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The interdisciplinary minor in film/media studies will encourage students to become media literate and will foster creative engagement with the world. It will accomplish this goal by advancing awareness of media’s effect on perceptions of critical social issues and by fostering both creative and practical skills of production and management. Courses in the minor address film form and aesthetics, the history and politics of cinema and television, the business of film and media, multimedia production, and graphic computer arts.


Spring 2014 Courses


ILC: Telling Stories through Movies and Media

This Intermediate Learning Community pairs hands-on multimedia shooting and production with film analysis and criticism. Students will watch and analyze films, discuss how film and media represent social issues, and learn to create and produce their own short video pieces. In the "film studies" half of the LC, students will study the technical language of film, its various genres, and the ways film relates to broader cultural and political contexts. In the "media production" half of the LC, students will learn how to guide a nonfictional story from project planning, to capturing audio, video and photography, to editing that content into short multimedia pieces, and finally to promoting those pieces online. Each student will create a WordPress website that will serve as the platform for critical analysis and productions for both classes.

EN 230 (W) (F) Introduction to Film, Professor Thomas, Tuesday and Thursday  2:40-4:10 p.m.

AR 240 (TC) Multimedia Production and Storytelling, Professor Mulé, Wednesday 6:00-9:00 p.m.


Special Topics: Master Class in Documentary Film Making

This course provides an opportunity for each student to begin work on a documentary, shoot and edit a short sample reel, and complete a written proposal for pitching his or her film to potential backers or exhibitors.  In developing these materials, focus will be on identifying approach, characters, story, and potential audience.  The course will provide basic instruction in camera, sound and editing, as well as an overview of the range of current approaches to documentary, including screenings and discussions of excerpts from landmark and recent films.

AR 291 - 02 Special Topics: Documentary Film Making, Professor Miller, Tuesday 6:00-9:00 p.m.


History of American Film

A subjective history of American film. This course examines landmark films, their directors, stars, writers, and producers. Each class will involve the screening of at least one film, plus lecture and a discussion. The work of such film directors as John Ford, Charlie Chaplin, Steven Spielberg, Sam Peckinpah, and Stanley Kubrick will be viewed and analyzed. Noteworthy film stars will be discussed and studied. The overall objective is to develop a grasp of the history of American cinema and the impact of great films on the 20th century. Lab fee of $25.

TH 218 History of American Film, Professor Sweet, Friday 3:00-6:00 p.m.