Film Studies Courses

Spring 2017

Introduction to Film – ENG 282
T TH 12:50 PM – 2:40 PM – Adam Hart
M W 10:40 AM – 12:30 PM – Jason Buel
T 6:00 – 10:00 PM – Tim Holland
W 6:00 – 10:00 PM – Tim Holland

Writing About Film – ENG 292
M W 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM – Franklin Cason

Intro to Screenwriting – ENG 330
T 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM – Susan Emshwiller

Film History From 1940 to the Present – COM/ENG 374
T TH 12:50 PM – 2:40 PM – Ora Gelley

African American Cinema – ENG/AFS 375
M 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Franklin Cason

Film and Literature – ENG 382
T TH 10:40 AM – 12:30 PM – Andrew Johnston

The Horror Film – ENG 492/IDS 492, ENG 592
T TH 3:00 PM –  ­4:50 PM – Adam Hart

Hong Kong Cinema – ENG 492/FL 495
M W 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM – Nathaniel Isaacson

Animating Media – ENG 585/CRD 791
W 12:25 PM – 3:10 PM – Andrew Johnston

Digital Imaging** (ADN 219)

Distance Education - Mike Bissinger

Digital Video Production* (COM 357)

T TH 10:15 – 11:30 AM James Alchediak

Film Production* (COM 444)
M 1:30 – 4:15 PM -  Sarah Stein

Topic in Arts Studies Capstone Course (ARS 494)
T TH 11:45 - 1 PM - Jonathan Kramer

Fall 2016

Introduction to Film (ENG 282)
MW 10:40 - 12:30 PM - Jason Buel
T TH 3:00 - 4:50 - Timothy Holland
T TH 5:20 - 7:10 PM  - Ora Gelley
MW 12:50 - 2:40 PM - Adam Hart
M 6:00 - 10:00 PM  - Adam Hart

Writing About Film (ENG 292)
Distance Education - Tom Wallis

Screenwriting (ENG 330)
T 6:00 - 8:45 PM - Wiliam Barnhardt

History of Film to 1940 (ENG 364/COM 364)
MW 3:00 - 4:50 PM - Timothy Holland

Women and Film (ENG 378)
T TH 10:40 - 12:30 PM - Marsha Gordon

Film and Literature (ENG 382)
MW 12:50 - 2:40 PM - Franklin Cason

Hitchcock and Wilder (492/IDS 496)
T TH 12:50 - 2:40 PM - Marsha Gordon

Media Style and Authorship (ENG 585 Graduate Studies in Film)
W 6 – 10 PM - Franklin Cason

Film Production* (COM 444)
T 10:15-1:00 -  Sarah Stein

Digital Video Production* (COM 357)
T TH 10:15 – 11:30 AM James Alchediak

Digital Imaging** (ADN 219)
Distance Education - Mike Bissinger

Topic in Arts Studies Capstone Course (ARS 494)
T TH 4:30 - 5:45 PM - Jonathan Kramer

*permission of instructor required
**limited seats available for film majors--contact your advisor


Undergraduate Courses

Writing About Film (ENG 292)
This course introduces students to various approaches to writing about film. The primary focus is on writing film criticism for non-academic audiences. Course activities include reading assignments, film screenings, discussions, in-class writing workshops. Students will compile a portfolio of film reviews of various lengths.

Introduction to Film (ENG 282)
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of film analysis, including narrative, visual, and sound techniques. Through screenings, discussions, exams, and papers, students develop skills in identifying techniques, using appropriate film terminology to describe cinematography, mise en scène, sound, and editing, and constructing sound analyses and interpretations of films.

Introduction to Film Production (COM 344)
An introductory film production course. Students will learn to write, shoot, and edit short films.
Pre-requisite: ENG 330 and/or COM 267 and permission of instructor.

Film History to 1940 (COM/ENG 364)
A survey of international film history from 1896 to 1940, including early silent era short films, early narrative films, the development of the Hollywood studio system, and the transition to sound.

Film History Since 1940 (COM/ENG 374)
A survey of international film history from 1940 to the present, including important post World War II movements such as Italian Neorealism, The French New Wave, Third Cinema, the Hollywood Renaissance/New Hollywood, and the emergence of independent film in the 1990s.

African American Cinema (AFS/ENG 375)
Survey and analysis of African American film culture from 1900-present. Examination of pre-Hollywood, classical Hollywood, and Independent filmmaking. Particular focus on independent filmmakers’ response to dominant industry representations and the work of filmmakerswho seek to create a specifically African American cinematic style.
Pre-requisite: ENG 101

Women and Film (ENG 378)
This course introduces students to the rich international history of women's participation in the motion picture industry. Students will engage critically with essays about film history, women directors, and feminism.

Film and Literature (ENG 382)
Ways of adapting literary works to film form. Similarities and differences between these two media. Emphasis on the practical art of transforming literature into film. Attention to the impact of film upon literature.

Film Theory (ENG 384)
This course examines critical frameworks related to film art, the film industry, and film as a social institution from theorists and filmmakers from Eisenstein, Bazin, Deren, and Metz to Marxist, psychoanalytic, postmodernist, and feminist perspectives. Course includes readings and film screenings that illustrate and challenge theoretical assertions.
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Film

Screenwriting (ENG 330)
A workshop course in screenplay writing. Topics include the conventions and format of the screenplay, constructing rounded characters, convincing dialogue, and effective scenes. Course assignments include short writing exercises as well as the serious and constructive critique of student work. Student are expected to complete a draft of an adapted or original screenplay by the end of the semester.
Pre-requisite: 6 hours in film and/or creative writing

Film Styles and Genres (ENG 492 and IDS 496)
A topics course with varied offerings every semester, which has included subjects such as: Contemporary American Directors, the Horror Film, Film and the Holocaust, Kubrick and Altman, Hitchcock and Truffaut, Film and Spirituality, Subversive Cinema, and the International Crime Film. Often this course is cross-listed with IDS 496 because of its interdisciplinary subject matter.

See TRACS for the topics offered in the current semester.

Film and Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS 496)
See English 492.

Graduate Courses

English 585: Graduate Topics in Film
Rotating topics course in film studies at the graduate level. Courses have included Feminist Film Theory, the Hollywood Studio System, and the Biopic.

English 587: Film and Visual Theory
Graduate course in theories of visuality (including philosophy, cognitive science, communication and media studies, and ideological theory) in relation to film and film studies.

English 591: Studies in National Cinemas
Graduate level course in topics such as Realism in International Cinema, Ireland in Film and Literature, and British Cinema.