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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, 216 Pillsbury Dr SE, 235 Nicholson Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-8099)
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • 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 fašades, 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
Admission to the minor is by request, with the approval of the student's adviser and the director of Graduate Studies of the minor.
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 PhD minor (minimum 15 credits) requires two core courses (6 credits): MIMS 8001 - Theories of the Moving Image (3 credits), and MIMS 8003 - Historiography of the Moving Image (3 credits). The PhD minor also requires three electives (minimum 9 credits): one 8xxx Topics Course (3 credits) chosen from a list of courses offered in a given year by film/media faculty in various departments, and two additional 5xxx or 8xxx courses (6 credits) chosen from a list of courses offered in a given year by film/media faculty in various departments, including, as a recommended option, a production-based course. The master's minor (minimum 9 credits) requires two core courses (6 credits): MIMS 8001 - Theories of the Moving Image (3 credits), and MIMS 8003 - Historiography of the Moving Image (3 credits). The master's minor also requires one additional 5xxx or 8xxx course (3 credits) chosen from a list of courses offered by film/ media faculty in various departments. Students are advised to check the program website indicated above for updated information.
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.
Master's
Required Courses
MIMS 8001 - Theories of the Moving Image (3.0 cr)
MIMS 8003 - Historiography of the Moving Image (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· 5xxx or 8xxx courses (3.0 cr) chosen from a list of courses offered in a given year by film/media faculty in various departments.
Doctoral
Required
MIMS 8001 - Theories of the Moving Image (3.0 cr)
MIMS 8003 - Historiography of the Moving Image (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· 8xxx - Topics Course (3.0 cr) chosen from a list of courses offered in a given year by film/media faculty in various departments.
· 5xxx or 8xxx courses (6.0 cr) chosen from a list of courses offered in a given year by film/media faculty in various departments, including, as a recommended option, a production-based course.
 
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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
Genealologies 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.
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
Genealologies 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.