Autumn 2021 Course Offerings

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The most up-to-date meeting times for the courses can be found via the Schedule of Classes on BuckeyeLink.

If you have questions about major or minor requirements please contact academic advisor, Emily Carpenter.438.

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Moving-Image Production Major

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Courses offered in AU 21: 

• MVNGIMG 2201 – Filmmaking Foundations 1  

Entry-level course presents moving image production as an artistic, cultural, and multi-modal practice. The course focuses on the building blocks of film grammar and offers an introduction to fundamental concepts and tools needed to work in the moving image, grounded in critical and historical context. Students use project-based learning to work independently and collaboratively.

• ART 2000 – Encountering Contemporary Art  

Readings, lectures, discussions will introduce students to a diverse range of ideas, processes and contexts shaping the experience of visual art today.

• ART 2555Introduction to Digital Photography and Contemporary Issues 

(previously 3555). Students will learn fundamental digital camera techniques and explore contemporary and historical issues in photography including the relationships between technique, concept, and aesthetics as well as the relationship between images, identity formation, and larger social structures. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 3555. GE: Visual and Performing Arts. 

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Animation

• ACCAD 5001 – Motion Studies Through Hand-Drawn Animation  

The principles of animation as demonstrated through hand-drawn animation. The work produced serves as a tool for comprehending the underlying process of any animation technique.

• ACCAD 5002 – 3D Computer Animation: Form, Light, Motion I 

Overview of 3D computer animation components and stages of production. PreReq: ACCAD 5001 for students enrolled in the MIP (Moving Image Production) program.

• ACCAD 5003 – 3D Computer Animation: Form, Light, Motion II  

This course provides further exploration of 3D computer animation and stages of production. PreReq: 5002 (or) Instructor Permission.  

• ACCAD 5100 – Concept Development for Time-Based Media 

Methods for developing concepts for time-based media through the cultivation of ideas and problem-solving strategies. Storyboarding, composition, editing and sound principles will be explored.


Documentary

• THEATRE 5341 – Studies in Documentary  

Exploration of the conceptual, aesthetic, critical, social, ethical, and practical issues in the practice of documentary and reality production of cinema and video works. PreReq: Permission of instructor.


Experimental

• ART 4009 – Film/Video II: Experimental Strategies 

This course is designed as an overview of a broad range of strategies and issues unique to the practice sometimes labeled "experimental film," avant-garde cinema," or "video art." Intermediate theory and practice of creating film/video artwork. Emphasis on personal expression and experimental approaches. PreReq: ART 3009 or MVNGIMG 2201 or 2202, or permission of instructor.  


Narrative

• THEATRE 4381 – Introduction to Narrative Filmmaking 

This course provides a foundation in the conceptual and technical building blocks of cinematic narrative, emphasizing collaborative projects. Students will investigate the nature of event, character, and place, developing their production and post-production skills in composition, camera movement, lighting, editing, and sound design to support and enhance storytelling. PreReq: Permission of instructor.

• THEATRE 5322 – Editorial Process 

Exploration of post-production techniques from editorial concepts to outputting video. Students will expand their knowledge of the editorial process and their analytical skills. PreReq for MIP majors: must have completed MVNGIMG 2201 and MVNGIMG 2202.

• THEATRE 5325 – The Film Director's Voice

This advanced-level course offers students an understanding of the fundamentals of directing narrative film, with an emphasis on the director's personal voice and vision. It considers responsibilities and techniques across all stages of production, from early development through the completion of postproduction, as well as an introduction to promoting your finished project. PreReq: Theatre 4381 and Theatre 5323, or permission of instructor.

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• MVNGIMG 4200 – Cinema Today 

Cinematic venues such as the Wexner Center for the Arts present a world-class year-round program of independent filmmaking, international cinema, new documentaries, and classics in Columbus. Building a critical viewing practice is important in the development of filmmakers. This course requires students to view screenings of a curated selection of films and when available, any associated visiting filmmakers’ online discussions of their work. To synthesize these viewings, students will apply elements of film language to the films they view.

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• MVNGIMG 4501  Senior Project 1

The first of a two-semester experience in which students develop an iterative pre-production plan and rough cut/draft stage for their individual or collaborative senior project. Students produce a creative work in the areas of animation, documentary, experimental or narrative or combinations of these modes. Group-oriented critiques advance projects to an intermediate stage of development. PreReq: Required: 18 credit hours of Major Production Mode/Studio Courses. MIP Majors, contact Emily Carpenter (.438) for permission to enroll.
 

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Film Studies Major

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Courses offered in AU 21: 

English 2263 – Introduction to Film

Introduction to methods of reading film texts by analyzing cinema as technique, as system, and as cultural product.

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• FILMSTD 2271 – Introduction to Film Studies

An introduction to the field of Film Studies based on a survey of the major theories of film analysis, specifically geared for incoming majors. PreReq: English 2263 or HistArt 2901. Not open to students with credit for 2270. GE: Visual and Performing Arts.

• HISTART 2901 – Intro to World Cinema

Chronological survey of the most influential and recognized film artists and film movements of the world.

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I. Non-Fictional: Documentary

  • FILMSTD 3660 - Documentary Cinema

Upper-level course in documentary geared toward film studies majors. PreReq: FILMSTD 2270 or 2271, or permission of instructor. 

II. Non-Industrial: Experimental / Avant Garde

  • HISTART 5905 - Avant-Garde Film 

A survey of significant historical contributions to avant-garde cinema. Looking closely at narratives of stylistic evolution in avant-garde cinema, we will focus on points of contact between the history of art and cinema, focusing on a wide range of films made to surprise, unnerve, and provoke viewers since the early 1920s. PreReq: Junior standing. 

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• HISTART 3901 - World Cinema Today

An introduction to the art of international cinema today, including its forms and varied content. In this course, we will look carefully at cinematic form and the socio-political conditions that shape film production across the globe today. At the same time we will also examine the ideas and fantasies that animate “world cinema” as a label for certain kinds of films. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

• RUSSIAN 3460 - Modern Russian Experience through Film

Exploration of some of the most revealing hopes and disappointments of Russian people presented in internationally acclaimed Russian films. Taught in English. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 3460 or 3460.99.  GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

• SPANISH 2380 - Introduction to Latin American Cinema  

Introduction to Latin American film traditions; analysis of genres, filmmakers, and alternate aesthetics; focus on relation of film to social, political, and economic processes. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 2380. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

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Courses offered in AU 21:

• ACCAD 3350 - The History of Animation 

An overview of the history and theory of animation including origin of animation forms, Hollywood Studio animation, a sample of World Animation and contemporary animation. 

• ENGLISH 3378 - The Film and Literature of 1930s Hollywood

After the introduction of sound film in 1927 and with the advent of the Great Depression in 1929, American film and literature faced new opportunities and new challenges. We will watch a range of films in the context of the development of film in the 1930s, alongside fiction that was the inspiration for Hollywood films of the period or was itself shaped by Hollywood. In our readings we will focus especially on authors who joined the caravan of writers seeking to capitalize on Hollywood’s new need for dialogue and, after the implementation of the Motion Picture Production Code of 1934, Hollywood’s desperation for writers who could address adult topics without spelling them out directly. PreReq: English 1110. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. GE: Cultures and Ideas.

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Courses offered in AU 21:

• AAAS 4571 - Black Visual Culture and Popular Media 

An examination of African Americans in visual culture and the theories of representation in popular media. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity-Social Diversity in the U.S.

• ACCAD 3350 - The History of Animation

An overview of the history and theory of animation including origin of animation forms, Hollywood Studio animation, a sample of World Animation and contemporary animation. 

• COMPSTD 3607 - Film and Literature as Narrative Art 

Relationships between film and literature; emergence of cinematic art as a form of representation with emphasis on diverse cultural traditions. PreReq: English 1110 or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 3607H (358H, 358). GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

• ENGLISH 3378 - The Film and Literature of 1930s Hollywood

After the introduction of sound film in 1927 and with the advent of the Great Depression in 1929, American film and literature faced new opportunities and new challenges. We will watch a range of films in the context of the development of film in the 1930s, alongside fiction that was the inspiration for Hollywood films of the period or was itself shaped by Hollywood. In our readings we will focus especially on authors who joined the caravan of writers seeking to capitalize on Hollywood’s new need for dialogue and, after the implementation of the Motion Picture Production Code of 1934, Hollywood’s desperation for writers who could address adult topics without spelling them out directly. PreReq: English 1110. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. GE: Cultures and Ideas.

• ENGLISH 4578.20 - Special Topics in Film: "Film's Body Genres" (Prof. S. Macpherson)

Why and how does film affect our bodies, marshalling its technical and formal apparatus to make viewers weep, or gasp in terror, or feel desire? To a certain extent, as a visual and aural medium capturing real bodies moving in space and time, all films require and solicit bodily responsiveness. But the so-called "body genres"--Melodrama, Horror, and Pornography--are unique in their singular devotion to responsiveness, and to soliciting a particular *kind* of response. In this class we will attempt to come to terms with the history and logic of each of the genres separately; with what they might have in common; and what they reveal about the role of the body in film more generally. Course may require occasional film rentals. Mode of Delivery: In-Person. PreReq: 6 CH English at 2000-3000 level, or permission of instructor.

• ENGLISH 4578.30 - Special Topics in Film: "Alfred Hitchcock and Christopher Nolan" (Prof. S. O'Sullivan)

This course will juxtapose two filmmakers who explore similar territories, particularly in the relationship between psychology and narrative, and between individuality and genre. But these filmmakers also represent two very different moments in cinema history--the "classical" Hollywood from the middle of the 20th century, and the blockbuster/independent era of the early 21st century. We will look closely at some of Hitchcock and Nolan's signature films, paying attention to them as distinct works of art; but we will simultaneously consider how those works of art reflect conventions and innovations of movie storytelling as a practice, and as a cultural touchstone. Mode of Delivery: In-Person. PreReq: 6 CH English at 2000-3000 level, or permission of instructor.

• FILMSTD 3660 - Documentary Film Studies

Upper-level course in documentary geared toward film studies majors.
PreReq: FILMSTD 2270 or 2271, or permission of instructor. 

• FILMSTD 4895 - Senior Seminar: "Re-Inventing Television"

Selected problems (themes, movements, theories, genres, styles, etc.) in film and television studies. PreReq: Enrollment in Film Studies major and Senior standing, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to maximum 15 CH.

• ITALIAN 2053 - Introduction to Italian Cinema  

Survey of the Italian cinema from the beginnings to today, with special emphasis on neorealism. Taught in English. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 221. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

• ITALIAN 2055 - Mafia Movies 

In this course, students watch Italian and American mafia movie and television hits, and explore the myth of the Mafia that is so widespread in America, and trace its history as it passes across time and through multiple cultures. Taught in English. GE: Visual Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies. 

• HISTART 3901 - World Cinema Today

An introduction to the art of international cinema today, including its forms and varied content. In this course, we will look carefully at cinematic form and the socio-political conditions that shape film production across the globe today. At the same time we will also examine the ideas and fantasies that animate “world cinema” as a label for certain kinds of films. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

• HISTART 5905 - Avant-Garde Film 

A survey of significant historical contributions to avant-garde cinema. Looking closely at narratives of stylistic evolution in avant-garde cinema, we will focus on points of contact between the history of art and cinema, focusing on a wide range of films made to surprise, unnerve, and provoke viewers since the early 1920s. PreReq: Junior standing. 

• RUSSIAN 3460 - Modern Russian Experience through Film

Exploration of some of the most revealing hopes and disappointments of Russian people presented in internationally acclaimed Russian films. Taught in English. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 360. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

• SLAVIC 3310 - Science Fiction: East vs. West

Slavic, American, and British sci-fi on page and screen as reflection of major cultural concerns: progress, utopia, human perfectibility, limits of science and knowledge, gender, identity. Taught in English. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies

• SPANISH 2380 - Introduction to Latin American Cinema

Introduction to Latin American film traditions; analysis of genres, filmmakers, and alternate aesthetics; focus on relation of film to social, political, and economic processes. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 380. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies. 

• SPANISH 4581 - Spanish Film* Foreign language requirement

Study of Spanish film; special attention is paid to the relationship between film and the society in which it is produced. PreReq: Grade of C- or above in Spanish 3450 or 3450H. Not open to students with credit for 581. 

• WGSST 2317 - Intro to Gender & Cinema 

A study of the representation of gender in relationship to race, sexuality, and class in cinema. Topics may include stardom, genre, narrative, national cinemas, women and minority filmmakers, and film history. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 3317. GE: Visual and Performing Arts course.

• WGSST 4527 - Studies in Gender and Cinema

This course uses the tools of feminist film criticism to examine a variety of topics including but not limited to, female spectatorship, women’s film history, stardom, women and genre, representation of sexualities, women’s documentaries, feminist filmmaking, and the feminist avant-garde. Topics vary by semester. Repeatable up to 9 credit hours. 

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Courses offered in AU 21:

FILMSTD 4895 – Senior Seminar: "Re-inventing Television"

Selected problems (themes, movements, theories, genres, styles, etc.) in film and television studies. PreReq: Enrollment in Film Studies major and Senior standing, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to maximum 15 CH.

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Film Studies Minor

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Courses offered in AU 21: 

• ENGLISH 2263 – Introduction to Film 

Introduction to methods of reading film texts by analyzing cinema as technique, as system, and as cultural product.

• FILMSTD 2271 – Introduction to Film Studies

An introduction to the field of Film Studies based on a survey of the major theories of film analysis, specifically geared for incoming majors. PreReq: English 2263 or HistArt 2901. Not open to students with credit for 2270. GE: Visual and Performing Arts.

• HISTART 2901 – Intro to World Cinema

Chronological survey of the most influential and recognized film artists and film movements of the world.

• WGSST 2317 – Introduction to Gender & Cinema  

A study of the representation of gender in relationship to race, sexuality, and class in cinema. Topics may include stardom, genre, narrative, national cinemas, women and minority filmmakers, and film history. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 3317. GE: Visual and Performing Arts course.

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Courses offered in AU 21:

• AAAS 4571 - Black Visual Culture and Popular Media 

An examination of African Americans in visual culture and the theories of representation in popular media. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity-Social Diversity in the U.S.

• ACCAD 3350 - The History of Animation

An overview of the history and theory of animation including origin of animation forms, Hollywood Studio animation, a sample of World Animation and contemporary animation. 

• COMPSTD 3607 - Film and Literature as Narrative Art 

Relationships between film and literature; emergence of cinematic art as a form of representation with emphasis on diverse cultural traditions. PreReq: English 1110 or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 3607H (358H, 358). GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

• ENGLISH 3378 - The Film and Literature of 1930s Hollywood

After the introduction of sound film in 1927 and with the advent of the Great Depression in 1929, American film and literature faced new opportunities and new challenges. We will watch a range of films in the context of the development of film in the 1930s, alongside fiction that was the inspiration for Hollywood films of the period or was itself shaped by Hollywood. In our readings we will focus especially on authors who joined the caravan of writers seeking to capitalize on Hollywood’s new need for dialogue and, after the implementation of the Motion Picture Production Code of 1934, Hollywood’s desperation for writers who could address adult topics without spelling them out directly. PreReq: English 1110. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. GE: Cultures and Ideas.

• ENGLISH 4578.20 - Special Topics in Film: "Film's Body Genres" (Prof. S. Macpherson)

Why and how does film affect our bodies, marshalling its technical and formal apparatus to make viewers weep, or gasp in terror, or feel desire? To a certain extent, as a visual and aural medium capturing real bodies moving in space and time, all films require and solicit bodily responsiveness. But the so-called "body genres"--Melodrama, Horror, and Pornography--are unique in their singular devotion to responsiveness, and to soliciting a particular *kind* of response. In this class we will attempt to come to terms with the history and logic of each of the genres separately; with what they might have in common; and what they reveal about the role of the body in film more generally. Course may require occasional film rentals. Mode of Delivery: In-Person. PreReq: 6 CH English at 2000-3000 level, or permission of instructor.

• ENGLISH 4578.30 - Special Topics in Film: "Alfred Hitchcock and Christopher Nolan" (Prof. S. O'Sullivan)

This course will juxtapose two filmmakers who explore similar territories, particularly in the relationship between psychology and narrative, and between individuality and genre. But these filmmakers also represent two very different moments in cinema history--the "classical" Hollywood from the middle of the 20th century, and the blockbuster/independent era of the early 21st century. We will look closely at some of Hitchcock and Nolan's signature films, paying attention to them as distinct works of art; but we will simultaneously consider how those works of art reflect conventions and innovations of movie storytelling as a practice, and as a cultural touchstone. Mode of Delivery: In-Person. PreReq: 6 CH English at 2000-3000 level, or permission of instructor.

• FILMSTD 3660 - Documentary Film Studies

Upper-level course in documentary geared toward film studies majors.
PreReq: FILMSTD 2270 or 2271, or permission of instructor. 

• FILMSTD 4895 - Senior Seminar: "Re-Inventing Television"

Selected problems (themes, movements, theories, genres, styles, etc.) in film and television studies. PreReq: Enrollment in Film Studies major and Senior standing, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to maximum 15 CH.

• ITALIAN 2053 - Introduction to Italian Cinema  

Survey of the Italian cinema from the beginnings to today, with special emphasis on neorealism. Taught in English. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 221. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

• ITALIAN 2055 - Mafia Movies 

In this course, students watch Italian and American mafia movie and television hits, and explore the myth of the Mafia that is so widespread in America, and trace its history as it passes across time and through multiple cultures. Taught in English. GE: Visual Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies. 

• HISTART 3901 - World Cinema Today

An introduction to the art of international cinema today, including its forms and varied content. In this course, we will look carefully at cinematic form and the socio-political conditions that shape film production across the globe today. At the same time we will also examine the ideas and fantasies that animate “world cinema” as a label for certain kinds of films. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

• HISTART 5905 - Avant-Garde Film 

A survey of significant historical contributions to avant-garde cinema. Looking closely at narratives of stylistic evolution in avant-garde cinema, we will focus on points of contact between the history of art and cinema, focusing on a wide range of films made to surprise, unnerve, and provoke viewers since the early 1920s. PreReq: Junior standing. 

• RUSSIAN 3460 - Modern Russian Experience through Film

Exploration of some of the most revealing hopes and disappointments of Russian people presented in internationally acclaimed Russian films. Taught in English. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 360. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies.

• SLAVIC 3310 - Science Fiction: East vs. West

Slavic, American, and British sci-fi on page and screen as reflection of major cultural concerns: progress, utopia, human perfectibility, limits of science and knowledge, gender, identity. Taught in English. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies

• SPANISH 2380 - Introduction to Latin American Cinema

Introduction to Latin American film traditions; analysis of genres, filmmakers, and alternate aesthetics; focus on relation of film to social, political, and economic processes. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 380. GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE: Diversity Global Studies. 

• SPANISH 4581 - Spanish Film* Foreign language requirement

Study of Spanish film; special attention is paid to the relationship between film and the society in which it is produced. PreReq: Grade of C- or above in Spanish 3450 or 3450H. Not open to students with credit for 581. 

• WGSST 2317  – Intro to Gender & Cinema 

A study of the representation of gender in relationship to race, sexuality, and class in cinema. Topics may include stardom, genre, narrative, national cinemas, women and minority filmmakers, and film history. PreReq: Not open to students with credit for 3317. GE: Visual and Performing Arts course.

• WGSST 4527 - Studies in Gender and Cinema

This course uses the tools of feminist film criticism to examine a variety of topics including but not limited to, female spectatorship, women’s film history, stardom, women and genre, representation of sexualities, women’s documentaries, feminist filmmaking, and the feminist avant-garde. Topics vary by semester. Repeatable up to 9 credit hours. 

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Screenwriting Minor

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Courses offered in AU 21: 

• ENGLISH 2263 - Introduction to Film 

Introduction to methods of reading film texts by analyzing cinema as technique, as system, and as cultural product.

• FILMSTD 2271:  Introduction to Film Studies

An introduction to the field of Film Studies based on a survey of the major theories of film analysis, specifically geared for incoming majors. PreReq: English 2263 or HistArt 2901. Not open to students with credit for 2270. GE: Visual and Performing Arts.

• HISTART 2901: Intro to World Cinema

Chronological survey of the most influential and recognized film artists and film movements of the world.

• ACCAD 3350 - The History & Theory of Animation

An overview of the history and theory of animation including origin of animation forms, Hollywood Studio animation, a sample of World Animation and contemporary animation. 

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• ENGLISH 2220 - Introduction to Shakespeare

Introduction to Shakespeare through the study of selected plays designed to give an understanding of drama as theatrical art and as an interpretation of fundamental human experience. 

• ENGLISH 2261 - Introduction to Fiction

Examination of the elements of fiction—plot, character, setting, narrative, perspective, theme, etc.—and their various interrelations. Comparisons with nonfictional narrative may be included.

• ENGLISH 2265 - Writing of Fiction 1

Introduction to the fundamentals of technique, craft and composition of fiction writing. Students will write short stories and provide feedback in the form of workshops during which we will analyze and discuss student work. We will also study published stories by well-regarded authors.

• ENGLISH 2268 - Writing of Creative Nonfiction 1

Introduction to the fundamentals of technique, craft and composition of creative nonfiction. Students will write creative nonfiction, discuss and analyze work in a workshop format and read a variety of essays and works by published authors of creative nonfiction. 

• ENGLISH 2269 - Digital Media Composing

Composition course in which students analyze and compose digital media texts while studying complex forms and practices of textual production. 

• ENGLISH 4559 - Introduction to Narrative and Narrative Theory

Study of narrative in its different manifestations, e.g., novel, autobiography, film, legal testimony, and of theories of its form and significance. Students will examine narrative form, genre, performance, repertoire, and interaction to explore who tells stories to whom, in what contexts, and how the stories are told. 

• THEATRE 3731 - History of Performance

Survey of representative theatre and performance from Western and non-Western traditions from ancient times to the late 1700s. PreReq: Theatre 2100, 2100H, or 2101H.

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• FILM STUDIES 3660 - Documentary Film Studies

Upper-level course in documentary geared toward film studies majors.
PreReq: 2270 or 2271, or permission of instructor. 

• FILMSTD 4895 - Senior Seminar: "Re-Inventing Television"

Selected problems (themes, movements, theories, genres, styles, etc.) in film and television studies. PreReq: Enrollment in Film Studies major and Senior standing, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to maximum 15 CH.

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 • FILM STUDIES/ENGLISH 4800 – Story Development for Film and Television

In this course, students will harness their pre-existing critical thinking skills and historical knowledge to develop a personal statement-of-purpose that enables them to generate and refine their own original film and television concepts for subsequent production projects. PreReq: Permission of instructor.

• THEATRE 5331 – Screenwriting

Exploration of creative script-writing for video/cinema; development of short or feature length scripts. PreReq: Permission of instructor. 

• FILM STUDIES 4880 – Screenwriting and the Business of Cinema 

This course examines screenwriting as both a literary art form and a challenging profession.  Each student will take an original premise for a movie and develop it into a logline, a treatment, a step outline, and ultimately, a polished first act of a feature-length screenplay. In addition, this class will teach the essentials necessary to succeed in the highly competitive world of professional screenwriting, discussing types of deals available to a scriptwriter, Writers Guild rules and regulations, how to pitch a story, ways to attain literary representation and more.  PreReq: Theatre 5331, or permission of instructor.

• FILM STUDIES 4881 – Screenwriting and the Business of Television

This course examines television writing from both a creative and business perspective. Each student will individually pitch an idea for an original half-hour TV series to the class, and then write the show’s bible, outline, and pilot. In addition, students will work in small groups to collectively develop and write the bible and pilot of an hour-long TV series. Finally, students will learn how shows are created at the various networks, the different seasons of development, a writer’s role on a TV series, and the types of deals available to writers in the TV business. PreReq: Theatre 5331 or permission of instructor.