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Film Studies Minor

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School of Fine Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
The film studies minor provides an interdisciplinary approach to film, exploring the medium through practical, historical, and social contexts. Required courses in the minor give students an understanding of the art of filmmaking, a history of film, and how film connects to society. Electives in the minor offer students the opportunity to focus on more specific aspects of film ranging from film genres to photography to screenwriting.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Minor Courses (9 cr)
TH 1051 - Introduction to Film [LE CAT9, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
TH 1053 - Film and Society [LE CAT9] (3.0 cr)
TH 2851 - Film History (3.0 cr)
Elective Courses (9 cr)
Students must take a total of 9 elective credits.
Practical/Experiential
Take 1 - 2 course(s) totaling 3 - 6 credit(s) from the following:
· ART 2030 - Digital Arts: Time-based Media (3.0 cr)
· ART 2040 - Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives (3.0 cr)
· ART 3040 - Digital Filmmaking: Experimental Techniques (3.0 cr)
· ART 4040 - Digital Filmmaking: Advanced Projects (3.0 cr)
· TH 3851 - Screenwriting (3.0 cr)
Historical/Theoretical
Take 1 - 2 course(s) totaling 3 - 8 credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 4640 - American Indians in the Movies [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4292 - Literature into Film (4.0 cr)
· FR 2315 - French Cinema [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4305 - German Cinema [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3346 - History of Hollywood (4.0 cr)
· MU 1004 - Music in Film [FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3025 - Popular Culture and Politics (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 2093 {Inactive} [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4017 - Hispanic American Cinema and Culture [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4030 - Cinema and Culture of Spain [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
· WS 3400 - Women and Film [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
 
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TH 1051 - Introduction to Film (LE CAT9, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History and genres of film; how movies are made. Watching and analyzing films and developing an articulate and discerning viewpoint.
TH 1053 - Film and Society (LE CAT9)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
An examination of how films influence the moral and cultural life of our time, and how culture affects film.
TH 2851 - Film History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of American and international cinema from 1870s to present day, with special focus on filmmakers, genres, and styles. prereq: soph or instructor consent
ART 2030 - Digital Arts: Time-based Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to time-based media practice and theory through presentations, readings, studio time, and hands-on assignments. Creative exploration of vital forms of contemporary time-based art such as video art, sound/sonic art, basic animation, and performance art. prereq: 1013, art or art related majors or minors or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3030
ART 2040 - Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01834 - Art 1800/Art 2010
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to the fundamental of digital video production and basic concepts of cinematic narrative. Beginning hands-on experience using digital video tools to create short narrative works. Creative studio art approach to low budget film techniques and project collaboration. Individual and team projects include visual concept development, storyboarding, video production, and digital editing. Emphasis on the visual language of filmmaking and critical appreciation of cinematic media. prereq: 1013 or Journalism major or film minor or instructor consent
ART 3040 - Digital Filmmaking: Experimental Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Exploration of hands on experimental processes and techniques used in contemporary digital video and animation. Introduction to history and theory of experimental film and video works. Focus on digital video production, digital compositing, digital animation techniques, and non-linear video editing skills. Emphasis on innovative, narrative, and non-narrative approaches to creative video projects. Discussion of audience and exhibition options for experimental digital video works. prereq: 2030 or 2040 or instructor consent
ART 4040 - Digital Filmmaking: Advanced Projects
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced digital film projects in narrative, experimental, animation, or documentary formats. Students develop a single ambitious project over the semester, defining their own approach and focus. Develop project pitch, including visual concept, production plans, and storyboards. Hone video production technique and digital video editing skills. Emphasis on collaboration and creative process from pre-production through final craft of short digital film for contemporary audience. prereq: 2040 or 3040 or instructor consent
TH 3851 - Screenwriting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to and practice in fundamentals of screenwriting. Dialogue, character, structure, story development, writing for a visual medium, formatting. prereq: instructor consent
AMIN 4640 - American Indians in the Movies (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Indian Country at the beginning of the film era; government Indian policies during the film era; silent film; war and romance; westerns; Indian and White heroes and heroines; stereotypes; modern Native-made film. prereq: 60 credits; no grad cr
ENGL 4292 - Literature into Film
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Comparative study of novels and their film adaptations. prereq: Minimum 60 credits (6 credits literature) or instructor consent
FR 2315 - French Cinema (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Images of human diversity in French cinema. Films with English subtitles; class discussion in English.
GER 4305 - German Cinema (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the history of German cinema and to film analysis with a focus on the relationship among German film, history, literature, culture, and politics. The course will examine representative works from various cinematic periods. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent; no grad credit
HIST 3346 - History of Hollywood
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of American cinema in terms of how Hollywood functioned, what kind of films it produced, and why. Through the lens of Hollywood, the core issues of American life in the twentieth century will be examined. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for HIST 3246
MU 1004 - Music in Film (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Music in Film explores several aspects of music in motion pictures including its connection to other orchestral music styles, modern and historical, and how it aids in the entertainment of the film. This course examines how many modern films use musical storytelling techniques to add to the film's narrative.
POL 3025 - Popular Culture and Politics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Evaluation of the presentation of American political institutions, officials, and policy issues in mass entertainment. How accurate are the portrayals? How influential is Hollywood's view of American government? How do Americans know what they think they know about politics? prereq: 45 cr. including 6 cr. social science or instructor consent
SPAN 4017 - Hispanic American Cinema and Culture (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Exploration of the production of cinema paired with the analysis of and insight into contemporary Hispanic American cinema and culture. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent, no grad credit
SPAN 4030 - Cinema and Culture of Spain (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Overview of cinema of Spain. Examines a variety of filmic genres. Spanish national identity will be the main axis of inquiry. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent, no grad credit
WS 3400 - Women and Film (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
American and foreign films screened, analyzed, and reviewed from a feminist perspective. Role of women in history, economics, and politics of filmmaking.