Photograph of Baltimore School for the Arts students working on a film project

Film Curriculum

The following courses are currently being taken by our very first class of film students.

Animation I

Many of the techniques will use hands-on mediums, such as ink and charcoal on paper, clay, paper cut-out, collage, and more to create the elements of narrative in animations. You’ll also become familiarized with Dragonframe and Adobe After Effects applications, DSLR cameras, and tech used in stop motion and film.

Audio I

Audio 1 is an introductory course focusing on the basics of capturing, processing, and manipulating sound and how it is used in creative storytelling. You’ll explore the science of how sound is created and perceived in nature. Technical exercises include using field recorders to capture sounds and editing audio with Pro Tools.

Film History I

During the first semester, you will get an overview of film history, beginning at the origins of animation all the way up to contemporary animations worldwide. In the second semester, you’ll be introduced to the first films ever made, French Avant-Garde, Soviet Montage, German Expressionism, Surrealism, and the rise of the Hollywood Studio System.

Foundations of Visual Storytelling

The ability to construct a story is an essential aspect of all filmmaking. Introduction to Storytelling will explore the traditional elements of story as they have developed over history and examine the traditional structures used to convey such stories to an audience. The class has a lecture and a writing lab component where you’ll construct original stories that pastiche the structures learned in class.

Introduction to Screenwriting

The screenplay is the basic blueprint for all visual storytelling productions. In Introduction to Screenwriting, you will “break” scripts and analyze the constituent elements of composition. You’ll read screenplays, understand the conventions of genre, and to evaluate the choices a writer, director, or editor have made in order to communicate to an audience an intended effect.

Photography

Photography is a foundational course designed to teach students the fundamentals of framing and composition. You will gain the technical skills to comfortably and confidently operate the camera. This course will explore the many ways to employ photography creatively through understanding of framing, composition, lighting and exposure.

Production I

You will be introduced to basic film equipment, the principles of working in a crew, moving frame composition, technical vocabulary, and cinematic storytelling. You’ll learn basic pre-production, production, and post-production skills. In the last quarter of this semester-long class, students will be trained in the fundamentals of acting.

Production Studio I

This is a hands-on class dedicated to students working on a project, mostly, but not limited to animation. Skills and techniques learned in all art classes will be applied to the progress and completion of a project or production. This class time is also used for visiting artists, industry professionals, and guest lecturers sharing their insights and experiences with you.

Storyboard Drawing

You will acquire the necessary skills to render figures and spaces sufficient for storyboard illustrations. You’ll also learn about the different industry storyboard types and understand storyboarding’s place as a visual tool in film production. This course is fundamental to the preproduction aspect of filmmaking.