Film Studies

Housed in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Film Studies Program covers classical film aesthetics, surveys the history of world cinema and takes an in-depth look at films from America, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and the Hispanic world.

Committee on Film Studies H. Feigenbaum (Chair), Y. Captain, R. Guenther, K. Harvey, A. Hiltebeitel, P. Rollberg, N. Seavey

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

FILM 2151. Film Theory. 3 Credits.

A reading-intensive immersion in classical film aesthetics and a survey of the theoretical and critical canon of cinema literature. Laboratory fee.    (Fall).

FILM 2152. Genres of Film. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the relationship between cinematic structure and narrative content in various types of film. Laboratory fee.    (Spring).

FILM 2153. History of World Cinema I. 3 Credits.

A two-semester sequence covering 100 years of international cinematic history from an aesthetic and political point of view. Laboratory fee.

FILM 2154. History of World Cinema II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of FILM 2153. A two-semester sequence covering 100 years of international cinematic history from an aesthetic and political point of view. Laboratory fee.

FILM 2155. Screen Writing. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting—concept, genre, character, structure, dialogue, scene/sequence construction, and, ultimately, the preparation of scripts and treatments for a variety of screen formats.

FILM 2156. Advanced Screenwriting. 3 Credits.

Advanced phases of screenwriting culminating in the preparation of a full-length screenplay, with contextual study of contemporary, international, and classical films toward a fuller appreciation of movies as a cultural whole.

FILM 3390. Screen Writing. 3 Credits.

FILM 5099. Variable Topics. 1-99 Credits.