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Course Code: 
RTC 371
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Course Objectives: 
The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge on short film form through practice.
Course Content: 

The course will progress through a series of practice-based workshops and training exercises.  The exercises are designed to enhance student’s creativity and thinking skills, and to improve the ability to design short films.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Interactive Lecture, 7: Brainstorming, 9: Demonstration, 12: Groupwork, 13: Fieldwork, 19: Guest Speaker
Course Evaluation Methods: 
B: Oral Exam/Presentation, C: Assignment, E: Project/Design, F: Performance Task

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Explore the possibilities of usingtheoretical approaches and knowledge gained from classesand be able to apply them in practice. 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 7, 9, 12, 13, 19 B, C, E, F
2) Understand the differencesbetween short film and feature length films in social, economic, psychological and aesthetic contexts. 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 7, 9, 12, 19 B, C, E, F
3) Develop original and independent thinking abilities required by the short film format and its possibilities, through practical exercises. 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 7, 9, 12, 13 B, C, E, F
4) Evaluate the actual and historical aspects of social and cultural phenomenon, and experiences the process oftransforming ideasinto a creative and feasible project. 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 7, 9, 12, 13, 19 B, C, E, F
5) Recognize the importance of teamwork and collaborationrequired in the filmmaking process and realize an original short film as a visual project. 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 2, 7, 12, 13 B, C, E, F

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction: What is short film? Its place regarding contemporary film practices and in the history and art of Film. Explanation with examples
2 Introduction to the History of Art, how perspective and storyline go together Underlining that it is not possible to film without knowing Art History
3 Conceptual thought, creation and its relation to short film form. Relating concrete and abstract concepts, Film Movements
4 Associating character properties and objects, script writing techniques

Description of Logline, Synopsis and Treatment

Associating with examples and group work
5 What is Pitching and its techniques Presentation of the short screenplay given to the students in the previous lesson
6 Relationship between poem and short film Writing and visualizing a poem
7 Thinking and narrating with voices

Workshop with a sound designer

8 Preparing and creating groups Pitching
9 Midterm Story-board, logline and synopsis studies of short stories written (Behind the Scenes)
10 Art Directing Workshop
11 Relationship between character and dialogue

Working with Actors (Workshop)

Representing features of a character through dialogues
12 Space and character Who does what and where: Narrate a situation
13 Set and character presentation (audition, actual set photos …) Pitching
14 Creating a shooting plan for the end of the term project visualizing the shooting plan
15 Final Project shooting Shooting locations, actors, decor and costume designs
16 Final Watching the Shorts

Recommended Sources

Textbook Cooper, Pat; Dancyger, Ken (2000), Writing the Short Film, Focal Press, 2. Ed.
Additional Resources Short film examples, scenario examples,photographs, short stories, fairy tales

Material Sharing

Documents Handed out in class


Assignment 2 70
Weekly presentation 2 30
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   60
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   40
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Defines basic concepts, theories, methods, and domains of study specific to radio, television and cinema by associating them with the findings and theories of humanities and social sciences.          
2 Demonstrates the responsibilities, effective participation, coordination, and planning skills essential for harmonious and efficient teamwork in the production processes relative to the radio, television and cinema fields.         X
3 Generates media products in accordance with professional standards in various narrative forms and genres specific to the field by synthesizing up-to-date knowledge and skills for expertise acquired through applied and theoretical courses.         X
4 Manifests professional knowledge and such skills as copywriting, image management, editing, sound design, producing and directing, media management in different fields of radio, television and cinema locally and globally.         X
5 Holds responsibility in broadcasting by integrating national and international rules of law that media professionals should pursue with professional ethical principles.          
6 Comprehends the knowledge and skills related to institutional operation and management in the production and broadcasting processes of radio, television and cinema for the common interest.   X      
7 Evaluates radio, television and cinema fields analytically and critically from their institutional structuring to products regarding a wide range of cultural, artistic, economic, and social relations.       X  
8 Has the ability to collect visual, audio and written data, conduct research, evaluate, report and offer creative solutions in the fields of radio, television and cinema.       X  
9 Develops original projects for radio, television and cinema by following new technologies, developments, and ideas in the fields of art, culture, and media at the national and global planes. X        


Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration 14 4 56
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 4 56
Assignment 2 2 4
Presentation 2 2 4
Mid-terms (Project pitching) 1 4 4
Final (Project presentation) 1 4 4
Total Work Load     128
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     5,12
ECTS Credit of the Course     5