The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for starting the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
- The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
- The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.
All students are blocked from enrolling in Graduate Phase courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.
|DC 101 Screenwriting for Majors |
|DC 210 Digital Cinema Production I |
|DC 215 Introduction to Sound Design |
|DC 220 Editing I |
|DC 275 Cinematography |
|VFX 278 Digital Compositing I |
|DC 460 Digital Cinema Proseminar |
|DC 461 Directing Workshop |
|DC 462 Directing Workshop |
and student must select 2
courses from the following list:
|DC 421 Production Design |
|DC 422 Editing Styles and Techniques |
|DC 431 Cinema Movements and Manifestos |
|DC 451 Modes of Digital Distribution |
|DC 470 Advanced Topics in Cinema |
|DC 481 Distribution and Exhibition |
|DC 485 Producing |
|DC 489 The Big Picture: the Entertainment Industry |
|DC 401 Writing the Short Motion Picture |
|DC 415 Post-Production Sound Design |
|DC 420 Editing II |
|DC 423 Pre-Production for Cinema |
|DC 475 Advanced Cinematography |
|DC 495 Directing the Short Motion Picture |
Students must choose any 3
DC, ANI or VFX production or theory courses.
|DC 565 Thesis Development |
The MFA Thesis
shall be a major artistic digital project. Although there is no prescribed length for thesis, the following should be used as guidelines:
Student's MFA Committee
- For live action projects, 15-35 minutes. (15-20 minute films tend to get the best festival play). Films longer than 35 minutes usually do not qualify for the SAG student film waiver. The Digital Cinema faculty encourages students to produce feature length films.
- For animation projects, 10 minutes or more.
During this phase students are supervised by their MFA Committee. The student's MFA Committee shall have a Chair and a minimum of two other members. The Chair (who was the student's advocate during the selection process) and one committee member must be full-time Digital Cinema Faculty. After assembling an MFA Committee the student will advise the Chair of the Digital Cinema MFA Committee of the composition of that committee. Students will work closely with the Chair of their committee in planning and completing the MFA thesis. MFA Thesis Screening
A major component of the MFA degree is the public screening of the MFA thesis. It is the student's responsibility to organize, schedule, promote and publicize this screening. MFA Thesis Defense
At some point following the public screening the student will schedule a thesis defense with his/her MFA committee. At this defense the student's MFA Committee will discuss, evaluate, and critique the thesis and make a determination on the awarding of the MFA degree.