(Between the 2013-2019 Academic Years) Courses



CDM 101 Images, Sounds, Cultures I

The course reviews images ranging from newspapers to the Web, advertisements to the movies, from television to fine arts and discusses cultural products in their economic, social, political and cultural contexts. The course will be held in interactive lecture form. Students are expected to participate in class discussion. There will be in-class screening of videos related to the topics covered. Evaluation will be based on four take-home assignments.


CDM 102 Images, Sounds, Cultures II

The course reviews images ranging from newspapers to the Web, advertisements to the movies, from television to fine arts and discusses cultural products in their economic, social, political and cultural contexts. The course will be held in interactive lecture form. Students are expected to participate in class discussion. There will be in-class screening of videos related to the topics covered. Evaluation will be based on two essays and a final project. Students will present their final projects in class at the end of the semester and receive feedback before they submit their final projects.


CDM 201 Theory and Practice of the Moving Image I

This is a studio course and is comprised of lectures on pertinent topics and hands-on teaching with demonstrations of various techniques and skills for using digital filmmaking equipment. There will be individual assignments pertaining to developing skills for digital filmmaking and participation during the class is part of the evaluation.


CDM 202 Theory and Practice of the Moving Image II

This is a continuation of Theory and Practice of the Moving Image I. The studio course is comprised of lectures on pertinent topics and hands-on teaching with demonstrations of various techniques and skills for using digital filmmaking equipment. There will be individual assignments pertaining to developing skills for digital filmmaking and participation during the class is part of the evaluation. The course assignments will include several individual shooting assignments and group assignments.


CDM 203 Creative Writing

The course combines theories of creative writing with applied methods of storytelling. Students will be required to creatively read, write, revise and develop stories. There will be 3 quizes, 5 assignments and a project.


CDM 211 Film Seminar: A Cinema in the Shade I

This is the first of a series of courses, introducing, screening and analyzing films crucial to forming film culture. The course includes canonic, experimental, avant-garde examples of early cinema, European and American film movements, from the late 19th century to the 1980s. Evaluation will be based on one midterm and one final project (exam).


CDM 212 Film Seminar: A Cinema in the Shade II

This is the second of a series of courses, introducing and screening films crucial to forming film culture and not readily available elsewhere. The course includes canonic, experimental, avant-garde (commercial or non-commercial) examples of early cinema, American studio films, European art films, world cinema. There will be one midterm and one final exam.


CDM 301 Film Production I

This is a studio course comprised of lectures and screenings on pertinent topics as well as hands-on teaching and demonstrations of various techniques and skills for digital filmmaking. There will be individual assignments pertaining to story development and translating ideas and concepts into visual language. In addition, there will be individual in-class presentations, assignments and a post-production assignment.


CDM 302 Film Production II

This is a continuation of Film Production I. It is a studio course comprised of lectures and screenings on pertinent topics related to digital filmmaking. There is a special emphasis on interactive storytelling and using a variety of digital tools and platforms. There will be individual assignments pertaining to story development and translating ideas and concepts into visual, non-linear language. There will also be individual in-class presentations, assignments and a final project.


CDM 303 Scriptwriting

The course is an introduction to the craft of screen writing. Students will be required to creatively read, write, revise and develop scripts. There will be 3 quizzes, 5 assignments and 1 project.


CDM 311 Film Seminar: A Cinema in the Shade III

This is the third of a series of courses, mainly consisting of introducing and screening films which are crucial to forming film culture and not readily available elsewhere. The films are selected among the experimental, artistic and avant-garde works. Students are expected to present a case study/topic, write a research paper on the same subject, and a practical interpretation of a work or audio/visual sequence they choose. Attendance and active participation is also a part of the student evaluation criteria.


CDM 312 Film Seminar: A Cinema in the Shade IV

This is the fourth installment of a series of courses, mainly consisting of introducing and screening films which are crucial to forming film culture and not readily available elsewhere. The films are selected among the canons, as well as the experimental and avant-garde (commercial or non-commercial), even trash and camp This installment of the film seminar has two major focuses: the connection between cinema and the body, and the effects of technology on cinema.


CDM 497 Senior Project I

In this course students focus on the idea development and pre-production phases of their graduation project (Production and post-production parts will be completed in Senior Project II). The course method includes in class/online group and individual meetings. Individual meetings will be conducted by appointment. The course may also include lectures and/or workshops on specific themes based on potentials needs of the students. During the term, students will submit the following assignments that will represent different phases of their developing projects: Project idea (15%, 1st mid-term), project proposal (15%, 2nd mid-term), research folder (20%, assignment), project folder (25%, project). Students are obliged to successfully complete each of these requirements for continuing with the next phases.


CDM 498 Senior Project II

In this course, students focus on the production and post-production phases of their graduation project (idea development and pre-production parts are supposed to be completed in Senior Project I). The course method includes in class/online group and individual meetings. Individual meetings will be conducted by appointment. The course may also include lectures and/or workshops on specific themes based on the project needs of the students. During the term students will submit the following materials that will represent different phases of their developing projects: Production dossier (15%, assignment), raw footage (20%, 1st mid-term), rough cut (20%, 2nd mid-term), final cut (25%, project). Students are obliged to successfully complete each of these requirements for continuing with the next phases.


ENG 101 Academic Skills in English I

This course aims at preparing students to use academic skills in English.


ENG 102 Academic Skills in English II

ENG 102 is a compulsory course for first year students. ENG 102 focuses on the cognitive skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Students' academic listening skills will be improved by listening to important / relevant information from lectures or discussions and reading skills by reading recent academic texts and then using this information to create an output task. Speaking focuses on giving presentations and students get prepared to express their ideas and opinions by speaking persuasively and coherently. The writing component is a consolidation of the speaking activities.


ENG 310 Essential Speaking Skills in English

ENG 310 is a compulsory course for third year students and is designed to enable them to speak more effectively while expressing themselves in a variety of areas, such as business related and academic related topics. These areas range from participating in discusiions to presenting information in the form of short presentations, known as Pecha Kuchas. Students will also take part in role plays and formal debates.


ENG 410 English for Career Development

This course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge that they will need when they start their professional lives. The course simulates all stages of the job application process, including topics like finding job openings, CVs, job application forms, cover letters, job interviews, and following up, as well as handling job offers and rejection.


HIST 100 Principles of Atatürk and History of Revolution

This course provides a general information of the events from the end of the 19. century until the end of the Turkish War of Independence and the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 and the following period until 1990’s.


SFL 1013 Second Foreign Languages I

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SFL 1024 Second Foreign Languages II

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SFL 201 Second Foreign Languages III

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SFL 202 Second Foreign Languages IV

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ST 204 Summer Training (4 weeks)

Internship, covers field experience at any work place for 3 weeks. Students should follow the instructions stated in IUE Internship Guide in order to successfully complete their internships.


ST 304 Summer Training (4 weeks)

Internship, covers field experience at any work place for 3 weeks. Students should follow the instructions stated in IUE Internship Guide in order to successfully complete their internships.


TURK 100 Turkish

Students will be taught how to use the written and verbal communication tools accurately and efficiently in this course. Various types of verbal and written statements will be examined through a critical point of view by doing exercises on understanding, telling, reading, and writing. Punctuation and spelling rules, which are basis of written statement, will be taught and accurate usage of these rules for efficient and strong expression will be provided. As for verbal statement, students will be taught how to use the body language, use accent and intonation elaborately, and use presentation techniques.


VCD 207 Basic Photography

Through bi-weekly assignments, students are expected to produce photographs according to the demands/technical requirements of the following genres: street photography, architectural photography, product photography, and fashion photography.


CDM 305 Turkish Cinema

The course will include the following topics and related discussions: Historical development and transformation of the film industry in Turkey, leading filmmakers and their films, identity, politics and transnationalism issues, major debates on the history of cinema in Turkey. ACADEMIC CAUTION Academic honesty: Plagiarism, copying, cheating, purchasing essays/projects, presenting some one else’s work as your own and all sorts of literary theft is considered academic dishonesty. Under the rubric of İzmir University of Economics Faculty of Communication, all forms of academic dishonesty are considered as crime and end in disciplinary interrogation. According to YÖK’s Student Discipline Regulation, the consequence of cheating or attempting to cheat is 6 to 12 months expulsion. Having been done intentionally or accidentally does not change the punitive consequences of academic dishonesty. Academic honesty is each student’s own responsibility. Plagiarism is the most common form of academic dishonesty. According to the MerriamWebster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own. The easiest and most effective way to prevent plagiarism is to give reference when using someone else’s ideas, and to use quotation marks when using someone else’s exact words. A detailed informative guideline regarding plagiarism can be found here.


CDM 306 Advanced Script Writing

In the light of the course Scriptwriting I, components of feature length scriptwriting like developing story, plot, character, dialogue, writing scene will be taught and students will be expected to write a feature length scriptwriting throughout the semester.


CDM 310 Horror Film

This course combines theoretical work and film analysis. There will be in-class and off-class screenings. Horror film theory will be used to discuss questions of gender and politics in cinema. Students will be expected to write three response papers.


CDM 315 Cinematography

This course aims to teach the role of the cinematographer, an essential element in the makings of a film, from pre-production to post.


CDM 325 Directing

This course focuses on the role, craft and skills that are necessary for a film director. Evaluation will be based on studio critique, assignments and projects.


CDM 330 Psychoanalysis and Cinema

This course combines theoretical work and film analysis Theories of psychoanalysis will be applied to the analysis of films, to discuss questions of representation in relation to issues of gender. Students will be expected to write four response papers.


CDM 335 Contemporary Cinema in Turkey

This course will focus on the emergence, transformation and current state of contemporary cinema in Turkey. It covers subjects such as political cinema, identity issues, near history, sufism, women and gender, urbanization, transnationalism and short film making. The class time will be used to focus on two select films related to the subject of that week, and to critically assess these films with the help of required materials such as readings and video interviews.


CDM 340 Hollywood Cinema

This course examines Hollywood in its economic, cultural and historical context. It studies its industrial dynamics (studio system, star system, etc.) in parallel with its narrative tendencies and stylistic devices. Students are expected to prepare papers analyzing Hollywood's systems in relation to its products and production processes.


CDM 350 Frameworks: Diverse Practices in Cinema

This course aims to familiarize the students with diverse practices in cinema. Examples of avant-garde, experimental and found footage cinema will be screened and its theories and artist practices will be discussed in class.


CDM 360 Cinematography, Mise-en-scène, and Directing

This is a hands-on course that teaches students applied skills in cinematography. Evaluation will be based on studio critique, two assignments and two projects.


CDM 370 Advanced Creative Writing

This course introduces students to industry-grade storytelling & advanced creative writing methods & equips them with skills needed to adapt to real life authoring jobs in the field of their choice.


CDM 380 Film and the City

Since the end of the 19th century, film production has been closely related to urbanization and industrialization. The city has also been a fascinating setting and subject for cinema. This course will investigate the multiple relationships between film and the city, by dwelling on topics such as film noir and the urban underworld, utopian / dystopian imaginations of the city in film, how cities are shaped by film production.


CDM 400 Music and Sound Design in Cinema

This course will start out with a discussion of how sound cooperates with the image track. The understanding is that sound affects the way the image track is perceived and vice versa. Samples from films and video works will be analyzed. Students are expected to be able to develop their own styles in combining image and sound in a term project.


CDM 410 Transmedia Storytelling

This course is based on the paradigmatic shift in storytelling. It starts out positionning storytelling in digital media as opposed to its more traditional forms. It then introduces a number of cases, such as interactive narratives, of more participatory nature. Work by creative media writers and artists such as Lance Weiler will be studied. Students are expected to bring to the class samples of storytelling in digital media and analyze them in terms of the possibilities they offer. They will produce written work and finally a term project prepared for pitching at the end of semester.


CDM 420 Animation Film

The course introduces the concept “impression” and then moves on to the study of elementary movements and basic features of a character. A wide of range of techniques, from cel animation to stop-motion will be introduced. Significant examples of animation will be screened and discussed. The students will produce short animated videos using various techniques.


CDM 430 Women's Cinema

This course reviews a series of women’s films in the light of readings on gender and cinema. There will be a series of film screenings and class discussions. There is one midterm exam and a final project (exam).


CDM 443 History of Documentary Film

The course will include 1 in-class presentation and two short exams.


CDM 445 Contemporary Global Cinema

This course combines theoretical work and the viewing of films. Students are responsible for the preparation of three response papers. Each week, we will summarize key points and arguments made by a film scholar on a particular topic and watch a film that relates closely to the text.


CDM 450 Digital Image Composing Techniques and Special Effects

This course covers the production of digital visual content by using related software such as Adobe After Effects and advanced production, post-production techniques in the studio and computer environment. The theoretical and practical information that students take into visual project work using software is the concrete output of the course.


CDM 460 Advanced Animation Studio

This course introduces basics of computer animation. Students will develop a concept for a digital animation project and then, utilizing the software Adobe After Effects, go through stages of computer animation production. There will be tutorials and class critique sessions.


CDM 470 Moving Images in a Digital Age

This course analyzes the transformation of moving images through the process of digitization. We will examine how digitization impacts the production and audience use of motion pictures, as well as focusing on the construction of new socio-cultural identities in the global mediascape through digital moving images.


CDM 480 Stop Motion Animation

This is a hands-on course that focuses on stop motion animation techniques. It examines the physics of movement in the production of moving images. It is designed to extend students' basic experiences in videography and editing. The course examines and applies animation in relationship with both cinema and fine arts. Evaluation will be based on two projects.


CDM 490 Theory and Practice of Digital Video Editing

This course combines theoretical work and film editing practice. Each class will start with a theoretical framework and scene breakdown, followed up by in class assignments on digital editing practices. Students will both shoot and edit in order to develop their cinematic storytelling style and aesthetic.