Production Courses

Filmmaking classes provide a solid foundation in the fundamental principles of film production, broad skill set in documentary, narrative and animation techniques, and the all of the abilities necessary to produce, direct, and edit a film.
















You can view a selection of films that students have made in filmmaking courses here.

Cinema majors that want to pursue film production start with CIN 230 Introduction to Filmmaking. Students can take this class as early as their freshman year after completing CIN 150 Introduction to Film. In CIN 230, working in small groups, students gain a practical and theoretical understanding of the basic principles of the camera and editing for film production. Students make their own short films using high definition cameras and professional editing programs like the Abode Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro.

After completing CIN 230, students can take a variety of filmmaking courses such as CIN 330 Topics in Filmmaking, a hands-on production course that provides intensive study in specialized areas of the filmmaking process. The topic changes each term and can focus on a particular kind of film, such autobiography or creating video games, or an aspect of film like sound design or lighting. Other regularly offered courses are CIN 322 Cinematography, CIN 331 Animation, CIN 327 Documentary Filmmaking, and CIN 334 Narrative Filmmaking.

Students that complete Introduction to Filmmaking and another filmmaking course are eligible to take CIN 430 Producing and Directing, the most advanced filmmaking course in the program. In this semester-long production workshop students each propose and produce an original narrative short film.

Those interested in screenwriting can take CIN 225 Storytelling for the Screen, the introductory level course, and then CIN 335 Screenwriting II. These courses are intensive writing workshops where students write screenplays for various projects, including short films and scenes in a full-length feature or documentary.

Certain production courses offered in other programs like the School of Communication and the Hartford Art School will also count toward the Cinema major requirements. For instance, Cinema students can take CMM 244 Television Studio Production and CMM 440 Advanced Television Production in the Communication program.  Students can also take PHO 220 in the Hartford Art School for credit counting toward the cinema major.

Students who complete multiple filmmaking courses may also do projects as independent studies with production facility.

Production Courses:


CIN 225 Storytelling for the Screen (3 credits)

CIN 230 Introduction to Filmmaking (3 credits)

CIN 322: Cinematography (3 credits)


CIN 327: Documentary Filmmaking (3 credits)

CIN 330 Topics in Filmmaking (3 credits)

CIN 331: Animation (3 credits)


CIN 334: Narrative Filmmaking (3 credits)


CIN 330 Topics: Creating Video Games (3 credits)


CIN 335 Screenwriting II (3 credits)


CIN 430 Producing and Directing (3 credits)

CMM 244 Television Studio Production (3 credits)