Theatre and Film

Bachelor of Arts in Film

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The University of Toledo offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film/Video as well as two minors programs, the Film/Video Minor and the Cinema Studies Minor.

The BA in Film/Video is offered through the Department of Theatre and Film, which is housed in the College of Arts and Letters School of visual and Performing Arts.

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As a student in the UT Department of Theatre and Film you will also have many opportunities to hone your craft outside the classroom. Through internships, assistantships, faculty mentorships, collaborations with other programs, competitions, film festivals, and opportunities to study abroad, Film/Video students are offered a rich array of experience. Students will also have the opportunity to attend conferences and workshops, as well as benefit from guest artist presentations and similar events.

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Film Program Student Learning Objectives

  • Students will identify, evaluate, and critique the aesthetic, thematic, ideological, and philosophical elements of various film and media texts.
  • Students will synthesize theoretical writings on film and media with their own critical perspective.
  • Through written presentation, students will construct and apply critical perspectives regarding the aesthetics and theories of film and media.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiencies in the fundamentals of filmmaking.
  • Students will examine a variety of aesthetic expressions of the moving image to expand their social and cultural awareness.
  • Students will construct a variety of aesthetic expressions with the moving image to develop artistic and professional methods.

Requirements for B.A. in Film

A minimum of 48 semester hours required of the Bachelor of Arts in Film/Video 
is to include the following
  
Take the following (12 hours):  

FILM 2310   Film I   3  
FILM 2320   Digital Cinema Production I   3  
FILM 2340   Critical Approaches to Cinema Studies   3  
FILM 2350   Cinema History   3  

Take the following courses at the 3000 level (15 hours)

FILM 3200 Directing Screen Acting 3
FILM 3550 Producing and Production Management 3
FILM 3430 Global Cinema 3
FILM 3330 Critical Approaches to Cinema II 3
FILM 3340 Media Story Craft 3

Select 3 Hours from

FILM 3820 Documentary Field Production 3
FILM 3520 Animation and Optical Printing 3
FILM 3730 Directing for Camera 3

Select 3 Hours from

FILM 3370 Documentary Film 3
FILM 3380 Experimental Film 3
FILM 3390 History of Video Art 3

Select 3 Hours from

FILM 3510 Lighting and Cinematography 3
FILM 3560 Methods for the Professional Editor 3

Take the following courses at the 4000 level (12 hours)

FILM 4220 Media Studies
FILM 4330 Critical Approaches to Cinema III 3
FILM 4310 Advanced Production 3
FILM 4320 Film/Video Workshop 3

Honors in Film/Video 

Qualified juniors and seniors may apply to work for Honors in Film/Video. The following are requirements for entrance into the Honors Program in Film/Video:

Admission

3.3 minimum GPA in Film/Video courses 
3.0 minimum cumulative GPA 
12 hours completed in Film/Video

Requirements

A student must have completed 9 hours of honors course work in film/video before beginning the thesis project. The honors topic and project are to be developed in close conjunction with an honors faculty adviser. A student may enroll for the thesis paper in FILM 4950 Honors Thesis for a maximum of six hours of credit. The designation "Honors" on the diploma will be given to students who receive a grade of A on the honors thesis and maintain a 3.3 GPA in film/video. 

Film Courses

FILM 1310 INTRODUCTION TO FILM

[3 hours] Introduction to the history and interpretation of cinema as art form, with emphasis on discovering how meaning is encoded in film at the levels of shot, sequence and narrative construction. (Not recommended or required for majors.) Humanities core course

FILM 2310 FILM I

[3 hours] An intensive introduction to the theory and practice of creative filmmaking utilizing the professional 16 mm format. Individual and group production exercises. Students must purchase supplies. [Prerequisite: C or better in FILM 2340]

FILM 2320 DIGITAL CINEMA PRODUCTION I

[3 hours] An intensive production seminar course where digital video is explored as a means for creative expression. Students purchase supplies. For majors and minors only, or by permission of instructor. Writing Intensive (WAC) Course. [Prerequisite: C or better in FILM 2340]

FILM 2340 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO CINEMA

[3 hours] A critical approach to the development of cinema as an industrial, artistic and ideological practice. Emphasis on theories of film construction and interpretation and the development of research skills for cinema studies.

FILM 2350 CINEMA HISTORY

[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of Cinema History. Screenings included in class.

FILM 2980 CINEMA STUDIES TOPIC I

[3 hours] Topics of Cinema Studies, concentrating on a specific style, genre, or national cinema, such as, Italian Cinema, Non-Western Cinema, etc. Topics vary. May be repeated for 9 hours. [Prerequisite: FILM 2340 or FILM 1310]

FILM 2990 SPECIAL PROJECTS

[1-3 hours] Individual study provides the student an opportunity to work independently on a problem of special interest in Film/Video under the direction of the faculty. For Freshman and Sophomore students.

FILM 3200 DIRECTING SCREEN ACTING

[3 hours] This studio course trains students to actively view a scene, assess the effectiveness of script, acting and directing, and discuss it critically. It identifies components of story, script and character - and how to build this with the cast. Focus is placed on characteristics required to play a role, successfully cast actors through auditions, and run an effective rehearsal. Lessons focus on production etiquette, communication, and techniques necessary to film a story.

FILM 3310 FILM II

An intermediate production/seminar course for 16mm filmmaking. Emphasis on sync-sound and narrative film, advanced lighting and exposure techniques, and camera movement. Individual and group projects. Students are required to purchase supplies. Majors and minors only. Interested non-majors should seek instructor permission to enroll.

FILM 3320 VIDEO II

[3 hours] A production/seminar course for digital cinema production. Conceptual frameworks rotate; emphasis on personal and political storytelling and exploring methods of the auteur. Individual and group projects. Students are required to purchase supplies. Majors and minors only. Interested non-majors should seek instructor permission to enroll.

FILM 3330 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO CINEMA II

[3 hours] Intermediate critical analysis of film, concentrating on a specific style, genre, national cinema of the West, or filmmaker. Emphasis on theories of film construction and interpretation. Screenings included in class. Topics vary, may be repeated to 9 hours.

FILM 3340 MEDIA STORYCRAFT

[3 hours] This course focuses on narrative storytelling thru film and addresses these questions through the practice of screenwriting. Emphasis is placed on telling a story in terms of action and characters. Students will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting by developing their own original screenplay that follows a traditional dramatic structure. This process will include in-class workshops, analysis of films, and peer-reviews.

FILM 3350 SCREENWRITING - WAC

[3 hours] This course involves practical analysis of screenplays, emphasizing story structure and characterization. Students plan, write and refine story lines before writing actual scripts. Cross-listed with ENGL 3060; WAC course [Prerequisite: Comp II]

FILM 3360 PRODUCTION TOPIC

[3 hours] Topics of Film or Video production including Animation, Sound, Lighting, Editing, etc. Individual and group projects. Students must purchase supplies. Repeatable to 12 credit hours [Prerequisite: C or better in FILM 2310 and 2320]

FILM 3370 DOCUMENTARY FILM

[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of Documentary Film. Screenings included in class. [Prerequisite: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]

FILM 3380 EXPERIMENTAL FILM

[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of Experimental Film. Screenings included in class. [Prerequisite: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]

FILM 3390 HISTORY OF VIDEO ART

[3 hours] A study of the major movements of the History of Video Art and Installation. Screenings included in class. [Prerequisite: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]

FILM 3430 GLOBAL CINEMA

[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of non-US cinema. Screenings included in class. Topics vary, may be repeated to 9 hours.

FILM 3510 LIGHTING AND CINEMATOGRAPHY

[3 hours] A production/seminar course concentrating on camera format fundamentals, exposure latitude, and lenses. The science, philosophy and workflows of cinematography are explored through demonstrations, active in-class engagement, and individual production done outside of class. Majors and minors only. Interested non-majors should seek instructor permission to enroll. [Prerequisite: FILM 2310 Minimum Grade of C and FILM 2320 Minimum Grade of C]

FILM 3530 ANIMATION AND OPTICAL PRINTING

[3 hours] Intensive production/seminar course in the creation of animation and special effects for film and digital work. Hand-drawn, cut-out, stop-motion, pixilation and various optical effects are explored through in-class exercises and individual productions. Majors and minors only. Interested non-majors should seek instructor permission to enroll. [Prerequisite: Undergraduate level FILM 2310 Minimum Grade of D-]

FILM 3550 PRODUCING AND PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

[3 hours] Inquiry into the financial, logistical, and organizational aspects of film and video production, focusing on the roles of the line producer, production manager, assistant director and their teams. No prerequisite.

FILM 3560 METHODS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL EDITOR

[3 hours] A production/seminar course that prepares students for professional practice in digital post-production methods and concepts. In-class exercises and individual production work done outside of class are required for the course. Majors and minors only. Interested non-majors should seek instructor permission to enroll. [Prerequisite: Undergraduate level FILM 2320 Minimum Grade of C]

FILM 3730 DIRECTING FOR CAMERA

[3 hours] Directing dramatic scenes for camera with emphasis on effective director/actor communication and the creation of dramatically meaningful camera and actor blocking. [Prerequisite: C or better in FILM 2310 and 2320]

FILM 3820 DOCUMENTARY FIELD PRODUCTION

[3 hours] Advanced production class focusing on the unique challenges of field production. Various types of documentary work are explored through field assignments relating to social and scientific subjects. This course includes local and regional production work as well as study abroad options. [Prerequisite: FILM 2310 Minimum Grade of D- and FILM 2320 Minimum Grade of D-]

FILM 3980 CINEMA STUDIES TOPIC II

[3 hours] A non-historical approach to specific topics of cinema studies, concentrating on problems of film theory and individual research projects. Topics vary, may be repeated to 12 hours. [Prerequisite: Comp II or FILM 2350]

FILM 4220 MEDIA STUDIES

[3 hours] Covering issues concerned with film and media history, theory, and criticism and the interrelationship of film to television, radio, print, and/or the Internet. Particular focus of the course can change. Repeatable for credit. [Prerequisite: FILM 2340 Minimum Grade of C]

FILM 4310 ADVANCED PRODUCTION

[3 hours] A production/seminar course focused on advanced production techniques. Emphasis on double system/sync-sound recording skills, advanced lighting instrument use, and the creative relationships between camera and editing language. Individual and group project work is required as is students purchasing supplies for their final projects. Interested non- majors should seek instructor permission to enroll. [Prerequisites: FILM 3510 with a minimum grade of D- and FILM 3560 with a minimum grade of D-]

FILM 4320 FILM/VIDEO WORKSHOP

[3 hours] Advanced independent production projects, including screenwriting. Weekly critiques of work in progress. Requires proposal for admission. Larger projects may be completed over successive semesters. May be repeated up to 8 hours. [Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor]

FILM 4330 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO CINEMA III

[3 hours] Advanced critical analysis of film, concentrating on a specific style, genre, national cinema of the West, or filmmaker. Emphasis on theories of film construction and interpretation. Screenings included in class. Topics vary, may be repeated to 9 hours. [Prerequisites: FILM 3340 with a minimum grade of D-]

FILM 4340 TOPICS IN FEMINIST CINEMA STUDIES

[3 hours] Cross-listing of film classes with the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. Specific topics vary. Check Course Schedule for specific subject and prerequisites.

FILM 4350 SCREENWRITING II

[3 hours] For students familiar with the fundamental elements of screenplays, this course devotes attention to writing a complete script. Students are expected to come to the class with a planned story line. [Prerequisite: FILM 3350 or ENGL 3060]

FILM 4360 LE CINEMA FRANCAIS

[3 hours] A study of the development of French film and its place in world cinema.

FILM 4370 CINEMA STUDIES SEMINAR

[3 hours] A research-oriented seminar concerning a specific topic of cinema studies, emphasizing original research culminating in an individual research project. [Prerequisite: Comp II or FILM 2350]

FILM 4940 INTERNSHIP

[3 hours] Internship with an approved program, company, or agency in Film, Video or television. Repeatable for 6 credit hours. [Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor]

FILM 4950 HONORS THESIS

[3 hours] Research or a creative project on a topic in Film or Video. Required of all BA candidates seeking department honors. (Repeatable for 6 credit hours.)

FILM 4990 SPECIAL PROJECTS

[1-3 hours] Individual study provides the student an opportunity to work independently on a problem of special interest in Film/Video under the direction of the faculty. For junior and senior students. Check Course Schedule for specific subject and prerequisites.

Last Updated: 1/31/19