Houston Baptist University Catalog

Cinema & New Media (CNMA) Course Descriptions


CNMA 1301 Cinematic Core Principles
An overview and survey of the cinematic medium and its various forms, with an emphasis on historical foundations and developing opportunities. Includes an in-depth look at the fundamental components of the medium - writing, directing, acting, cinematography, and editing - and synthesizes these various roles so that students can see how these components work together to create the end product. Building off of smaller exercises, students will produce their own short films from start-to-finish.

CNMA 1302 The Art of Cinema & New Media
A survey of various artistic mediums and their relation to cinema, focusing on what distinguishes cinema as a unique art form and what it holds in common with other mediums. Paired with this, an introduction to aesthetics, beauty, and the moral responsibilities of artists from a Christian foundation. Students will develop a personal philosophy of art and aesthetics, which will be further developed in future courses.

CNMA 2300 Faith & Culture in Cinema & New Media
Prerequisites: CNMA 1301, 1302
This class explores the role of Christian artists in culture. Students will study how great Christian thinkers have thought about culture and art throughout church history and be challenged to understand their vocation as media creators from a biblical perspective. Students will also develop an understanding of how to live out their faith through their work as they seek to affect the culture around them.

CNMA 2301 Writing for Cinema & New Media
Prerequisites: CNMA 1301, 1302, 1303
An introduction to the art, technique, and structure of screenplay writing. Through exercises, students will develop their writing abilities and craft their first film or new media script.

CNMA 2303 Directing for Cinema & New Media
Prerequisites: CNMA 1301, 1302, 1303
An introduction to the art and craft of directing, including an overview of different mediums, styles, and approaches. Throughout the class, students will direct short scenes and videos to practice and apply the techniques they are learning.

CNMA 2305 Producing for Cinema & New Media
Prerequisites: CNMA 1301, 1302, 1303
An introduction to the work of a producer in cinema and new media. This class includes a detailed look at the pre-production steps that a producer oversees - including budgeting, scheduling, and crewing a production - as well as practical considerations, business realities, and elements of leadership.

CNMA 2310 Cinematography & Production
Prerequisites: CNMA 1301, 1302, 1303
An introduction to the film set and its key participants, including the cinematographer, gaffer, key grip, assistant director, script supervisor, and sound recordist. Students will explore different production techniques and learn how different scales of crew and budget affect on-set workflow.

CNMA 2312 Editing & Post-Production
Prerequisites: CNMA 1301, 1302, 1303
An introduction to the post-production workflow with a focus on the art and craft of cinematic editing. The class also guides students through sound, visual effects, color grading, and finishing.

CNMA 2316 Production Design & Art Direction
Prerequisites: CNMA 1301, 1302, 1303
An overview of production design for cinema, including conceptual design, sets, props, wardrobe, and lighting. Students will be challenged to develop a strong aesthetic for art direction and will explore the practical challenges associated with executing production design in cinema and new media.

CNMA 3110 Cinematography Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 2310
Cinematography students work with a mentor to prep and shoot a short film (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3112 Sound/Visual Effects Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 2312
Post-production students work with a mentor as they complete sound, visual effects, or other post-production work on a short film (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3116 Production Design Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 2316
Production design students work with a mentor as they conceptualize and execute the art direction on a short film (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3120 Special Topics
Directed study of a minimum of 30 clock hours for each hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected based on student interest and need.

CNMA 3125 Casting Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 1301, 1302, 1303
Students work with an experienced casting director to cast a feature film production (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3145 Internship
Prerequisite: 6 hrs of CNMA 2000 level coursework
Credit is awarded for approved professional internships. Opportunities include media related work in the Houston area or summer internships in Austin, Hollywood, or other regions.

CNMA 3151 Media Studies: Silent Film
Study the origins of cinema through this comprehensive survey of the first decades of the medium. We’ll watch the great early works of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau, and more, discussing what makes their groundbreaking films work and endure.

CNMA 3152 Media Studies: Directorial Debuts
In this class, we'll study the first films from a number of great filmmakers. Many of these directors went on to have successful careers in Hollywood. Others are known for their independent spirit and artistic merit. In every case though, we'll see how these pioneering artists took advantage of their first filmmaking opportunities, leveraged whatever limitations they may have had, and created great films that would set the trajectory for the rest of their cinematic work.

CNMA 3153 Media Studies: Silent Film I
Study the origins of cinema through this comprehensive survey of the first decades of the medium. We’ll watch the great early works of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau, and more, discussing what makes their groundbreaking films work and endure. (To be taken with Silent Film II)

CNMA 3154 Media Studies: Silent Film II
Study the origins of cinema through this comprehensive survey of the first decades of the medium. We’ll watch the great early works of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau, and more, discussing what makes their groundbreaking films work and endure. (To be taken with Silent Film I)

CNMA 3155 Media Studies: Silent Film II
Study the origins of cinema through this comprehensive survey of the first decades of the medium. We’ll watch the great early works of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau, and more, discussing what makes their groundbreaking films work and endure. (To be taken with Silent Film I)

CNMA 3161 Media Studies
These classes are programmed each semester to expose students to a broad range of cinematic styles and approaches. Classes focus on a variety of subjects - for example, a European Film Survey, the complete works of Frank Capra, or a season of Emmy-award-winning television. Other screenings are programmed throughout the semester and could include special guests or a related lecture.

CNMA 3162 Media Studies
These classes are programmed each semester to expose students to a broad range of cinematic styles and approaches. Classes focus on a variety of subjects - for example, a European Film Survey, the complete works of Frank Capra, or a season of Emmy-award-winning television. Other screenings are programmed throughout the semester and could include special guests or a related lecture.

CNMA 3163 Media Studies
These classes are programmed each semester to expose students to a broad range of cinematic styles and approaches. Classes focus on a variety of subjects - for example, a European Film Survey, the complete works of Frank Capra, or a season of Emmy-award-winning television. Other screenings are programmed throughout the semester and could include special guests or a related lecture.

CNMA 3164 Media Studies
These classes are programmed each semester to expose students to a broad range of cinematic styles and approaches. Classes focus on a variety of subjects - for example, a European Film Survey, the complete works of Frank Capra, or a season of Emmy-award-winning television. Other screenings are programmed throughout the semester and could include special guests or a related lecture.

CNMA 3197 Media Studies: Independent Study
With faculty guidance, students choose a media topic of study for the semester to study independently. Course hours count toward the CNMA media Studies requirement.

CNMA 3198 Media Studies: Independent Study
With faculty guidance, students choose a media topic of study for the semester to study independently. Course hours count toward the CNMA media Studies requirement.

CNMA 3199 Media Studies: Independent Study
With faculty guidance, students choose a media topic of study for the semester to study independently. Course hours count toward the CNMA media Studies requirement.

CNMA 3210 Cinematography Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 2310
Cinematography students work with a mentor to prep and shoot a short film (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3212 Sound/Visual Effects Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 2312
Post-production students work with a mentor as they complete sound, visual effects, or other post-production work on a short film (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3216 Production Design Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 2316
Production design students work with a mentor as they conceptualize and execute the art direction on a short film (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3220 Special Topics
Directed study of a minimum of 30 clock hours for each hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected based on student interest and need.

CNMA 3225 Casting Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 1301, 1302, 1303
Students work with an experienced casting director to cast a feature film production (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3245 Internship
Prerequisite: 6 hrs of CNMA 2000 level coursework
Credit is awarded for approved professional internships. Opportunities include media related work in the Houston area or summer internships in Austin, Hollywood, or other regions.

CNMA 3301 Advanced Writing
Prerequisite: CNMA 2301
Students apprentice with an experienced screenwriter who mentors them through the writing of a feature film screenplay (or equivalent). Students are also introduced to collaborative writing environments (as would be found in a television or new media production with multiple writers).

CNMA 3303 Advanced Directing
Prerequisite: CNMA 2303
Students apprentice with an experienced director who mentors them through the direction of a short film. Students will work with the director through each stage of development and planning for their film.

CNMA 3305 Advanced Producing
Prerequisite: CNMA 2305
Students apprentice with an experienced producer throughout pre-production of a large-scale production. Students will attend production meetings and work with the producer to assemble budgets and schedules, secure locations and permits, and prepare equipment and crews.

CNMA 3307 Advanced Editing
Prerequisite: CNMA 2312
Students apprentice with an experienced editor who works with them on the editing of a feature film production. Students have the opportunity to edit their own scenes, as well as to collaborate with the editor and director in editorial meetings.

CNMA 3309 Documentary Filmmaking
Prerequisites: CNMA 1301, 1302, 1303
An overview of the art and craft of documentary filmmaking. Explores various styles, goals, and artistic opoprtunities. Includes a focus on the technical aspects of documentary production.

CNMA 3310 Cinematography Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 2310
Cinematography students work with a mentor to prep and shoot a short film (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3312 Sound/Visual Effects Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 2312
Post-production students work with a mentor as they complete sound, visual effects, or other post-production work on a short film (or quivalent production).

CNMA 3316 Production Design Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 2316
Production design students work with a mentor as they conceptualize and execute the art direction on a short film (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3320 Special Topics
Directed study of a minimum of 30 clock hours for each hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected based on student interest and need.

CNMA 3325 Casting Practicum
Prerequisite: CNMA 1301, 1302, 1303
Students work with an experienced casting director to cast a feature film production (or equivalent production).

CNMA 3345 Internship
Prerequisite: 6 hrs of CNMA 2000 level coursework
Credit is awarded for approved professional internships. Opportunities include media related work in the Houston area or summer internships in Austin, Hollywood, or other regions.

CNMA 4151 World-Building & Non-Linear Storytelling
New media opens artists up to a whole new world of storytelling opportunities. This class explores the art of world-building - creating a fictional universe of characters, places, and events that can be explored through art and story - as well as the unique ways that new media allows us to engage with these worlds in non-traditional, non-linear ways.

CNMA 4152 Developing Technologies
A survey of new technologies that will likely impact cinema and new media creation. Whenever possible, this will be accompanied by demonstrations of new technologies and discussion of how such advancements may change or affect the medium.

CNMA 4300 Entertainment Business
Prerequisite: 6 hrs of CNMA 2000 level coursework
An overview of the business and legal elements that will affect students' work, whether as independent filmmakers or in industry careers. This class also examines the changing dynamics in the digital economy and trains students in the art of pitching and presentation.

CNMA 4325 Principles of Acting
Students are taught the elements of acting and directing actors. Key theories and approaches are explored, including method acting and improvisation.

CNMA 4350 Advanced Film Theory
Prerequisite: 9 hrs of CNMA 2000 level coursework
Building on the ideas explored in earlier classes, this is a rigorous study of cinematic theory, including in-depth examinations of Eisenstein's theories of montage, French auteur theory, and Tarkovsky's notion of sculpting in time.

CNMA 4390 Senior Project I
Prerequisite: 34 hours of CNMA coursework
The capstone experience for each student is a year-long final project. Developed and completed with oversight from a faculty member, these classes offer students the time and space to create a professional-quality project that can be used to kickstart their artistic career after graduation.

CNMA 4395 Senior Project II
Prerequisite: 34 hours of CNMA coursework
The capstone experience for each student is a year-long final project. Developed and completed with oversight from a faculty member, these classes offer students the time and space to create a professional-quality project that can be used to kickstart their artistic career after graduation.