FAVS Featured Courses

[For Spring 2018 - last updated 11.02.2017]

FAVS 399-005: Advanced Sound

Wednesdays, 4:30pm-7:10pm, CRN 21504
Pre-requisite: FAVS 333 (C or better)

The Advanced Sound course will provide students with advanced fundamental theory, tools and techniques needed to create and implement sound for film. This course will utilize the industry standard software, Pro Tools. Students will learn nonlinear sound editing, digital audio processing, frequency manipulation, synthesized sound techniques and mixing. Advanced Sound will focus on the power of sound and the contributions it can make not only in enhancing the visuals of a film but in contributing to telling the story within itself.


FAVS 399-002: Curating & Programming for the Moving Image

Tuesdays, 10:30am-1:10pm, CRN 20910
Meets in person every 3 weeks
*Please pay careful attention to meeting times and schedule

This hybrid in-person / Distance Learning undergraduate seminar explores the rich and often overlooked history of independent exhibition of short film and video. Through reading, writing, viewing, and discussion, students engage both critically and practically with ideas of venue and context, programming theory, curatorial ethics, distribution, and promotion. Student curators will learn to program, plan, promote, budget for, collaborate on, and host screenings. This includes working with archives, distributors and artists, calling for submissions of work, and crafting programs that explore themes and subjects of interest to you. Events will include off-site screenings and on-campus programs.

Course is created and taught by KJ Mohr, a festival programmer and video/film curator with over 25 years experience at institutions and micro-cinemas. Mohr is the Director of Programming for the Tampa International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, served as Film Curator for National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, curated the Conversations at the Edge series at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and worked with Women in the Director’s Chair in Chicago for many years.


FAVS 356: Film Marketing

Tuesdays, 4:30-7:10pm, CRN 19889

Provides students with a variety of film and television marketing business strategies and creative skills, including publicity, press kits, advertising, trailers, poster design, film credits, box art, branding, licensing & merchandising, and distribution. As aspiring media entrepreneurs, students learn to professionally manage their careers whether in low-budget independent film or Hollywood blockbuster tracks via self-promotion & publicity.


FAVS 399-006: Video Production for Social Change

Thursdays, 4:30-7:10pm, CRN 15890

This course reflects a professional production environment where student teams, under the instructor’s supervision, produce effective pieces for local community based non-profit organizations. Students will learn the business of working with a real-world nonprofit client and storytelling skills that advance the client mission. Beginning with the discovery process, students will engage the client in assessing their needs and goals for producing a video.  They will develop a creative concept/strategy, a budget, and a statement of work/contract.  Small teams will then produce their client project as they learn the storytelling strategies that engage by connecting with an audience.

tv writers

FAVS 470: TV Writing

Mondays, 4:30-7:10pm, CRN 19931
Pre-requisite: FAVS 280 (C or better)

Students learn about the profession of writing scripted television. Examines the principles and processes of development for television drama and other genres and programming categories. Students become acquainted with the expectations and responsibilities of staff and freelance writing. Develops skills in writing for the small screen(s) by practicing established techniques and identifying contemporary trends.