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Motion Picture Science BS

David Long, Program Chair
(585) 475-5724; dllppr@rit.edu

http://cias.rit.edu/schools/film-animation/undergraduate-motion-picture-science

Program overview

The BS degree in motion picture science provides a science- and engineering-based education in the fundamental imaging technologies used for the motion picture industry. By joining a core curriculum in practical filmmaking from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and imaging science from the College of Science, this major trains students in the art and science of feature film, television, and animation production. Topics include film and digital image capture, film scanning, digital image manipulation, color science, visual effects, and digital and traditional projection. New facilities provide students with hands-on experience on the same equipment being used in major motion picture production today.

Utilizing research, critical thinking, creativity, and a range of problem-solving principles, students are taught to address complex motion imaging workflow issues within the constraints of time, space, budget, and technology. Graduates enjoy a variety of career opportunities, from feature film and television post-production to imaging equipment design and essential motion imaging technology research and development.

Curriculum

Motion picture science, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
SOFA-101, 102 Production I, II 6
SOFA-103 LAS Elective: Film/Video Materials and Technology 3
SOFA-111 Film Viewings

1

IMGS-180 Introduction to Computing and Control

3

IMGS-181 LAS Foundation 1: Innovation Freshmen Experience

3

ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
PHYS-211 LAS Perspective 5: Physics I 4
MATH-181, 182 LAS Perspective 7A, 7B: Project-Based Calculus I, II 8
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
PHYS-212 LAS Perspective 6: Physics II 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3 9
IMGS-221 Vision and Psychophysics 3
IMGS-251 Radiometry 3
IMGS-261 Linear Math 4
SOFA-121 Animation Survey 3
SOFA-202 Production Processes 4
SOFA-205 Basic Sound Recording 3
Third Year
IMGS-321 Geometric Optics 3
IMGS-351 Color Science 3
IMGS-361, 362 Digital Imaging Processing I, II 6
IMGS-365 Digital Imaging Processing I-Programming 1
SOFA-221 Object and Character Creation 3
SOFA-311 Image Capture and Production Technology 3
SOFA-312 Digital Post-Production Technology (WI) 3
  Program Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1  6
  Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
SOFA-313 Film Projection and Digital Cinema 3
SOFA-401, 402 Senior Project I, II 6
  Program Electives 6
  LAS Perspective 4  3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3  6
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 125

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

Additional information

Professional student organizations

The School of Film and Animation maintains memberships in a number of professional organizations: Animation World Network, College Art Association, Rochester Audio Visual Association, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, University Film and Video Association, Siggraph, and BEA. The school also is a certified Apple Training Center for Professional Applications.

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Program overview

The BS degree in motion picture science provides a science- and engineering-based education in the fundamental imaging technologies used for the motion picture industry. By joining a core curriculum in practical filmmaking from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and image science from the College of Science, this program trains students in the art and science of feature film, television, and animation production. Topics include film and digital image capture, film scanning, digital image manipulation, color science, visual effects, and digital and traditional projection. New facilities provide students with hands-on experience on the same equipment being used in major motion picture production today.

Utilizing research, critical thinking, creativity, and a range of problem-solving principles, students are taught to address complex motion imaging workflow issues within the constraints of time, space, budget, and technology. Graduates of the BS program will enjoy a variety of career opportunities, from feature film and television post-production to imaging equipment design and essential motion imaging technology research and development.

Curriculum

Motion picture science, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1016-281, 282, 283 Project-Based Calculus I, II, III 12
1017-311, 312 University Physics I, II 10
2065-201 Introduction to Film Production 4
2065-202 Digital Film Production 4
2065-222 Film Language 4
2065-231 Film/Video Materials and Technology 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
1720-050, 051 First-Year Enrichment 2
Second Year
1017-313 University Physics III 4
1051-211 Programming for Imaging Science 4
1051-320 Linear Math for Imaging 4
1051-350 Vision and Psychophysics 4
1051-370 Radiometry 4
2065-316 Production Process 6
2065-331 Introduction to Animation I 4
2065-344 Post-production Processes 4
2065-452 Sound Recording 3
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Wellness Education† 0
1051-361 Digital Image Process I 4
Third Year
1051-303 Geometric Optics 4
1051-402 Color Science 4
1051-462 Digital Imaging Processing II 4
2065-361 Introduction to 3D Computer Animation 4
2065-411, 2065-xxx Image Capture and Production Technology I, II 8
  Special Effects and Digital Post 4
  Film/Animation History and Aesthetics 3
  Free Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
Fourth Year
2065-xxx, 508, 509 Senior Project 1, 2, 3 9
2065-xxx Film Projection and Digital Cinema 4
  Film/Animation Electives 9-12
  Film/Animation History and Aesthetics 3
  Free Electives 12
  Liberal Arts* 8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 192

* Please see Liberal Arts General Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Additional information

Professional student organizations

The School of Film and Animation maintains memberships in a number of professional organizations: Animation World Network, College Art Association, Rochester Audio Visual Association, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, University Film and Video Association, Siggraph, and BEA. The school also is a certified Apple Training Center for Professional Applications.