Spring 2018 SCA Courses for Non-Majors

Every semester, the School of Cinematic Arts offers a selection of courses available to all students at the University of Southern California. Any USC student with an interest in film, animation, screenwriting, game development, or digital art can explore how cinematic art is made in one of these courses. Available courses to non-majors are listed by department on the following links. Additionally, courses of interest are highlighted below.


CTAN-200g: The Rise of Digital Hollywood (4 units)
GE credit - Does not require D-Clearance
This course will be an overview of the birth and evolution of computer graphics. Computer graphic imaging, or CGI, has become central to how we experience media today. In the last twenty-five years we have seen a revolution in media even greater than the advent of sound in 1927.

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium (4 units)
Section: 18125R - Does not require D-Clearance
Theatrical Film Symposium, taught by world renown film critic Leonard Maltin, brings you face-to-face with leading film directors, writers, producers, and actors working today. Each week, students watch sneak previews of upcoming movies, followed by exclusive Q&As with the creative teams behind the films. 2017 screenings included Coco, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Colossal, Life, Land of Mine, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Shape of Water, American Made, and Thor: Ragnarok. Recent guests include Damien Chazelle, Adam Scott, Scott Derrickson, Taika Waititi, Lee Unkrich, JJ Abrams, James Franco, Jeff Nichols, Sylvester Stallone, Ryan Coogler, Bryan Cranston, Patricia Riggen, Charlie Kaufman, Atom Egoyan, Kevin Feige, and Judd Apatow.

CTCS-467: Television Symposium (4 units)
Section: 18126R - Does not require D-Clearance

Taught by Mary McNamara, Pulitzer-prize winning TV Critic and Cultural Editor for the LA Times. Each week, students meet with current TV showrunners for Q&As about writing and producing their shows. Recent guests include: Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer (Stranger Things), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (Glow), Dave Erickson (Fear the Walking Dead), Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan (S.W.A.T.), Ron Moore (Outlander), Kyra Sedgwick (Ten Days in the Valley), Cheo Coker (Marvel's Luke Cage), Conan O'Brien (Conan), David Benioff & DB Weiss (Game of Thrones), Dan Goor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs OJ Simpson), Melissa Rosenberg (Jessica Jones), Kenya Barris (black-ish), and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries).

CTIN-488: Game Design Workshop (4 units)
An introduction to making games. Students will explore the principles of game design through the entirely analog creation of portfolio quality card, board and tabletop games.

CTPR 470 Practicum in On-screen Direction of Actors (4 units)
Class concentrates on the basic skills needed in working with actors from a director’s point-of-view. Students learn to experiment and discuss the many choices in directing actors, including laboratory and scene analysis. The course also breaks down a script from the emotional point-of-view of the actor.

CTWR 432 Television Writers and Their Work: Crime Drama - Tales of Transgression from "In Cold Blood" to "The Night Of"
The course will focus on the method and intention of creators in telling crime stories. Primary focus will be on scripted television drama but there will also be classes focusing on films, podcasting, and documentary storytelling. Among the possible guests are: Steve Zaillian (The Night Of), Pam Veasey (CSI), and George Pelecanos (The Wire).

IML 320 Designing and Writing for Transmedia Narratives ( 4 units)
The course focuses on creating a story that uses three or more digital platforms (video, social media, games, comics, et cetera) with strategies drawn from entertainment, art and activism. Students will explore various narrative styles for interactive non-linear storytelling.

For schedule information, please see the "Courses of Interest" section in the the Spring 2018 USC Schedule of Classes and click on the course title.

Please note that some of these courses will require D-Clearance. To learn more see http://cinema.usc.edu/studentaffairs/nonMajor.cfm

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