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Required Courses:

FILM 6313 Contemporary Media Studies
This course prepares students themselves for careers applying the concepts of film/media studies, though in-depth research into career options (including doctoral programs, secondary school media teaching opportunities, and analytical positions within the media industries). Students will also create original research/analysis projects work on film/media.

FILM 6351 Seminar in Media History
An intensive research seminar in film/media history and criticism. The specific topic under consideration will vary from term to term.

FILM 6352 Seminar in Popular Film
An intensive research seminar in popular film history, criticism and theory. The specific topic under consideration will vary from term to term.

FILM 6353 Seminar in Popular Media
An intensive research seminar in popular media history, criticism and theory. The specific topic under consideration will vary from term to term.

FILM 6354 Seminar in Contemporary Media Culture
An intensive research seminar in contemporary popular film/media cultures and industries. The specific topic under consideration will vary from term to term.

Elective Courses:

FILM 5310: Directed Study
Independent study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member. A directed study is a close collaboration between the professor and the student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in course offerings. The student must secure written permission from the instructor and return a completed directed studies form to the Division office before the start of the term during which the study is to be undertaken. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

FILM 5315 Critical Studies Seminar
A high-level research seminar in film/media history, criticism and/or theory. The specific topic under consideration will vary from term to term.

FILM 5353 Film/Media Theory
Overview of major theoretical writings on cinema, TV, and new media (including the work of theorists such as Andre Bazin, Sergei Eisenstein, Laura Mulvey, and Christian Metz) and the application of various analytical approaches to specific texts.

FILM 6301 Experimental Camera
Pushing the technical boundaries of cameras as capture devices, students experiment with the creative aesthetic possibilities therein (still and/or motion) and then draw from a variety of genres to create short, experimental films. Exploring diverse concepts such as storytelling, portraiture, documentary, poetry, and abstraction, students combine elements including still photography, animation, graphics, narration, sound effects, and original music to create motion picture media. Prerequisite(s): FILM 1304; or ASPH 1300, 1310; or instructor permission is available for students with a working knowledge of the camera (aperture, shutter speed, focal length) and a basic understanding of video editing. Students are required to have access to at least a digital still camera.

FILM 6308 Editing
This course on the creative art and craft of editing develops storytelling and rhythmic sensibilities through close study of films, critique and discussion of works in progress, and hands-on practice. Projects include short editing exercises, reworks of students’ own existing projects, and re-edits of others’ films.

FILM 6310 Screen Artists
This course examines the questions of authorship pertinent to the cinema by focusing on the works of one or more film artists. The specific directors, producers, screenwriters, and other artists treated by the course will vary from term to term.

FILM 6314 Comics: From Panels to Screens
Overview of comics, one of the most influential aesthetic forms of the past century, with emphasis on aesthetics (including genre), cultural history, and function as a media industry. Also analyzes the relationship between comics and other media forms, particularly film and TV.

FILM 6316 Producers’ Seminar
Lectures and discussions by both faculty and guest speakers provide an overview of the basic business and legal aspects of film and television production.

FILM 6325 Internship
This course allows students to earn academic credit through practical experience gained by working in the professional media, either part-time during the fall or spring terms, or full-time during the summer. One hundred fifty hours of work per term is calculated as three credit hours. Internship credit is given on a pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

FILM 6333 Film and Television Genres
Examines questions of genre pertinent to film and/or television by focusing on various generic forms and their history. The specific genres under consideration will vary from term to term.

FILM 6361 Media Programming
Analysis of the development of program ideas and the research and strategies involved in programming media outlets.

FILM 6395 Topics in Film and Media Studies
Focus on a specific topic pertinent to film and media studies. May focus on film and/or television history, criticism, critical theory, etc. Topics vary from term to term.

FILM 6396 Topics in Film and Media Industries
Focus on a specific topic related to the business/industrial side of film and media. Subjects vary from term to term.

FILM 6397 Gender and Sexuality in Media
Focus on a specific topic related to gender and sexuality in film and media. Subjects vary from term to term.

FILM 6399 Global Media Systems
Overview of contemporary globalized media industries, policies, and texts, with an emphasis on how cultural differences and similarities are represented, marketed, and contested in television, film, and other media forms.

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