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2010-2011 Academic Year

Arts and Science Departments, Programs and Courses Film and Media Courses of Instruction


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PREREQUISITES
Unless otherwise specified under individual course descriptions, prerequisites are as follows.
Because of student demand for a limited number of spaces, 70 per cent in 100-level FILM courses may not be sufficient to merit entry into FILM 206*, FILM 216*, FILM 226*, FILM 236* or FILM 250, hence into a concentration in FILM or STSC. Priority for admission to upper-year courses is determined by overall average in Film and Media courses including grades in prerequisite courses, and following Academic Regulation 4, Enrolment Priorities, in the Calendar.

AVAILABILITY
The Department of Film and Media does not offer all of the courses listed in the Calendar every year. For the most up-to-date information on the availability of courses offered in the current year, check QCARD or consult the departmental office.
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FILM-104*/0.5 Film Form and Modern Culture to 1970 3L/S;2P
Introduction to tools and methods of visual and aural analysis and to historical and social methods, with examples primarily from the history of cinema and other moving-image media to 1970.
Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
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FILM-106*/0.5 Film Form and Modern Culture from 1970 3L/S;2P
Introduction to tools and methods of visual and aural analysis and to historical and social methods, with examples primarily from cinema and other moving-image media dating from 1970 to the present.
Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
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FILM-110/1.0 Film, Culture and Communication 3L/T;2P
Introduction to analysis of film, television, advertising, and other, related forms of contemporary culture. Includes classical and contemporary Hollywood cinema, Canadian film and television, and alternatives in international cinema. Course requirements include both written work and elementary projects on videotape.
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FILM-206*/0.5 Research, Writing, and Presentation Methods 3S;2P
A series of interactive presentations and lectures instructing students in research methods, argumentative writing, and the design of effective audio-visual presentations. PREREQUISITE    FILM 104* and FILM 106*, or FILM 110, with a minimum grade of 70 per cent.
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FILM-216*/0.5 Historical Inquiry 3L;2P
Introduction to historical research and analysis of narrative and other films. Examines works, from a range of periods and settings, and the conditions that shaped their production, circulation and reception. PREREQUISITE    FILM 104* and FILM 106*, or FILM 110, with a minimum grade of 70 per cent.
EXCLUSION    FILM 215.
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FILM-226*/0.5 Critical Inquiry 3L;2P
Textual analysis of narrative and other films, including examination of formal, aesthetic, and narrative techniques and conventions, and their production of meaning in social and political contexts. PREREQUISITE    FILM 104* and FILM 106*, or FILM 110, with a minimum grade of 70 per cent.
EXCLUSION    FILM 225.
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FILM-236*/0.5 Media Studies 3L;2P
Introduction to cultural and social theory of film and other media as it relates to the tension between citizenship and consumerism. Examines roles, functions, and impact of mass media technologies, institutions, and practices in both scholarly and practical forms. PREREQUISITE    FILM 104* and FILM 106*, or FILM 110, with a minimum grade of 70 per cent.
EXCLUSIONS    FILM 231*, FILM 232*.
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FILM-240*/0.5 Media and Popular Culture 3L
Course surveys a variety of popular media forms and genres (film, TV, radio, music, novels, magazines, advertising, news, Internet). Introduces contemporary cultural studies analysis concerning the impact of everyday media use on the formation of identities, perceptions, lifestyles and communities.
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FILM-250/1.0 Fundamentals of Production 3L/P;1T
Introduction to basic film and video production techniques, including camera, lighting, sound recording, and editing. Assignments, on videotape, include exercises in groups and projects organized by individual students.
NOTE    Production supplies $100.
PREREQUISITE    Priority will be given to students with the highest overall average on FILM courses including FILM 110 or both FILM 104* and FILM 106*. A minimum grade of 70 per cent in FILM 110 or a minimum combined average of 70 per cent in FILM 104* and FILM 106* is required.
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FILM-300*/0.5 Hollywood: The Dream Factory 3L/S;2P
Intermediate study in an area of classical Hollywood cinema, through a selection of representative films. Examines industrial systems of production, distribution, and exhibition in the United States, the art of popular cinema, and relations to social setting.
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STSC-300*/0.5 Stage and Screen 3L/S/P
For a complete description, see Stage and Screen Studies.
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FILM-301*/0.5 American Film in Historical Perspective 3L/S;2P
This course studies the production and reception of film in the United States from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. It traces the aesthetic, technological and organisational changes in various film practices, and places those changes in the context of American social history. Example films are chosen from feature filmmaking as well as from documentary and experimental traditions.
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FILM-302*/0.5 Genre 3L/S;2P
Intermediate examination of generic convention, iconography, relations to modes of production and to audience, and historical dimensions, using as examples films or video productions in one or more genre. 
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FILM-303*/0.5 National and International Cinema 3L/S;2P
Intermediate examination of a national cinema or the cinemas of more than one nation. 
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FILM-305*/0.5 European Narrative 3L/S;2P
Intermediate critical and historical study, through a selection of narrative films from one or more European nations. Examines cinema industries and art within national and continental culture.
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FILM-306*/0.5 Comparative Contemporary Film in Europe 3L;2P
Intermediate study of thematic and stylistic trends in recent European cinema, with reference to social and political changes.
Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
PREREQUISITE    Third-year standing.
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FILM-307*/0.5 Classics of European Cinema 3L;2P
Intermediate study of some of the most significant films made in Europe from the early 20th century to today. Considers historical, technological, and aesthetic determinants and influence.
Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
PREREQUISITE    Third-year standing.
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STSC-309*/0.5 Special Topics in Stage and Screen 3L/S/P
For a complete description, see Stage and Screen Studies.
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FILM-310*/0.5 Reviewing World Cinema and Media Arts 3S
A course in developing expertise in writing reviews of contemporary world cinema and media arts. The class will meet every other week throughout the Fall and Winter terms. Students' reviews will be posted on a web site.
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IDIS-311*/0.5 Sound Production 3L/S;2P
For a complete description, see Interdisciplinary Studies.
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FILM-312*/0.5 Screenwriting 3S
Approaches to dramatic storytelling for the screen. Students analyze examples from existing works and, through practical exercises, prepare a short, original screenplay. PREREQUISITE    FILM 250.
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FILM-315*/0.5 Film and Digital Media Theory 3L/S;2P
Intermediate study in the literature of film and digital media theory and criticism. Examines a selection of writing significant in the evolving understanding of both cinema and digital media within the context of a changing technological environment (of both production and viewing).
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FILM-320*/0.5 Media and the Arts 3L/S;2P
Intermediate study in relations between moving-image media and other visual or performing arts.
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FILM-322*/0.5 Canadian Film and Television to 1980 3L/S;2P
Intermediate study in history and critical analysis, from early cinema to the tax-shelter boom and the institution of Telefilm Canada.
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FILM-323*/0.5 Contemporary Canadian Film and Television 3L;2P
Intermediate examination of film and television in Canada since 1980, taking into account regional difference and other cultural, political, and economic distinctions.
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FILM-331*/0.5 Women and Film 3L/S;2P
Intermediate study in feminist approaches to the cinema and to films produced by women. Critical examination of critical and theoretical literature, and examples of narrative, documentary, and experimental cinemas. PREREQUISITES    3.0 credits in FILM, or GNDS 120* (or WMNS 120*), GNDS 211* (or WMNS 211*), WMNS 225* and third-year standing.
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FILM-335*/0.5 Culture and Technology 3L/S;2P
Research and studies in relations of media, technology, and culture. Critical examination of cultural and communication technologies and the employment of technology within selected examples from film, television, and other media.
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FILM-336*/0.5 Film and Politics 3L/S;2P
Intermediate examination of the historical and critical relation between film and politics or political ideologies. Examples will be drawn from both narrative and non-narrative traditions.
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FILM-337*/0.5 Cinema and the City 3L;2T
An intermediate study of representations of the city in cinema and visual culture, the social histories from which these representations emerge, and the changing environments in which cinema is viewed. PREREQUISITES    3.0 FILM credits or GPHY 101*, GPHY 227*, GPHY 229* and either GPHY 328* or 1.0 FILM credit.
EXCLUSION    FILM 335* (2004-2006).  
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FILM-340*/0.5 Advertising and Consumer Culture 3L/S;2P
Historical and critical examination of advertising, especially television and related print materials, as cultural, economic, and political practices within a continuously changing consumer society.
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FILM-345*/0.5 Television: Structure and Function 3L/S;2P
Intermediate examination of television and the development of the medium as a distinctive cultural form, through a range of programs and programming formats, issues of audience, and television broadcasting in Canada.
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FILM-351*/0.5 Documentary Production 3L;2P
Advanced motion picture production course. Each student produces a short documentary using video and/or 16mm film. Emphasis will be placed on unconventional approaches and techniques.
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FILM-352*/0.5 Production: Issues of Form and Structure 3L;2P
Advanced practical course in film and video aesthetics. Starting with the screening and analysis of selected works, each student will script, produce and edit a short video or 16mm work that explores particular formal questions. Emphasis will be placed on unconventional approaches and techniques.
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FILM-355/1.0 Documentary Theory and Practice 3L/S;2P
A course which combines study of the history and theory of documentary film with the production of documentary videos. Requirements will include both research essays as well as the conceptualization and production of a documentary video or film.
EXCLUSION    FILM 360*.
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FILM-360*/0.5 The Documentary Tradition 3L/S;2P
Intermediate critical and historical study in non-fiction film and television, based on selected examples from Canada, including productions of the National Film Board and the CBC, and international documentary cinemas.
EXCLUSION    FILM 355.
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FILM-370*/0.5 The Experimental Tradition 3S/P
Intermediate critical and historical study in the avant-garde of the international cinema, based on selected examples principally from Europe, the United States and Canada.
EXCLUSION    FILM 375.
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FILM-375/1.0 Experimental Theory and Practice 3L/S;2P
A course which combines study of the history and theory of experimental film with the production of experimental works. Requirements will include both research essays as well as the conceptualization and production of an experimental video or film.
EXCLUSION    FILM 370*.
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FILM-380*/0.5 Approaches to Video 3L/S;2P
Critical and historical examination of video as a medium and a cultural form, based on selected examples of work produced in video formats.
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FILM-385/1.0 Animation Theory and Practice 3L/S;2P
A course which combines study of the history and theory of film animation with the production of animated films. Requirements will include both research essays as well as the conceptualization and production of an animated film.
EXCLUSION    FILM 441* (2008-09).
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FILM-395*/0.5 Internship
Students can apply to undertake a practical internship in media production, criticism or curatorship. All internships must be approved in advance by application to the Undergraduate Coordinator. Approval will depend on the quality of the proposal and the academic record of the applicant. Students are required to write a report about their experience and are evaluated jointly by their employer and a faculty member from Film and Media. It is the responsibility of students, not the Department of Film and Media, to arrange internships.
NOTE    Students will be given a grade of Pass/Fail for work done.
PREREQUISITE    3.0 credits in FILM and permission of the Department.
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FILM-410*/0.5 Video Production for Digital Media 3L/P
Advanced work in video and computer media. Assignments include the production of digital video projects, undertaken individually and in groups.
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IDIS-410*/0.5 Contemporary Cultural Performance in Practice 3S;2P
For a complete description, see Interdisciplinary Studies.
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FILM-415*/0.5 Contemporary Theory: Special Topic 3S;2P
Advanced seminar on one or more approaches to cinema and culture, based on a selection of writings and related screenings.
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FILM-422*/0.5 Canadian Cinema: Special Topic 3S;2P
Advanced seminar on specific area of research and study selected by the instructor. Subjects have included Québécois cinema, film and mass culture in Canada.
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FILM-425*/0.5 Advanced Film Criticism 3S
Research seminar that draws on students' previous work to enhance advanced writing and research in film criticism. Topics from theory, criticism, and history will be addressed to suit individual students' projects. PREREQUISITE    Fourth-year standing, or permission of the Department.
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FILM-430*/0.5 Authorship: Special Topic I 3S;2P
Advanced seminar on authorship and analysis, generally concerning the work of a single film-maker. Subjects have included John Ford, Federico Fellini.
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FILM-431*/0.5 Authorship: Special Topic II 3S;2P
For a complete description, see FILM 430*.
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FILM-435*/0.5 Culture and Representation: Special Topic I 3S;2P
Advanced seminar on relations between societies and their expression in culture, with particular reference to film, television, and comparable media. Subjects have included interdisciplinary approaches and cultural studies; third cinema in the Third World.
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FILM-436*/0.5 Culture and Representation: Special Topic II 3S;2P
For a complete description, see FILM 435*.
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FILM-440*/0.5 Non-narrative Film: Special Topic I 3S;2P
Advanced seminar on selected areas of documentary or experimental cinemas. Subjects have included politically committed documentary in Canada; the anti-documentary.
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FILM-441*/0.5 Non-narrative Film: Special Topic II 3S;2P
For a complete description, see FILM 440*.
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FILM-445*/0.5 Narrative Film: Special Topic I 3S;2P
Advanced seminar on an area of narrative cinema, generally concerning a selection of feature-length films. Subjects have included international films of the 1990s.
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FILM-446*/0.5 Narrative Film: Special Topic II 3S;2P
For a complete description, see FILM 445*.
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FILM-450*/0.5 Production: Special Topic I 5P
Advanced seminar/workshop in an area of film or video production, generally involving intensive analysis of existing work and practical assignments.
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FILM-451*/0.5 Production: Special Topic II 5P
For a complete description, see FILM 450*.
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FILM-500/1.0 Honours Thesis
Open to students completing an honours concentration in Film and Media, or Stage and Screen Studies. May be an essay or a film or video project. Apply for FILM 500 or FILM 501*, but not both, to the Undergraduate Coordinator by end of third year. PREREQUISITE    Open to students in the final year of an Honours program, with an average of at least 75 per cent in Film and Media courses.
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FILM-501*/0.5 Honours Thesis
For a complete description, see FILM 500. PREREQUISITE    Open to students in the final year of an Honours program, with an average of at least 75 per cent in Film and Media courses.
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FILM-510/1.0 Directed Studies
Open to students completing an honours concentration in Film and Media, or Stage and Screen Studies. Enables a student to pursue an area of study not covered in regularly offered courses. Applicants must obtain approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator and supervising instructor. PREREQUISITE    Open to students in the final year of an Honours program, with an average of at least 75 per cent in Film and Media courses.
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FILM-511*/0.5 Directed Studies
For a complete description, see FILM 510. PREREQUISITE    Open to students in the final year of an Honours program, with an average of at least 75 per cent in Film and Media courses.
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FILM-512*/0.5 Directed Studies
For a complete description, see FILM 510. PREREQUISITE    Open to students in the final year of an Honours program, with an average of at least 75 per cent in Film and Media courses.
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