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Required Courses:

English 202: Introduction to Cinema
Fall. Credits: 4
Degree Requirements: F5.
This course introduces students to the critical tools involved in the analysis of moving-image media such as film, video, and television. Students will compose essays that demonstrate a historically informed grasp of cinema’s formal techniques and how these produce meaning for spectators. Prerequisites: FYWS 151 or equivalent. All students must attend a weekly screening.

English 382: Film Theory
Spring. Credits: 4.
Degree Requirements: F5.
The study of appropriate films in connection with a selection of theoretical texts that elaborate the problem of meaning in film. Films and readings will be roughly chronological. Requirements include mandatory attendance at film screenings, to occur outside of scheduled class hours. Prerequisites: Any 200-level film class or permission from instructor. 

Electives:

Art 114: Digital Art
Spring. Credits: 4.
Degree Requirements: F5.
Minor Elective: Film Studies
Students will make digital projects, including, but not limited to: narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking, and/or animation projects. Cameras and editing software are provided.

Art 213: Digital Art: Intermediate Projects
Fall. Credits: 4.
Minor Elective: Film Studies
Advanced studio work in digital arts, focused on creating electronic media based projects geared toward individual student interests. Students can work with either still or moving images. Prerequisites: Art 113 or 114.

Art 313: Digital Art: Advanced Projects
Fall. Credits: 4.
Minor Elective: Film Studies
Advanced studio work in digital arts, focused on creating electronic media based projects geared toward individual student interests. Students can work with either still or moving images. Prerequisites: Art 213.

English 204: Introduction to Screenwriting
Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.
An introduction to the basic three-act film structure. Students will read and view various screenplays and films, and develop their own film treatment into a full-length script. Prerequisites: Must have taken a creative writing or film studies class.

English 241: History and Criticism of American Cinema
Fall. Credits: 4.
Degree Requirements: F5.
This course introduces students to the history of American cinema as art and industry. Although Hollywood film provides the focus, the course may also examine independent cinema. Students will compose essays that demonstrate their grasp of film history and analysis. Prerequisites: FYWS 151 or equivalent.

English 242: World Film
Spring. Credits: 4.
Degree Requirements: F5.
A chronological survey of world film, focusing on the theoretical implications of developing technologies and changing social mores, and introducing the major critical approaches to a filmic text. Prerequisites: FYWS 151 or permission from instructor.

English 245: Special Topics in Film
Fall. Credits: 4.
Degree Requirements: F5.
An introductory film course open to all students. Special topics may include alternative cinema (non-fiction and experimental cinema); issues of race, gender, and class; genre studies (comedy, film noir, melodrama); and histories of various technologies and media (the advent of sound film, television, video). May be repeated with different topic. Prerequisites: FYWS 151 or permission from instructor.

English 381: Advanced Topics in Film
Spring. Credits: 4.
The focused exploration of a topic or genre that ties a body of films together in order to pursue issues of film criticism and theory in depth. Such topics as the following may be considered: gender and film, race and film, film adaptation, American genre films, the film auteur, screenplay writing. Includes the study of critical texts. May be repeated with different topic. Prerequisites: Any 200-level film class or permission from instructor.

History 105: Introductory Seminars in History
Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.
Degree Requirements: F2i. Many are also F3.
This writing intensive course provides an introduction to themes and topics from a variety of historical perspectives. Topics: British Empire through Film or Latin American History through Film. Not open to juniors and seniors.

Chinese 220: Contemporary Chinese Cinema
Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.
Degree Requirements: F5, F9.
An introductory course on contemporary Chinese cinema that combines film viewing with readings of film theory and criticism. The aim is to provide a window for students to glimpse the complexity of contemporary Chinese culture. Students will view selected Chinese films produced in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong from the 1980’s to the present and be required to read essays of critical studies which explore the interrelations of various issues in Chinese society. Course scheduled for Spring, 2015.

French 334: French and Francophone Cinema
Spring. Credits: 4.
Degree Requirements: F5.
A study of prominent directors and movements of French and Francophone cinema, this course emphasizes techniques and themes of French and Francophone filmmaking and may include the New Wave and other movements. Taught in English. Counts toward the Film Studies minor. Prerequisites: Students wishing this course to count toward the French minor or major should have completed French 301 and 321 or 322 and French 323 or 324 prior to taking 334. Credit toward the French major or minor will not be granted retroactively.

German 240/340: German Cinema
Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.
Degree Requirements: F5.
This course, examining important German films since the days of the Weimar Republic, places special emphasis on the historical and social background of each film as well as the aesthetic qualities of the works. It thereby seeks to contribute to a better understanding of recent German history and of films as an artistic medium. Filmmakers to be studied include Friedrich Murnau, Fritz Lang, Leni Riefenstahl, Volker Schlöndorff, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Wolfgang Becker. All films are subtitled; the course is taught in English. German 340 is reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

Russian 400: Russian Film
Spring. Credits: 4.
Degree Requirements: F5.
Introduction to the ideological and aesthetic forces that have shaped the development of Soviet/Russian film, with particular attention to various film theories. Films of major directors, such as Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Tarkovsky, Kulidzhanov, and Sokurov will be studied. All films are subtitled; course is taught in English. (Cross-listed with English 382.) Offered in alternate years.