Department of Visual & Media Arts

Directing Narrative Fiction

Brian Lieberman created a web series

Directing Narrative Fiction major Brian Lieberman learns from working professionals and keeps in touch with them years later. (Filmed and edited by Emerson students.)

This specialization is designed to introduce students to the breadth of directorial responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, creative, aesthetic, logistic, and financial concerns, as well as developing the specific skills of rehearsing and filming actors.

Credits: 44 for BA, 60 for BFA (both degrees also include 8 additional upper-level liberal arts credits)

I. Visual and Media Arts Foundations (12 credits)

The Visual and Media Arts Foundations offer students a broad theoretical, historical, and practical introduction to the visual and media arts.

Required Courses

VM 100 History of Media Arts I
VM 101 History of Media Arts II

one of the Following:

VM 102 Dimensions of Creativity
VM 120 Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Production

II. Introduction to Disciplines (16 credits minimum)

At the Introduction to Disciplines level, students explore one or more of the department’s main discipline areas.

Required Courses

VM 200 Media Criticism and Theory

At least one of the following:

VM 202 Critical Listening
VM 220 Writing the Short Subject
VM 221 Writing the Feature Film
VM 222 Writing for Television

At least two of the following:

VM 204 Topics in Media Arts: Practice
VM 230 Introduction to Film Production
VM 231 Intermediate Film Production
VM 240 Introduction to Video Field Production
VM 241 Introduction to Studio Television Production
VM 250 Introduction to Sound Principles and Audio Production
VM 251 Location Sound Recording
VM 260 Introduction to Interactive Media
VM 261 Computer Animation
VM 331 Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice

III. Specializations

Required Courses

VM 372 Directing Image and Sound
VM 373 Directing Actors for the Screen
One additional advanced visual and media studies course numbered VM 300-315, 400-418, or 500-519.

At least one of the following:

VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics
VM 409 Seminar in Western Art
VM 410 Seminar in Non-Western Art

In addition to the General Education and major requirements, all students are required to complete at least two courses at the 300 or 400 level from the following Liberal Arts areas:

  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ethics, Philosophy, or Religion
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • TH 304, 313, 315
  • VM 315, 409, 410

Recommended Electives

VM 370 Business Concepts for Modern Media
VM 377 Documentary Production Workshop
VM 378 Basic Cinematography and Videography
VM 440 Advanced Studio Production: Fiction
CC 160 Interpersonal Communication Skills
TH 121 Introduction to Acting I

Advanced Visual and Media Arts Workshop

Students may apply to take the Advanced Visual and Media Arts Workshop. Two semesters are mandatory for BFA. Optional for BA.

For specific course prerequisites, please consult the Undergraduate Catalogue.

Jae Williams

Jae Williams '08

Jae Williams '08 Directs Music Videos for His Own Company

Recent graduate Jae Williams '08 jumped right into his career in media arts by starting his own video and commercial production company. Williams follows his passion—directing music videos—for Boston artists.