one semester to complete the practicum. A required defense before the practicum committee must be scheduled during the final semester.

FALL [3 - 6 hours]
Practicum [3 - 6]**

SPRING [3 - 6 hours]
Practicum (recommended) [3 - 6]

( * ) Communication M.A. Core Requirement
(**) Film/Video/Digital Imaging Production Core Curriculum (must be taken in the order given)

Click the link on the right for a detailed summary of requirements for the MA degree. This information is also contained in the M.A. Handbook. For information about applying to the M.A. program in screenwriting, click the Application link on the left.