Film Studies Minor

Film Studies Minor

Film Studies offers a vibrant exploration of cinema as an art form alongside a rigorous overview of film history, theory, practice, and aesthetics in relation to the other disciplines and the arts. This interdisciplinary minor draws from course offerings across multiple departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and can be combined with any major offered at the University.

Film Studies Requirements

ARH 260 Introduction to Film Studies + 5 additional film-related courses, 3 of which must be upper division courses (6 courses total, 18 credit hours). 


Major or Minor Plan Change Form - To declare your Film Studies Minor

 

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Courses
Upcoming Film Studies Courses (Fall 2022 and Summer 2022)

ARH 260 – Introduction to Film Studies (also offered Summer 2022)

ARH 264 – Radical Film Movements: 1960s and 1970s Cinema (Summer 2022)

ARH 265 – History of Photography

ARH 267 – International Film Movements

ARH 368 – Documentary Cinema: The Power of Saying “I” – Authorship and Ethics in Documentary

ARH 491 – Internship in Film Studies

ART 144 – Photography and Related Media *

ART 383 – History and Practice of Video Art I -- Note: Course cancelled

DOC/HIS 406, HIS 597 – Practicum in Historical Documentary Filmmaking

EAS 140 – Introduction to East Asian Cinema

ENG 243 – Literature and Film: The Essay Film (Summer 2022: Class No. 2210)

ENG 243 – Literature and Film: Outer Space in Fiction and Film (Class No. 4475)

ENG 243 – Literature and Film: Dystopian Texts (Class No. 6957)

ENG 243 – Literature and Film: Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll (Class No. 7328)

ENG 335 – Studies in Film: Trauma and Cinema (Class No. 8862)

JST/HIS/ARH 225 – The Modern Jewish Experience in Film         

LCS 314, SPN 318 – Topics in Hispanic Film

MUS 340 – Film Sound, Music, Musicals

POS 206 – Politics in Film (Summer 2022)

THR 230 – Great Drama on Film and Video (Summer 2022)

THR 450 – Directing (Prerequisites: THR 235, 314, 340Y)


* May require a DARS exception form to count towards the Film Studies minor.

Film Studies Courses Offered in Spring 2022

ARH 260 – Introduction to Film Studies

ARH 263 – Film Genres 

ARH 266 – Photography 1970 to Present

ARH 461/561 – Women in Cinema

ARH 491 – Internship in Film Studies

ART 390 – Topics in Printmaking: Animation *

ART/MUS/THR 428 – Sound Design for Film, Theatre, and Media

DOC 323, HIS 334 – Foundations of Documentary Filmmaking

DOC/JRL 324 – Introduction to Documentary Photography

ENG 243 – Literature and Film: The Essay in Literature and Film (#5181)

ENG 243 – Literature and Film: Coming of Age on Page and Screen (#6784)

ENG 243 – Literature and Film: Literature and Film in the Anthropocene (#7390)

ENG 355 – Studies in Film: Narrative Theory in Fiction and Film

JRL 410 – Images of Journalism in Film

POS 206 – Politics in Film (Winter 2021-22)

THR 370 – Lighting Technology


* May require a DARS exception form to count towards the Film Studies minor.

Film Studies Courses Offered in Fall 2021

ARH 260 - Introduction to Film Studies (+ Summer 2021 online)

ARH/HIS/JST 225 - Modern Jewish Experience in Film

ARH 265 - History of Photography

ARH 269 - The Crime Film (Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 online)

ARH/ART 383 - History and Practice of Video Art I (Recently cancelled)

ARH 464/564 - Advanced Analysis of Film: Form, Story, Style **

ARH 491 - Internship in Film Studies

ART/MUS/THR 428 - Sound Design for Film, Theater, and Media

ANT 435 - Archeological Surveys: Anthropology and Horror Cinema (section 9158 only) *

ANT/DOC 476 - Anthropology through Documentary Film (Summer 2021 online)

EAS 140 - Introduction to East Asian Cinema 

ENG 243 - Literature and Film: Black Speculative Film (Summer 2021 online)

ENG 243 - Literature and Film: various topics

ENG 272 - Media, Technology, and Culture: Black Bodies on Screen and Page (section 5595 only) *

ENG 374 - Cultural Studies: Exploring Screen, Media, Art *

LCS/POR 318 - Introduction to Afro-Luso-Brazilian Cinema

POS 206 - Politics in Film (Summer 2021 online)

THR 450 - Directing (reserved for THR majors/minors)
 

* May require a DARS exception form to count towards the Film Studies minor.

** Prerequisites only ARH 260, Jr/Sr status.

Film Studies Courses Overview

Below is an overview of the Film Studies curriculum:
 

ARH 260 - Introduction to Film Studies

ARH 261 - Independent and Art House Cinema 

ARH 263 - Film Genres

ARH 264 - Radical Film Movements: 1960s and 1970s Cinema

ARH 265, 266 - History of Photography, Photography 1970 to present

ARH 267 - International Film Movements

ARH 269 - The Crime Film

ARH 288, 289 - Film History I, II (may not be offered)

ARH 361 - Understanding Screen Studies: Acting, Apparatus, and Audiences (may not be offered)

ARH 362 - Topics in Film: Significant Cinema Directors

ARH 363 - Early Film Technologies: From the Zoetrope to Film Sound (may not be offered)

ARH 368 - Documentary Cinema: History, Theory, Criticism

ARH 380 - Poetry and Cinema

ARH 386 - Filmmaking from Script to Screen: Perspectives from the Industry (may not be offered)

ARH 460 - Special Topics in Cinema

ARH/WSS 461, 561 - Women in Cinema

ARH 462, 565 - Research Seminar in Film Studies (may not be offered)

ARH 463, 563 - Landscape in Film: Cinematic Space and Setting

ARH 464, 564 - Advanced Analysis of Film: Form, Story, Style

ARH 491 - Internship in Film Studies

ART 144, 244 - Photography and Related Media Foundations (new title pending, will qualify >F2022) *

ART 382, ARH 369 - Experimental Film and Video (may not be offered)

ART 383 - Experiments in Video Art (new title pending, will qualify >F2022)

ART/ARH 383, 384 - History and Practice of Video Art I, II (may be discontinued)

ART 390 - Topics in Printmaking: Animation *

ART/MUS/THR 428 - Sound Design for Film, Theatre, and Media (may not be offered >S2022)

ANT 340 - Topics in Ethnology: when topic relates to film *

ANT 435/535 - Archeological Surveys: when topic relates to film *

ANT/DOC 476 - Anthropology through Documentary Film

COM 378 - Studies in Public Persuasion: when topic relates to film *

COM 386 - Persuasion and Film (Restricted to COM majors/minors)

COM 387 - Communicating Politics through Film (may not be offered)

DOC 323, HIS 334 - Foundations of Documentary Filmmaking

DOC/JRL 324 - Introduction to Documentary Photography (qualifies only through S2022)

DOC/HIS 335 - History and Theory of Documentary Film

DOC 390 - Topics in Documentary: when topic relates to film (may not be offered)

DOC/HIS 406, HIS 597 - Practicum in Historical Documentary Filmmaking

EAC 389 - Topics in Chinese Literature, History, Culture: when topic relates to film *

EAS 140 - Introduction to East Asian Cinema

ENG 243 - Literature and Film: various topics

ENG 272 - Media, Technology, and Culture: when topic relates to film *

ENG 355 - Studies in Film: various topics

ENG 374 - Cultural Studies: when topic relates to film *

ENG 412Y - Topics in Film and Drama: when topic relates to film (may not be offered)

FRE 201 - Perspectives on the French Arab World: Arab Women Filmmakers * (may not be offered)

FRE 208 - Haiti through Film and Literature (may not be offered)

FRE/ARH 238 - Great Classics of French Cinema (may not be offered)

FRE 281 - French Canada through Film and Literature (may not be offered)

FRE 315 - Introduction to French Cinema (taught in French, may not be offered)

FRE 338, 415 - French Cinema and Society * (may not be offered)

FRE 399 - Special Topics in French: when topic relates to film *

HIS 390 - Advanced Topics in American History: when topic relates to film *

ITA 318 - Italian Cinema and Literature (may not be offered)

JRL 410 - Images of Journalism in Film

JST/HIS/ARH 225 - The Modern Jewish Experience in Film

LCS 314, SPN 318 - Topics in Hispanic Film

LCS 315 - Film in Contemporary Latin America (may not be offered)

LCS/POR 318 - Introduction to Afro-Luso-Brazilian Cinema

LLC 275 - European Cinema and Society * (may not be offered)

LLC 200/400 - Special Topics in Languages, Literatures and Cultures: when topic relates to film *

MUS 340 - Film Sound, Music, and Musicals (may not be offered)

MUS 395 - Audio Recording Fundamentals (may not be offered)

MUS 398 - Special Topics in Music: when topic relates to film *

POS 206 - Politics in Film

RUS 280 - Soviet and Russian Cinema

SPN 418 - Hispanic Cinema and Literature

THR 230 - Great Drama on Film and Video

THR 370 - Lighting Technology

THR 371 - Sound Technology * (may not be offered)

THR 450 - Directing (prerequisites: THR 235, 314, 340Y)

THR/PHY 475 - Lighting Design (may not be offered)

WSS 280 - Society’s Nightmare: Images of Gender, Race, and Class in Horror Fiction (may not be offered)

WSS 361 - Gender and Nation in World Cinema (may not be offered)

WSS 498 - Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: when topic relates to film *
 

May require a DARS exception form to count towards the Film Studies minor.

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A ARH 260 Introduction to Film Studies

This course offers an introduction to the study of film as a mode of entertainment and as an art form. You will learn the basic language of film analysis in order to analyze and interpret the movies as they are technologically, industrially, artistically, and culturally situated. The aim of this course is to increase your visual literacy and critical thinking skills, and to examine film as an audio-visual medium and artistic product that can operate both narratively and non-narratively. To do so, we will examine the formal characteristics of film language and how the semiotics of cinema function alongside the cultural and historical contexts of film production and reception in order to convey meaning. As the foundational course for the Film Studies Minor, this introductory course provides an important framework for further in-depth analysis of film in relation to film history, the arts, and other disciplines, and as such fulfills the General Education: Arts requirement.

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A ARH 263 Film Genres (3)

This course provides an introduction to the theory and study of film genre, including the Western, the musical, science fiction, melodrama, horror, film noir, and the road movie. From narrative conventions to visual style, film genres and subgenres shape how movies are made, marketed, and experienced. This cultural and historical approach to genre incorporates films that have defined or renegotiated genre conventions, filmmaking practices, and audience expectations. It may be offered as a survey course or may focus on a specific film genres topic.

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A ARH 264 Radical Film Movements: 1960s and 1970s Cinema (3)

This course examines the new wave of radical cinema produced alongside the social, cultural, political, and artistic movements of the 1960s and 1970s both in the United States and internationally. Films of this time reflect the violence and energy of political and personal turmoil, the aesthetics of counter-cultural experimentation, an embrace of film as a subversive art form, and new ways of telling stories both in and beyond Hollywood. This course may provide a survey of radical cinema from the 1960s and 1970s, or may focus on a specific decade or country.

264

 

A ARH 267 International Film Movements (3)

From the French New Wave, Italian Neorealism, German Expressionism, and Soviet Cinema to Dogma 95, Iranian Cinema, Bollywood, and Bangkok Cinema, this course examines various film movements and tendencies that operate alongside and against Hollywood and other international film industries. Film form, content, style, narrative, and meaning will be understood in the context of cultural, economic, and political climates and in relation to other art forms, genres, and movements. International in scope, this course approaches cinema as both an art form and industry that is technologically and politically determined, artistically motivated, and ultimately transformative of the language of cinema as it is practiced by filmmakers in specific contexts and as understood by viewers nationally, internationally, and transnationally.

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A ARH 269 The Crime Film (3)

This course provides an introduction to the theory and study of the crime film within the larger umbrella of film noir in Hollywood and international cinema. From narrative conventions and visual style to the technological, artistic, and political capabilities of this particular sub-genre, this course examines the cultural contexts of the crime film as well as its driving aesthetic principles and potential for political and social commentary on issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Students will learn how to situate the crime film and film noir technologically, aesthetically, and narratively in film history both in and beyond Hollywood, and will point to contemporary renditions of the crime film in cinema today.

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A ARH 362 Topics in Film: Significant Cinema Directors (3)

This course offers an in-depth look at the work and influences of selected individual directors or groups of filmmakers in the context of auteur theory, film and art history, and cultural studies. Students will exercise formal and contextual analysis in order to better understand the director-as-auteur trope and will also be asked to deconstruct these theories and traditions in order to create new narratives surrounding authorship, genre, and intertextuality in cinema. On the one hand, this course honors the work of particular filmmakers that are undeniably accomplished, while on the other hand also taking into account issues of privilege, collaboration, technological developments, and economic support from the film industry that makes such authorship possible. Directors will thus be celebrated and critiqued with these issues in mind. This course may be repeated for credit when content varies. Prerequisite(s): A ARH 260.

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A ARH 368 Documentary Cinema: History, Theory, Criticism (3)

This course provides a historical and theoretical introduction to documentary film history and criticism, from early cinema to contemporary documentary filmmaking practices. Students will examine the aesthetics and ethics of representation with a keen attention to issues of visibility, consent, and the power dynamics of authorship, identity politics, and access to the modes of representation. Canonical moments of documentary film history will be explored alongside lesser known examples of documentary works in order to address complex issues of subjectivity, objectivity, and truth as implicated or compromised by the film camera, filmmaker, and film audiences. Prerequisite(s): A ARH 260 or permission of the instructor.

368

 

A ARH 380 Poetry and Cinema (3)

This course examines the relationship between the visual and the verbal both on screen and on the page, and will ask students to investigate how film and poetry have influenced and responded to one another over time and in the context of their respective literary and cinematic transformations. The aim of this course is to outline the possibilities of lyrical cinema within experimental, animation, documentary, and narrative film, and to point toward the similarities of rhythm, structure, and image that are frequently shared by poetry and cinema. Films, filmmakers, and poets will be studied alongside one another; a significant amount of time will be spent reading and discussing the original poems. Prerequisite(s): A ARH 260 and junior or senior standing.

380

 

A ARH 460 Special Topics in Cinema (3)

In-depth study of selected topics in film not otherwise covered in the curriculum. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Prerequisite(s): A ARH 260, junior or senior standing, and one upper level film studies course or permission of the instructor.

460

 

ARH/WSS 461/561 Women in Cinema (3)

This course provides an introduction to women in cinema with an emphasis on images of women in film and films directed by women. Drawing upon film history and feminist film theory, this course takes on the construction of femininity and embodiment on screen as well as the role of the camera, the anticipated or implied spectator, and the film industry at large in those representations. Students will also examine alternatives to the traditional visual relationships and gender dynamics emphasized by Hollywood and other film industries, and will become familiar with experimental, animated, and feminist counter-cinema as important instances of visual culture that either transgress or work through issues of gender and the gaze differently. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior status and either A ARH 260 or six credits of A WSS coursework.       

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ARH 464/564 Advanced Analysis of Film: Form, Story, Style (3)

Advanced film studies seminar on the artistry of film form, story, and style that aims to provide students with the advanced analytical skills and increased visual literacy to identify film language at work (textual analysis), film as a cultural artifact (contextual analysis), and film in relation to other art forms (intertextual analysis). This study of cinema includes its stories, characters, settings, and narrative devices as well as its non-narrative, experimental, or expressive possibilities. The course situates trends in contemporary cinema and its current sensibilities and styles in the context of film history, auteur theory, genre studies, and technological advancements as they effect the industry, aesthetics, and audience expectations. Prerequisites(s): A ARH 260, junior or senior standing.

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