Film Studies (FS) Undergraduate Course Descriptions
FS 175. Film and Culture [Goal 6]
Movies as art, market products, and cultural artifacts. Visual and auditory design of movies, audience appeal of moviegoing, and reciprocal influence of movies and society. Lab. 3 Cr. F, S.
FS 260. The Art of Film [Goal 6]
Critical analysis of film style and technique with particular attention to cinematography, editing, narrative structure, mise-en-scene, and sound. Lab. 3 Cr. F, S.
FS 264. Studies in Film
Selected course topics include screen censorship in the U.S., gay and lesbian cinema, spirit of childhood, science fiction, laughing in tongues (international comedy), and film remakes. May be repeated, without repetition of content, to a maximum of 12 credits. Lab. 3 Cr. F, S.
FS 270. Digital Filmmaking
Introduction and application of the different production styles of experimental, narrative, and documentary films through all phases of production. Permission of instructor. 4 Cr. F, S.
FS 294. International Cinema
Films from diverse cultures and nations; aesthetics and ethics of crucial filmmakers in their cultural, historical context. 4 Cr. F.
FS 360. Screenwriting
Principles and practices of screenwriting: may include short and feature narratives, experimental and documentaries. 3 Cr. S.
FS 370. Advanced Digital Filmmaking
Application of increased production values in terms of cinematography, sound and editing. Prereq.: FS 270. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
FS 394. National Cinemas
One nation's or culture's cinema, specific periods, or aesthetic movements. May be repeated, without repetition of content, to a maximum of 12 credits. Lab. 3 Cr. F, S.
FS 395. Great Directors
Career, style, and technique of one or two major directors (Hitchcock, Almodovar, Kurosawa, among many others). May be repeated, without repetition of content, to a maximum of 12 credits. Lab. 3 Cr. F, S.
FS 470. Filmmaking III
Students will work in groups to write, produce, shoot, edit and distribute a short film. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits. Prereq.: 370. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
FS 474. Topics in Film Production
Different elements of film production in depth. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits with different topics. Prereq.: 270. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
Film Studies (FS) Courses for Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students
FS 451/551. Film History I
First few decades of the motion picture from its 19th century origins to its development into a worldwide cultural force by the end of the 1930s. Every third semester. Lab. 3 Cr.
FS 452/552. Film History II
Evolution of the motion picture from 1940 to 1970 with emphasis on seminal aesthetic movements. Every third semester. Lab. 3 Cr.
FS 453/553. Film History III
World's landmark films and groundbreaking filmmakers from 1970 to the present. Every third semester. Lab. 3 Cr.
FS 464/564. Advanced Studies in Film
Selected topics such as film criticism, genres, censorship, politics, teen films, melodrama, and women in cinema. May be repeated, without repetition of content, to a maximum of 12 credits. Lab. 3 Cr. F, S.
FS 496/596. Film Theory
Major theories of cinema. The chief schools of thought, from early formalism to contemporary post-modernism. Successful completion of this course will fulfill the Upper Division Writing Requirement for Film Majors. 3 Cr. F.