Fall 2018 Cinematic Arts Non-Major Courses

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. Courses in Fall 2018 include:

CNTV 375 Breaking Into the Entertainment Industry (2 units)
An overview of the entertainment industry and the tools needed to secure jobs and survive and succeed in the market.
For students interested in the basics of the entertainment industry and the art of landing your first job or internship this class is for you. Over the course of 15 weeks, students cultivate a basic knowledge of how the industry is structured, gain exposure to various jobs in Hollywood, craft a 1-page resume; and build a professional foundation in networking, interviewing and seeking out an industry mentor. This is an opportunity to learn the tools necessary to secure an internship or entry-level position at an entertainment company (note: this class does not cover auditioning, selling your script, or film festivals).

CTAN 451 History of Animation (2 units)
An in-depth survey of historical developments, styles, techniques, theory and criticism of animation as an art form taught by Prof. Christine Panushka an internationally known award winning artist, filmmaker/animator and educator.An in-depth survey of historical developments, styles, techniques, theory and criticism of animation as an art form taught by Prof. Christine Panushka an internationally known award winning artist, filmmaker/animator and educator.

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium (4 units)
Section: 18215R - 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. 2017/2018 screenings included Black Panther, The Shape of Water, The Post, I Tonya, Red Sparrow, Icarus, Coco, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, American Made, and Thor: Ragnarok. Recent guests include Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, Jason Isaacs, Damien Chazelle, Taika Waititi, Lee Unkrich, JJ Abrams, Ryan Coogler, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Nichols, Sylvester Stallone, Patricia Riggen, Charlie Kaufman, Atom Egoyan, Kevin Feige, and Judd Apatow.

CTCS-467: Television Symposium (4 units)
Section: 18210R - 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), Hiro Murai (Atlanta), Noah Hawley (Fargo), Ron Moore (Outlander), Saffron Burrows (Mozart in the Jungle), Matt Nix (The Gifted), 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), and Kenya Barris (black-ish).

CTCS 469 Film and/or Television Style Analysis (4 units)
Intensive study of the style of an auteur, studio, film or television making mode in terms of thematic and formal properties and their influences upon the art of film.
Section 18227: Hitchcock
Instructor: Drew Casper

CTIN 488: Game Design Workshop (4 units)
Theory and evaluation of interactive game experiences and principles of game design utilizing the leading software approaches and related technologies. Recommended Preparation: CTIN 190, CTIN 483
The purpose of this workshop is to examine models and strategies for creating electronic games that are based in solid play mechanics. Students will experience the fundamentals of game design through the study of classic games, as well as design their own games and playtest/critique the games of others.

CTPR 431 Developing the Documentary Production
The tools and skills necessary to turn an idea into a documentary story, using sample reels, pitches, and writing to develop a professional proposal.

IML 340 Remixing the Archive (4 units)
An intermediate level course, which approaches archived material from multiple perspectives, in order to develop new avenues of expression, education, and research. Students will create a media project that uses archival images, video, sound and text in order to explore a topic in a multifaceted way.

CTWR 431 The Harry Potter Franchise: Adaptation, Ethics, Genre, and the Magic of Story (2 units)
We will explore the many facets of the record-breaking Harry Potter franchise.  Diving into the nature of adaptation from novel to film, we’ll look at how to build a fanciful world and explore the ethical issues raised by the stories.  Why did the screenwriters leave out the House-Elf Liberation Front storyline?  What liberties did writers take in the film version?  How have the ethical questions raised by the stories affected their viewers/readers? We’ll also investigate the genre mashups involved in Harry Potter and take a look at how Harry Potter has influenced other genre films. Lastly, we will explore at the relationship between audience and the artistic work by examining branches of the Harry Potter world such as Pottermore, the theme parks, the Harry Potter Alliance and the nature of fandom.  Over the course of the semester through lectures, screenings, and guests, we’ll determine what makes the story of Harry Potter so universal and why we are all friends with the Boy Who Lived.

Additional Fall 2018 courses can be found by clicking on the departmental links below:




For schedule information, please see the "Courses of Interest" section in the the Fall 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

View our Non-Major Frequently Asked Questions.