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English language proficiency requirements

Students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ELS or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

FILM 110

3 credits

Introduction to Cinema

Prerequisite(s): None.

This course introduces the principles of film as an art form. Through screenings and discussions, an overview of the social, aesthetic, and technical development of motion pictures will be examined. The development of analytical skills will be of primary focus.

FILM 120

3 credits

The History and Aesthetics of World Cinema

Prerequisite(s): None

An examination of developments in global cinema, focusing on film produced outside of movie-making centers in the US and Europe. Various film styles, cultural contexts, and critical practices will be reviewed, covering theories of transnationalism, globalization, post-colonialism, and migration.

FILM 200

3 credits

Special Topics in Film

Prerequisite(s): None. FILM 101 or FILM 102 recommended

The specific topic of this course will vary as opportunity permits (consult timetable), but students will encounter aspects of cinema which examine the diversity of narrative styles and film practices. Students will be exposed to the historical context and influences in the development of film language in addition to film culture.

FILM 210

3 credits

The Woman's Film of the 1940s

Prerequisite(s): None.

This course provides an introduction to both the Hollywood woman’s film of the 1940s as well as readings in contemporary film theory. The theory will be used to examine the cinematic representation of subjectivity in the woman’s film and will include an introduction to Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis and introductory film semiotics. Films presented will include sub-genres of the woman’s film such as the medical discourse film, the maternal melodrama, and the gothic romance film.

FILM 220

3 credits

India on Film

Prerequisite(s): 15 university-level credits

This course examines the culture and history of modern India through its films, ranging from the classic art films of Satyajit Ray to contemporary Bollywood hits. Discussion will focus on the role of film in creating a national consciousness and in preserving the cultural identity of Indians living abroad. In examining the conventions of Indian film--its heroes and heroines, its songs, dances, and plots--we will consider how they reflect changing attitudes toward gender, caste, class, and religion.

FILM 260

3 credits

Video Production Techniques I

Prerequisite(s): 3 credits of Art History, Film, Graphic Design, Media and Communication Studies, Media Arts, Theatre, or Visual Arts.

Introduces basic techniques and creative processes of video production. Emphasizes technical knowledge of cameras, lighting and sound equipment, and video editing software. Includes hands-on exercises both individually and in groups with opportunities to practice cinematography, lighting, sound, and editing techniques.

Note: This course includes a fee, which covers digital video equipment costs.

FILM 261

3 credits

Video Production II

Prerequisite(s): VA 160 or FILM 260.

Builds on techniques introduced in FILM 260, exploring intermediate camera use, shot analysis and composition, motivated and green-screen lighting, sound recording and design, editing using transitions and documentary video. Emphasis on professionalism, teamwork, and honing technical skills for creative expression.

Note: This course includes a fee, which covers digital video equipment costs.

Note: Students with credit for VA 161 or VA 261 cannot take this course for further credit.

FILM 310

3 credits

Introduction to Film Theory

Prerequisite(s): FILM 110 or 120

In this course, students will learn key concepts and major theoretical perspectives in contemporary film theory. Theoretical work will include semiotics, Marxism, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, feminist and postmodernist film theory. Students interested in this course might also want to consider ENGL 366.

FILM 360

3 credits

Video Production III: Storytelling and the Director

Prerequisite(s): FILM 261.

Students with prior technical production skills will advance their knowledge of film-based storytelling and the role of the director. Students participate in workshops on crew roles, story structure, screenwriting, script analysis, image systems, beat work, directing, producing, and working with actors and will complete a group film project.

Note: This course includes a fee, which covers digital video equipment costs.

FILM 361

3 credits

Video Production IV: Short Film Project

Prerequisite(s): FILM 360.

Students develop a short film project (scripted or documentary) and hone skills in pitching, pre-production, production, and post-production. Prepares students to create original stories in screen-based media, while taking on key crew positions including director, producer, production designer, cinematographer, and editor.

Note: This course includes a fee, which covers digital video equipment costs.

FILM 365

3 credits

Documentary Video Storytelling

Prerequisite(s): 15 credits of university-level arts courses. It is also recommended that students have FILM 110 or FILM 120 and one of the following: VA 160, VA 165/ENGL 165, VA 170, or VA 272. Alternatively, students should have some other experience of working with film or video production.

This course offers students knowledge of key concepts and practical skills in documentary storytelling for digital video. Students will develop a short documentary video (of approximately ten minutes in length) from the proposal/treatment stage through pre-production, production, and post-production. Students will be introduced to the work of Canadian filmmakers, who have long been considered leaders in the documentary genre.

Note: This course is offered as VA 365, FILM 365, and JRNL 365. Students may take only one of these for credit.

FILM 366

3 credits

Documentary Video Production

Prerequisite(s): VA 365/FILM 365/JRNL 365 or interview and portfolio review. One of the following is strongly recommended: VA 160, VA 161, VA 271, or VA 180.

This course offers students with previous video production experience an opportunity to develop and direct a short documentary video project from the proposal/treatment stage through pre-production, production, and post-production. Students will be exposed to a range of approaches and skills for crafting compelling documentaries that say something about culture, society, history, or contemporary life.

Note: The course is offered as FILM 366 and VA 366. Students may take only one of these for credit.

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