Courses in Film Studies

Specific Course Descriptions by Semester

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Undergraduate

FILM 2332 Understanding Film (3 semester hours) Explores the history and stylistic elements of cinema as a mass medium and an art form. The course analyzes visual language and film style, cinematic codes, and the ways that the motion picture can embody or criticize popular ideas and attitudes. Emphasis is on film analysis, film in relation to the other arts and mass media, films as artifacts, and understanding the ways that films are put together and how they function expressively. (3-0) Y

FILM 2V71 Independent Study in Film (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-3]-0) R

FILM 3321 Film in Historical Context (3 semester hours) Historical studies of major films, genres, and movements from the silent era to the present. Topics may include the history of documentary, fiction, or experimental film and video; film genres such as the musical , the horror film, or the melodrama viewed in their historical context. Courses on film movements focus on a national cinema at a specific time (such as German Expressionism, Soviet Socialist Realism, Italian Neo-Realism, French New Wave, or film noir). May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: FILM 2332 or equivalent. (3-0) Y

FILM 3325 Film Authorship (3 semester hours) Film history studied through one to two directors per course, from their most recent or final films. Lectures, discussions, and film screenings are designed to explore films as part of cultural history, cinema history, and the history of criticism, including theories about the nature of film authorship in relation to film. May be repeated for credit as directors vary (6 hours maximum). Prerequisite: FILM 2332 or equivalent. (3-0) R

FILM 3342 Topics in Film (3 semester hours) Explores the changing nature, practices, and principles of film. Topics may focus on the varied nature of the collaborative filmmaking process, the rise of cinema as a public entertainment, thematic issues, or relationships between film and social change. Sections may be devoted to independent cinema, contemporary international cinema, or aspects of filmmaking such as scriptwriting. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: FILM 2332 or equivalent. (3-0) R

FILM 4V71 Independent Study in Film (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and completion of all lower-division requirements in AP and permission of the instructor. ([1-3]-0) R

Graduate

Courses available to MA and PhD students

HUAS 6305 Criticism, Interpretation, and Performance (3 semester hours) An investigation of the interrelationship among the activities of criticizing, interpreting, and performing artistic texts. Examples may be drawn from literature, theater, performance art, web and inter-media applications, film/video, music, and the visual arts. The course will include an exploration of the effects of various cultural and theoretical perspectives on our response to specific works. (3-0) T

HUAS 6310 Introduction to Film Studies (3 semester hours) Study of the history and formal and stylistic elements of cinema as a medium of expression, as an industry, and as an art form; and an introduction to the tenets and theoretical basis of the academic discipline known as film studies. (3-0) T

HUAS 6317 Art and Authorship (3 semester hours) Study of the role of the maker in the creation of art. Topics vary but may include visual artists, filmmakers, composers, writers, or other artists. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6318 The Arts and Their Institutions (3 semester hours) Studies of the institutions that shape and present the visual and performing arts by providing their physical, administrative, and financial "frames": art museums, theaters, symphony associations, performance consortiums, or private foundations. The course will focus selectively on these institutions, grouping them for study in various ways depending on the interests and expertise of the instructor. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6330 Studies in the Visual Arts (3 semester hours) Explorations in various forms of the visual arts. The course may focus on a specific form (e.g., painting, sculpture, film, photography) or interrelations among visual forms. Emphasis will be on the understanding of the creative process underlying the finished work. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6373 Studies in Film, Television, and Digital Media (3 semester hours) Study of aspects of motion picture history, criticism, and aesthetics. Topics may include genre study; documentary practices; national cinemas or movements; theories of reception; or comparisons of these and other art forms. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6375 Imagery and Iconography (3 semester hours) The study of the visual image and its use. Topics may include the nature of the visual image, our perception and interpretation of visual images, the relation of the visual to the verbal image, and the ways in which visual images are used in art to shape our imagination. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 6 credit hours.) (3-0) T

Courses available to PhD students only

HUAS 7360 Advanced Topics in Film, Television, and Digital Media (3 semester hours) Advanced study of particular aspects of motion picture history, criticism, and aesthetics. Topics may include genre study; documentary practices; national cinemas or movements; theories of reception; or comparisons of these and other art forms. (May be repeated as topics vary for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T