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Film & Media Studies Department

Film studies at Emory stands firmly within the tradition of a liberal arts education, committed to the traditional goals of critical reading (of filmic texts) and writing in order to teach value discrimination. Film is the public literature and graphic art of our time. In the same way that we should be able to distinguish poetry from advertising copy and post-impressionist painting from soup labels, we should be able to distinguish good cinema from bad, and the truly serious from the merely exciting, sensuous, or novel. Film is a contemporary language form whose presence is pervasive, though we have traditionally treated this language as a medium so ephemeral as to deserve contempt or so mysterious as to defy comprehension. The film studies department seeks to correct these cultural oversights by leading the student through progressive stages of encounter toward a level of critical understanding associated with concentrations in more traditional humanities disciplines.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Matthew Bernstein
P7822552
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
  • MFA, Columbia University, 1982
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987

Departments

  • Film & Media Studies, Core Faculty
  • American Studies, Core Faculty
  • East Asian Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • American and international film history
  • film criticism
  • research methods
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Matthew Bernstein
P7822552
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
  • MFA, Columbia University, 1982
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987

Departments

  • Film & Media Studies, Core Faculty
  • American Studies, Core Faculty
  • East Asian Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • American and international film history
  • film criticism
  • research methods
Core Faculty
Tanine Allison
P7820421
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2010

Department

  • Film & Media Studies, Core Faculty
Matthew Bernstein
P7822552
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
  • MFA, Columbia University, 1982
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987

Departments

  • Film & Media Studies, Core Faculty
  • American Studies, Core Faculty
  • East Asian Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • American and international film history
  • film criticism
  • research methods
William Brown Jr.
P4982872
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Emory University, 1969
  • MFA, University of Florida, 1975

Department

  • Film & Media Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • screenwriting
  • film
  • video
  • photography
Eddy Mueller
P7932093
Lecturer

Education

  • BA, University of Colorado-Denver, 1995
  • MA, Emory University, 1997
  • PhD, Emory University, 2006
  • Other, Emory University, 2006

Department

  • Film & Media Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • the cutting edge of contemporary filmmaking and theory
Karla Oeler
P5514756
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Oberlin College, 1987
  • PhD, Yale University, 2000

Department

  • Film & Media Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • classical and contemporary film theory and aesthetics
  • masculinity and violence
  • Soviet cinema
Daniel Reynolds
P5502943
Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of California, Santa Barbara,

Department

  • Film & Media Studies, Core Faculty
Michele Schreiber
P1913789
Assistant Professor

Education

  • BA, Fordham University, 1995
  • MA, San Francisco State University, 1999
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006

Department

  • Film & Media Studies, Core Faculty

Courses

Film Studies 100-Level Courses
FILM 107: Film, Video & Photography I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ARTVIS 107: Film, Video & Photography I
Course Description

Creative as well as technical problems in these related media are examined; techniques in using cameras, projectors, and video editing equipment.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 190: Freshmen Seminar
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Explores various topics in Film Studies or Media Studies. When taught as Introduction to Film, this course fulfills a core requirement of the Film Studies major and minor. When taught as a media studies class, this course counts towards the Media Studies minor. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Film Studies 200-Level Courses
FILM 204: Introduction To Media Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ARTVIS 204: Introduction To Media Studies
IDS 204: Introduction To Media Studies
Course Description

Examines mass media (photography, film, music, news reporting, radio, TV, video games) through a variety of approaches in the humanities and social sciences. This course is required for the minor in Media Studies. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 270: Introduction To Film
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

General aesthetic introductions to film as a narrative form, with selected readings in criticism and critical theory. Weekly screenings required. When taught as a WR course, it fulfills the postfreshman writing requirement of the GER.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 270W: Introduction To Film
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

General aesthetic introductions to film as a narrative form, with selected readings in criticism and critical theory. Weekly screenings required. When taught as a WR course, it fulfills the postfreshman writing requirement of the GER.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
Film Studies 300-Level Courses
FILM 356: History Of American Television
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270 or FILM/ARTVIS/IDS 204. This course looks at the nature and development of major institutions of American broadcasting and electronic media in order to ascertain the structure, function, and social significance of television programming in American society. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 371: History Of Film To 1954
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

American and European cinema from its origins in nineteenth-century technological experimentation through the early years of sound and the outbreak of war in Europe. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 372: History Of Film Since 1954
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

World cinema, including Asian and Eastern European, from World War II and the advent of the modern sound film to the present. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 373: Special Topics in Film
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270 or consent of instructor. Individual topics on film study focusing on a specific period (e.g., primitive era, transition to sound, post-World War II) or national movement (e.g., Italian neorealism, the nouvelle vague, das neue Kino, Latin American militant cinema). Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 373W: Special Topics in Film
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270 or consent of instructor. Individual topics on film study focusing on a specific period (e.g., primitive era, transition to sound, post-World War II) or national movement (e.g., Italian neorealism, the nouvelle vague, das neue Kino, Latin American militant cinema). Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
FILM 374: Animation
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Film 270. This course takes a serious, analytic approach to what are popularly known as

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 375: The Russian Avantgarde
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ARTHIST 373: The Russian Avantgarde
RUSS 373: The Russian Avantgarde
Course Description

Knowledge of Russian is not required. Introduction to interdisciplinary study of twentieth-century Russian literature and the visual arts, with focus upon issues of art and politics, time, space, and identity in symbolist, supermatist, constructivist, socialist realist, and post-Soviet "vision". In English.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Weekly Film Screenings, Gallery Talks or Special Assignments
FILM 376: Narrative Fiction Filmmaking I
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270, FILM/ARTVIS 107. Film Studies majors and minors only, and with the consent of the instructor. Hands-on introduction to technical and stylistic foundations of moving image production using a variety of film and video formats and to the economic and professional realities of narrative content creation for film.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
100
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 377: Narrative Filmmaking II
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 376 and the consent of the instructor. A continuation of students' introduction to the essential techniques, technologies and methods used in contemporary moving image production. Students will be challenged to explore the breadth of aesthetic and rhetorical possibilities offered by the unfolding revolution in digital movie-making.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
100
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 378R: Screenwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENGCW 378R: Screenwriting
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. A writing-intensive course in the construction and formatting of screenplays for upper-level undergraduates, which also broaches various aspects of preproduction planning. Weekly screenings required. This course fulfills the postfreshman writing requirement of the General Education Requirements.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 378RW: Screenwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENGCW 378RW: Screenwriting
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. A writing-intensive course in the construction and formatting of screenplays for upper-level undergraduates, which also broaches various aspects of preproduction planning. Weekly screenings required. This course fulfills the postfreshman writing requirement of the General Education Requirements.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
FILM 381: Classical Film Theory
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
FILM 270: Introduction To Film
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to the basic concepts that dominated what is known as "classical theory" in the work of Vachel Lindsay, Hugo Munsterberg, Bela Balazs, Lev Kuleshov, Sergei Eisenstein, V.I. Pudovkin, Rudolf Arnheim, Siegfried Kracauer and Andre Bazin

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
50 minute discussion section
FILM 381W: Classical Film Theory
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
FILM 270: Introduction To Film
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to the basic concepts that dominated what is known as "classical theory" in the work of Vachel Lindsay, Hugo Munsterberg, Bela Balazs, Lev Kuleshov, Sergei Eisenstein, V.I. Pudovkin, Rudolf Arnheim, Siegfried Kracauer and Andre Bazin

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
50 minute discussion section
Writing Requirement
Yes
FILM 382: Contemporary Film Theory
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. An extension of FILM 381 into the structuralist and post-structuralist era, beginning with the work of Christian Metz and extending through that of Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
50 minute discussion session
FILM 384: Literature & Cultural Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 368: Literature & Cultural Studies
Course Description

An introduction to the relationship between literary studies and the study of cultural theory and popular culture.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
FILM 384W: Literature & Cultural Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 368W: Literature & Cultural Studies
Course Description

An introduction to the relationship between literary studies and the study of cultural theory and popular culture.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
FILM 385: Documentary Filmmaking I
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
FILM 270: Introduction To Film
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ARTVIS 385: Documentary Film Making I
Course Description

This course introduces students to basic technical digital video film making skills (camera operation, lighting, sound recording, non-linear editing) and to interview techniques through weekly exercises and study of major, creative documentaries. Weekly studio lab sessions required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
Additional Course Plus Component
Group meetings
FILM 386: Documentary Film Making II
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ARTVIS 395: Documentary Film Making II
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 385. It will extend the students' knowledge of the field of documentary media production through the screening and criticism of film and video documentaries. Weekly studio lab sessions required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Group meetings
FILM 387: Documentary Filmmaking III
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ARTVIS 396: Documentary Filmmaking III
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 385 and 386. This course builds upon FILM 385 and 386 by deepening student knowledge of documentary mediamaking techniques. Students will complete a broadcast-quality television documentary while studying outstanding documentary films. Weekly studio lab sessions required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Group meetings
FILM 388: Classical Hollywood Cinema
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. The structural dynamics of the studio system as both a film style and mode of production, with special emphasis on the development of narrative form. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 389: Special Topics in Media
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM/ARTVIS/IDS204: Individual topics in media studies. Topics could include children and the media, an aspect of television, internet culture and identity, global media, and media convergence. Fulfills a requirement in the media studies minor. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 389W: Special Topics in Media
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM/ARTVIS/IDS204: Individual topics in media studies. Topics could include children and the media, an aspect of television, internet culture and identity, global media, and media convergence. Fulfills a requirement in the media studies minor. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
FILM 391: Studies in Major Figures
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. An intensive, in-depth study of the work of a recognized major figure in world cinema in the class of Griffith, Dreyer, Ford, Renoir, Welles, Ophuls, Kurosawa, Godard, Antonioni, Hitchcock, or Scorscese. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 392R: Genre Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. History and theory of one or more major Hollywood genres, such as the Western, the gangster film, the musical, the horror film, film noir, and science fiction and their international analogues (e.g., the American Western and the Japanese chambara film). Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 393: Documentary
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. The history of non-fiction film and media from the

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 394: Screening China
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CHN 394: Screening China
EAS 394: Screening China
Course Description

The course explores the history and development of Chinese cinema. It discusses "film in China" and "China in film" by focusing on the function of cinema and continual reconfigurations of time, space, gender, and history in Chinese films under different historical conditions since the early twentieth century.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 394W: Screening China
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CHN 394W: Screening China
EAS 394W: Screening China
Course Description

The course explores the history and development of Chinese cinema. It discusses "film in China" and "China in film" by focusing on the function of cinema and continual reconfigurations of time, space, gender, and history in Chinese films under different historical conditions since the early twentieth century.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
FILM 395: National Cinemas
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
HAP
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. Close study of the development of a specific national or regional Western cinema (e.g. European, Eastern European) in terms of its aesthetic, theoretical, and sociopolitical dimensions. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 396R: Non-Western National Cinemas
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. Close study of the development of a specific national or regional non-Western cinema (e.g., Japanese, Indian, Chinese, African, Middle Eastern) in terms of its aesthetic, theoretical, and sociopolitical dimensions. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 399: Internship/Filmmaking Projects
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable credit; only four hours may count toward fulfillment of the major or minor. Permission of a film studies faculty member required in advance. This course can involve an internship or film production. Internships require a minimum of ten hours of work per week, a journal, and an eight-page paper. Film production projects require a minimum of ten hours of work per week, the submission of production notes, and a final product. Students must be film studies majors or minors and should be close to completing the course of study in film.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Film Studies 400-Level Courses
FILM 401: Film Criticism
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. A writing-intensive course in critical aesthetics for upper-level undergraduates, with a focus on the critical assumptions underlying various methodologies. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 401W: Film Criticism
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270. A writing-intensive course in critical aesthetics for upper-level undergraduates, with a focus on the critical assumptions underlying various methodologies. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
FILM 403: The Biz
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examines American screen entertainment history, specifically the key trends, individuals, institutions and technologies that have shaped these different forms them from the 19th century through the present day. Students perform practical experiments in industrial analysis.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 404: Women And Film
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270 or consent of the instructor. Films, television programs, and other media forms analyzed in cultural, historical and political perspective with regard to how societal norms, visual style and aesthetics affect the representation of women and how women have used various media for self-representation. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 405R: Experimntl/Avant-Garde Cinema
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
FILM 270: Introduction To Film
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ARTVIS 405: Experimntl/Avant-Garde Cinema
Course Description

An historical/theoretical survey of the experimental avantgarde as an alternative to mainstream narrative, with an emphasis on its wide variety of forms. May include a filmmaking component.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 406: African-Amer/American Cinema
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: FILM 270, 371, 372. A seminar in film and media historical methods for upper-level undergraduates that involves extensive reading and some primary research. Weekly screenings required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 407: Content Creation
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Students work with their peers and learn from established creative professionals to obtain critical perspectives on, and practical experience in, generating media content using technologies, techniques and models used by the media industries.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
FILM 411: Spec Project In Film Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
FILM 495R: Honors Thesis
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program and approval of adviser. Open to students writing honors theses. This course fulfills the postfreshman year writing requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
FILM 495RW: Honors Thesis
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program and approval of adviser. Open to students writing honors theses. This course fulfills the postfreshman year writing requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
FILM 499R: Directed Research
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A supervised project in an area of study to be determined by the instructor and student in the semester preceding the independent study. Requires faculty approval prior to registration. Only four credit hours can be applied toward fulfillment of the requirement of the major.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
150

Honors Program

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the department for further details.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.