IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Course Descriptions

The following courses are offered by the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department:

CINE101 Intro to Cinematic Arts and Technology (3 credits)

This entry-level course introduces students to the basic concepts and techniques relating to digital film production. CINE 101 will also provide an overview of the film industry, its history and the evolving technologies and career opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity, through hands-on exercises, to learn how to work with simple pocket camcorders, microphones and iMovie editing software or equivalent entry-level technology. *Studio Fee.

CINE105 What is a Story? (3 credits)

Where do the best stories come from? This course is designed to take students on a journey through the storytelling process, from idea to execution. Along the way, students will take a look at the power of myth, universal truths and basic story structure. Ultimately, students will be encouraged to develop and write stories that are community-based or reflect an issue or concern in which they have a personal stake or vested interest. Very often, the best stories come from what’s most personal. (Pre- or Co-requisite: ENGL099)

CINE110 Moving Images I (3 credits)

Building on the foundation of CINE101, Moving Images I provides a more in-depth concentration on basic digital film production. An emphasis will be placed on developing and cementing technical skills through hands-on exercises and repetition. Students will become familiar with the functions and settings of camcorders, as well as receive training in the proper set-up, usage and storage of lighting and grip equipment. Students will also be taught the various roles and responsibilities on the set, as well as etiquette and safety protocols.
Finally, students will have the opportunity to put their skills to use in making their own individual projects. (Prerequisite: CINE101 and Co-requisite CINE120) *Studio Fee

CINE120 Sound I (3 Credits)

In this introductory class in sound, students will learn how to use a variety of audio equipment to record live and studio sound and how to edit and mix sound. Students will work with professional sound recording equipment to build a solid foundation in recording techniques. The class also introduces psychoacoustics, the communicative aspects of sound and the basic concepts and properties of sound. (Pre or Co-requisite: CINE110) *Studio Fee

CINE205 Screenwriting I (3 credits)

An introduction to screenwriting focusing on the short, 10 page script—including idea generation, story and character development, story structure, dialogue, formatting, and script-to-screen production considerations. Students will be encouraged to develop material that they can produce themselves in Moving Images II. (Prerequisite: CINE105 and Pre or Co-requisite ENGL101)

CINE210 Moving Images II (3 credits)

This is an intermediate course in film production where students will continue to develop and hone their skills, particularly in the areas of directing, cinematography, lighting and editing. Students will work in teams to produce narrative material developed in Screenwriting I or experimental/nonfiction content. (Prerequisites: CINE110, 120 and 205; Suggested co-requisite: CINE220) *Studio Fee.

CINE220 Sound II (3 Credits)

This class is an intermediate level of how to record, edit, design and mix sound for film, television and media arts projects. Students will expand their knowledge of how to use the different audio tools for recording and how to edit and mix a multi-track project. Students will create and work with stereo and surround sound. The course will cover essential sound and audio concepts and principles for using music in film and installation. Students will continue to explore the communicative and psychoacoustic aspects of sound. (Prerequisite:
CINE120, Recommended co-requisite: Moving Images II) * Studio Fee

CINE230 Indigenous Media (3 Credits)

This course explores the use of media in film, television, radio and new digital media by indigenous people from around the world. Students will examine the uses of media in terms of personal, political and social expression.

CINE240 Animation I: Introduction to Animation ( 3 credits)

Animation is a multifaceted discipline within the cinematic that includes a rich history and a variety of techniques. This course will introduce students to the wide gamut of techniques animation has to offer: from Eadweard Muybridge and his early photographic motion studies to Pixar’s feature 3D animations. Students will build a foundation in animation that includes 2D animation techniques, cut-out and mixed media animation, stop motion animation, and an introduction to 3D modeling and animation. This course also includes a history component that will look at the history of animation in the United States, its beginnings, stereotypes, use as propaganda, and current events. Students will exit this class with a foundation for animation techniques and history as well as the ability to build animations that hold meaning and importance for themselves and their communities. (Prerequisites:
CINE110 and CINE105) *Studio Fee

CINE250 Acting (3 credits)

This course explores basic technique and scene study. Work is organized around the development of improvisational skill, observation, sensitivity towards others and sensory awareness exercises. Students will be encouraged to audition and perform for films produced in the Moving Images classes.

CINE260 Dome Production I: Introduction to Dome Production (3 credits)

Get in on the cutting-edge of this new technology while learning how to use the Vdome software, create panorama and fisheye images, and learn the history, present, and future of the Digital Dome. This course requires a willingness to experiment, research, take risk and break new ground. From the basics of how to place a still image on the dome to exploring and experimenting with storytelling, installation, and art. Students can work with the dome in various positions utilizing its unique ability to articulate. A public showing of work is required
as part of the final project. (Prerequisites: CINE 110 and CINE 105) *Studio Fee.

CINE290 Internship (3 credits)

Internships provide valuable hands-on real world opportunities for student learning to deepen and strengthen classroom instruction and prepare students for professional careers in their chosen fields. Students report to workplace supervisors and fulfill workplace expectations to receive academic credit. Workplace supervisors will complete an evaluation form
commenting on student’s learning in the workplace.

CINE298 Independent Study (3 credits)

The purpose of an independent study is to provide for the unique interests, specific passions, and artistic direction of IAIA students who seek opportunities to direct their own learning in order to fulfill personal educational goals.

CINE305 Screenwriting II (3 credits)

An emphasis will be placed on developing material thatwill be produced in Moving Images III – in this case, the pilot for a half hour television series. Each student willdevelop a 20-30 page script, with attention paid to story structure, character development, story production concerns, using scene and story analysis, as well as critical feedback to craft a polished draft, suitable for production. Students will also create a series bible with synopses of future episodes. Cinematic Arts faculty and guest judges will choose which script will go into
production for Moving Images III. (Prerequisite: CINE205)

CINE310 Moving Images III (3 credits)

In this advanced level course, students will collaborate in the production of a half-hour pilot for a television series, based on a script selected from Screenwriting II. Each student will assume a specialized role (e.g., producer, director, cinematographer, sound mixer, production manager, editor, etc.) on the project through pre-production, production and post-production, to produce a work that represents the highest standards of cinematic technique and storytelling, ready to be pitched to networks or distributors. (Prerequisites: CINE210 AND CINE305; suggested prerequisite: CINE220) *Studio Fee.

CINE320 Sound III (3 Credits)

This class is an advanced level of audio editing, design and mix. Students will learn advanced tools and techniques for a professional level of working with sound in projects for film, sound installation and Dome production. The course will be a synthesis of knowledge from Sound I and Sound II. Classes will include demonstrations, examples, exercise projects and hands on learning in sound studio. Students will develop one major project in surround film editing and one installation/Dome surround project with a public presentation at the end of the semester. (Prerequisite: CINE220) *Studio Fee

CINE330 Documentary Theory and Production (3 credits)

This course examines documentary research methods, production and techniques through class discussion, assigned readings, film analysis and workshops. Students will also gain hands on experience by completing a final short documentary video. (Prerequisite: CINE110) *Studio Fee

CINE335 Broadcast Technology (3 credits)

This course focuses on broadcast technology and production for television and radio. Course will include producing live broadcast in studio and live recorded and edited interviews. Students will get hands-on skills in camera, lights, editing and live broadcast and how to use green screen and to create virtual sets, moving backgrounds, effects and graphics. Students will be a part of a production team in our broadcast production studio producing streaming radio and television. (Prerequisites: CINE 105, CINE110, CINE120, suggested
pre-requisites CINE220 and ENGL340) *Studio Fee

CINE 340 Animation II: 3D Animation (3 credits)

3D animation is a wide ranging field with outlets in gaming, digital fabrication, print media, design, simulation, and others. Its life began in 1963 as an extremely simple wireframe simulation of a satellite orbiting a planet. Today, 3D animation can achieve hyper-real imagery. In this course students will be instructed in the basics of 3D Animation production with
an emphasis on narrative storytelling. Students will be guided through the process of designing and building a short animation using Autodesk Maya. This course builds on skills introduced in Animation I and teaches students how to animate, build scenes and basic rigs, light, and render within a digital 3D environment. (Prerequisite:
CINE 240) *Studio Fee

CINE345 Visual Effects and Compositing (3 credits)

Visual Effects and Compositing is a course aimed at those who want to learn about the visual effects process from green screen compositing and digital matte painting to title effects and 3D effects. This course aims to give students insight into the various techniques used in the industry as well as the necessary skills to perform compositing tasks. Using After Effects, Motion, and Maya, students will perform their own tests, experiments, and finished effects shots. This course is for intermediate level students wanting to develop visual effects skills or wanting more experience with visual effects language and processes. (Prerequisites: CINE210) *Studio Fee

CINE350 Directing (3 credits)

A study in directing actors to generate performances and create dynamic blocking for the camera. Students will break down scripts, analyze directing methods and direct actors in different scenes. (Prerequisite: CINE210) *Studio Fee

CINE360 Dome Production II : Storytelling in the Dome (3 credits)

Building from the skills learned in Dome Production I, this course integrates high resolution spherical HDRI still photography and HDRI video, with 3D animation techniques, surround sound mixing, and multiple software application integration. This course will require a willingness to experiment, research, take risks and break new ground. Students will learn group dynamics and collaboration skills through lecture and development of production teams that utilize skill sets. A public showing of work is required as part of the final project.
(Prerequisite: CINE 260) *Studio Fee

CINE370 Business of Movies (3 credits)

This course examines the process of producing film and video programming for the entertainment industry and independent productions. This class explores established procedures and common issues associated with preparing a script for film production, emphasizing script breakdown, establishing shooting schedules, preparing budgets, and post-production planning. In addition, this class surveys the current marketing and distribution cycles for the independent filmmaker. (Prerequisite: CINE210; students must be in their junior or senior-year standing) *Studio Fee

CINE390 Internship (3 credits)

Internships provide valuable hands-on real world opportunities for student learning to deepen and strengthen classroom instruction and prepare students for professional careers in their chosen fields. Students report to workplace supervisors and fulfill workplace expectations to receive academic credit. Workplace supervisors will complete an evaluation form
commenting on student’s learning in the workplace.

CINE392 Special Topics Colloquia (1-3 credits)

Special topic Colloquia are designed to allow students and/or faculty to propose a one-credit class on a special topic of interest. In general, colloquia are topics not offered in the course catalog, yet give students the opportunity to pursue an area of unique interest or opportunity within their major field. All colloquia must be proposed and planned one semester in advance of the course actually taken in consultation with a faculty member of record. *Studio Fee

CINE410 Advanced Production Tutorial (3 credits)

This hands-on course allows students to work on the set of a senior-level student project. Students will crew at various stages from pre-production, production to post-production in order to gain valuable administrative, technical and artistic skills on and off the set. The jobs include but are not limited are: co-producing, storyboard artist, first assistant director, first assistant camera, gaffer, assistant editor or assistant sound designer. (Prerequisite: CINE210) *Studio Fee

CINE 440 Animation III (3 credits)

Advanced 3D Animation is a project-based elective where students will apply lessons learned in Animation I and II to a short animation making use of the Motion Capture Studio. Character animation is the focus of this class and students will delve into advanced modeling and rigging techniques as well as specialized portions of  Maya including: fur, cloth, dynamics, and particles. This course is for advanced students wanting more experience in 3D animation and room to experiment. (Prerequisites: CINE340, CINE345) *Studio Fee

CINE 460 Dome Production III (3 credits)

Digital Imagery for the Dome will provide advanced skills in high resolution photography and video. Students will learn capture and integration of real world locations and
CGI effects for full dome production. Focus will be on photographic techniques such as advanced skills in spherical panoramic background photography, HDRI capture, photogrammetry for set reconstruction and 360° live action video. Site survey techniques will be demonstrated as well as new techniques for 3D point cloud data capture. (Prerequisite: CINE 360) *Studio Fee

CINE470 Senior Project I (3 credits)

This course is designed for the student with senior standing to demonstrate mastery of their discipline. In Senior Project I, the student will conceive, plan, budget and design their thesis project in consultation with their advisor(s). Final approval of the student’s project dossier will be necessary before advancing to CINE480: Senior Project II, by the Faculty of Record and the CINE department chair. (Prerequisite: student must be in their senior-year standing) *Studio Fee.

CINE480 Senior Project II (6 credits)

This course is designed for the student with senior standing to demonstrate mastery of their discipline. in Senior Project II, students will produce and complete their thesis projects in consultation with their advisor(s). Senior Project II students are required to present their final projects in a public forum and receive feedback from their advisor(s) and the public through dialogue and Q&A (Prerequisite: student must be in their senior-year standing and have successfully completed all requirements for CINE470) *Studio Fee

CINE490 Internship (3 credits)

Internships provide valuable hands-on real world opportunities for student learning to deepen and strengthen classroom instruction and prepare students for professional careers in their chosen fields. Students report to workplace supervisors and fulfill workplace expectations to receive academic credit. Workplace supervisors will complete an evaluation form
commenting on student’s learning in the workplace.