College of Communication and the Arts

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.  [PREREQ.: C or better in FILM 2340]
 
FILM 2320   VIDEO 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.  [PREREQ.: 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. [PREREQ.: 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 3310   FILM II 
[4 hours] Intermediate 16mm filmmaking workshop. 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. [PREREQ.: Grade of C or better in FILM 2310 and 2320] 
 
FILM 3320   VIDEO II 
[4 hours] Intermediate video production; emphasis on personal and political uses of the medium. Individual and group projects. Students are required to purchase supplies. [PREREQ.: Grade of C or better in FILM 2310 and 2320]
 
FILM 3350   SCREENWRITING 
[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  [PREREQ.: Comp II]
 
FILM 3360   PRODUCTION TOPIC 
[4 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 [PREREQ.: 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.  [PREREQ.: 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.  [PREREQ.: 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.  [PREREQ.: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]
 
FILM 3410   EUROPEAN CINEMA 
[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of European cinema. Screenings included in class. FILM 2350 recommended.  [PREREQ.: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]
 
FILM 3420   THIRD CINEMA 
[3 hours] A study of the major movements and authors of Third World Cinema. Screenings included in class. Non-western multicultural course   [PREREQ.: Comp II or C or better in FILM 2350]
 
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. [PREREQ.: C or better in FILM 2310 and 2320]  
 
FILM 3980   CINEMA STUDIES TOPIC II  
[3 or 4 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.  [PREREQ.: Comp II or FILM 2350]
 
FILM 4320   FILM/VIDEO WORKSHOP  
[4 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. [PREREQ.: Permission of Instructor]
 
FILM 4340   TOPICS IN FEMINIST CINEMA STUDIES 
[3 hours] Crosslistings 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.  [PREREQ.: 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 (TOPICS) 
[3 or 4 hours] A research oriented seminar concerning a specific topic of cinema studies, emphasizing original research culminating in an individual research project. [PREREQ.: Comp II or FILM 2350]
 
FILM 4940   INTERNSHIP 
[1 - 3 hours] Internship with an approved program, company, or agency in Film, Video or television.  Repeatable for 6 credit hours.  [PREREQ.: 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: 6/26/15