The creative process begins with the need to communicate somethinga message, a concept, a vision. Our curriculum is designed to offer the skills you need to bring your ideas to life.
As a Film and Television student you will be introduced to the skills of media production, including screenwriting, cinematography, editing, broadcast operations, computer graphics and effects. You will learn about the history of film and mass media, and how the Internet, mobile media, and social networks have transformed that history. You will analyze films by great directors for the lessons they offer in the expressive arts of cinema: storytelling, composition, lighting, editing, and special effects.Field trips, visits from entertainment and media industry professionals, and internships are designed to take advantage of LaGuardias prime location in the worlds leading center of film and video production, and of the broadcast, music, and advertising industries.
This is a course in the art and craft of writing a fictional narrative for the screen. Screenwriting genres and applications vary widely, yet every one reaches its audience through storytelling. Students examine the ways cinematic narratives show, rather than tell. Students then create their own 10-minute movie script. They explore scene and act structure, character development, dialogue, description, etc. Students learn professional standards for writing for the screen and how to use screenplay software.
This course analyzes the various cultural, historical, ethnic, class, and artistic dimensions of New York in feature films such as Musketeers of Pig Alley, Hester Street and Do the Right Thing, as well as in selected documentary and experimental films. The course also situates New York City within the corporate production and exhibition histories of American film. Particular attention is given to films produced in New York over the last two decades and the images of the city they project.HUC240: Video Production Workshop
This course introduces the student to the theory, vocabulary, and production techniques of the video medium. Students, functioning as a production team, create, and produce short video projects during the session which culminate in a final production created, organized, and produced by the class. Students are assigned, on a rotating basis, specific production roles such as director, switcher, camera operator, floor manager, audio technician, production assistant or VCR operator. Projects vary from term to term as deemed appropriate by the instructor.HUC270: American Film
This course surveys the artistic, technological, and industrial development of cinema in America. Through readings and screenings, the student considers genres such as comedy, horror, Western, and action films; and their relation to American society. Other topics include the Hollywood studio system; the history of films by African-Americans; the rise of independent cinema; and the impact of the digital revolution on production, distribution, and exhibition.HUC150: Art of Film
This course introduces students to film theory, criticism, and aesthetics. Screenings represent major movements in world cinema, considered in relation to their diverse cultural contexts. Students analyze differences between film styles, such as expressionism, montage, realism, and modernism. Topics include the notion of truth in cinema, the digital revolution, and globalization. Students are introduced to critical models that are used to discriminate between good films and bad films.
In support of the LaGuardias mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.Your Advising Team is made up offacultyprofessionalandpeer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
Visit theAdvisingpage to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out theAdvising Calendarfor information sessions, events and more.
Individuals can work as full-time staff members for broadcast networks, cable stations, film production or postproduction companies, or one of a number of major motion picture studios that are located in New York City. Many creative and craftspeople are free-lance workers. Other self-employed workers, such as event videographers, operate their own businesses.The types of careers available in television, motion pictures, video, and Internet are too numerous to list them all here. However, a sample of todays media occupations includes: writer, producer, line producer, director, assistant director, director of photography, camera assistant, camera operator, sound recordist, sound mixer, Foley artist, production assistant, boom operator, grip, gaffer, editor, assistant editor, animator, broadcast technician, ENG operator, event videographer (weddings, memorial videos, college athletics recruiting videos), legal videographer, media librarian, public relations, sales, cinema and media studies educator.When setting career goals, its good to keep in mind that there are many rewarding careers outside the major motion picture and broadcast industries. Graduates with media degrees have found jobs in educational institutions and corporations. Today, in spite of difficult economic conditions, there are secure careers in the legal and government sectors for producers, videographers, and individuals trained in digital asset management. Video for the Web, social networking, and other emerging digital media are setting the stage for new opportunities every day.Explore career possibilities onCareer Connect.
Current StudentsLog in toMy LaGuardiato review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? VisitLaGuardias Degree Auditpage for tutorials and how-to guides.Prospective StudentsReview thecurriculum.Please note:Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog.Learn more.Degree MapUse theDegree MapandDegreeWorksto assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan inePortfolio. See a full list ofFlexible Core courseson the Pathways page.For information about this programs retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessmentwebsite page.
Places to see films, do research and network
Places to Visit and Organizations to Join
18 W. Houston @ Mercer St., New York, NY 10012
32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV)
87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013
209 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10014
68 Jay St. Room 425, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Kitchen- Center for Video, Dance, Music, Performance and Literature
119 Ingraham St., Ste. 126, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Museum of Modern Art Film Study Center
formerly the Museum of Television and Radio
New York Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Amsterdam Ave. at 66
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Amsterdam Ave. at 66
New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd., New York, NY 10037
Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division; Call for an appointment
Shooting People Independent Filmmakers Network
Television / Video Studio, Classrooms, and Resources
The introductory and advanced video production classes are offered in a large television/video studio (M122) with adjacent editing suite (M121). Students in these classes learn to use DSLR and HD cameras, lighting, audio, switcher/fader, and Premiere Pro non-linear editing. The studio and editing suite are also available at designated times so that students can work on their projects outside of class time. Classes in film history and criticism are offered in a classroom equipped for large-screen projection in 16mm and digital formats. Our media history and issues courses meet in a Smart Room that is equipped with PC and Smart Board for Power Point presentations, live Internet connection, and DVD and digital projection.
Students also have access to a screening venue where they can view their projectsfrom work-in-progress to final cuton a large screen. The screening room is also used for visits by filmmakers and industry professionals who are invited to LaGuardia to screen their work, talk with classes, and critique student work.
The colleges Media Resources Center has a collection of nearly 2,000 films on DVD and VHS. These include nearly all films screened in classes, which students may review on their own at individual viewing stations free of charge. In addition, the Centers Streaming Media Project offers feature films, screened in classes and other films in the collection that are available for viewing on campus for free. The Media Resources Center is located in the LaGuardia College Library, room E101.
The editing lab in M121, along with the television/video studio in M122, serve as the central hub for the Film and Television program. In M121 we have 26 new 27 imac 3.4 Ghz Intel Core i7 workstations that are available for current students and alumni to utilize. Each workstation is equipped with the following software:
Adobe Creative Cloud Video Production Suite (which includes After Effects, Premiere Pro, Speed Grade, Audition, Encore, On Location)
Adobe Creative Cloud Web Production Suite (which includes Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator)
Apple Final Cut Studio 3 Suite and Final Cut X (which includes Final Cut Pro, Motion Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Color)
Apple iLife Suite (which includes iMovie, iDVD, and Garageband)
Open Source and freeware programs for Film, Multimedia, and 3D design (which includes Unreal Engine 4, Blender 3D, Celtx, Audacity, Bryce 5.5, and Daz Studio)
Web Programming Software (which include PHP, Flex Builder 3 and Coldfusion)
Blackmagic 4K Production CameraCanon DSLRGoPro Cameras, Canon camcorders
Doorway Dolly,Glidecam, Omni Light Kits, Green Screen Studio
Sennheiser wireless lavalier microphones, Rode shotgun microphones.
Tom Seymour is the College Lab Technician (CLT). Tom and his staff are on hand to offer technical assistance and support, as well as valuable advice drawn from their own professional experience in film, video, Internet, and television. New Media Technology students also have access to the same technology in the multimedia lab in room E 301. Tom can be contacted .eduor .
Regular lab hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and Saturday hours are also available to day and extended day students.
Priority is given to students currently enrolled in Film and Television, New Media Technology, and Digital Media Arts Certificate courses so that they are able to fulfill required class assignments.
We also heartily encourage Film and Television and New Media Technology majors and Certificate students to take advantage of open lab hours. The capabilities of editing and screenwriting software are vast. What you learn in the classroom is a great start, but thats just the beginning. There is no limit to what you can learn-by-doing on your own. Heres another good reason to use the lab as much as you can — access to the same hardware and software that is available to you for free in our lab, would cost you hundreds of dollars in for-profit courses or in rental fees at post-houses.
Access to lab hardware and software is based on the following guidelines. Qualified students must be one of the following:
Students currently enrolled in a course in the Film and Television or New Media Technology curriculum, or Digital Media Arts program
Students who have successfully completed the Video Production Workshop or Internet Video class
Students who can demonstrate to the CLT their familiarity with the software they wish to use
Students who have successfully completed a tutorial workshop offered by a member of the lab staff, and can demonstrate to the CLT their familiarity with the software they wish to use.
For students who do not meet any of the qualifications listed above, on-line tutorials are available in the lab. On-line tutorials offer basic training in various software applications. After completing the tutorial, students can then reserve time to work on their own if they can demonstrate to the CLT their familiarity with the software they wish to use.
The lab schedule varies from term to term, based on the number of classes that are taught in M 121, and in the studio, M 122. A lab schedule for each term will be posted in the lab and online. Certain days and times are reserved for classes, and, toward the end of the term, are reserved for students who are completing final projects for those classes.
All other times are Open Lab Hours. Any student who fulfills any of the guidelines listed above, can and should use the lab for class projects, for continuing work on a class project to be screened at the June student film festival, or for pursuing a personal creative project.
Lab users should come prepared with their own hard drives. Storage on the labs computers is limited, and the drives must be cleared on a regular basis. Storing data on your own drive insures that your hard work will be safe and portable. Students who wish to transfer their projects to DVD should bring their own blank DVD discs.
Students who meet the qualifications for access to open lab are also qualified to reserve time to stage and shoot productions in the video studio. Access to the video studio is limited because the space is shared with another program, so advance planning is required. Discuss your request with lab supervisor, Tom Seymour, before reserving time at:.edu
The Film and Television AA degree offers foundation courses for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Science degree programs in: cinema studies, Film and Television, media librarianship, film production, video production, television production, content creation for the Web and social media and related major degree programs. Students with career goals in media fields can get off to an early start by choosing the Liberal Arts: Film and Television program, as this option leads to an Associate in Arts degree and credits can transfer to a four-year college.LaGuardia has an agreement with the Department of Film and with the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College for students from our Film and Television major who wish to transfer there. Other CUNY colleges with baccalaureate programs in film studies, Film and Television, film and video production (Hunter College, Queens College, Baruch College, City College, College of Staten Island) will apply all or most LaGuardia courses in the Film and Television major toward their own degree requirements and elective credits. Pathways requirements satisfied at LaGuardia are automatically applied when transferring to other CUNY colleges.Faculty advisors and college counselors offer individual assistance to LaGuardia students who wish to transfer to film, video, digital media, and Film and Television programs at: The School of Visual Arts, Tisch School of the Arts/NYU, University of Southern California, Purchase College SUNY, and other non-CUNY colleges. In the past, LaGuardia students transferring to those institutions have had all or most of their Film and Television credits applied toward degree requirements and elective credits.
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