Visual and Performing Arts

Course Descriptions

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Basic film theory, stylistics, and genre analysis in Western dominant and avant-garde cinema. Themes include social, political and gender critique, surrealism, semiotics, metafilm, neorealism, and postmodernism. Approved for LAS Humanities area requirement. GT-AH1.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


A continuation of basic film study and analysis from FILM 1000. This course explores international cinema history and trends in cinema's aesthetic forms as well as the significant personalities and cultural impact of narrative genres. Approved for LAS Humanities area and Global Awareness requirements. Prer., FILM 1000, or consent of instructor.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Examines the "Transformational" process by which a novel (or short story) is adapted to film. What is gained, lost, and/or altered in that process is then used as a means of coming to understand that novel or short story. Most typically what will not really "Transform" itself to film is used as the basis of critical analysis.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


An examination of the relationship between avant-garde film and video, and the history of modern and contemporary art. Meets with AH 3330.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


The course will examine products of American cinema from post-WWI through the ?Golden Age? studio era into the present that deal with Germany and Austria or with characters that represent these two nationalities. Study will focus on ways in which stereotypes and the formal structure of film create their own parallel history and cultural imprints. Meets with GER 3400 and FCS 3400.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Screenings, lecture, discussion; knowledge of German not required. German film in a cultural context from beginnings to the present featuring such directors as Lang, Von Sternberg, Riefenstahl, Sagan, Thiele, Fassbinder, Schlondorff, Wenders, Adlon, and Tykwer. Meets with FCS 3450 and GER 3450.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


A chronological examination of Hollywood film from early beginning to the present. Specific focus is given to important film artists, genres and styles, and their influence on world cinema and American reception.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


The cinematic manifestations of the richness and the variety of Hispanic culture as expressed through an artistic and humanistic vision. May be repeated once for credit if the topic is different. Approved for LAS Humanities area and Global Awareness requirements. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Arts, Humanities, and Cultures. Meets with FCS 3690 and SPAN 3690.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


This course will provide students with an understanding of the tools, crafts, methods and history of the art of film music scoring and composition. Prer., FILM 1000 and FILM 2000. Meets with MUS 3700.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


A practicum of film production in the live-action art and experimental short form, based in the theoretical and historical aspects of the Film Studies program. Course will include a survey of short film styles and modes, introduction to camera equipment, storyboarding, on-location photography, Mac OSX/Final Cut Pro editing, color, post-production details.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Screening, lecture and discussion are included in this course. Knowledge of German is not required for non-German minors. This is a survey of Austrian cinema in a cultural context from the beginning to the present and its relationship with Hungarian and Czechoslovakian film. Directors such as Kolm-Fleck, Korda, Forst, Hartl, Marischka, Corti, Ruzowitzky, Albert and Haneke are featured. Meets with FCS 3850 and GER 3850.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Selected topics in the theory, history and aesthetics of film. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore: Society, Institutions, and Health. Prer., FILM 1000 or FILM 2000, or consent of instructor.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Selected topics dealing with the various roles of women in international cinema history. Meets with WEST 3950.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


The study of European film in conjunction with major developments in 20th century European society, including war, genocide, and dictatorship. Focus on both historical commentary and film form. Meets with HIST 3990.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


An examination of Italian film from its beginnings to the contemporary era, with special emphasis on neorealism and post-neorealist styles. The course approaches ideological, discursive, gender, and social issues articulated in works by Blasetti, DeSica, Visconti, Fellini, Pasolini, Antonioni, Wertmuller, Scola, and other directors. Prer., FILM 1000, FILM 2000, or instructor consent. Meets with FCS 4000 and ITA.

1 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Supervised opportunities for advanced film studies students to apply their knowledge and obtain experience in the film industry and at film festivals. Prer., FILM 1000 and FILM 2000 and advanced standing. For VAPA majors and Film minors, or by consent of instructor.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


The evolution of French cinema from its origins to the present, viewed and analyzed as cultural product, but also in terms of its history as art, commerce, technique and the intersections thereof. Considers the work of directors such as Melies, Renoir, Godard, Varda, Jeunet and Colin. Taught in English. Meets with FR 4110.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


A survey of the work of a single director or a group of related directors. Course content varies with topic and semester. Prer., FILM 1000 and FILM 2000, or instructor consent. Maybe be taken up to 3 times with different topics.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


An in-depth study of the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock from early sound onward. Emphasis will be on the critical ideology of the director and the specific psychological, sociopolitical, and gender messages that propel Hitchcock's art beyond the influential and often emulated style.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


An in-depth study of the cinema of Stanley Kubrick from his early experiments and brief Hollywood period to his classics. Examination of the director's specific philosophical and literary influences will underpin reception of his critical messages regarding history, culture, gender, and society that shape his revolutionary visual imprint and inform postmodernism.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Course focuses on the evolution of the films of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. The manner in which this innovative auteur has treated a variety of conceptual and formal issues will be examined, as will his vision of the cultural and social transformation of Spanish society from the early 1980s to the present. Meets with SPAN 4253 and FCS 4253.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Explores various theoretical approaches to film including the Bakhtin and Frankfurt schools, auteur theory, structuralism, feminism, semiotics, textual analysis, postcolonial and digital theories. Prer., FILM 1000, FILM 2000 and permission the instructor.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


This course engages students in the scholarship and practice of film studies, from academic scholarship to public critique and the application of theoretical concepts to creative efforts. At this state of study, self-reflectivity is paramount. In this culminating experience, students will be asked to integrate their previous study and experience into reflection upon and critique of practice in both scholarship and production. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Capstone Experience. Prer., Junior or Senior standing.

1 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Independent work for undergraduates only. By special arrangement with the faculty. Prer., FILM 1000 and FILM 2000 and advanced standing. For VAPA majors and Film minors, or by consent of instructor.

 
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