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Film Studies

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.

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.

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.

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.