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A DIRECTED STUDY (sometimes called Independent Study) is an individual, intense, project-based class that allows a responsible, pro-active, self-managing student to work on a project they develop and produce with faculty supervision.
Not every faculty member supervises a Directed Study every semester and not every project is chosen for Directed Study. The project must show merit and the student must be committed to completing the project within the semester timeframe.
The credit load for the Directed Study is variable depending on the complexity of the project; however, you can do up to 9 units of Directed Study in your entire college career.
We accept primarily video production- or screenplay- based projects for those students in the Video Production or Video/Audio Production professional focus who need the MCOM499 class to graduate, but other professors may accept other types of projects. For example, a Public Relations student might do a PR campaign for a local business or a Graphic Design student might design marketing materials for a local company or an Audio Production student might produce a CD with a local band.
Some examples of projects you might develop/produce with our supervision are:
- a short documentary
- a short fictional narrative story (comedy or drama)
- a series of PSAs for the University or a community-based organization
- a series of multi-camera shows for the FSU-TV3 cable channel
- a music video with a local band
- a TV or feature film screenplay (must have taken MCOM350 prior to pitch)
To be chosen for the Directed Study section you will have to PITCH the project to us (just like in the professional world). You will have 5 - 10 minutes to describe the project and your plan for completing the project (please see the attached PITCH GUIDELINES).
NOTE: You WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PITCH if you do not have ALL of the materials described in the PITCH GUIDELINES SHEET (see attached). No Exceptions!
NEW RULES FOR SHORT, NARRATIVE FILMS. If you want to do a fictional, scripted story you will have to adhere to the following rules:
- You must have taken my Beginning TV Screenwriting class; or,
- You have a partner in your pitch group who has taken the Beginning TV Screenwriting class; or,
- You have a script already written PRIOR to the pitch session; or,
- You have found a short film script online you would like to shoot and have secured permission from the writer.
- The script MUST BE 15 – 20 pages in length (no more, no less) and MUST BE in proper master scene script format.
**You may pitch more than one idea, but if your idea is chosen and you commit to the project you CANNOT change your idea - NO EXCEPTIONS! Also, you must SIGN-UP FOR A PITCH SESSION SLOT. The sign-up sheet will be outside TV-3 office in Old Main. NO WALK IN pitches will be allowed!
We view Directed Study projects very highly and, consequently, we hold our Directed Study students to a far higher standard than other students. A Directed Study project is an EXCEPTIONAL opportunity to create material for your portfolio that will put you far ahead of most others when seeking employment in the professional world!
If you wish to work with Dr. John Lombardi, Dr. Melissa Boehm, Dr. Sheri Whalen on a project you need to speak to them directly about their directed study requirements.