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Capstone Senior Project Options and Course Scheduling Advice

(Revised Fall 2020)

Freshman and/or Sophomore Year Requirements
All DMPC majors are required to take these classes:

DMPC 2001 Digital Filmmaking Fund I (Offered Fall & Spring)
DMPC 2002 Digital Filmmaking Fund II (Offered Fall & Spring)
COMM 3150 Film Analysis

Junior (Spring Semester) and Senior Year Requirements

DMPC majors must choose a concentration that is tied to their final capstone project, which they will undertake over a full year.

Capstone senior project options are:

  1. Directing (Narrative) – Make a 10-13 minute short film.
  2. Directing (Documentary) – Make a 10-13 minute short film.
  3. Producing – Produce 2 capstone films.
  4. Screenwriting – Write a feature-length screenplay.
  5. Sound – choose from among these options:
    Create and Manage Sound for at least 2 Capstone Films
    Create a large-scale radio drama in the style of a multi-episode podcast
    Propose, plan and create an extended sound-oriented media project under the direction of a faculty member
  6. Cinematography
    Create and Manage the Cinematography/Lighting/Color for at least 2 Capstone Films
  7. Interactive Media/Creative Codingchoose from among these options:
    Propose a project utilizing the skills learned in courses from Digital Media, Computer Science, Music Technology, and Digital Art to create a large-scale project for presentation in the Spring semester.
    For example, propose, plan, and create:
    an advanced interactive sound instrument and perform an original composition with it.
    a conceptual video game for PC/Mac/iPhone/Android
    a web-based interactive media project
    an interactive music or digital media App for iPhone/Android

    *All proposed projects must receive faculty approval prior to the student’s senior year enrolling in Capstone I

Required Capstone Coursework based on each Senior Project option:

Directing (Narrative) Capstone Requirements
DMPC 5550 Advanced Digital Filmmaking I (Offered Fall & Spring)
DMPC 5560 AdvancedDigital Filmmaking II (Offered Fall & Spring)
**One of your electives must be either DMPC 3040 Lighting & Cinematography (Fall) or DMPC 3920 Directing Actors (Fall)

Directing (Documentary) Capstone Requirements
DMPC 5550 Advanced Digital Filmmaking I (Offered Fall & Spring)
DMPC 5560 Advanced Digital Filmmaking II (Offered Fall & Spring)
**One of your electives must be DMPC 3913 Intro to Documentary Filmmaking (Spring)

Screenwriting Capstone Requirements
DMPC 3911 Intro to Screenwriting (Spring) (equivalent to Capstone I for Screenwriters)
DMPC 5560 Advanced Digital Filmmaking II
Reading for 10-15 pages with actors from Theater

Producing Capstone Requirements
DMPC 5550 Advanced Digital Filmmaking I (Offered Fall & Spring)
DMPC 5560 Advanced Digital Filmmaking II (Offered Fall & Spring)

Cinematography Capstone Requirements
DMPC 5550 Advanced Digital Filmmaking I (Offered Fall & Spring)
DMPC 5560 Advanced Digital Filmmaking II (Offered Fall & Spring)
**One of your electives must be DMPC 3040 Lighting & Cinematography
**Also recommended: DMPC 3910 Correcting and Grading Digital Imaging (Spring)

Sound Capstone Requirements
APMS 2218-03 Composition for Electronic Media (Offered Fall & Spring)
APMS 3213-03 Advanced Composition for Electronic Media (Offered Fall & Spring)
APMS 3330 Sound and Music for Film (Offered Spring)
DMPC 3030 Television and Film Sound Design

If the senior project is sound for film, the student must take DMPC 5560 Adv Digital Filmmaking II.

Interactive Media/Creative Coding Capstone Requirements
Recommended courses:
CPMS 1500 Introduction to Computer Science I
CPMS 1600 Introduction to Computer Science II
MUSC 4400 Music and Digital Signal Processing
MUSC 4410 Music Performance Systems
MUSC 4420 Algorithmic and Computer Music

Students are required to take five electives throughout their tenure. We strongly encourage students to take electives that will prepare them for their senior capstone projects.

DMPC Electives
DMPC 1110 Intro Creative Industries (Offered Fall & Spring)
DMPC 3040 Lighting & Cinematography (Fall)
DMPC 3910 Correct & Grading Digital Imaging (Spring)
DMPC 3910 Development: Pitch to Picture (Fall)
DMPC 3911 Screenwriting: Adaptations (Fall)
DMPC 3912 Music for Film (Spring)
DMPC 3913 Intro to Documentary Filmmaking (Spring)
DMPC 3920 Digital Media in Theory and Practicum (Spring)
DMPC 3920 Directing Actors (Fall)

Electives from Other Departments

Art:
ARST 1550 Foundations of Art: Digital Arts I
ARST 2550 Digital Arts II
ARST 1350 Foundations of Art: Photography
ARST 2350 Intermediate Photography
ARST 3550 Time Based Media

Music:
MUSC 2300 Introduction to Computer Applications in Music
MUSC 2310 History of Electronic Music
MUSC 2218-03 Composition for Electronic Media
MUSC 3213-03 Composition for Electronic Media
APMS 2210/3210 Voice/Vocal Jazz
APMS 3330 Music For Film
MUSC 4400 Music and Digital Signal Processing
MUSC 4410 Music Performance Systems
MUSC 4420 Algorithmic and Computer Music

English:
ENLS 4750 New Media Theory
ENLS 3610 Creative Writing
ENLS 4660 Topics in Adv Creative Writing

Theater:
THEA 2100 Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 2110 Beginning Acting
THEA 3210 Directing I
THEA 3340 Production and Design I
THEA 6110 Acting for Other Media

Dance:
Dance 4600 Choreography and Media

Communications:
COMM 2700 Visual Communication
COMM 3650 Feminist Doc & new Media
COMM 3825 Digital Media in Theory and Practice
COMM 4170 U.S. Film History
COMM 4850 Cinema Technology Modernity

Computer Science:
CPMS 1500 Introduction to Computer Science I
CPMS 1600 Introduction to Computer Science II