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 2020)

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

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

ARH 263 - Film Genres

ARH 265 - History of Photography

ARH 267 - International Film Movements 

ARH 269 - The Crime Film (Online) 

ARH 368 - Documentary Cinema: History, Theory, Criticism (Downtown campus)

ARH/ART 383 - History and Practice of Video Art I

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

ARH 491 - Internship in Film Studies

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

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

DOC 323 / HIS 334 - Foundations of Documentary Filmmaking

EAS 140 - Introduction to East Asian Cinema (+ Summer online)

ENG 243 - Literature and Film (Topics unlisted)

ENG 355 - Studies in Film (Topics unlisted + Summer online)

LCS 315 - Film in Contemporary Latin American (Summer online)

THR/PHY 370 - Lighting Technology

POS 206 - Politics in Film (Summer online)


View the Undergraduate Bulletin for more course descriptions.

Film Studies Courses Offered in Spring 2020

ARH 260 - Introduction to Film Studies (note: downtown campus) 

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

ARH 266 - Photography 1970 to Present

ARH 362 - Significant Cinema Directors: Wes Anderson and Bong Joon Ho

ARH/ART 384 - History and Practice of Video Art II

ARH/WSS 461/561 - Women in Cinema (note: downtown campus) 

ARH 491 - Internship in Film Studies

ANT/DOC 476 - Anthropology of Documentary Film (Winter online)

ART 390 - Topics in Printmaking: Animation *

COM 386 - Persuasion and Film (Winter online)

COM 387 - Communicating Politics through Film

DOC/HIS 335 - History and Theory of Documentary Film

DOC/HIS 406 - Practicum in Historical Documentary Filmmaking

EAS 140 - Introduction to East Asian Cinema (8W1)

ENG 243 - Literature and Film: The Western

ENG 243 - Literature and Film: 1990s Shakespeare Teen Flicks

ENG 243 - Literature and Film: topic unlisted

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

ENG 355 - Studies in Film: Fiction and Trauma

FRE 315 - Introduction to French Cinema (taught in French)

JRL 410 - Images of Journalism in Film

LCS 315 - Film in Contemporary Latin America (Winter online)

POS 206 - Politics in Film (Winter online)

THR 371 - Sound Technology *
 

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

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 (online)

ARH 288, 289 - Film History I, II 

ARH 361 - Understanding Screen Studies: Acting, Apparatus, and Audiences 

ARH 362 - Topics in Film: Significant Cinema Directors

ARH 368 - Documentary Cinema: History, Theory, Criticism

ARH 369, ART 382 - Experimental Film and Video

ARH 380 - Poetry and Cinema

ARH/ART 383, 384 - History and Practice of Video Art I, II

ARH 386 - Filmmaking from Script to Screen: Perspectives from the Industry 

ARH 460 - Special Topics in Cinema

ARH/WSS 461, 561 - Women in Cinema

ARH 462 - Research Seminar in Film Studies

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 282 - Introduction to Video Postproduction *

ART 346 - Introductory Film Production *

ART 381 - Advanced Video Postproduction *

ART 390 - Topics in Printmaking: Animation *

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

ART 447 - Advanced Film Production *

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

ANT 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

DOC 323, HIS 334 - Foundations of Documentary Filmmaking

DOC/JRL 324 - Introduction to Documentary Photography 

DOC/HIS 335 - History and Theory of Documentary Film

DOC 390 - Topics in Documentary: when topic relates to film

DOC/HIS 406 - Practicum in Historical Documentary Filmmaking

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

FRE 201 - Perspectives on the French Arab World: Arab Women Filmmakers *

FRE 208 - Haiti through Film and Literature

FRE/ARH 238 - Great Classics of French Cinema

FRE 281 - French Canada through Film and Literature 

FRE 315 - Introduction to French Cinema (taught in French)

FRE 338, 415 - French Cinema and Society *

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

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

LCS/POR 318 - Introduction to Brazilian Cinema

LLC 275 - European Cinema and Society *

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

MUS 340 - Film Sound, Music, and Musicals

MUS 395 - Audio Recording Fundamentals *

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

POS 206 - Politics in Film

RUS 206 - Soviet and Russian Cinema

SPN 418 - Hispanic Cinema and Literature

THR 230 - Great Drama on Film and Video

THR/PHY 370, 475 - Lighting Technology, Lighting Design

THR 371 - Sound Technology *

THR 450 - Directing (restricted to THR majors/minors)

WSS 280 - Society’s Nightmare: Images of Gender, Race, and Class in Horror Fiction

WSS 361 - Gender and Nation in World Cinema

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 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 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.

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