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MTA 101IA  FILM IN AMERICA

MTA 102    AESTHETICS OF FILM PRODUCTION

MTA 103RA  UNDERSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHY

MTA 104IH  THEATRE AND MASS MEDIA

MTA 106    INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY

MTA 112IA  EXPLORING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

MTA 218D   INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION

MTA 222    LIGHTING TECHNIQUE AND DESIGN

MTA 232    ACTING I

MTA 233    BASIC PRODUCTION OPERATIONS AND TECHNIQUES

MTA 251    WRITING

MTA 252    EDITING

MTA 253    DIRECTING

MTA 254    SOUND

MTA 255    CINEMATOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY

MTA 260    INTRODUCTION TO COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

MTA 261    PRODUCTION DESIGN

MTA 263    STAGE MAKEUP AND COSTUME DESIGN THEORY

MTA 264    VIEW CAMERA

MTA 290R   UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH 
 
MTA 291    SPECIAL TOPICS

MTA 301    INVESTIGATIONS INTO PHOTOGRAPHY

MTA 303    EARLY HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

MTA 304    RECENT HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

MTA 313    ADVANCED SCRIPTWRITING

MTA 318    WORLD CINEMA

MTA 319    ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES

MTA 333    ADVANCED PRODUCTION  OPERATIONS AND TECHNIQUES

MTA 341    PORTRAITURE

MTA 342    ADVANCED LIGHTING PRACTICES

MTA 343    NON-FICTION PHOTOGRAPHY

MTA 344    EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY

MTA 347    INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECTS I

MTA 348    INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECTS II

MTA 360    ADVANCED COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

MTA 361    PHOTOGRAPHY: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES

MTA 370    PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES

MTA 371    JUNIOR PRODUCTION PROCESS: NONFICTION

MTA 372    JUNIOR PRODUCTION PROCESS: FICTION

MTA 374    JUNIOR PRODUCTION PROCESS: THEATRE

MTA 400    PRODUCTION SEMINAR

MTA 401    STUDIES SEMINAR

MTA 444    PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES-L.A. FIELD TRIP

MTA 469    FILM AND DOCUMENTARY THEORY

MTA 492    INDEPENDENT STUDY

MTA 472    MOTION PICTURE/TV/VIDEO/THEATRE SENIOR PRODUCTION

MTA 473    PHOTOGRAPHY SENIOR PRODUCTION

MTA 474    INDEPENDENT MOTION PICTURE/TV/VIDEO/THEATRE SENIOR PRODUCTION

MTA 475    INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHY SENIOR PRODUCTION

MTA 490R   UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

MTA 491    SPECIAL TOPICS

MTA 492    INDEPENDENT STUDY

MTA 498    CAREER INTERNSHIP

MTA 504    FILM AND DOCUMENTARY THEORY

MTA 505    CRITICAL APPROACHES TO NATURAL HISTORY FILMMAKING

MTA 506    CRITICAL APPROACHES TO SCIENCE FILMMAKING

MTA 511    PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE II

MTA 512    PRODUCTION METHODS & STUDIES I

MTA 513    ADVANCED CINEMATOGRAPHY

MTA 515    SCIENCE & NATURAL HISTORY FILM PRODUCTION

MTA 516    PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE IV

MTA 517    PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

MTA 518    WRITING FOR DOCUMENTARY & NON-FICTION FILM

MTA 519    POST PRODUCTION WORKFLOW

MTA 521    CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN NONFICTION

MTA 522    SOUND TECHNIQUE

MTA 523    SECOND YEAR FILM PREP

MTA 525    SECOND YEAR FILM PRODUCTION

MTA 526    ALTERNATIVE NONFICTION

MTA 531    BUSINESS AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

MTA 532    UNDERWATER CINEMATOGRAPHY

MTA 533    ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN TELEVISION AND INTERNET SERIES PRODUCTION

MTA 534    ADVANCED CINEMATOGRAPHY

MTA 552    ADVANCED PRODUCTION I

MTA 553    ADVANCED PRODUCTION II

MTA 554    PRODUCTION PRACTICUM: POST-PRODUCTION

MTA 557    POST PRODUCTION MEETS INFORMATION DESIGN

MTA 572	  THESIS PREPARATION

MTA 581    SPECIAL PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS

MTA 589    GRADUATE CONSULTATION

MTA 590    MASTER'S THESIS

MTA 591    SPECIAL TOPICS

MTA 592    INDEPENDENT STUDY

MTA 598    INTERNSHIP

MTA 101IA FILM IN AMERICA
F 3 cr. LEC 1 LAB 2
-- Survey of the development of the motion pictures as an art, a craft and a business in the United States during the 20th century.

MTA 102 AESTHETICS OF FILM PRODUCTION
F,S 3 cr. RCT 3
-- An understanding of motion pictures, video art and television practice through study of principles of concept and production. Will include assignments to view and critique selected examples and the completion of short exercises.

MTA 103RA UNDERSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHY
F,S,Su 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
-- An introductory application of basic photographic theory and visual principles, including camera operation, use of B&W darkroom, and photographic assignments. Photography majors must take this class fall semester to fit into the sequential nature of the Photography program.

MTA 104IH THEATRE AND MASS MEDIA
S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- An exploration of major plays from the history of drama via contemporary film and television equivalents.

MTA 106 INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: B or better in MTA 103 and registration as a Photography major.
-- Theory and continued application of image control in B&W photography, through the use of a variety of 35mm films and the introduction of basic zone system principles and digital technologies. Advanced traditional B&W printing techniques in preparation for portfolio review.

MTA 112IA EXPLORING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
F 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 2
-- Introduces technical and aesthetic ways of creating digital photographic images. Emphasis is on the production of photographic images, from acquiring them with digital cameras to manipulating them using computer software for manipulating digital images. Instructor and peer critique of student work is an integral part of the course.

MTA 218D INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION
F 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 1 LAB 1
-- A close analysis and interpretation of the social function and cultural value of film and television in other countries by comparative approaches, with emphasis on the period since World War II.

MTA 222 LIGHTING TECHNIQUE AND DESIGN
F 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 2
PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing FILM.
-- An introduction to the aesthetics and technical principles of lighting for film and theatre with attention to familiarity with basic instruments and a lighting board. The opportunity for an exercise in lighting design will be provided.

MTA 232 ACTING I
F 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 2
PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing in FILM.
-- An introduction to the basic skills of acting through acting exercises and individual projects, including a unit for acting for the camera.

MTA 233 BASIC PRODUCTION OPERATIONS AND TECHNIQUES
F,S,Su 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 12 cr. Total for both MTA 233 and THTR 305 combined.
PREREQUISITE: MTA 102 or MTA 103.
-- Practical experience associatedwith production and research project in motion pictures, television/video, photography, and theatre. May include rehearsal or performance activity. Credit will be offered to students doing basic work on faculty members' productions or on student productions under direct faculty supervision. Credit will be offered to students giving basic technical support to: a)faculty teaching courses,b)faculty engaged in creative activities, or c)advanced students' productions (while supervised by an SFP faculty member).

MTA 251 WRITING
S 3 cr. RCT 3
PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing in FILM.
-- Experience in techniques and concepts of writing for motion picture and video production.

MTA 252 EDITING
F 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 2
PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing in FILM.
-- History and techniques of motion picture and video editing. The course will combine lectures with hands-on exercises in editing.

MTA 253 DIRECTING
S 3 cr. RCT 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: MTA sophomore standing in FILM.
-- An examination of the theory and practice of directing and working with actors. Students complete projects for the stage and for filming during the semester.

MTA 254 SOUND
S 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 2
PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing FILM.
-- Theoretical and practical approaches to the motion picture soundtrack. Topics and exercises will include field recording, post-production, sound design, and the musical score

MTA 255 CINEMATOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY
F 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 2
PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing in FILM.
-- An examination of the aesthetics and practice of cinematography using 16mm film and digital video cameras.

MTA 260 INTRODUCTION TO COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
S 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: MTA 264 and sophomore standing in the Photography option.
-- Introduction and analysis of color theory, color imagery and color materials. Exploration of image captive via film, scanning and digital cameras. Technical skills are developed in digital systems, applications and printing. Critical exploration of color visual language and aesthetic issues.

MTA 261 PRODUCTION DESIGN
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing in FILM.
-- Introductory course in production design for theatre, film and video.

MTA 263 STAGE MAKEUP AND COSTUME DESIGN THEORY
On Demand 3 cr. RCT 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: MTA 104.
-- Theory and practical experience in various aspects of makeup for stage, screen, and studio, integrated with basic costume design theory.

MTA 264 VIEW CAMERA
F 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 103, MTA 106, MTA 260 and sophomore standing in the Photography Option.
-- Introduction to view camera theory and practice. Basic studio and lighting techniques will be addressed as well as advanced contrast control through application of the zone system, large format color photography, digital view camera, and large format digital and analog printing techniques.

MTA 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-6 cr. IND may be repeated
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

MTA 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering department.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

MTA 301 INVESTIGATION INTO PHOTOGRAPHY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 103 and/or MTA 106.
-- The critical exploration of photography as cultural phenomenon, personal expression and art form. Emphasis on aesthetic, ethical, and political issues raised through application of the medium and consumption of its products.

MTA 303 EARLY HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 103, WRIT 101W.
-- The visual and technical evolution of photography within the cultural context. Personalities, ideas, and style of individual photographers are explored. Prehistory to 1913.

MTA 304 RECENT HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 103, WRIT 101W.
-- Continued exploration of the visual and technical evolution of photography from 1913 to the present, including study of criticism and the relationship to contemporary culture and art.

MTA 313 ADVANCED SCRIPTWRITING
F 3 cr. RCT 3
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing in FILM or permission of instructor.
-- Advanced training in the techniques of writing for motion picture production. This class requires that students author a 100 page Hollywood script. Assessment of student work is done by the faculty member as well as via peer work shopping, presentations and discussions.

MTA 318 WORLD CINEMA
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 2
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing in FILM Option curriculum (i.e., all freshman and sophomore MTA requirements are prerequisites).
-- An advanced introduction to the theories which enable an understanding of the national cinemas practiced in light of, outside of, the influence of Hollywood. Focus on particular national cinemas varies by semester, but may include examinations of major European cinemas, Asian cinema, and/or the cinemas of the developing world.

MTA 319 ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES
S 4 cr. RCT 2 STU 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 260 and MTA 264. Junior standing in Photography option.
-- Image creation through the use of historical contact printing processes. A variety of alternative processes will be addressed such as gum printing, cyanotype, and platinum/palladium. Extensive aesthetic exploration will be supported through a blend of the old processes and current digital negative making techniques.

MTA 333 ADVANCED PRODUCTION OPERATIONS AND TECHNIQUES
F,S,Su 1-3 cr. IND Maximum 12 cr total for both MTA 233 & THTR 305 combined.
PREREQUISITE: MTA 102 or MTA 103.
-- Practical experience associated with production and research projects in motion pictures, television/video, photography, and theatre. May include rehearsal or performance activity. Credit will be offered to students doing advanced work on faculty members' productions or on student productions under direct faculty supervision. (May be taken by sophomores with written permission of an advisor and the Department Head.)

MTA 341 PORTRAITURE
On Demand 4 cr. LEC 2 Lab 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 260 and MTA 264. Junior standing in Photography option.
-- Advanced portrait techniques, theory, and practice in studio and on location. Emphasis on creative exploration and application of a variety of styles in portraiture, such as informal, editorial, environmental, etc.

MTA 342 ADVANCED LIGHTING PRACTICES
On Demand 4 cr. RCT 2 STU 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 260 and MTA 264. Junior standing in Photography option.
-- Advanced photographic theory and practice in studio and on location. Emphasis given to creative aspects of artificial lighting and staged subject matter in all camera formats.

MTA 343 NON-FICTION PHOTOGRAPHY
S 4 cr. LEC 2 RCT 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 260 and MTA 264. Junior standing in Photography option.
-- The applied study of photography as a narrative medium, emphasizing the practices and uses of non-fiction, editorial and essays using digital and analog processes.

MTA 344 EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY
F 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 260 and MTA 264. Junior standing in Photography option.
-- The applied study of experimental photographic techniques. These techniques will be explored in image capture as well as traditional darkroom working methods.

MTA 347 INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECTS I
On Demand 3 cr. RCT 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA Majors: MTA 254 and consent of instructor. Cross listed with MUST 380.
-- For upper-level Film and Music Technology students. Exploration of cross-disciplinary techniques in multimedia art. Individual and collaborative projects with visuals and sound. Overview of the history of audio art, video art and experimental film.

MTA 348 INTERDISCIPINARY PROJECTS II
S 3 cr. RCT 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA majors: MTA 222 and MTA 254 and permission of instructor.
-- Studies the theoretical practice of sound and lighting design for live performances. Students gain hands-on experience for designing and executing light and sound.

MTA 360 ADVANCED COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
On Demand 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 260 and MTA 264. Junior standing in Photography option.
-- Further applied study of color visual theory and the control of materials for color photographic expression. Emphasis on application of alternative forms - including animation, multimedia, interactivity, and the internet - to individual aesthetic practices.

MTA 361 PHOTOGRAPHY: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
On Demand 4 cr. LEC 2 RCT 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 260 and MTA 264 and Junior standing in the Photography Option.
-- Introduction to professional practices in photography. Emphasis on the fundamentals of business and marketing to prepare for entering the photographic profession.

MTA 370 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
F,S,Su on demand, 2-4 cr. RCT 2-4. May be repeated. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing in FILM.
-- Projects pursued under faculty supervision, emphasizing an area of specialization in Theatre, Film or Video relating to professional practices. Details of individual sections and the supervising faculty will be posted by the department prior to pre-registration.

MTA 371 JUNIOR PRODUCTION PROCESS: NONFICTION
F,S 4 cr. RCT 4
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing in FILM.
-- Projects pursued under faculty supervision, emphasizing fiction production using traditional and non-traditional approaches, from conception and pre-production to post-production. Details of individual sections and the supervising faculty will be posted by the department prior to pre-registration.

MTA 372 JUNIOR PRODUCTION PROCESS: FICTION
F,S 4 cr. RCT 4
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing in FILM.
-- Projects pursued under faculty supervision, emphasizing fiction productions using traditional and non-traditional approaches from pre-production through post-production. Details of individual sections and the supervising faculty will be posted by the department prior to pre-registration.

MTA 374 JUNIOR PRODUCTION: THEATRE
F 4 cr. RCT 4
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing in FILM.
-- Projects pursued under faculty supervision, emphasizing the theatrical production processes. Specific emphasis may include acting, directing, management, technical theatre and/or theatrical design.

MTA 400 PRODUCTION SEMINAR
F,S, Su 1 - 4 cr. SEM Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing or permission of instructor and as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the upper division level that are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

MTA 401 STUDIES SEMINAR
F,S 1 - 12 cr. SEM May be repeated.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing or permission of instructor.
COREQUISITE: Sophomore level.
-- Studies topics offered at the upper division level that are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

MTA 444 PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES-L.A. FIELD TRIP
Su 3 cr. SEM
COREQUISITE: Consent of the instructor.
-- This course prepares the students for an intensive encounter with accomplished professionals in the motion picture, video, and television industries.

MTA 469 FILM AND DOCUMENTARY THEORY
F 3 cr. LEC
PREREQUISITE: Upper-division standing.
-- An intensive survey of major trends in film and media theory, as applied to feature-length fiction, documentary, and experimental cinema. Topics include: feminism, post-colonialism, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, star intertextuality, and cognitive methods.

MTA 472 MOTION PICTURE/TV/VIDEO/THEATRE SENIOR PRODUCTION
F,S 2 cr. RCT 2 May be repeated Maximum 10 credits
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing in MPVT and faculty supervision in small workshop groups.
COREQUISITE: MTA 474.
-- Senior capstone course. A final series of television programming, video production projects, a stage production, or the production of a complete motion picture.

MTA 473 PHOTOGRAPHY SENIOR PRODUCTION
F,S 2 cr. RCT 2 May be repeated Maximum 4 credits
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing in the Photography option.
COREQUISITE: MTA 475.
-- Senior capstone course. Independent production of a significant body of work in photography; extensive production combined with group critique and faculty consultation.

MTA 474 INDEPENDENT MOTION PICTURE/TV/VIDEO/THEATRE SENIOR PRODUCTION
F,S 3 cr. IND 3 May be repeated Maximum 10 credits
COREQUISITE: MTA 472.
-- Independent production supporting MTA 472.

MTA 475 INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHY SENIOR PRODUCTION
F,S 3 cr. IND 3 May be repeated. Maximum 6 credits.
COREQUISITE: MTA 473.
-- Independent production work supporting MTA 473.

MTA 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1-6 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing in MPVT.
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

MTA 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in a curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

MTA 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1-3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

MTA 494 PRODUCTION SEMINAR
F,S, Su 1 - 4 cr. SEM Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing or permission of instructor and as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the upper division level that are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

MTA 498 CAREER INTERNSHIP
F,S,Su 2-12 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

MTA 504 FILM AND DOCUMENTARY THEORY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
-- An advanced introduction to the methods developed for studying the fiction, documentary and experimental film over the past 100 years.

MTA 505 CRITICISM AND THEORY I
F 3 cr. LEC 3
-- A close analysis and interpretation of the social function and cultural value of science and natural history films, with a particular emphasis for broadcast nationally and internationally.

MTA 506 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO SCIENCE FILMMAKING
S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- An advanced introduction to the critical methodologies necessary for intelligently interrogating the representations of science and technology in print and media.

MTA 511 PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE II
F 3 cr. LAB 3
-- Basic field production techniques in film, video, sound, editing. Train on digital video, 16 mm cinematography, sound recording and digital nonlinear editing.

MTA 512 PRODUCTION METHODS & STUDIES I
F 2 cr. LEC 2
COREQUISITE: MTA 510, 511.
--An introduction to working professionals and faculty that examines successful filmmaking methodologies. May include presentations, forums or seminars designed to explore specific actual production scenarios on a variety of documentary subjects including producing, directing, cinematography, sound, editing, grant writing, distribution and funding.

MTA 513 ADVANCED CINEMATOGRAPHY
F 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 510, 515.
--This course will train graduate students in advanced film and video cinematography techniques beyond MTA 510 and MTA 515. The course will include advanced lighting, camera movement, narrative uses of the camera, HD and 3D.

MTA 515 SCIENCE & NATURAL HISTORY FILM PRODUCTION
S 3 cr. LEC 1 STU 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 504 and MTA 505 and MTA 507 and MTA 510.
-- This course will teach production techniques used by professional science and natural history film makers in standard definition video, high definition digital imaging, 16mm cinematography, computer-based graphics and effects, location and studio sound recording techniques, and field-to-post workflow.

MTA 516 PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE IV
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 510, 511.
COREQUISITE: MTA 515.
-- Advanced field and studio production exercises in equipment use and applications, including high definition digital imaging, 16mm cinematography, location and studio sound recording and advanced editing and digital effects.

MTA 517 PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 510, 511, 512.
COREQUISITE: MTA 515, 516.
-- A master class where working professionals and faculty present and examine successful advanced filmmaking aesthetics and applied methodologies. May include presentations, forums, workshops or seminars designed to explore specific professional film applications on a variety of documentary subjects including producing, directing, cinematography, sound, editing, grant writing, distribution and festivals.

MTA 518 WRITING FOR DOCUMENTARY & NON-FICTION FILM
S 3 cr. RCT 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 504 and MTA 505 and MTA 507 and MTA 510.
COREQUISITE: MTA 515.
-- Creative non-fiction introduces central concept of narrative common to the science and history film text. The course examines and questions the models of non-fiction writing and challenges the biases surrounding this genre.

MTA 519 POST PRODUCTION WORKFLOW
S 3 cr. LEC 1 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 504 and MTA 505 and MTA 507 and MTA 510.
COREQUISITE: MTA 515.
-- This class will teach the aesthetics and craft in effective picture and sound editing. Final Cut Pro editing platform will be used, and architecture and archiving techniques will be stressed. The styles and techniques of well thought-out editing will be examined and practiced.

MTA 520 PRINCIPLES OF PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- All phases of the production process for the producer of documentary films examined from practical and creative points of view; includes strategies for producing a proposal that bridges the distance between idea and underwriting with realistic schedules and accurate budgets.

MTA 521 CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN NONFICTION
F 4 cr. LEC 1 RCT 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 504, MTA 505, MTA 507, MTA 510, MTA 515, MTA 517, MTA 518,MTA 519 - All.
-- This course will explore both the history and technological developments in nonfiction film since 1990.

MTA 522 SOUND TECHNIQUE
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Restricted to students accepted into the MFA program.
COREQUISITE: MTA 510, MTA 511.
-- This course will provide students with the skills to record, edit, and create broadcast quality audio for documentary films and videos. Students will learn audio editing and processing using Pro Tools, the film industry standard for post production sound.

MTA 523 SECOND YEAR FILM PREP
F 2 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 504, MTA 505, MTA 507, MTA 510, MTA 515, MTA 517, MTA 518,MTA 519.
-- This course will prepare second year SNHF MFA students to create their required second year film.

MTA 525 SECOND YEAR FILM PRODUCTION
S 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 515.
-- The objective of this course is to provide faculty support and supervision of self authored second year MFA candidates' film projects. Each student will develop and produce their own original short documentary to further develop storytelling acumen and expand their production skill sets and techniques.

MTA 526 ALTERNATIVE NONFICTION
S 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 504 and MTA 505 and MTA 506 and MTA 507 and MTA 510, MTA 515 and MTA 517 and MTA 518 and MTA 519 and MTA 521.
COREQUISITE: MTA 521 (may be a co-requisite; not required).
-- The purpose of this course is to further the study and production of contemporary documentary films and videos. Graduate students will study a range of contemporary documentary and experimental documentary filmmakers, viewing and analyzing these films. Each student will then develop and produce their own original short documentary works that utilizes some aspect(s) of the contemporary works studied.

MTA 531 BUSINESS AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
Su, F 1 cr. LEC 1
PREREQUISITES: MTA 504, MTA 505, MTA 507, MTA 510, MTA 515, MTA 518, MTA 519 or permission of instructor.
-- This course will examine business and legal issues relating to the production of documentary films.

MTA 532 UNDERWATER CINEMATOGRAPHY
Su, F 1 cr. LAB 1
PREREQUISITES: MTA 515 and MTA 516 and permission of instructor.
-- This course will focus on the skills and training necessary to begin filming in the underwater environment.

MTA 533 ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN TELEVISION AND INTERNET SERIES PRODUCTION
F,S,Su 1-9 cr. SEM 1-9
-- The special goals of this course are the teaching of advanced techniques in broadcast and Internet production based on the website, podcast, and Montana PBS broadccast series Terra: The Nature of the World.

MTA 550 SCIENCE/NATURAL HISTORY ROTATION
F,S,Su 2 cr. IND 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 551.
-- On-site learning with scientist(s). This prepares students for area of project proposal.

MTA 552 ADVANCED PRODUCTION I
F,S 4-6 cr. LAB 4-6
PREREQUISITE: MTA 510, 511, 512, 515, 516, 517.
COREQUISITE: MTA 572.
-- Pre-production and production of the second year agenda-based professional project sponsored by a hosting agency that finds significant usage. Proposals and treatments are to be polished and refined so that dialogues with broadcasters and hosting agencies can be effectively initiated and funding fully secured. With approval of advisor and graduate committee, production sequence may begin.

MTA 553 ADVANCED PRODUCTION II
S 4-6 cr. LAB 4-6.
PREREQUISITE: MTA 510,511,512,515,516,517,552.
COREQUISITE: MTA 572.
-- Production and post-production of the second year agenda-based professional project that finds significant usage. Production and/or post production work is to be completed and deliverables presented to the hosting agency. Selects and all cuts are to be screened and critiqued by the hosting agency and by the advisor and graduate committee. The post production phase concludes with the completion of the second year project and the presentation of deliverables to the hosting agency and/or broadcast and distribution venues.

MTA 554 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM: POST-PRODUCTION
S 4 cr. IND 4
PREREQUISITE: MTA 550 and 552.
-- A committee directed course in which the students begin the post-production phase and concludes with the completion of their second year project.

MTA 556 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM: PRE-PRODUCTION
F 2 cr. IND 2
PREREQUISITE: MTA 551.
-- The rotation proposal workshop makes students formalize their second year projects. This course initiates dialogues and proposals with broadcasters and hosting agencies.

MTA 557 POST PRODUCTION MEETS INFORMATION DESIGN
F 3 cr. RCT 3
PREREQUISITE: Completion of MFA First Year curriculum.
-- This course will teach advanced post-production and information design skills to Graduate MFA students. The course is tailored specifically to the needs of students training to be science and natural history filmmakers.

MTA 558 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM: POST-PRODUCTION
S 3 cr. IND 3
PREREQUISITE: MTA 550 and 552.
-- A committee directed course in which the students begin the post-production phase and concludes with the completion of their second year project.

MTA 572 THESIS PREPARATION
S 1 cr. LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: MTA 510,511,512,515,516,517.
COREQUISITE: MTA 552 or 553.
-- Proposals and treatments are distributed to project advisor and to the graduate committee by the first day of fall semester for workshop review and critique. Pre-production, production and post-production schedule milestones must be determined in conjunction with advisor and graduate committee who provide oversight for the entire second year project production sequence. Due to the widely varying nature and unique demand of each project, those unable to meet the preferred residency requirements for their second year project and this course must adhere to a strict teleconference meeting schedule with their advisor and graduate committee and meet all due date requirements for materials review.

MTA 581 SPECIAL PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS
F,S 1 - 3 cr. RCT Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: MTA 504 and MTA 505 and MTA 507 and MTA 510.
-- Special Professional Projects provides students with special funded projects the opportunity for professional level supervision and assistance from the faculty and other students. Funding must be in place before the class begins.

MTA 589 GRADUATE CONSULTATION
F,S,Su 3 cr. IND 3
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- This course may be used only by students who have completed all of their course work (and thesis, if on a thesis plan) but who need additional faculty or staff time or help.

MTA 590 MASTER'S THESIS
F,S,Su 1-15 cr. IND 1-15
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing/Restricted Entry.
-- Course replaces MTA 591, MTA 592 and MTA 593. Maximum of 8 credits per semester.

MTA 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: MTA 504, MTA 505, MTA 510, MTA 515, MTA 517, MTA 518, MTA 519 - All.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number. This class provides students with advanced production opportunities.

MTA 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1-3 cr. IND Maximum 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

MTA 598 INTERNSHIP
F,S,Su 1-12 cr. IND 1-12
PREREQUISITE: MTA 510,511,515,and 516.
-- This course allows the student to spend a semester working in a professional environment under the guidance of a mentor.

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