By studying key topics in Digital Film and Post Production to complete the upper division’s core specialization requirements, AIU can give you an opportunity to learn a solid foundation in the areas of audio and electronic music production, general media production, editing, and computer-animation and special-effects production. At AIU, you can take more courses devoted to your field of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Production with a specialization in Digital Film and Post Production, your classes may include:
Production Techniques III
Students continue to develop their technical and creative skills as they create a longer-form and more advanced motion picture project. Particular emphasis will be placed on directing actors and use of the camera as an expressive tool. This concludes the first half of the production process, which will be completed in the second course, DFAP 445 Postproduction III.
Film and Audio Aesthetics
In this course, students learn to analyze film in terms of form, structure, cinematography, editing and use of sound and music.
Students continue to develop their skills in screenwriting, with particular focus on character driven, three-act narrative structure, story development and crafting dialog.
Advanced Production I
In this intensive course, students apply principles and techniques to create an advanced production motion picture project. Students are expected to finish a professional-quality work, worthy of inclusion on their show reel.
Senior Project I
Students will take an advanced-level project from concept through principle photography. Projects started in this course will be completed in DFAP 402 Senior Project II.
Senior Project II
Students will "finish" and distribute projects started in DFAP 401 Senior Project I. Particular focus will be placed upon the creation of a professional-quality, festival-ready package.
Students examine the role and responsibility of the director. Also covered is the director's role in each of the three phases of film production, including scripting, casting, creative work with actors, camera and lighting design and communicating effectively with the crew in order to achieve a specific vision.
Camera & Lighting II
In this course, students develop advanced skills in motion picture photography and a greater appreciation of lighting techniques and style. Topics will include genre-appropriate lighting techniques, source lighting, lighting for composite and special effects photography, and lighting for the mobile camera.
Advanced Digital Cinematography
In this advanced course, students explore of the potential of the video camera. Included are the elements of lenses and filters, shot framing and composition, color theory, non-tripod shooting techniques, internal electronics, aesthetics, and editing.
Students develop skills needed to create a professional film soundtrack, including: effects editing, automatic dialog replacement (ADR), dialog editing and Foley recording.
This advanced level course concentrates on workflow options and the "finishing" of digital video productions. Students edit their productions to a high standard, including titles, music, special effects and grading. Output, compression and DVD authoring will also be covered. In addition, lectures on various editing styles and techniques and the building of narrative structure enhance and build on the practical aspects of the course.
Animation and Motion Graphics
In this course students explore and develop new motion graphics/animation projects using industry-standard software. Students will develop their skills in the area of animation and time-based motion graphics using industry-standard software such as Adobe After Effects.