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Minor in Film Studies

The Minor in聽Film Studies introduces you to film and cinema in general and then allows you to explore some more higher level specific courses such as Video or Animation Production, Gender and聽Politics in Film, and Acting techniques.

Please note, this minor is not available for students majoring in Film & Photography.

Programme Structure

Minor in Film Studies

US Credits

UK Credits

TWO of the following: 6 24
  • COM 3100 Foundations of Mass Media & Communication

    This course provides an introduction to the study of mass media in contemporary modern societies. The course will pay particular attention to the production and consumption of mass media, including newspapers and magazines, television, film, radio, and the internet. Thus the course will encourage students to critically analyse the strategies of media giants, the impact of media ownership over democracy, the effects of media over culture, identities and public opinion. Each topic of the course will be examined with reference to contemporary examples of mass media.

3 12
  • FLM 4200 Introduction to Film Studies

    This course explores film as a medium across cultural and historical contexts. It covers films in its varied form, from the first projections in the late 19th century to online distribution today. Using examples of noteworthy films, it takes an introductory examination of the most important film theories and concepts, in the process examining how ideologies and meanings are imbedded in this vibrant medium.

3 12
  • FLM 4210 Introduction to Filmmaking

    This course introduces students to key skills required for contemporary film making in its various contexts. Students learn how to use essential tools including video cameras, tripods and video editing software. Using these tools, students produce their own short videos and consider possible methods of distribution. By looking at noteworthy examples of film making, students are introduced to the breadth of contemporary film making practice and gain a basic introduction to relevant theoretical concerns.

3 12
plus FOUR of the following: Minimum of 12 Minimum of 48
  • FLM 5200 Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre

    This course investigates the development of genre films over a historical period. Students examine issues critical to genre studies, which can include iconography, key themes, authorship, and stardom. Specifically, through a study of film criticism and theory, students examine distinct genres from the 1920s to the present. The course also explores the idea that genre films necessarily retain basic similarities to reflect cultural concerns and to keep audience interest. In addition, the course provides an opportunity for students to examine and compare the perspectives of Hollywood and non-Hollywood genre films.

3 12
  • FLM 5410 Gender in Film

    This course explores key concepts that have shaped the study of gender in film in the past 50 years. It considers different spectators鈥 viewing positions and analyses how historical and social changes in the construction of masculinities and femininities have shaped specific film genres. A variety of issues related to sexuality, race/ethnicity and non-western representations are also considered as students are encouraged to study film texts closely to make their own readings based on the semiotics of the film and the ideology behind it.

3 12
  • FLM 5420 Post Apocalyptic Worlds

    This course investigates the cultural, political, historical and industrial development and contexts of post-apocalyptic film, television and media. Students will examine issues critical to the post-apocalyptic genre, covering histories, allegories, and storytelling strategies from the turn of the 20th Century to present day through early literature and contemporaneous media adaptations. Students will also engage with topics that explore Western and Non-Western (centric) perspectives, and a wide range of environmental and economic concerns. The course explores the idea that post-apocalyptic storyworlds offer a means of unpacking why popular culture of the last 20 years seems to resonate with so many notions of 鈥榰ncertainty鈥: ascertaining why this genre is exemplary of the evolving hopes, desires and fears of the 21st Century.

3 12
  • ADM 5200 Video Production

    A 鈥榟ands-on鈥 video course involving most aspects of production from camera work and sound recording to editing and audio dubbing. The theory and practice of video technology are taught through a series of group exercises and out of class assignments. Students also study a range of classic videos and film as a means of understanding the language of the medium. A studio fee is levied on this course.

3 12
  • FLM 6103 International Cinema

    This course examines global cinema while considering the extent to which cultural, political, and historical contexts have influenced the form and grammar of film during the last century. The overall focus of the course is broad, ranging across more than eight decades and many different countries; it aims to study a variety of approaches to and theories of narrative cinema. During the semester, many international film "movements" are covered, which can include the French New Wave, the Chinese Sixth Generation, and Italian Neo-Realism. In addition, the representations of non-Western cultures from an 鈥渋nsider鈥 and a 鈥淗ollywood鈥 perspective are compared.

4 16
  • FLM 6102 Documentary Theory & Production

    This course introduces students to theories of documentary that are applicable to both filmmaking and photography and gives students hand-on experience in producing their own short documentary films. Students will examine some of the major works of the genre and explore how documentaries, like other types of 鈥渇actual鈥 texts, can present evidence, argue persuasively, shape public opinions, as well as entertain. We will also analyze many theoretical debates posed by the documentary practices, including the blurring of fiction and nonfiction, the shifting definition of 鈥渄ocumentary鈥 through the last century and the problematic assumption of objectivity. Students have the opportunity to try the different 鈥榩arts鈥 of documentary film-making, including researching and developing topics for a documentary production, writing a treatment or proposal for the film, shooting and interviewing in the field, as well as crafting a story during the post-production and editing process.

4 16
  • FLM 6104 From Script to Screen

    From Script to Screen will explore the creative and practical aspects of script writing and advanced video production. The course is intended for students who have experience of video production and want to expand their knowledge and skills.Students will create and produce a video, starting from the inception of the idea through to the realization of the idea as a finished film to be screened at the end of the course. Focusing on the journey from having an idea for a film through to writing a high spec script, students will learn how drama is represented in the written form, analyze and explore scripts from existing films or other forms of drama, and learn more about the film and TV industry and the place of screenwriting in it. In doing so, students have the opportunity to try the different 鈥榩arts鈥 of filmmaking, from the creative and theoretical 鈥 writing, story boarding, workshopping, casting and directing, to the technical 鈥 camera operation, sound recording and video editing.

4 16
Minor Requirements 18 72

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