Students majoring in Film/Media must complete a minimum of 30 credits. All students must take the core courses (12 credits): FLM 101 (or FLM 101H), FLM 203 (or ENG 302), FLM 204 (or FLM 205), and the senior-level FLM 495 seminar.
FLM101 Introduction to Film/Media
This introductory course will provide students with an understanding of film and its evolution. Students will gain an understanding of narrative and non-narrative analysis and will learn elements of the film production process, including authorship, cinematography, film editing, lighting and sound. Students will also study approaches to film theory and criticism and develop their critical thinking and writing skills via a series of visual, aural and written exercises and analysis. For more information contact one of the instructors.
FLM203 or ENG302 Film Theory
This course is an introduction to the basics of film theory and film criticism. It will be a survey of the major theories about film, ranging from those which focus on the cinema text and the formal aspects of the medium itself to the far broader approaches of cultural and ideological studies. Each week of the semester will be devoted to a different theme (a theoretical work or school of thought) and will involve readings, lectures and discussions relevant to that particular theme. There will be in-class screenings of films each week that relate to the issues and concepts being examined, where students will have an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained to films viewed.
FLM204 History of Film I
Moving pictures have been around for just over one hundred years. This course will survey the history of film from the time of the invention of the projected moving image and the earliest directions taken in film form (in the pioneering works of Edison, Melies and the Lumiere brothers) until the mid-twentieth century. It will trace the evolution of the film medium itself (cinematography, editing, use of sound and so on) and will follow corresponding developments in the technology. Broader issues will also be examined such as the increasingly complex systems and means of production, distribution and exhibition. The evolution of narrative structure as well as changing perspectives of critical responses to cinema will also be covered. Significant Films will be screened for analyses and discussion.
FLM205 History of Film II
This course is a continuation of FLM204 and covers the history of film from the mid-twentieth century up to the present time. It begins by examining the challenges facing the film world in the 1950: the introduction of network television, the breakup of the monopolistic studio system in America, and competition from foreign film companies, and it will take into account corresponding developments in film technology. Broader issues will also be covered such as internationalism in the financing and marketing of film: new forms of narrative; and the changing perspectives of critical responses to cinema. Significant and representative examples of films, will be screened for analyses and discussion.
FLM495 Seminar in Film Media
An intensive, interdisciplinary capstone course; exploring writings and ideas about film across two or more fields of study; or examining cross-cultural themes and issues in world cinema. Topic to be announced for each term the course is offered.