Film Studies

Courses

FMST 101 Film History I: Emergence 3.0 Credits

This course covers the emergence and evolution of film narrative in the first half of the 20th Century, as well as the core concepts of film analysis that help us understand this process. We will focus on the artistic and institutional factors contributing to the rise and decline of Classical Hollywood Cinema.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 102 Film History II: New Waves 3.0 Credits

This course investigates the liberation of film aesthetics in the latter half of the 20th Century, and how filmmakers of this era redefined their medium. Particular emphasis is placed on the "new waves" of filmmaking in Western Europe and the "New Hollywood" revolution that soon followed.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FMST 101 [Min Grade: D]

FMST 103 Film History III: Trends 3.0 Credits

This course explores recent trends in domestic and international cinema, including the independent and multi-national filmmaking movements and ideologies that flourished around the turn of the 21st Century, as well as current developments in mainstream Hollywood cinema.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FMST 102 [Min Grade: D]

FMST 150 American Classic Cinema 3.0 Credits

This course explores the richness and variety of American Classic Cinema while instructing in the basic principles of cinematic storytelling.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 160 European Cinema 3.0 Credits

This course surveys European Cinema from the period immediately after World War I to the present and looks at the work of several different directors whose work is representative of some of the dominant trends that have influenced western cinema.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 204 Film Voice and Style 3.0 Credits

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; however, filmmakers also must develop their own unique voice and style. In this course students will undertake an in-depth study of a particular filmmaker, style, genre, or movement and submit a paper, film or project that will the summation of their research.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 245 Non-Western Cinema 3.0 Credits

This is a survey of what has come to be considered World Cinema that originated outside of Europe and the United States. This course examines films that are great works of cinema that express the culture from which they spring as well as the unique artistic sensibilities and idea of their directors.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 250 The Documentary Tradition 3.0 Credits

Involves intensive study of major documentary film and video works. Covers topics including propaganda, documentary's relationship to social reality, documentary aesthetics, and the problem of "thruth" in documentary.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 255 Hitchcock 3.0 Credits

A study of Hitchcock's use of cinematic techniques to tell complex, provactive stories.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 260 The Western 3.0 Credits

Explores the genre of the classic American Western. Students analyze a selection of Westerns to acquire an understanding of the human and cimematic values they embody.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 262 Film Comedy 3.0 Credits

Examines a broad selection of film comedies in search of principles that underlie successful film comedy.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 264 Russian Cinema 3.0 Credits

This course is an overview of Russian cinema of the 20th century.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 265 Special Topics in Cinema Studies 3.0 Credits

Examines a particular topic in cinema studies, such as national cinemas (e.g., Australian cinema), genres (e.g., film noir), particular filmmakers (e.g., Ingmar Bergman), or particular theoretical issues (e.g., film and social change). The course, but not the same topics, may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

FMST 266 The Cinematographer's Art 3.0 Credits

This course examines the craft and style of some of the greatest feature film cinematographers.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 270 Controversial Films 3.0 Credits

This course examines some particularly controversial intersections of art and life in the cinema. It explores a variety of films that either addressed or incited controversies and discusses controversial topics surrounding race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and politics as depicted in film.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 271 Sex in Film: Beyond Hollywood’s Gaze 3.0 Credits

This course considers the history of the representation of sexuality in cinema. It looks especially at the international art films that brought a new sexual sophistication to the narrative film; the brief era of "porno chic" when American pornography seemed poised to challenge Hollywood; and the inner workings of the adult film industry. Finally, this course is also a critical study of the relations between narrative eroticism and forms of human expression.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 272 War Films 3.0 Credits

In this course, we will examine the cinematic representation and meaning of warfare as they pertain to the major epochs of warfare from WWII to the present.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 275 Breakthroughs of Contemporary Film Directors 3.0 Credits

This course looks at the breakthrough films that “made” the careers of their directors by setting them on a course of institutional and popular recognition. We will analyze the content and form of these films, the various social, economic, and historical forces that led to their creation, as well as the particular technical components and innovations that established these directors and their styles.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 276 Great Years in Cinema: 1999 3.0 Credits

1999 proved to be one of the greatest years in cinematic history in terms of the quality of films, the popular and critical acclaim of those films and the influence that these films would have in the years that followed. This course will examine and analyze the factors that likely contributed to the high volume of quality films released that year.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 290 Hollywoodland I 3.0 Credits

This course examines the history, culture and mythology of Hollywood through ten films, ranging from the silent era to the present, which the entertainment industry has made about itself. Topics to be covered include the growth of Los Angeles as a city, perceptions of stars and producers, the coming of sound in 1927 and the intersection of entertainment and politics. Films to be shown include "A Star is Born," "Sunset Boulevard," "The Front," "A Face in the Crowd," and other lesser-known works. Readings: "What Makes Sammy Run?," "The Last Tycoon," "The Day of the Locust," and "Once in a Lifetime.".

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 291 Hollywoodland II 3.0 Credits

This course continues to examine the history, culture and mythology of Hollywood through films the entertainment industry has made about itself. In this course, the films looked at are primarily from the 1980s on, including "The Stunt Man," "My Favorite Year," "The Comedian" and "The Artist." Also discussed: the effect of television on the film industry, the breakup of the studio system in the late 40’s-early 50’s, the rise of programming created for HBO and other pay cable outlets, and changing perceptions of the business itself.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FMST 200 [Min Grade: D]

FMST 293 Japanese Cinema: Kurosawa 3.0 Credits

This course will be a survey of some of the major films of Akira Kurosawa, who is widely heralded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. His films will be looked at in the context of both Japanese cinema, especially the cinema that preceded him, and world cinema in general.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 304 Film Voice and Style 3.0 Credits

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; however, filmmakers also must develop their own unique voice and style. In this course students will undertake an in-depth study of a particular filmmaker, style, genre, or movement and submit a paper, film or project that will the summation of their research.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 340 French New Wave 3.0 Credits

This course screens films by all five members of the French New Wave movement and examines the works of others who both influenced these five men and were also part of the aesthetic development in France during this period.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 345 Italian Neo Realism 3.0 Credits

Students are exposed to Italian Neorealism, its historical connection to Italy's post WWII, its technique of realism and its influence on later Italian and international films.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 352 The Horror Film 3.0 Credits

This course reviews the history of the horror film and its various sub-genres and analyzes the methods employed in the most successful films. Students dissect the representation of evil and the impact these films have on culture.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST 355 Contemporary Cinema 3.0 Credits

Students interpret and assess contemporary film in light of film history and aesthetics. Includes viewing and analysis of a different current film each week.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FMST I199 Independent Study in FMST 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

FMST I299 Independent Study in FMST 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

FMST I399 Independent Study in FMST 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

FMST I499 Independent Study in FMST 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

FMST T180 Special Topics in Film Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

FMST T280 Special Topics in Film Studies 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

FMST T380 Special Topics in Film Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

FMST T480 Special Topics in Film Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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