Film Studies adopts a critical, theoretical, and historical approach to the analysis of individual films and to the study of cinema as an institution. Courses analyze film as a medium or aesthetic practice that produces meanings through formal strategies; they investigate wider debates about cinema as a cultural form; and they examine industry developments and practices. The textual and social implications of recent changes in film as a digital rather than a photographic medium are also addressed. In addition, a number of courses in the program focus on world cinema and the history, organization, and cultural role of specific national cinemas. The silent era to the contemporary period are covered. Film Studies may be combined with other majors and with film production programs and courses.
A major in Film Studies involves the successful completion of ten Film Studies courses, seven of which should be at the 3000 level or above. All students working toward the major are required to take COMM 3150: Film Analysis (4 c.h.) followed by COMM 4860: Film Theory (4 c.h.) and one upper-level capstone seminar course. Capstone courses may be selected from regularly taught and special topics elective courses that include a capstone option. (This designation will be noted in the Schedule of Classes.) For capstone credit attached to this course, students should also enroll in FMST 5110: Capstone (0 c.h.). In addition to the required courses, students may select from the list of elective courses in this course listing. In the case of special topics courses, only film topics will count toward the FMST major or minor and approval of the Film Studies Director is required. Film courses that are not listed in this course listing may be included with the prior approval of the Director.