Film Studies Minor
This minor is available to help prepare for careers in the field of Film Studies.
|Minor Requirements (24 credits)|
|FILM-270||Introduction to Film Analysis||4|
|or IHFILM-260||Introduction to Film Analysis|
|FILM-271||Introduction to Film History||4|
|or IHFILM-261||Introduction to Film History|
|FILM-352||Topics in Film Studies||4|
|or IHFILM-342||Topics & Genres|
Upon completion of the Film Studies minor students will:
- Know the basic terminology of analysis: e.g., mise-en-scene, wide angle, jump cut, continuity editing, auteurism, and so forth.
- Know major events in world film history, which include: the birth of cinema, German Expressionism, Russian montage theory, Classical Hollywood period, Italian neorealism, French New Wave, American Independent and avant-garde, and so forth.
- Have a knowledge of the major analytical frameworks of cinema studies, such as auteur theory, genre theory, ideological analysis, historical/biographical analysis, feminist theory, to mention some.
- Have a knowledge of the major developments in film theory, which include theories of filmic realism and formalism, semiotics and structuralism, psychoanalytic film theory.
- Understand the paradigms of the above developments and frameworks, well enough to be able to produce critical writings in these sub-fields of cinema studies.
- Know the concepts of basic production techniques—syntax, techniques of lighting and editing, principles of sound, integration of thematic structure and logical outcomes of narrative/dramatic structure. They will know the difference between plot and theme, and form's relationship to these two.