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Course Code: 
RTC 311
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Course Objectives: 
The course aims at developing the conceptual and practical skills as well as creative abilities of students, by producing audio-visual projects and analyzing them.
Course Content: 

The course is designed to integrate creativity, theoretical approach and technical practice. It is mainly a practice-based class where students will learn by watching, creating and sharing audio-visual works and exchanging their ideas about work-related issues in class discussion, drawing on areas such as directing, cinematography, storytelling, sound design, digital effects, sound design, film history and media theory.

In this class, students may consider to develop a group project throughout the semester, collaborating with students from other departments or faculties of Yeditepe University.

Course Methodology: 
2: Interactive Lecture, 5: Problem Solving, 7: Brainstorming, 8: Pairwork, 9: Demonstration, 12: Groupwork, 13: Fieldwork, 15: Assignment, 20: Student Club Activities / Projects
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam, B: Presentation, C: Assignment; E: Project, F: Perfomance Task

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Understand the problems and issues related to fieldwork and creative film production. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 20 A, B, C, E, F
2) Gains experience with the stages and elements of pre-production, production and post production processes. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 20 A, B, C, E, F
3) Designs and executes film and media projects 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 2, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 20 A, B, C, E, F
4) Analyzes and interprets media productions critically. 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 2, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 20 A, B, C, E, F
5) Recognizes, develops and practices film and media related skills for future career. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 2, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 20 A, B, C, E, F

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction. Discussion on pre-production and production process and stages of a film project. Brief exercise in class.  
2 Structuring time / Selection of groups and media project’s subject matter. Developping project ideas. Screening :

Short documentary “How to start a short film project?” (2016)


3 Space, place and cinematography. Evoking a sense of place with cinematographic tools / Distribution of group work activities and discussion of proposals about project design. Class evaluates ideas.


Screening :

Selected works of students projects from past years

Shining (1980), Stanley Kubrick (opening scene)

Chunking Express (1994), Won Kar-Wai (excerpt)

Citizen Kane (1941), Orson Welles (excerpt)

4 Cinematographic response to artworks. Visual study of a poem or a painting. / Project planning and organization. Preparing a schedule and an outline for group project. Screening :

Selected works of students projects from past years

Wind (Szel-1996), Marcell Iványi,

5 Remake, re-adaptation and recreation in film and video production / A survey of project development, research and fieldwork process in pre-production phase. Screening :

Selected works of students projects from past years

6 Documentary practice and social responsibility in media / Submission and evaluation of scripts. Screening :

Selected works of students projects from past years

Selected short documentaries shown to demonstrate documentary styles and production.

7 Midterm presentations / Group meeting and evaluation of project status report  
8 Midterm presentations / Presentation of projects with storyboard and shooting script.  
9 Placing audio-visual productions within specific context of film history and aesthetics. (Genres, movements and styles in film)/ Submission and evaluation of first shootings. Discuss field production problems. Screening :

Selected works of students projects from past years

10 Sound design. Image and sound relationship. / Ongoing shooting. Overview of post-production schedules in detail. Screening :

Selected works of students projects from past years

Great Expectation (1948), David Lean (excerpt)

Band of Outsiders (Bande à Part – 1964), Jean-Luc Godard (excerpt)

Blade Runner (1982), Ridley Scott (excerpt)

11 Digital video project, image-based storytelling. / Group must present work-in-progress screening and first draft edit. Evaluation of rough cuts. Discussion of structures and how to manage video editing process. Screening :

Selected works of students projects from past years

12 Ways of looking: Analyzing film and cinematography based on theoretical framework / Ongoing process of editing. Revision of fine cuts. Screening :

Selected works of students projects from past years

13 Cinematic identity. Editing and putting your showreel together/ Screen and review presentations. Screening :

Selected works of students projects from past years

Selected contemporary examples of showreels.

14 Final presentations /  Pitching of final projects. Screening :

Selected works of students projects from past years

15 Final presentations / Review of final projects shootings, scripts, storyboards and production materials. Exporting Video.  
16 Final presentations / Final project submission and screening  

Recommended Sources

Additional Resources Film excerpts (www.youtube.com, www.vimeo.com) + Professor’s slides

Material Sharing

Assignments 7tpcomm311@gmail.com, yulearn.yeditepe.edu.tr


Mid-terms (Paper + Project + Presentation) 1 40
Assignment / Project 7 60
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   70
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   30
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.   X      
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.   X      
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 15 210
Fieldwork 1 10 10
Presentation 2 10 20
Assignment/Project 7 6 42
Mid-term Project 1 15 15
Final Project 1 20 20
Total Work Load     373
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     14,92
ECTS Credit of the Course     15