Houston Christian University Catalog

( CINE ) Course Descriptions

  • CINE 1321 The Art of Cinema Production

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    An overview of the media production process, including an introduction to camera operation, lighting and sound equipment, general set protocols, post-production software, and workflow, as well as particular aesthetic considerations within the cinema production.

  • CINE 2100 Storytelling in Cinema

    Prerequisite(s): NARR 1300
    Corequisite(s): NARR 2200
    Fee(s): None

    Provides students opportunities to apply the principles developed in Art of Storytelling to specific cinematic projects.

  • CINE 3125 Media Studies

    Prerequisite(s): Will vary depending on the specific topic
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    This course is programmed each semester to expose students to a broad range of cinematic styles and approaches. Classes focus on a variety of subjects (e.g., a European Film Survey, the complete works of Frank Capra, or a season of Emmy-award-winning television). This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 3180 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): Will vary depending on the specific topic
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 3225 Media Studies

    Prerequisite(s): Will vary depending on the specific topic
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    This course is programmed each semester to expose students to a broad range of cinematic styles and approaches. Classes focus on a variety of subjects (e.g., a European Film Survey, the complete works of Frank Capra, or a season of Emmy-award-winning television). This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 3280 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): Will vary depending on the specific topic
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 3320 History of Cinema

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    A comprehensive survey of the history of cinema. Beginning with the early, silent film pioneers and exploring a wide-range of international and American filmmakers, this course walks students through the complex and multi-faceted evolution of the film mediium and its universal visual grammar.

  • CINE 3321 Cinematic Core Principles

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    An introduction to the distinct aesthetic elements of the cinematic medium, with an emphasis on historical foundations and practical opportunities for application in cinematic production.

  • CINE 3322 Introduction to Media Production

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    A comprehensive overview of the media production process, including 3325an introduction to camera operation, lighting and sound equipment, general set protocols, post-production software, and workflow.

  • CINE 3325 Media Studies

    Prerequisite(s): Will vary depending on the specific topic
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    This course is programmed each semester to expose students to a broad range of cinematic styles and approaches. Classes focus on a variety of subjects (e.g., a European Film Survey, the complete works of Frank Capra, or a season of Emmy-award-winning television). This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 3351 Cinema Pre-Production

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 3321, NARR 2200, NARR 2312
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    Students collaborate on the development and pre-production of a media project, learning key principles in screenwriting, directing, and producing.

  • CINE 3352 Cinema Production

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 3321, CINE 3322, NARR 2312
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    Students collaborate on the production of a media project, learning key principles in cinematography, production design, and set operations.

  • CINE 3353 Cinema Post-Production

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 3321, CINE 3322, NARR 2200
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    Students collaborate on the post-production of a media project, learning key principles in editing, sound design, and visual effects.

  • CINE 3361 Screenwriting Workshop

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 3321, NARR 2200
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    An introduction to the art, technique, and structure of screenplay writing. Through exercises, students will develop their writing abilities and craft their first screenplay.

  • CINE 3365 Acting Workshop

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

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

  • CINE 3380 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): Will vary depending on the specific topic
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4160 Advanced Practicum

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Programmed with specific topics each semester, this practicum provides students the opportunity to hone their craft through specific projects or apprenticeships overseen by a faculty member. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4192 Sophomore Portfolio

    Prerequisite(s): NARR 2200, NARR 2310, NARR 2312 and at least 9 hours of CINE, DIGI, or WRIT courses
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Students prepare a portfolio representing their best work in order to receive faculty feedback and direction for the next stage of their academic studies.

  • CINE 4194 Junior Portfolio

    Prerequisite(s): NARR 3310
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Working with a faculty member, students prepare a resume and portfolio in order to secure a professional internship. CINE 4194 is the prerequisite to CINE 4195/4295/4395 – Internship.

  • CINE 4195 Internship

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 4194
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Credit is awarded for approved professional internships, secured as part of CINE 4194 Junior Portfolio. A minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4199 Senior Portfolio

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 4194
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Working with a faculty member, students complete a professional resume and portfolio featuring their best coursework and personal projects (in preparation for interviews, etc.)

  • CINE 4260 Advanced Practicum

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Programmed with specific topics each semester, this practicum provides students the opportunity to hone their craft through specific projects or apprenticeships overseen by a faculty member. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4295 Internship

    Prerequisite(s): CIINE 4194
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Credit is awarded for approved professional internships, secured as part of CINE 4194 Junior Portfolio. A minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4351 Advanced Pre-Production

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 3351
    Corequisite(s): None

    This advanced course builds upon the groundwork established in CINE 3351 – Cinema Pre-Production, providing students opportunities to take lead roles on a media project, practicing key principles in screenwriting, directing, and producing. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4352 Advanced Production

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 3352
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    This advanced course builds upon the groundwork established in CINE 3352 – Cinema Production, providing students opportunities to take lead roles on a media project, practicing key principles in directing, producing, cinematography, production design, and set operations. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4353 Advanced Post-Production

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 3353
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    This advanced course builds upon the groundwork established in CINE 3353 – Cinema Post-Production, providing students opportunities to take lead roles on a media project, practicing key principles in editing, sound design, and visual effects. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4360 Advanced Practicum

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Programmed with specific topics each semester, this practicum provides students the opportunity to hone their craft through specific projects or apprenticeships overseen by a faculty member. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4361 Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 3361
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    This advanced course builds upon the groundwork established in CINE 3361 – Screenwriting Workshop, providing students opportunities to craft longer and more complex screenplays with additional faculty and peer feedback. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4365 Advanced Acting Workshop

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 3365
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    This advanced course builds upon the groundwork established in CINE 3365 – Acting Workshop, providing students opportunities to practice acting with additional faculty and peer feedback. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 4395 Internship

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 4194
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Credit is awarded for approved professional internships, secured as part of CINE 4194 Junior Portfolio. A minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 6185 Internship

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 6323
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Credit is awarded for approved professional internships. A minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 6285 Internship

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 6323
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Credit is awarded for approved professional internships. A minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 6310 Faith, Culture, and the Arts

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    This course explores the role of the Christian artist 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 artists and 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. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 6320 Topics & Genres: Filmmakers on Cinema

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    These courses examine cinematic techniques for filmmakers through the lens of other cinematic artists. This course is programmed each semester to expose students to a broad range of cinematic styles and approaches. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 6321 Cinematic Core Principles

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    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 experience how these components work together to create the end product. Building off of small exercises, students will produce short films in this course.

  • CINE 6322 Art of Storytelling

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    An overview and survey of storytelling across multiple mediums, from ancient oral tradition to modern media. This class will explore the role storytelling plays in culture and help prepare students in the development, presentation, and pitching of stories.

  • CINE 6323 Media Industry & Business

    Prerequisite(s) None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    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.

  • CINE 6331 Screenwriting Workshop

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    A writing workshop in which students will create and revise original screenplays. Over the course of the semester students will learn to critically assess their own work as well as the work of their peers. CINE 6331 is an introduction to the screenwriting workshop.

  • CINE 6332 Screenwriting Workshop II

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 6331
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    A writing workshop in which students will create and revise original screenplays. Over the course of the semester students will learn to critically assess their own work as well as the work of their peers. CINE 6332 builds upon the experience and skills acquired in CINE 6331.

  • CINE 6333 Screenwriting Workshop III

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 6332
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    A writing workshop in which students will create and revise original screenplays. Over the course of the semester students will learn to critically assess their own work as well as the work of their peers. CINE 6333 builds upon the experience and skills acquired in CINE 6331 and 6332.

  • CINE 6334 Screenwriting Workshop IV

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 6333
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    A writing workshop in which students will create and revise original screenplays. Over the course of the semester students will learn to critically assess their own work as well as the work of their peers. CINE 6334 builds upon the experience and skills acquired in CINE 6331, 6332, and 6333.

  • CINE 6380 Special Topics

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Special topics and projects are determined based on student interest and need, faculty availability, and subject matter that would be supportive of the curriculum. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 6385 Internship

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 6323
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Credit is awarded for approved professional internships. A minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • CINE 6391 Thesis Project I

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 6334
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Under the direction of a faculty mentor, students will write or produce a faculty-approved cinematic thesis.

  • CINE 6392 Thesis Project II

    Prerequisite(s): CINE 6391
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Under the direction of a faculty mentor, students will write or produce a faculty-approved cinematic thesis.