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IAFILM150 Introduction to Digital Video Production

This course provides an introduction to basic filmmaking technique, aesthetics, and skills in digital media management through production of digital video projects. Students gain an understanding of the art of narrative filmmaking through emphasis on story development, cinematography, editing, directing, and sound design. Course participation demands outside-class production time.

IHFILM190 Myths and Archetypes in Film and Literature

Examines the phenomena of storytelling through film, literature and our own lives by studying the mythical structure and archetypes that have set the template for the stories we read, watch, and tell in our everyday lives. The investigations lead to a final project where students can generate creative work incorporating specific myths and archetypes.

FILM250 Video Production

Introduction to basic film-making vocabulary, technique, and aesthetics through production of video projects. Students gain skills in film-making through emphasis on idea generation, cinematography, and editing. For Film majors only.

FILM259 Film Studies Credit

With approval of the faculty member concerned, a student may earn credit for film archival work, indexing and repair, or for participation in a faculty-directed film production. May be repeated for credit. By permission only. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

IHFILM260 Introduction to Film Analysis

This course is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to become critically aware and capable film viewers by introducing elements of film form, processes of textual analysis, a variety of cinematic techniques used in narrative and non-narrative cinema, and other models of critical analysis used in film criticism. Not open to students who have completed FILM 270. Fall, Spring.

IHFILM261 Introduction to Film History

This course examines the history of narrative film's technical, aesthetic, industrial, and social development within an international context, particularly in relation to wider cultural and political movements. Film screenings and frequent writing assignments are employed to encourage critical skills in terms of cinema aesthetics and cultural criticism. Not open to students who have completed FILM 271. Fall, Spring.

FILM270 Introduction to Film Analysis

This course is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to become critically aware and capable film viewers by introducing elements of film form, processes of textual analysis, a variety of cinematic techniques used in narrative and non-narrative cinema, and other models of critical analysis used in film criticism. For Film majors and minors only. Not open to students who have completed IHFILM 260. Fall, Spring.

FILM271 Introduction to Film History

This course examines the history of narrative film's technical, aesthetic, industrial, and social development within an international context, particularly in relation to wider cultural and political movements. Film screenings and frequent writing assignments are employed to encourage critical skills in terms of cinema aesthetics and cultural criticism. For Film majors and minors only. Not open to students who have completed IHFILM 261. Fall, Spring.

FILM280 Topics in Production I

Exploration of intermediate level film production areas not usually addressed through the regular curriculum. Specific topics and techniques covered vary. Prerequisites: FILM 250. Film majors only. Fall, Spring.

FILM290 Special Topics

An exploration of areas not covered by the regular curriculum. Content depends on available faculty and resident artists. May be repeated for credit.

FILM294 Cooperative Education

Introductory work-learning experience in film and/or video production, distribution, exhibition, or preservation, for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students, with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit only (normally 120 hours per credit) for a total of 12 credits per degree program. Prerequisites: 24 total credits earned, 2.0 cumulative GPA, and permission of instructor. Graded Pass/Fail.

FILM298 Independent Study

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

IHFILM310 Women and Cinema

Presenting the works of women film and video makers in the social, economic, and historical contexts of their production and reception, this course develops a critical understanding of women's concerns in a transnational world. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP courses, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

IHFILM320 Movements in World Cinema

Addresses major issues in thinking about both national and international cinema in the context of globalization. By examining "global Hollywood" movies and international art cinema as well as transnational film genres, the course explores critical approaches to the intensifying flows of ideas and influences in world film culture. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP courses, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall.

IAFILM330 Screenwriting

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of writing a feature-length film narrative in a proper screenplay form. Class is conducted as a series of workshops in which students study several different types of screenplays, and then do a series of projects that prepares students to write original scripts. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall, Spring.

IHFILM330 Digital Cinema and Media Studies

This course explores how digital technologies and the rise of media conglomerates are blurring boundaries between cinema, television, video, and games. Students critically analyze the aesthetic and cultural impact of new media on moving images. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Occasionally.

IAFILM331 Storytelling in Video

This course teaches techniques of video production in relation to developing and creating stories. Students will focus on concepts, aesthetics, and techniques as they produce visual narratives. Course participation demands outside class production time. Not open to Film majors except by permission of instructor. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Occasionally.

IAFILM332 Creative Digital Non-Fiction

This course explores techniques of video production as students investigate and create documentary film. Students will focus on research, techniques, and sequencing as they create documentaries. Course participation demands outside class production time. Not open to Film majors except by permission of instructor. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Occasionally.

IHFILM342 Topics and Genres

Examines a body of narrative and/or non-narrative films related by virtue of style, director(s), country or region of origin, or period from historical and theoretical perspectives. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

FILM350 16mm Film Production

This course will introduce students to 16mm analog film stock, Bolex cameras, and post-production. Students gain a better understanding of film making by working within the parameters of 16mm film and non-sync sound. Prerequisite: FILM 250. Film majors only. Fall, Spring.

FILM351 Sound

In this course, students will gain knowledge in sound recording, editing and mixing, as well as explore the creative potential of sound design in film and video. Students will be introduced to working with microphones, recording equipment, and sound editing software. Prerequisite: FILM 250. Film majors only. Fall, Spring.

FILM352 Topics in Film Studies

Examines a body of narrative and/or non-narrative films related by virtue of theme, director, country, or period from historical and theoretical perspectives. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: FILM 270 and FILM 271, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

FILM353 Cinema and Diversity

This course invites students to consider films in their social, economic, and historical contexts of production and reception. By surveying key critical ideas, students will recognize political issues in filmic representations and gain an understanding of how power functions in the reproduction of social boundaries and cultural differences through cinema. Prerequisite: FILM 270 and FILM 271. Fall.

FILM355 Film Theory

The study of major film theories and their application to specific films. Formalist, structural, and ideological theories are covered. Prerequisites: FILM 271 and FILM 353, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

IIFILM362 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Film

This course explores cinema through interdisciplinary approaches that cross multiple fields of study, drawing upon academic disciplines that include literary studies, women's studies, media studies, cultural studies, and history. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

IIFILM380 Filming War, Writing War

This interdisciplinary course will focus on cinematic and literary works about war's noncombatants, women, children, losers instead of winners, and international populations. Drawing on material from the fields of film, literature and history, we will explore how war is defined and represented around the world. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

FILM400 Collaborative Production

Collaborative Production is an advanced video production course focused on the collaborative process. Students will work in teams to produce short works throughout the semester. This course builds upon the DSLR film making knowledge of Video Production, using digital cinema cameras and the relevant workflow. Fall, Spring. Film majors only. Prerequisite: FILM 351.

FILM460 Directing the Advanced Film Project I

This course is designed to give an advanced production student experience directing the annual yearlong advanced project. Students will select their crew and fully preproduce the film, guiding the project and crew through the first (preproduction) semester of the course. Students will work closely with the instructor outside of class to fully prepare the project and facilitate communication between crewmembers. Prerequisites: Film Production Option students only, FILM 451, and permission of instructor.

FILM461 Directing the Advanced Film Project II

This course is designed to give an advanced production student experience directing the annual yearlong advanced project. Students will continue the process initiated in FILM 460 by producing and postproducing an advanced film or video project, guiding the project and crew through the second semester of the course. Students will work closely with the instructor outside of class to fully prepare the project and facilitate communication. Prerequisites: Film Production Option students only, FILM 460, and permission of instructor.

FILM480 Topics in Production II

Exploration of advanced level film production areas not usually addressed through the regular curriculum. Specific topics and techniques covered vary. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: FILM 280. Film majors only. Fall, Spring.

FILM485 Production Capstone I

First semester of a yearlong course that will result in the production of film and video projects that synthesize student knowledge and practice. Students have the choice to work on individual or collaborative film and/or video projects. This semester focuses on preproduction and production. Prerequisites: FILM 400. Open to Film majors only. Fall.

FILM486 Production Capstone II

Second semester of a yearlong course that will result in the production of individual and/or collaborative film projects. The spring semester emphasizes production and post-production. This course prioritizes technical and conceptual approaches to filmmaking. The goal is a film project and a written hybrid research/reflection essay. Prerequisite: FILM 485. Film majors only. Spring.

FILM490 Advanced Special Topics

An exploration of areas not covered by the regular curriculum. Content and prerequisites depend on available faculty and resident artists. May be repeated for credit.

FILM495 Seminar

Intensive study of a particular theme or topic relating to film or film production. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: Junior standing and FILM 270, FILM 271, and FILM 353, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

FILM498 Independent Study

Intensive study of an issue, problem, or topic related to film or film production. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor.

FILM499 Senior Research Project

Culminating course for critical studies in film. Under the guidance of a faculty member, students develop, research, and present an individualized project on a chosen historical or critical topic. Prerequisite: FILM 353 and FILM 495 or permission of instructor.