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Moving Image Studies Minor

Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Room 235 NichH 3882 216 Pillsbury Dr S E Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-8099)
Email: mims@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 9
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 15
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The moving image increasingly permeates the fabric of contemporary culture and society. From cinema theaters and home televisions to installation art, portable electronic devices, medical technologies, and science laboratories, and in public spaces from airport terminals to building façades, the moving image is nearly ubiquitous. The graduate minor in moving image studies trains students from a variety of disciplinary fields in the critical analysis of the moving image in its disparate yet interrelated forms. Drawing from the faculty's extensive research interests and expertise, the curriculum brings together discourses ranging from film theory to media studies, from the philosophy of the image to the history of technology, and beyond.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, the Moving Image Studies director of graduate studies, and the Film Studies Coordinator regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
The minimum cumulative GPA for minor field coursework is 3.50.
Required Courses (6 credits)
Take the following courses:
MIMS 8001 - Theories of the Moving Image (3.0 cr)
MIMS 8003 - Historiography of the Moving Image (3.0 cr)
Electives (3 to 9 credits)
Master’s students select 3 credits, and doctoral students select 9 credits in consultation with the Moving Image Studies director of graduate studies to complete minimum credit requirements. Topics courses must be approved by the director of graduate studies to count towards the minor. Other courses can be applied to the minor with Moving Image Studies director of graduate studies approval.
AFRO 8590 - Contemporary Literary and Cultural Studies (3.0 cr)
AMES 5620 - Topics in South Asian Culture (3.0 cr)
AMES 5920 - Topics in Asian Culture (3.0 cr)
AMIN 5402 - American Indians and the Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
AMIN 8301 - Critical Indigenous Theory (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5413 - Alternative Media: Video, Performance, Digital Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5950 - Topics: Art History (3.0 cr)
ARTS 5230 - Advanced Art + Sound (4.0 cr)
ARTS 5750 - Advanced Narrative Digital Filmmaking (4.0 cr)
ARTS 5760 - Experimental Film and Video (4.0 cr)
ARTS 5780 - Advanced Super 8 and 16 MM Filmmaking (4.0 cr)
COMM 5211 - Critical Media Studies: Theory and Methods (3.0 cr)
COMM 5261 - Political Economy of Media Culture (3.0 cr)
COMM 8110 - Seminar: Communication Research Methods (3.0 cr)
COMM 8210 - Seminar: Selected Topics in U.S. Electronic Media (3.0 cr)
CSCL 5411 - Avant-Garde Cinema (4.0 cr)
CSCL 5910 - Topics in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (3.0-4.0 cr)
FREN 5350 - Topics in Literature and Culture (3.0 cr)
FREN 8240 - Critical Issues: French and Francophone Cinema (3.0 cr)
GER 5410 - Topics in German Literature (3.0 cr)
GER 5630 - Topics in German Cinema (3.0 cr)
RUSS 5604 - Russia At The Movies: A Survey Of The History Of Russian Cinema [AH] (3.0 cr)
SCAN 5614 - Blood on Snow: Scandinavian Thrillers in Fiction and Film (3.0 cr)
SCMC 5001 - Critical Debates in the Study of Cinema and Media Culture (4.0 cr)
TH 8120 - Seminar (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Doctoral
 
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MIMS 8001 - Theories of the Moving Image
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of the moving image as the intersection between critical media studies and film studies. Not a historical overview, but rather current discussions in these areas contextualized with relevant readings in classical film and media theory.
MIMS 8003 - Historiography of the Moving Image
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Genealogies of the moving image. "Crisis" of film in debates about "old" and "new" media; Hollywood's role in defining commercial and oppositional forms of moving images; approaches to the writing of history in relation to media historiography.
AFRO 8590 - Contemporary Literary and Cultural Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Each term explores a topic of key intellectual and critical significance in African American and/or African literary and cultural studies.
AMES 5620 - Topics in South Asian Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
AMES 5920 - Topics in Asian Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
AMIN 5402 - American Indians and the Cinema (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3402/AmIn 5402
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Representations of American Indians in film, historically/contemporarily. What such representations assert about Native experience and cultural viability. What they reflect about particular relationships of power.
AMIN 8301 - Critical Indigenous Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course covers the "critical turn" in American Indian and Native or Indigenous Studies as evident in the emergence of three overlapping threads or intellectual/political genealogies: critiques of Indigeneity (the claims and conditions of nativeness to specific places), Indigenous Feminist (which foregrounds the salience of gender in indigenous critiques of power structures), and Indigenous Queer, sometimes labeled "Two-Spirit" (which foregrounds sexuality). What are the analytical, political and cultural backgrounds and what are their purchases for theory, critique, and practice? For interrogating academic and non-academic (including Indigenous) forms of inquiry and knowledge production and being in the world?
ARTH 5413 - Alternative Media: Video, Performance, Digital Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
In-depth examination of development of alternative media in 20th/21st century art. Video technologies. Performance, time based art. Digital art. prereq: 3464 or instr consent
ARTH 5950 - Topics: Art History
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ARTS 5230 - Advanced Art + Sound
Credits: 4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Sound art practice/theory. Emphasizes individual creative projects using sound as primary material. History of experimental sound art from early 20th century to present. Critiques, readings, writing, public presentations. prereq: ARTS major and 3605 or 3230
ARTS 5750 - Advanced Narrative Digital Filmmaking
Credits: 4.0 [max 12.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtS 3750/ArtS 5750
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Narrative forms of video. Documentary, live action, memoir, experimental forms. Digital video production and editing. Personal aesthetic and conceptual directions. Theory, critical readings about historical and contemporary works in video. prereq: 3750
ARTS 5760 - Experimental Film and Video
Credits: 4.0 [max 12.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtS 3760/ArtS 5760
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Experimental approaches in producing digital video within a contemporary art context. Using digital media technologies in installation, performance, and interactive video art. Emphasizes expanding personal artistic development. Theoretical issues, critical/historical readings/writings in media arts. prereq: ARTS major, ARTS 1704
ARTS 5780 - Advanced Super 8 and 16 MM Filmmaking
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtS 3780/ArtS 5780
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will explore the medium of Super 8 filmmaking in the tradition of the experimental and avant ­garde. We will focus on the physicality of the film stock, the basic mechanics of the camera and projector, and how these elements translate into a visual language and aesthetic. Students will learn how to shoot, process, edit, splice, project, and transfer their own super 8 films. This course will balance the technical, conceptual, and historical aspects of small gauge or amateur analog filmmaking, and address what it means to work in this medium at the beginning of the 21st century. The course will include presentations, readings, and discussions on contemporary and historical artists in the medium, as well as outside film screenings and lectures. Classroom visits by artists will also provide an informed context for the primary course objective. Prereq: Art major
COMM 5211 - Critical Media Studies: Theory and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of theories, research methods, and scholars dominating critical media studies since late 1920s. prereq: Graduate students or undergraduates who have completed COMM 3211 (Introduction to Media Studies) or its equivalent
COMM 5261 - Political Economy of Media Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Organizational practices of media communicators. Media content as link between communicators and audiences. How viewers use/process media content. prereq: 3211 or instr consent
COMM 8110 - Seminar: Communication Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Evaluation of research methods in speech-communication. prereq: undergrad degree in spch-comm or equiv
COMM 8210 - Seminar: Selected Topics in U.S. Electronic Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Literature survey; evaluating research on topics; conducting independent research project on a particular topic. prereq: 5210 or instr consent; offered when feasible
CSCL 5411 - Avant-Garde Cinema
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
In 1939, the art critic Clement Greenberg defined avant-garde art in opposition to the ?kitsch? of mass-produced culture. To what extent does this conception of the avant-garde apply to the cinema?an institution and art form that supposedly requires machines and industrial modes of production? This course introduces students to key works of avant-garde and experimental film made by artists working on the margins of commercial film and mainstream art institutions. From the first half of the twentieth century, we will consider influential films made under the banners of Futurism, Constructivism, Surrealism, and Dada, and discuss their complex relation to Hollywood commodities. In the postwar period, we will explore a range of increasingly global experimental film practices, from the queer underground cinema in Latin America to the use of film projection in avant-garde performance. We will examine these practices in light of larger debates about medium specificity as well as the aesthetics and politics of the personal vs. the structural. In the final unit, we will reflect on the way contemporary artists, scholars, and curators have assembled a tradition of avant-garde cinema in the age of new media, and contemplate new directions we want it to take.
CSCL 5910 - Topics in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 32.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
FREN 5350 - Topics in Literature and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Problem, period, author, or topic of interest. See Class Schedule. prereq: 3101 or equiv
FREN 8240 - Critical Issues: French and Francophone Cinema
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Critical issues relating to French/Francophone cinema.
GER 5410 - Topics in German Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topic may focus on a specific author, group of authors, genre, period, or subject matter. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
GER 5630 - Topics in German Cinema
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Topics chosen may focus on specific directors, genres, film production or reception, and/or other formal, theoretical, historical, or political issues. prereq: 3xxx film course or instr consent
RUSS 5604 - Russia At The Movies: A Survey Of The History Of Russian Cinema (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3604/Russ 5604
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course is designed to provide a chronological overview of major developments, trends, experiments, searches, traditions, and conventions of Russian cinematic art examined in the context of the historical and cultural background of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The history of cinema is intrinsically connected to political, historical, cultural and social developments.For each epoch of development we will first outline the historical and cultural context before investigating the major films and themes of the period. We will elaborate on those films that have made an important contribution to cinematic or cultural history, both in Russia and the world. RUSS 3604/5604 meets the Liberal Education core requirement in Arts and Humanities. Through a close study of film we learn about how this art medium reflects and expresses human experience and engages us through the exploration of the formal and aesthetic dimensions of film, as well as the study of cultural, social, and historical background in which it is deeply steeped.
SCAN 5614 - Blood on Snow: Scandinavian Thrillers in Fiction and Film
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Scan 3614/Scan 5614
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Scandinavian crime novels/films against background of peaceful welfare states. Readings in translation for non-majors. Scandinavian majors/minors read excerpts in specific languages.
SCMC 5001 - Critical Debates in the Study of Cinema and Media Culture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course serves as a capstone within the Studies in Cinema and Media Culture program as well as an advanced seminar in cinema and media theory. It covers such topics as contemporary cinema, transnational television, video games, digital networks, and surveillance technologies. It builds on the knowledge of cinema and media studies that students have developed over their undergraduate education. Students are given the resources and encouragement to construct larger reading and viewing lists that will further develop their knowledge of media and cinema. The final grade is based on participation, critical essays, weekly viewing assignments, and an individualized project that can include creative and professional interests.
TH 8120 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected research topics from various theatre fields and periods. Sample topics: Border Crossings--Theatre History and Representation; The Theatre and Drama of the Third Reich, 1927-1944.