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Film and New Media Studies

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Assistant Professors HASKELL, KRZYCH, NELSON; Professor SARCHETT (Director)

Film and New Media Studies is an interdisciplinary program, blending theory and practice to meet the accelerated pace of technological evolution. Students will develop the critical framework necessary to interrogate the moving-images of contemporary culture and will also learn the practical skills necessary to make their own creative interventions in the media landscape.

Major Requirements

Twelve units minimum. Six units (the core courses) are required of all majors. Upon commencement of their junior year, majors must declare either a theoretical emphasis or a practical emphasis. The remaining six units reflect this choice. With the exception of the core courses, majors may petition the Program in Film and New Media Studies for other courses in other college departments to fulfill various requirements.

Our understanding of the world — what it has been, what it is, what it might be — has become increasingly enmeshed with media technologies. Film introduces us to other worlds, both real and imagined; television provides us with instant access to news, events and entertainment; the internet serves as a vast archive of information and provides real-time modes of global communication. The expansive networks and growing archives of content that constitute film and new media demand the kind of broad perspective offered by the liberal arts. We intend to provide an intellectual framework responsive to the accelerated pace of technological evolution in its impact on culture and society.

The 6 core units for the major are:

  • 01 Introduction to Film, Television, and New Media Studies. 2 units.
  • 02 Basic Filmmaking. 1 unit.
  • 301 Advanced Media Theory. 1 unit.
  • 02 Junior Seminar: Collaborative Practices. 1 unit.
  • 401 Senior Thesis. 1 unit.

THEORETICAL EMPHASIS
(6 units: 1 unit Experimental (Ex), 1 unit Comparative (C), 1 unit Practical, 3 units Elective) 
Note: At least 4 units must be at the 200 level or above.

103 Art and Society

104 Language and Culture

105 Creativity: Theory and Practice (C)

106 History of Photography (C)

200 Topics in Film and New Media Studies.

201 Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies

202 Media and Psychoanalysis (C)

203 World Cinema (C)

204 Genre Studies in Film and New Media

205 Auteur Studies in Film and New Media

206 Revolution and Tradition in Modern Arts: 1880-1945 (C)

207 Art Since 1945 (C)

208 Aesthetics

209 Popular Culture

300 Intermediate Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies.

303 Philosophy of Technology in Film and Media Studies

304 Shakespeare and Film (C)

305 Culture and Power (C)

306 Performance Studies (Ex)

307 Queer Performance and Body Politics (C)

308 Feminist Performance (C)

309 Videogames, Aesthetics, Culture (Ex)

PRACTICAL EMPHASIS
(6 units: 1 unit Experimental (Ex), 1 unit Comparative (C), 1 unit Theoretical, 3 units Elective)
Note: at least 4 units must be at the 200 level or above.

105 Creativity: Theory and Practice (C)

110 Basic Studio

111 Intro to Two-Dimensional Arts

112 Intro to Drawing

113 Basic Graphics

114 Pre-Theory (Music)

115 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

116 Computer Science I

200 Topics in Film and New Media Studies

201 Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies

210 Documentary Film

211 Screenwriting

212 Writing for Performance (C)

213 Video Art (Ex)

214 Intermediate Performance Design (Ex)

215 Music at the Computer (Ex)

216 Video Dance (C)

217 Introduction to Journalism (C)

218 New Media, Ethics, and Journalism

219 Computer Science II

300 Intermediate Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies.

311 Advanced Performance (Ex)

312 Experimental Music (Ex)

313 Advanced Video Art (Ex)

314 Advanced Filmmaking

Courses

Film and Media

FM101 Introduction to Film Studies

Film in its formal dimensions, narrative and non-narrative (documentary, experimental). How meaning and pleasure are created visually. Emphasis on film style: the shot, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing (montage) and sound.

Also listed as Film Studies 215.

1 unit — Sarchett, Simons

FM102 Basic Filmmaking

1 unit — Lowen, Nelson

FM103 Art and Society

Also listed as Sociology 105.

1 unit — Giuffre

FM105 Creativity: Theory and Practice

Also listed as English 215 and Sociology 115.

1 unit — Giuffre, Hilberry

FM115 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

(Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM116 Computer Science I

(Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM200 Topics in Film Genre and History

Studies the form of a single film genre, auteur, or historical era and its development over time. Possible genres include science fiction, horror, the musical, melodrama, documentary, comedy, and “independent” film, among others. May include studies of specific auteurs or of national cinemas beyond the US.

Also listed as Chinese Language 250 and Comparative Literature 200 and Comparative Literature 352 and English 280 and Race and Ethnic Studies 200 and Film Studies 205 and Film Studies 232 and German 211 and German 334 and Asian Studies 250 and Spanish 316 and Theatre 200 and Theatre 228.

1 unit — , , Butte, Goodwin

FM201 Media Theory and Cultural Studies

Examines contemporary media and its effects on our understanding and experience of culture and society. In-depth reading of influential theories in the disciplines of contemporary film and media theory, Cultural Studies, and technology studies, as well as close analysis of visual media (television, film, web pages, and interactive technology). Group projects and analytical writing assignments will emphasize both formal and ideological analysis of media.

1 unit — Krzych

FM202 Screenwriting

1 unit — Lowen

FM203 Media and Psychoanalysis

Considers the status of desire and subjectivity in the contemporary media landscape, a setting in which failure often has become a new means for success. How can we judge the aesthetic value of contemporary media when failure may ensure, rather than prevent, profitability? Is there any possibility for an ethics of media when nothing is off limits? To what extent can the psychoanalytic concept of desire be applied to and extended by the aesthetics of new media? (Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM205 Topics in Film and Media Studies:

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Also listed as Comparative Literature 200 and Race and Ethnic Studies 200 and Feminist & Gender Studies 206 and Feminist & Gender Studies 212 and German 220 and German 320 and Russian & Eurasian Studies 200.

1 unit — Lewis, Nikolskaya, SteckenbillerSteckenbillerSteckenbiller

FM206 Topics in Film and Media Studies

(Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM208 Aesthetics

(Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM210 Topics in Filmmaking:

1 unit

FM212 Writing for Performance

(Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM214 Intermediate Performance Design

(Not offered 2015-16).

Prerequisite: Drama 110 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

FM215 Independent Work in Film and Media Studies

(Not offered 2015-16).

.5 to 1 unit

FM216 Video Dance

Also listed as Dance Theory 230.

1 unit — Herminjard

FM217 Introduction to Journalism

(Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM218 New Media, Ethics, and Journalism

(Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM225 Topics in Media Practice

Study and practice of forms of media-making beyond film and video. Possible topics include interactive storytelling, radio journalism, podcasting, and new media, among others. Includes critical reading and writing with an emphasis on applied projects (Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM240 From Script to Screen: Directing the Fiction Film

Examines the processes of taking a script to screen. Students develop, cast, plan, direct, and edit short fiction films based on extant material, working in collaborative teams and alternating crew roles. Topics addressed include writing for the screen; story analysis; the role of directorial vision; casting; working with actors; cinematic language and shot design; camera, lighting, sound; production design and mise-en-scène; and editing theory and practice. The course culminates in an evening screening of the student films. (Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM250 Videogames, Aesthetics, Cultue

Examines the various ways in which videogames intersect with and borrow from other modes of play, performance and artistic/cultural/political expression. Begins with a survey of videogames history and the major concepts and debates surrounding the emerging field of game studies. Then considers the aesthetic intersections between videogames and cinema, both in popular forms of 'machinima' aid in more experimental practices. Finally, examines the various ways in which videogames operate throughout popular culture: in the emerging field of 'persuasive' or political games, as allegories of digital culture, and as agents in the development of individual and collective identity. (Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM300 Film History and Theory

Film in its material, historical and theoretical dimensions, from its beginnings to the present. Growth of the film industry; the American studio system; European avant-garde cinema; world cinema; auteurism; film and popular culture; problems of genre. Film theory: the nature of the medium; its major theorists - Griffith, Eisenstein, Arnheim, Bazin, Kracauer, Metz, Mulvey, etc.

Prerequisite: Film and Media Studies 101.

Also listed as Film Studies 315.

1 unit — Butte

FM301 Advanced Theory and Research Methods

In-depth study of contemporary theoretical approaches to film, media, or technology. Topics vary from year to year. Course assignments place special emphasis on analytical writing and scholarly research.

Prerequisite: Film and Media Studies 300.

1 unit — Krzych

FM302 Advanced Filmmaking

Activates theoretical and practical aspects of creative collaboration within the discipline of Film and New Media Studies. Includes immersion in aesthetics, philosophy, history, and collaborative strategies to create an integral final group public performance. Utilizes a process of conceptualization and experimentation to discover which elements (visual, kinesthetic, audio, textual, electronic, real time, and spatial) lend themselves to a unified collaborative work of art in Film and New Media Studies.

1 unit — Haskell

FM303 Philosophy of Technology in Film and New Media Studies

Explores the ways in which technology serves as a compromise between mind and matter. Technology may begin as an idea in the mind of an inventor, but technologies only come into existence through unpredictable processes that involve historical, cultural, and environmental limitations. In those moments when technology begins to operate unpredictably, independently of its inventors or intended purposes, it opens up possibilities for philosophical insights into culture, society, and human subjectivity. Investigates examples in film and new media, including cybernetics, special effects, digital cinema, and virtual reality.

Also listed as Comparative Literature 351.

1 unit — Krzych

FM304 Shakespeare's Tragedies on Fil

(Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM305 Advanced Topics in Film and Media Studies:

1 unit

FM307 Queer Performance and Body Politics

(Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM310 Advanced Topics in Filmmaking:

Work in specific genres or with specific techniques of film and video making for advanced students.

Prerequisite: Film and Media Studies 102.

1 unit

FM312 Documentary Form and Filmmaking

Students create their own short documentaries while examining the history, codes, and conventions of the feature documentary film. Topics include narrative techniques, questions of form and genre, documentary ethics, interview methods, documentary cinematography, archival imagery, fair use/copyright, and editing rhythm and pacing, among others. Student documentaries are showcased in an end-of-course screening.

Prerequisite: Film and Media Studies 102.

1 unit

FM313 Advanced Video Art

(Not offered 2015-16).

1 unit

FM315 Advanced Independent Work in Film and Media Studies

1 unit

FM330 On Location: Hollywood

Provides a hands-on overview of the history and of the creative, technological, aesthetic and business practices of the Hollywood entertainment industry, from its inception through the present day. Taught in Los Angeles.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Also listed as Film Studies 330.

1 unit — Nelson

FM400 Independent Film, Filmmaking, and the Sundance Film Festival

Upper-level intensive seminar course engages film theory, history, and practice through the lens of the Sundance Film Festival. A week of intensive screening and discussion at Sundance inspires further critical and creative work on campus, with an emphasis on collaborative practices.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit — Nelson

FM401 Senior Project: Independent Thesis (Essay)

Advanced study of a topic, chosen by the student and approved by the program, with student research and writing directed by an individual faculty member. The essay may take the form of a traditional, written essay or a video essay

Prerequisite: Film Studies 315 or Film and Media Studies 301.

1 unit — Krzych

FM402 Senior Project: Independent Thesis (Film)

Advanced project, chosen by the student and approved by the program, with student work directed by an individual faculty member, culminating in a short fiction film, short documentary film, or screenwriting project, accompanied by a written critical analysis.

1 unit — Haskell, Nelson

FM405 Senior Seminar

Topics vary from year to year. May include preliminary work on the senior thesis project, including research, bibliography, and individual and group screenings in film/media relevant to the thesis.

1 unit