Spring 2023 Courses

Browse through each of the sections below to see the Narrative Arts courses being offered this spring. As a reminder, all students must also enroll in NARR 1000 Narrative Arts Forum every semester.

  • The following classes are offered for all students within the Department of Narrative Arts:

    Course
    Schedule
    NARR 1000 Narrative Arts Forum (0 credit hrs)
    All students must attend Narrative Arts Forum every Wednesday at noon.
    NARR 1000-01 – CRN 9441 — 12:00p–12:50p Wednesdays
    NARR 3120 Faith, Culture, & the Arts (1 credit hour, must take three times)
    This class explores the role of Christian artists 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.
    NARR 3120-01 – CRN 9428 — 11:00a–11:50a Mondays (Prof. Kionna LeMalle)
    NARR 3120-02 – CRN 9427 — 1:00p–1:50p Mondays (Prof. Hannah Scofield)
    NARR 3120-03 – CRN 9426 — 2:00p–2:50p Mondays (Prof. Bearden Coleman)
    NARR 3120-04 – CRN 9425 — 2:00p–2:50p Wednesdays (Prof. Bearden Coleman)
    NARR 3120-05 – CRN 9424 — 11:00a–11:50a Fridays (Dr. Matthew Boyleston)
    NARR 2200 Art of Storytelling + Concentration-Specific Breakouts
    Building on the theory of narrative arts, this class will explore the role storytelling plays in different mediums and helps train students in the development and presentation of their own stories. Each student must also enroll in one of the co-requisite concentration-specific breakout sessions (Storytelling Cinema, Digital Media, or Creative Writing).
    NARR 2200-01 – CRN 9433 — 3:00p–3:50p Mon/Wed (Prof. Bearden Coleman)
    and choose one co-requisite:
    CINE 2100-02 – Cinema – CRN 9386 — 3:00p–3:50p Fri (Prof. Coleman)
    DIGI 2100-02 – Digital Media – CRN 9464 — 3:00p–3:50p Fri (Prof. Robbins)
    WRIT 2100-02 – Creative Writing – CRN 9417 — 3:00p–3:50p Fri (Dr. Boyleston)
    NARR 2312 Collaboration & Communication
    Collaborative mediums require individuals to come together and work efficiently as a team. This course explores communication theory and uses collaborative projects to introduce students to the various challenges they may face and helps them find the best ways to overcome those challenges as a team.
    NARR 2312-01 – CRN 9429 — 6:00p–8:45p Tuesdays (Prof. Jesse GrothOlson)
    NARR 2310 Media & Careers Survey
    A broad overview of the history and scope of the modern media industry and the particular opportunities and challenges within this dynamic, multi-platform landscape.
    NARR 2310-01 – CRN 9431 — 12:30p–1:45p Tue/Thu (Prof. Hannah Scofield)
    NARR 3310 Portfolio, Pitching, & Networking
    This new course is a prerequisite for all students seeking an internship. Students develop professional portfolios reflecting their best creative work, while also practicing pitching, job interviewing, and networking in preparation for internships and future jobs.
    NARR 3310-01 – CRN 9423 — 11:00a–12:15p Tue/Thu (Prof. Chris Hartwell)
    NARR 4199 Senior Portfolio – Narrative Arts (1 credit hour)
    The capstone portfolio class for graduating seniors in the BA in Narrative Arts or the BA in Mass Media Arts.
    NARR 4199-01 – CRN 9422 — 1:00p–1:50p Wednesdays (Prof. Hannah Scofield)
  • The following classes are offered for Creative Writing students:

    Course
    Schedule
    WRIT 3331/4331 Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop
    An introduction to poetry writing, accomplished through the study and analysis of reputable literary models, followed by production of original poems and discussion of those poems in a workshop format.
    WRIT 3331 Poetry Workshop – CRN 9416 — 9:00a–9:50a Mon/Wed/Fri (Dr. Boyleston)
    WRIT 4331 Advanced Poetry – CRN 9415 — 9:00a–9:50a Mon/Wed/Fri (Dr. Boyleston)
    WRIT 3351/4351 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction Workshop
    This course explores non-fiction prose and its rhetorical elements. Students both read and write creative non-fiction, compiling a reading journal and a writing portfolio of their own essays.
    WRIT 3351 Non-Fiction Workshop – CRN 9414 — 9:30a–10:45a Tue/Thu (Prof. Coleman)
    WRIT 4351 Advanced Non-Fiction – CRN 9415 — 9:30a–10:45a Tue/Thu (Prof. Coleman)
    Writing Internship (WRIT 4195, 4295, 4395)
    Most students should plan to take WRIT 4194 Junior Portfolio prior to enrolling in an internship.
    Spring 2022 — Contact Dr. Matthew Boyleston for additional internship details
    WRIT 4195-01 – CRN 9412 — 1 credit hour
    WRIT 4295-01 – CRN 9411 — 2 credit hours
    WRIT 4395-01 – CRN 9410 — 3 credit hours

    45 hours of work are required for every credit hour
    WRIT 4194 / 4199 Creative Writing Portfolios (1 credit hour)
    Junior Portfolio prepares students for an internship. The capstone Senior Portfolio class is for graduating seniors in the BA/BFA in Creative Writing.
    WRIT 4194-01 – Junior Portfolio – CRN 9409 — (Dr. Matthew Boyleston)
    WRIT 4199-01 – Senior Portfolio – CRN 9408 — (Dr. Matthew Boyleston)
  • The following classes are offered for Cinematic Arts students:

    Course
    Schedule
    CINE 3225 Media Studies: Music in Film (2 credit hours)
    This course focuses on the many roles music plays in film. As writer Royal S. Brown notes in his seminal book on the subject, “Since the days of silent film, music has been integral to the cinematic experience, serving, among many purposes, to allay an audience’s fear of the dark and to heighten a film’s emotional impact.” In the course we will seek to understand the way music shapes our perception of the cinematic image. Films we will screen include (among others) The Royal Tenenbaums, Psycho, La La Land, Goodfellas, Jules and Jim, and Inside Llewyn Davis.
    CINE 3225-01 – CRN 9387 — 1:00p–2:50p Fridays (Prof. Bearden Coleman)
    CINE 3275 Media Studies: Script to Screen (2 credit hours)
    This course focuses on film in two mediums: screenplays and cinema. Students will participate in table reads with some of the great scripts in film history—then, they will watch the actual produced scripts and see the difference between the written film and produced. Students will learn script formatting, watch the evolution of screenwriting throughout Hollywood history, and have a chance to “act” in table reads as famous cinematic characters.
    CINE 3225-02 – CRN 9388 — 6:00p–7:50p Mondays (Prof. Hannah Scofield)
    CINE 3275 Media Studies: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki (2 credit hours)
    Study the beautiful films of animation master Hayao Miyazaki, the creative visionary behind legendary classics like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle. In this class, we’ll dive into the unique ways that Miyazaki crafts his stories, guides his artists, and brings his imagination to life. We’ll explore his work within the context of animation history and eastern mythology, exploring why his films have had such long-lasting universal appeal.
    CINE 3225-03 – CRN 9510 — 4:00–4:50p Mon / Wed (Prof. Joshua Sikora)
    CINE 3322 Intro to Media Production
    A comprehensive overview of the media production process, including an introduction to camera operation, lighting and sound equipment, general set protocols, post-production software, and workflow.
    CINE 3322-01 – CRN 9389 — 3:30p–4:45p Tue/Thu (Prof. GrothOlson & Prof. Hartwell)
    CINE 3351 / 4351 Cinema Pre-Production II
    Students will collaborate on the development and pre-production of a film, learning key principles in logistics, casting, locations, and production.
    CINE 3351-01 Cinema Pre-Production II – CRN 9390 — 1:55p–4:45p Tuesdays
    CINE 4351-01 Adv. Pre-Production II – CRN 9391 — 1:55p–4:45p Tuesdays
    CINE 3361 / 4361 Screenwriting Workshop
    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 3361-01 Screenwriting Workshop – CRN 9392 — 6:00p–8:45p Thursdays (Prof. Scofield)
    CINE 4361-01 Adv. Screenwriting Workshop – CRN 9509 — 2:00–3:15p Tue/Thu (Prof. Scofield)
    CINE 4360 AP: Senior Project II
    For students working to complete the Senior Project course for the old BFA in Cinematic Arts, this course will be utilized to provide credit for CNMA 4395. Senior Projects are being replaced by the Advanced Production and Advanced Practicum courses, so any student that has not started a Senior Project already should shift to any of the other new CINE 4000-level courses to fulfill this requirement.
    CINE 4360-02 – CRN 9442 — 3:00p–3:50p Wednesdays (Prof. Chris Hartwell)
    CINE 4192 / 4194 / 4199 Cinematic Arts Portfolios (1 credit hour)
    Sophomore Portfolio helps students discern next steps in pursuit of professional and creative work. Junior Portfolio prepares students for an internship. The capstone Senior Portfolio class is for graduating seniors in the BFA in Cinematic Arts.
    CINE 4192-01 – Sophomore Portfolio – CRN 9409 — 1:00p–1:50p Wednesdays (Prof. Hartwell)
    CINE 4194-01 – Junior Portfolio – CRN 9409 — 3:00p–3:50p Fridays (Prof. Sikora)
    CINE 4199-01 – Senior Portfolio – CRN 9408 — 1:00p–1:50p Wednesdays (Prof. Hartwell)
    Advanced Practicums
    Practicums require the approval of the department chair and are only available on a limited basis. Most students should plan to take part in Advanced Pre-Production II or Advanced Screenwriting Workshop. Students should not register for an Advanced Practicum on their own.
    For Spring 2023, options include special practicums to complete visual effects and sound on Prof. GrothOlson’s short film, Being Human, currently being completed in the Post-Production course.
    Submit a request to Professor Sikora—jsikora@hbu.edu—including a brief description of what you want to work on during the practicum and designate whether you wish to register for one, two, or three credit hours.
    One credit hour requires 45 hrs of work; Two credit hours requires 90 hrs of work; Three credit hours requires 135 hrs of work.
    Internship (CINE 4195, 4295, 4395)
    Most students should plan to take CINE 4194 Junior Portfolio prior to enrolling in an internship.
    Spring 2023 — Contact Prof. Chris Hartwell for additional internship details
    CNMA 4195-01 – CRN 9432 — 1 credit hour
    CNMA 4295-01 – CRN 9434 — 2 credit hours
    CNMA 4395-01 – CRN 9435 — 3 credit hours

    45 hours of work are required for every credit hour
  • The following classes are offered for all Digital Media majors (Animation, Video Game Design, and Graphic Design):

    Course
    Schedule
    DIGI 3321 Art Foundations for Digital Artists
    Introduces foundational artistic skills in drawing and design, preparing students for narrative artistic work in character / environmental art and graphic design.
    DIGI 3321-01 – CRN 9462 — 12:30p–1:45p Tue/Thu (Prof. Sarah Robbins)
    DIGI 3323 3D Digital Art & Design
    Introduces key design principles and applications in computer-generated 3D imagery for video games, animation, visual effects, and graphic design.
    DIGI 3323-01 – CRN 9461 — 2:00p–3:15p Tue/Thu (Prof. Sarah Robbins)
    DIGI 3125 Art & Design Topics: 3D Texturing (1 credit hour)
    Learn how to create textures and materials for digital 3D models using Substance Painter and related surfacing tools.
    DIGI 3125-01 – CRN 9463 — 2:00p–2:50p Fridays (Prof. Sarah Robbins)
    DIGI 3460 Intro to Video Game Design (4 credit hours)
    This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of video game development, the primary tools, and overall workflow. Students will complete a simple interactive game project.
    DIGI 3460-01 – CRN 9456 — 12:00p–1:50p Mon/Fri (Prof. Sarah Robbins)
    DIGI 3351 / 3352 Animation Production I / II
    Students collaborate on the development and pre-production of an animated project, learning key principles in story, style, and asset development.
    DIGI 3351-01 Animation I – CRN 9487 — 2:00p–3:50p Mon/Wed (Prof. Sikora)
    DIGI 3352-01 Animation II – CRN 9460 — 2:00p–3:50p Mon/Wed (Prof. Sikora)
    DIGI 4192 / 4194 / 4199 Digital Media Portfolios (1 credit hour)
    Sophomore Portfolio helps students discern next steps in pursuit of professional and creative work. Junior Portfolio prepares students for an internship. The capstone Senior Portfolio class is for graduating seniors in the various Digital Media BFAs.
    DIGI 4192-01 – Sophomore Portfolio – CRN 9453 — 1:00p–1:50p Wednesdays (Prof. Hartwell)
    DIGI 4194-01 – Junior Portfolio – CRN 9447 — 3:00p–3:50p Fridays (Prof. Sikora)
    DIGI 4199-01 – Senior Portfolio – CRN 9450 — 1:00p–1:50p Wednesdays (Prof. Hartwell)
    Advanced Practicums
    Practicums require the approval of the department chair and are only available on a limited basis. Most students should plan to take part in the other 4000-level Digital Media courses. Students should not register for an Advanced Practicum on their own.
    Submit a request to Professor Sikora—jsikora@hbu.edu—including a brief description of what you want to work on during the practicum and designate whether you wish to register for one, two, or three credit hours.
    One credit hour requires 45 hrs of work; Two credit hours requires 90 hrs of work; Three credit hours requires 135 hrs of work.
    Internship (DIGI 4195, 4295, 4395)
    Most students should plan to take DIGI 4194 Junior Portfolio prior to enrolling in an internship.
    Spring 2023 — Contact Prof. Chris Hartwell for additional internship details
    DIGI 4195-01 – CRN 9446 — 1 credit hour
    DIGI 4295-01 – CRN 9445 — 2 credit hours
    DIGI 4395-01 – CRN 9444 — 3 credit hours

    45 hours of work are required for every credit hour
  • We encourage all students to consider attending South by Southwest during spring break in March 2023. Students are eligible for a discounted HCU group rate (50–75% off regular registration) and discounted hotel lodging.

    HCU faculty will be present at South by Southwest and class credit is available for attending, however this is not an HCU-sponsored event. Students are responsible for their own transportation, meals, and participation. Students utilizing the HCU group registration and lodging should also understand that their conduct throughout the trip should be in full accordance with the HCU Student Handbook.

    Anticipated Rates:
    Registration Only (Film, Interactive, or Music badge) — $575
    Registration and Five Nights of Lodging (four to a room) — $750*
    Registration and Five Nights of Lodging (three to a room) — $825*
    Registration and Five Nights of Lodging (two to a room) — $950*
    Registration and Five Nights of Lodging (private room) — $1,250*
    * Anticipated lodging at an Austin hotel, two queen beds per room (three or four to a room may require students sleeping on the floor or sharing beds). Students may request specific roommates.

    For class credit:
    Enroll in CINE 3380 ST: South by Southwest (CRN 9394)

Degree Plans for Reference
BA in Narrative Arts (all concentrations) (2022-23)   |   BFA in Creative Writing (2022-23)   |   BFA in Cinematic Arts (2022-23)   |   BFA in Animation (2022-23)
BFA in Video Game Design (2022-23)   |   BFA in Graphic Design (2022-23)

MASTER OF FINE ARTS CREATIVE WRITING or SCREENWRITING:
Students interested in a graduate degree in Creative Writing or Screenwriting may now begin to take courses towards one of our MFA degrees during your senior year of undergraduate courses, allowing you to complete the MFA in less than two years.

If interested in either MFA program, please reach out to Prof. Sikora or Dr. Boyleston for more details.