Course Offerings 2022-23

Tentative List - Subject to Change without Notice

This is the complete List of Course Offerings for 2022-23 with detailed descriptions. This list is subject to change without notice and should only be used as a guide. Please also see the Arts and Science complete list of Courses of Instruction that Film has offered over the years.


Production Course Rule:

You may enroll in no more than one production course per term. Eg. FILM 387: Cinematography in the fall term and FILM 393: Advanced Video Production in the winter term. If the two production courses that you'd like to take in 2022-23 occur in the same term, we will allow you to enroll in both so long as you enroll in none for the other term. 

This rule has been designed to ensure that every upper-year FILM Major/Medial, MAPP, and COFI student has a chance to take production courses. If during your enrollment time ticket this July you aren't able to enroll in any production courses (due to lack of space or restrictions/errors), please contact Stephanie Wilson for help.

This rule applies to the following courses for the 2022-23 Academic Year:

FILM 214: Mobile Communications 
FILM 250: Fundamentals of Media Production
FILM 257: Concept Development
FILM 312: Screenwriting
FILM 356: Animation Production
FILM 369: Advanced Animation Production
FILM 377: 3D Animation for Virtual and Augmented Reality
FILM 387: Cinematography and Visual Aesthetics
FILM 392: Video Production
FILM 393: Advanced Video Production
FILM 394: Post-Production
FILM 451: Production Special Topic: Sound & Synthesis
FILM 455: Cross-Platform Storytelling
FILM 456: The Video Essay
FILM 459: Film and Media Practicum

FILM 460: Major Project does not count towards a FILM Major's production course allotment. Eg. A fourth-year FILM Major may enroll in FILM 460 as well as two production courses from the list above and/or from the list of MAPP courses below.

When FILM students take the following MAPP courses, they will count towards this production course rule:
MAPP 200: Media and Performance 1
MAPP 300: Media and Performance 2
MAPP 311: Sound Production
MAPP 400: Media and Performance Major Project
MAPP 401: Media and Performance Special Topic (topic TBD)

MAPP Students:
Your required MAPP courses do not count towards the production course rule. You may enroll in two production courses from the list above in addition to your required MAPP course(s) in a given year. 

2nd Year FILM, MAPP, and COFI Students:
At this time we cannot guarantee access to any 300-level production courses during your 2nd year of study. You will, however, be pre-enrolled in the FILM 250: Fundamentals of Media Production course which will provide you with plenty of production instruction. We also reserve some seats for 2nd-year students in our FILM 214: Mobile Communications and FILM 257: Concept Development courses. You're welcome to try to enroll in just one additional production course in your 2nd-year, but because the 3rd and 4th-year students receive priority access, it's more likely that you'll have to wait until 3rd-year to take production courses besides FILM 250.

If you have questions about this Production Course Rule and how it applies to you, please contact Stephanie Wilson.


Learning Hours Legend

 

Code Meaning Code Meaning
L Lectures G Group Learning
T Tutorials I Individual Instruction
S Seminars O Online Activities
Lb Labs Oc Off-campus Activity
Pc Practicum P Private Study

 

FILM 110/6.0               Film, Media, and Screen Cultures                            Fall/Winter 2022/23

Introduction to analysis of film, television, new media and other related forms of contemporary culture. Includes classical and contemporary Hollywood cinema, Canadian film and television, alternatives in international cinema, as well as recent developments on the internet, in gaming, and in social media.

LEARNING HOURS 216 (24L;24Lb;36T;36Pc;96P)

Instructors: D. Vena / G. Kibbins / A. Na / S. MacKenzie


 

FILM 200/3.0                         Introduction to Video Game Studies          Fall 2022

This course aims to provide students with a broad understanding of video games and video game studies through an examination of topics such as the video game industry, the aesthetics of video game, the ontology of video games, video game and genre, storytelling and representation in video games, video game's production of meaning and video game's role in culture. Students will play and analyze videogames while reading current research and theory from a variety of sources in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and industry. It is open to students from all disciplines and levels of experience in video games. Priority will be given to students in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan or (FILM 110 and permission of the department).  

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 206/3.0               Research, Writing, and Presentation Methods                 Winter 2023                          

How I Learned to Survive Film Studies and Love 1980’s Cult Cinema. This course is designed to teach academic ‘survival skills’ to second-year students (and beyond) using works from 1980’s American cinema as a basis for analysis. Including introductory workshops on professionalism, time management and procrastination, as well as more detailed tutorials on writing foundations, thesis construction, and visual analysis, this course provides students with the necessary knowledge to navigate Film and Media Studies. Students should prepare for an organic classroom experience that is paced to accommodate learning needs while still meeting the instructor’s expectations. Students should be ready to craft several written assignments, complete in-class exercises, participate in discussion, and present work in a structured and supportive environment. NOTE: Priority will be given to FILM, STSC/MAPP, and COCA students.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE (A grade of B- in FILM 110/6.0) or (a GPA of 2.60 in FILM 104/3.0 and FILM 106/3.0) or (a GPA of 2.60 in BISC 100/3.0 and FILM 104/3.0).

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 214/3.0              Mobile Communications                                 Winter 2023

This course involves both media studies and production. Students will use their own mobile devices to complete a series of creative projects, while learning theoretical and practical aspects of mobile media communications.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;36O;36P) 

Instructor: J. Kim


FILM 217/3.0             Film and Media History and Theory Pre-1960                              Fall 2022             

This course offers an overview of the early history and theories associated with film and media, including studies of Slapstick comedy, German Expressionism, African American films, French New Wave, Italian Neorealism and Surrealist cinemas, with a focus on women's roles in cinema before 1960. NOTE Priority will be given to FILM Major and Medial students.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE (A grade of B- in FILM 110/6.0) or (a GPA of 2.60 in FILM 104/3.0 and FILM 106/3.0) or (a GPA of 2.60 in BISC 100/3.0 and FILM 104/3.0).

Instructor: K. Bertrand


FILM 218/3.0             Film and Media History and Theory Post-1960                                    Winter 2023       

This course offers an overview of foundational, post-1960 histories and theories associated with Film and Media studies, including topics on authorship, spectatorship, and visual language. Students will become orientated to influential artistic and academic texts that have fundamentally altered the ways in which we approach the creation, dissemination, and interpretation of images. Students should come prepared to engage with robust, theoretical contributions to the field, as well as a range of visual materials. NOTE  Priority will be given to FILM Major and Medial students.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE (A grade of B- in FILM 110/6.0) or (a GPA of 2.60 in FILM 104/3.0 and FILM 106/3.0) or (a GPA of 2.60 in BISC 100/3.0 and FILM 104/3.0).

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 220/3.0                 Disney Pixar DreamWorks                            Winter 2023

This course offers a historical, sociological, and theoretical framing and analysis of children’s animated feature films produced by major American animation studios. The course will examine these beloved childhood classics as texts that are rich with ideological and political concerns. NOTE Priority will be given to FILM, STSC,  MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P) PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above.

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 225/3.0                        The Comedy Film         Fall 2022            

This course examines the emergence and continuing popularity of the comedy film from a global perspective. It explores the history and transformations of the genre and the ways in which comedy has been mobilized as a popular media to address larger cultural, political, and sociological issues. NOTE Priority will be given to FILM, STSC, MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above.

Instructor: G. Kibbins


FILM 236/3.0               Media and Cultural Studies                       Fall 2022 Online or In Person Winter 2023                                  

FILM 236 introduces students to the field of contemporary cultural studies through the study of popular forms such as film, TV, media, and live performance. Students will analyze the significance of these popular forms and focus their attention on the media technologies (digital and analogue), online spaces, and networked environments in which they operate. Students will learn to conceptualize “media” through wide-ranging analysis: from readings that invoke a self-reflexive orientation to our social media use; to media texts that analyze what counts as “real” in our technological environments; to works that critique who has algorithmic and aesthetic control to shape discourses and the stories we tell.   Also offered online in Fall 2020. NOTE: Priority will be given to FILM, STSC/MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;24Lb;24O;36P)

Instructor: I. Robinson / S. Lord


FILM 240/3.0               Media and Popular Culture                                  Fall 2022 In Person or Winter 2023 Online

This course on the dynamics between media and popular culture takes an interrogative approach. It is organized around a series of questions that will introduce students to a range of key concepts in media and mass communication studies, with the goal of providing a theoretical structure to support critical analysis of contemporary cultural trends. Also offered online in Winter 2019. NOTE: Priority will be given to FILM, STSC/MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students.

LEARNING HOURS 108(36L;36PS;36O)

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 250/3.0            Fundamentals of Media Production                        Fall 2022 or Winter 2023

An introductory course to media production.  Topics will cover basic camera operations, visual composition, editing, sound, and lighting techniques. Students will work in teams to accomplish a series of short film productions.. NOTE: Production supplies $325. Priority will be given to students with the highest overall GPA on FILM courses, including those at the 100-level.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (48S;72P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, MAPP or COCA Specialization.

Instructors:  A. Guerrero Cortés / R. Randall / D. Elon 


FILM 257/3.0          Concept Development                                   Fall 2022 or Winter 2023  (5 sections)

This course explores various methods to conceive and develop film/media-related work, including elaboration of primary concepts, embarking on relevant research, and engaging with the script development process. Various formal strategies, storytelling techniques and aesthetic approaches are covered across different media and genres in this critical stage of pre-production. Students learn to identify which original ideas are worth developing, evolving initial concepts into workable scripts or project designs.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;36PS;36O)
PREREQUISITE (A grade of B- in FILM 110/6.0) or (a GPA of 2.60 in FILM 104/3.0 and FILM 106/3.0) or (a GPA of 2.60 in BISC 100/3.0 and FILM 104/3.0).

Instructors: H. Lee / D. Elon


FILM 260/3.0               Digital Media Theory and Practice                      Summer 2023 - Online only

Survey of digital media theories and online mass communication practices, with emphasis on social and mobile technologies. Course considers the impact of digitalization on the creative and culture industries. NOTE: Only offered online.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (72O;48P) Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

Instructor:  P. Gauthier


 

FILM 300/3.0               Hollywood: The Dream Factory                                    Fall 2022                                        

This course examines Classical Hollywood Cinema from the early 1940s until its demise at the end of the 1950s. NOTE: Priority will be given to FILM, STSC/MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students.

LEARNING HOURS   108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0).

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 303/3.0       World Cinemas       Fall 2022 Online Only

This course offers an overview of recent filmmaking practices from various continents. Transnational cinemas explore how intimate, personal styles of filmmaking converge with theories of globalization, hybridity and remediation.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P).
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan) or (DEVS 240 or FILM 236 or FILM 240 or FILM 260 or LLCU 209).  

Instructor: K. Bertrand


FILM 311/3.0              Mediating Misinformation       Winter 2023

This course critically evaluates narratives foregrounding the role of social media in the spread of disinformation. In contrast to claims that “fake news” is a product of new media, this course historicizes problematic information in the West as a perennial tool for maintaining existing power hierarchies. Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above. 

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructor: E. Chalfant


FILM 312/3.0               Screenwriting                                         Winter 2023 

Approaches to dramatic storytelling for the screen. The course covers facets of writing fictional screenplays, including story structure, plotting, and creating memorable characters. By studying the “language of screenwriting” and dramatic storytelling principles vis-a-vis imperatives of cinematic storytelling, students learn to effectively translate their own stories into produceable scripts. Coursework includes: analyzing films and scripts, learning standard screenplay format, practical exercises and assignments from first draft to final draft, and engaging in the rewriting and feedback process. Students emerge with a polished original screenplay.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36S;72P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM.

Instructor: / B. Babic


FILM 318/3.0               Curating Screen Practices                                              Winter 2023  

This course aims to engage students with a broad sphere of curatorial activities within and beyond the film industry and contemporary visual arts. Students will explore the role of curatorial practices in media, science, and culture through class discussions, field trips to various exhibition sites and events, and the organization of a final exhibition project.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0).

Instructor: G. Menotti


FILM 325/3.0                    Cinemas in Canada: Anglo-Canadian/Quebecois(e)/Indigenous  Fall 2022

This course examines fiction filmmaking from Anglo-Canadian, Quebecois(e), and Indigenous filmmakers, examining a variety of works produced from the 1950s onwards. We pay special attention to questions of experimental narrative form (such as documentary/fiction hybrids), national and Indigenous identities, and the role of various funding programs.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P).
PREREQUISITE Registration in a (FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP, or COCA Specialization) and 12.0 units in FILM. 

Instructor: E. Sanders 


FILM 332/3.0         Queer Cinemas                                                        Winter 2023                                         

This course will examine the development of queer representation and filmmaking practices in the Western context. We will explore the history of queer artists and the ways in which they have manipulated, subverted, and altogether rejected traditional cinematic codes in order to express queer desires, pleasures, and traumas. Additionally, this course will introduce students to the field of queer cinema studies. Together, students will be exposed to a diverse array of artistic and academic content in order to think through broader considerations of gender, sexuality, and race within the context of Film and Media studies.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM) or (Level 3 and registration in a GNDS Plan and GNDS 120/3.0, GNDS 125/3.0).

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 335/3.0                                        Culture and Technology                                Winter 2023  - Online Only

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 digital media. NOTE: Priority will be given to FILM, STSC/MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students.

LEARNING HOURS Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0).

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 336/3.0                       Film and Politics: Religion on Screen                        Fall 2022

This course examines filmic media that make use of religious themes, figures and metaphors. It explores the ways that the screen is used to reflect and shape religious ideas, practices, subject-positions, and ethics as well as ideological expression in society more generally. Students will be asked to consider how film and television in particular help construct binaries like insider/outsider, science/magic, and public/private that constitute the category of religion while participating in contested societal discourses.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM.

Instructor: E. Chalfant


FILM 339/3.0      The 90s: Media and Culture at the End of the 20th Century      Fall 2022                                    

This course will focus on the rapid technological and social changes in the 1990s and their effects on film and media. Topics may include: technology in science fiction and disaster films; the teen movie; racial diversity and the family sitcom; New Queer Cinema; and globalization and transnational media.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;36O;36P)
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0)

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 340/3.0               Advertising and Consumer Culture *ONLINE ONLY*                       Fall 2022    

This course reviews advertising strategies across a range of different media to understand the construction and functions of consumer culture and citizenship in politics, economics, art, and everyday life. We shall critically examine theories and case studies primarily from North America.

LEARNING HOURS Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning hours may vary.
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0) or (COMM 131/3.0 or COMM 231/3.0 or PSYC 342/3.0).

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 342/3.0                Studies in Alternative Media: Activist Media Making    Winter 2023                                                    

Marginalized peoples have always spoken back to mainstream representations. Studies in Alternative Media will address the history of media-making by queer, feminist, and racialized communities. It shows how marginalized people have used diverse representational tools that range from analog technologies to digital worlds to define and represent themselves, advocate for change, and create community. The course is structured around technologies such as the xerox machine, the camcorder, and the smart phone since advancements in technology have often lowered financial barriers, thereby allowing broader groups of people to seize the means of production and dissemination in order to create activist media.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE (A grade of B- in FILM 110/6.0) or (a GPA of 2.60 in FILM 104/3.0 and FILM 106/3.0) or (a GPA of 2.60 in BISC 100/3.0 and FILM 104/3.0).

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 343/3.0      Speculative Media Studies: Fictions, Fans, and Franchises        Fall 2022

A survey of speculative media, working around three organizing themes (fictions, fans, and franchises), this class will introduce key issues in speculative media studies . Students will explore various sub-cultural and popular SF or speculative genres, including science-fiction, fantasy, alternative history, and speculative futures.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P).
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM) or permission of the Department. 

Instructor: A. Na


FILM 350/3.0                Moving Images Archives: The Politics of Preservation and Circulation              Fall 2022 

This course will introduce the history, procedures, and policies of audiovisual archives. Topics may include: the history of film archives (e.g. the National Film Board Archives); best practices in preservation and digitization; procedure and politics of digitization; and challenges in the preservation of born-digital art and video.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 356/3.0               Animation Production                                                 Winter 2023                                                               

A combined 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. 

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;24Lb;60P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and FILM 250/6.0 and 6.0 units in FILM.
EXCLUSION No more than one course from FILM 356/3.0; FILM 385/6.0

Instructor: E. Pelstring


FILM 360/3.0         The Documentary Tradition    Fall 2022

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.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P).
PREREQUISITE Registration in a (FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization) and 12.0 units in FILM. Exclusion FILM 355.  

Instructor: D. Naaman


FILM 368/3.0                    Animation Theory and Criticism                                        Fall 2022

In 2022-2023, we examine the history of animation from theoretical and critical perspectives, addressing areas such as experimental animation (such as Hans Richter, Walther Ruttman, Viking Eggeling, Len Lye, Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart, Stan Brakhage, Mary Ellen Bute, Tony Conrad, Jordan Belson, Helen Hill, Peggy Ahwesh, the Brothers Quay, Jody Mack, Amanda Strong) Classical Hollywood (Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, UPA), the NFB/ONF, Studio Ghibli (including Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata), Eastern European animators (such as Jan Lenica, Ryszard Czekała, Jiří Trnka and Jan Švankmajer), silhouette animation (pioneered by Lotte Reiniger), and computer animation (from early experimental works by the Whitney brothers, to music video, to Pixar). We will consider the histories, aesthetics and politics of animation through the prisms such as surrealism, psychedelia, satire, self-reflexivity, and allegory. Alongside written work, assignments include the possibility of making 16mm hand-painted, hand-scratched, hand-made analogue films, video essays, and curatorial programs.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;12Oc;60P)
PREREQUISITE (Level 3 and Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC, MAPP or COCA Specialization) and (FILM 250/6.0 or FILM 250/3.0)

Instructor:  S. MacKenzie


FILM 369/3.0                   Advanced Animation                               Winter 2023  

This course covers a variety of advanced animation techniques and allows students to explore physical materials and digital tools. Students create a finished work to be exhibited publicly at the end of the semester.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P).
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration in a (FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization) and FILM 356. Note This course and all other 300-level production courses are reserved for 3rd and 4th year students who have completed the required prerequisites.  

Instructor: G. Gear


FILM 377/3.0           3D Animation for Virtual and Augmented Reality                          Fall 2022                                    

This course covers the creation and animation of simple 3D objects for the purposes of developing augmented reality apps, filters, and virtual reality environments, using accessible software to generate, import, and rig characters. Students will have an overview of different applications to build and share interactive, 3D content made for mobile devices. 

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and FILM 250/6.0 and 6.0 units in FILM. 

Instructor: J. Norton


FILM 387/3.0    Cinematography and Visual Aesthetics     Fall 2022 or Winter 2023                

FILM 387 is an advanced practical course in cinematography and visual aesthetics. Through a series of lectures, on-line video content, hands-on practical shooting exercises, screenings, written responses, and open discussions students will explore visual aesthetics and the techniques used to author images with intent and consistency. Students will be individually evaluated through exercises and quizzes while shooting assignments can be completed independently or in small groups.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and FILM 250/6.0 and 6.0 units in FILM. 

Instructor: R. Randall


FILM 392/3.0                     Video Production                      Fall 2022 or Winter 2023

This course covers production techniques, including planning, production, and post-production topics. Students can explore a variety of genres and forms, and will undertake a series of short exercises aimed at building technical skills. Specific themes covered will depend on the instructor. Prerequisite for Advanced Video Production. 

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and FILM 250/6.0 and 6.0 units in FILM.  

Instructor:  A. Guerrero Cortés


FILM 393/3.0                  Advanced Video Production                                     Winter 2023                                       

This course builds on material covered in Video Production, and introduces advanced techniques for conceptualizing, planning, producing, and editing short film/video projects. student projects will be exhibited/screened publicly at the end of the semester. 

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and FILM 250/6.0 and 6.0 units in FILM.  

Instructor: D. Naaman


FILM 394/3.0                  Post-Production                                                     Fall 2022 or Winter 2023                               

This intermediate-level course explores technical, aesthetic, and conceptual aspects of moving-image post-production. Students will complete exercises in order to gain a practical understanding of the creative challenges involved in creating a film out of raw footage, and will learn to employ established editing techniques. Technical training will cover best-practices for post-production workflows. Topics will include: post-production workflows; media management; editing techniques and creative strategies; theories of montage; scene coverage and continuity; working with effects: compositing, working with keyframes; sound design, editing and mixing; and colour correction and grading. 

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and FILM 250/6.0 and 6.0 units in FILM.  

Instructor: J. Norton


FILM 395/3.0               Internship                                                                Fall 2022 or Winter 2023

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.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (120I)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM and permission of the Department.

Coordinator: E. Pelstring


 

ANIM 400/3.0                   Special Topics in Animation       Winter 2023

An advanced course in developing expertise through research and/or praxis in specialized areas of animation production and studies. Priority will be given to students in the ANIM certificate at level 4 or above.  

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE  ANIM 200 and registration in the ANIM certificate or a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructor: G. Gear


FILM 400/3.0          Film Geographies                  Winter 2023

This seminar considers the ways that film and media function as sites of geographical knowledge, research, critique, and creativity. We will examine diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of space and place in film and media artworks, including filmic representations of real places; the geographies of film and media production and industry; film cartographies and mapping; utopian and dystopian spaces; architectural forms of cinema; interconnections between cinema, urbanism and architecture; and issues of localization and globalization. Our seminar will draw on historical and theoretical approaches to scrutinize the ways that feature films, documentaries, essay films, experimental projects, televisual and digital media art, and installation projects work to question, critique, reflect, and speculate on the geographical organization of space.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE  Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 415/3.0              Contemporary Theory: Special Topic                  Fall 2022                                                           

This course is focused on the study and creation of new archival processes and forms of access for the robust audio-visual histories of media makers whose cameras and microphones are used to contribute to community resilience, and as tools of critical reflection of colonial and patriarchal archives. We will work in the state-of-the-art Vulnerable Media Lab and in the seminar to “make the old new again” through remediation projects. We will work with “born digital media” alongside a variety of “obsolete” and “marginal” media, all of which share their own kinds of material vulnerabilities. We will develop methods and processes to ensure this media art history is preserved and made available according to culturally specific and ethically driven forms of access, thus engaging in new conversations about cultural heritage.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC, MAPP or COCA Specialization and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSIONS No more than 3.0 units from FILM 415/3.0; FILM 457/1.5; FILM 458/1.5

Instructor: S. Lord


FILM 416/3.0         Material Media Studies: Things, Ecologies, Affects                 Fall 2022                                             

This course will examine media from a perspective of materiality. Counter to popular sentiments about the immateriality of the Internet or the virtual as absent of physical bodies, this class looks to objects, environments, experiences, and sensations associated with media. The course will introduce material media studies concepts and explore media as material through class activities.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.

Instructor: E. Chalfant


FILM 420/3.0                   Advanced Approaches to Media Studies: Media Archaeologies                 Winter 2023

Advanced course in media theory, focusing on a special topic in the field each year. This course will teach students how to excavate the layers of historical media technologies that precede and partially determine contemporary media. Guided by the theoretical works of Friedrich Kittler, Wolfgang Ernst, and Siegfried Zielinksi as well as the methodological refinements developed by Jussi Parikka and Erkki Huhtamo, this course critically scrutinizes progressivist narratives of media history. By focusing on those media forms that have become obsolete, neglected, obscured, or imaginatively abandoned, we will ask how to bring plural media histories to bear on our understanding of today’s media landscape and to produce media design and art that intervenes in hegemonic media histories.

LEARNING HOURS 108(36l;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE(Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC, MAPP or COCA Specialization) and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.

Instructor: E. Chalfant


FILM 445/3.0                          Narrative Film: Queering and UnQueering Movies       Winter 2023

Using brilliant gay scholar D.A. Miller as our inspiration, we will examine the formation of gay identities in the Broadway musical, the untrustworthy notion that queer films are only or always possible from queer filmmakers, and the work of Pedro Almodóvar. Miller and Almodóvar will be our guides to exploring and deconstructing assumptions around gay and queer sensibilities. And much else will be unveiled in the close examination of some great and not-so-great movies. Since the prof is not gay, there will be much self-interrogation going on at the front of the classroom.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P).
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 30.0 units in FILM) or permission of the Department.  

Instructor: F. Burke


FILM 450/3.0               The Business of Media                                             Winter 2023                                 

A 12-week special topic course that serves as a general primer on the current business of media as it pertains to narrative storytelling.  We will broadly explore business considerations throughout the production cycle, from development through production to distribution and marketing, as well as explore various different career paths in media.  Although the primary focus is on film and television, we will explore different sectors including interactive digital media with an overall emphasis on cross-platform storytelling.  Throughout the course we will hear from various industry professionals via Skype and potential guest lecturer(s). The course will culminate in industry profile presentations and a planned daylong field trip to visit various Toronto-based media companies.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Oc;48P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and FILM 250/6.0 and 24.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.

Instructor: A. Jansen


FILM 451/3.0             Production: Sound and Synthesis                     Winter 2023                                          

This advanced seminar / workshop will attend to sound as an integral but often overlooked aspect of film and video production and reception. Through group assignments, individual projects, listening / viewing sessions and class discussions, students will have the opportunity to explore sound as a malleable tool for creating more dynamic, layered, and immersive moving image experiences. Throughout the course, we will also depart from the moving image to think about sound in relation to ‘live’ outdoor sites and architectural spaces, navigating through this the histories and tactics of field recording and sound installation. Sound and Synthesis will be of interest to emerging filmmakers looking to improve their technical skills and conceptual thinking about sound production, sound-tracking, and surround sound, as well as to artists curious to examine forms of audio-visual display beyond a cinematic context. NOTE This course is reserved for fourth year students. Priority will be given to FILM Majors and Medials, as well as students in the MAPP Specialization.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE Level 4 and Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC, MAPP or COCA Specialization

Instructor: N. Lochhead


FILM 455/3.0               Cross-Platform Storytelling                         Fall 2022                                                 

A special topic course that explores storytelling across different popular media with a focus on emerging and alternative platforms or technologies, from graphic novels and animation to interactive and social media, video games, ARGs, augmented reality, virtual reality and beyond. Students are encouraged to imagine and create work that explores potential futures of storytelling at the various places where it intersects with technology.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.

Instructor: Tony Vieira


FILM 456/3.0          The Video Essay                                                              Winter 20223                                                       

This course will introduce students to the “Video Essay”, a form of film and media study which combines textual or language-based elements of conventional scholarly analysis with relevant audio‐visual materials. Our focus lies in both analysis and understanding of the medium’s formal and theoretical characteristics, as well an education in the hands-on creation of video essays. Though not officially a production course, students will be tasked with making their own video essays and publishing their work publicly online. Student video essay productions will use the essential component parts of media work directly in the analytical and production process. Though largely concerned with video essays on film, we will also consider video essays in relation to other media, as well as how video essays may be used as political, sociological, or philosophical tools.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC, MAPP or COCA Specialization and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.

Instructor: D. Simpson


FILM 457/3.0           Film and Media Practicum I                                   Fall 2022

This course enables students to complete 100 hours of industry-focused practical experience, combined with various hands-on production opportunities or short work placements.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (18L;18Lb;18Pc;18O;36P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major, FILM Medial, MAPP, or COFI Plan and a minimum grade of a B+ in FILM 250/3.0 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. EXCLUSION FILM 459/3.0.

Instructor: A. Jansen


FILM 458/3.0             Film and Media Practicum  II                  Winter 2023     

This advanced course enables students to complete 100 hours of industry-focused practical experience, combined with various hands-on production opportunities or short work placements, building on previous experience in FILM 457.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (18L;18Lb;18Pc;18O;36P)
PREREQUISITE FILM 457/3.0. EXCLUSION FILM 459/3.0.

Instructor: A. Jansen


FILM 460/6.0               Major Project                                             Fall/Winter 2022/23

Seminar that draws on students' previous work to enhance advanced research, production and writing for final project in creative writing, criticism, journalism, production and/or curating and programming film, media, and digital culture. Topics from theory, criticism, and history of film, media, digital culture, film festivals, media arts exhibitions and museums will be addressed to suit individuals. Examples from narrative, documentary, experimental film or digital media art will be analyzed. Student projects will be published online and/or exhibited at the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. NOTE: Open to FILM Major students only.

LEARNING HOURS 228 (36L;36G;36O;120Oc)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major Plan and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.

Instructors: G. Menotti  /  J. Norton


FILM 476/3.0                      Social Documentary in Latin America              Winter 2023

This course covers the history of the documentary form on Latin America, from its origins to the latest forms of digital activism and transmedia strategies in these countries.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P).
PREREQUISITE (Level 4 or above and registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP, or COCA Specialization) or permission of the Department.  

Instructor:  A. Guerrero Cortés


 

FILM 500/6.0               Honours Thesis                                          Fall/Winter 2022/23

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 500/6.0 or FILM 501/3.0, but not both, to the Undergraduate Coordinator by end of Level 3. NOTE: To use Film and Media video equipment the student must have completed FILM 250/6.0.

PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.


FILM 501/3.0               Honours Thesis                                           Fall 2022 or Winter 2023

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 500/6.0 or FILM 501/3.0, but not both, to the Undergraduate Coordinator by end of Level 3. NOTE: To use Film and Media video equipment the student must have completed FILM 250/6.0.

PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.


FILM 510/6.0               Directed Studies                                          Fall/Winter 2022/23

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. NOTE: To use Film and Media video equipment the student must have completed FILM 250/6.0.

PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.


FILM 511/3.0               Directed Studies                                       Fall 2022 or Winter 2023

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 Undergrad Coordinator and supervising instructor. NOTE: To use Film and Media video equipment the student must have completed FILM 250/6.0.

PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 30.0 units in FILM or permission of the Department.


 

The Stage and Screen (STSC) Specialization has been redesigned as Media and Performance Production (MAPP) Specialization.  Students currently enrolled in the Stage and Screen Specialization will still be able to complete this degree but some of the required courses have been renamed as MAPP courses.


MAPP 200/3.0              Media and Performance I                             Fall 2022

This introductory course explores the integration of media and performance across a variety of contexts beyond traditional theatre and film. Students will be introduced to key theoretical concepts through which media and performance intersect, and will mobilize these concepts through their own original intermedial performance projects. NOTE    Administered by the Department of Film and Media

LEARNING HOURS   120 (24S;36G;60P)
PREREQUISITE    Level 2 and registration in a COCA, DRAM, FILM,STSC/MAPP, MUSC, MUTH plan or permission of the  Department/School. 

Instructor: E. Pelstring


MAPP 300/3.0              Media and Performance II                                 Winter 2023                      

The course explores the relationship between different media within and across traditional domains such as theatre, film, art, dance, and music as well as the multiplicity of interactive forms that encompass digital media, studying digital media practices beyond changing art forms to commercial and non-profit realms. NOTE    Administered by the Department of Film and Media.  

LEARNING HOURS   120 (24S;36G;60P)
PREREQUISITE    MAPP200/3.0 or (Level 3 and registration in a COCA, DRAM, FILM,STSC/MAPP, MUSC or MUTH plan) or  permission of the Department/School. 
EQUIVALENCY    STSC 339/3.0.

Instructor: G. Menotti


Note: MAPP 493 won’t be offered this year but MAPP 311 can be substituted to complete core MAPP requirements.

MAPP 311/3.0                      Sound Production  Fall 2022

A production class exploring the formal concepts, historical underpinnings, and technical tools used in the production of independent sound works, or in the production of more elaborate sound components for video, film or theatrical projects.
NOTE Administered by the Department of Film and Media.
LEARNING HOURS 123 (36S;15Lb;72P).

PREREQUISITE Prerequisite Level 3 or above. Equivalency IDIS 311.  

Instructor: M. Rogalsky


MAPP 400/6.0              Media and Performance Major Project                        Fall/Winter 2022/23

This course will include a focus on of the development of 'social design' as a framework for understanding the evolution of digital interactivity and live performance. Students will undertake a creative thesis project that experiments with or explores the intersection of live performance and media technology. The project is undertaken independently by the student, but will unfold in a critical, mutually supportive environment. NOTE    Administered by the Department of Film and Media.  

LEARNING HOURS   228(36L;36G;36O;120P)
PREREQUISITE    (MAPP 300/3.0 or STSC 339/3.0) or permission of the Department/School.
EXCLUSION(S)    IDIS 410/3.0.

Instructor: S. Bahng


MAPP 401/3.0                    Special Topic in Media and Performance             Winter 2023

An advanced course in developing expertise through research and praxis in specialized areas of media and performance. Priority will be given to MAPP students at level 4 or above.

LEARNING HOURS   120 (24S;36G;60P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructor: S. Bahng


 

FILM 236/3.0               Media and Cultural Studies   *ONLINE*                        Fall 2022                           

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. NOTE: Priority will be given to DIST and MDIA students as well as FILM, STSC/MAPP, and COCA students.

LEARNING HOURS Consult Arts & Science Online. Learning Hours may vary from in-person.

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 240/3.0               Media and Popular Culture *ONLINE*                                  Winter 2023                      

This course on the dynamics between media and popular culture takes an interrogative approach. It is organized around a series of questions that will introduce students to a range of key concepts in media and mass communication studies, with the goal of providing a theoretical structure to support critical analysis of contemporary cultural trends. NOTE: Priority will be given to DIST and MDIA students as well as FILM, STSC/MAPP and COCA students.

LEARNING HOURS Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 260/3.0               Digital Media Theory and Practice *ONLINE ONLY*                      Summer 2023

Survey of digital media theories and online mass communication practices, with emphasis on social and mobile technologies. Course considers the impact of digitalization on the creative and culture industries. NOTE: Only offered online.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (72O;48P) Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

Instructor:  P. Gauthier


FILM 303/3.0       World Cinemas                    *ONLINE ONLY*    Fall 2022

This course offers an overview of recent filmmaking practices from various continents. Transnational cinemas explore how intimate, personal styles of filmmaking converge with theories of globalization, hybridity and remediation.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;48P).
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan) or (DEVS 240 or FILM 236 or FILM 240 or FILM 260 or LLCU 209).  

Instructor: K. Bertrand


FILM 335/3.0               Culture and Technology *ONLINE ONLY*                              Winter 2023

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 digital media. NOTE: Priority will be given to FILM, STSC/MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students.

LEARNING HOURS Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0).

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 340/3.0               Advertising and Consumer Culture *ONLINE ONLY*                       Fall 2022    

This course reviews advertising strategies across a range of different media to understand the construction and functions of consumer culture and citizenship in politics, economics, art, and everyday life. We shall critically examine theories and case studies primarily from North America.

LEARNING HOURS Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning hours may vary.
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0) or (COMM 131/3.0 or COMM 231/3.0 or PSYC 342/3.0).

Instructor: I. Robinson


 


The following courses may be used as Optional Film units: ARTH 203/3.0; ARTH 303/3.0; ARTH 319/3.0; CWRS 295/3.0; CWRI 397/3.0; DEVS 305/3.0; DEVS 306/3.0; DEVS 307/3.0; DRAM 205/3.0; HIST 220/3.0; LLCU 200/3.0; LLCU 206/3.0; LLCU 207/3.0; LLCU 209/3.0; LLCU 214/3.0; LLCU 226; LLCU 249/3.0; LLCU 308/3.0; LLCU 309/3.0; LLCU 326/3.0; LLCU 328/3.0; RELS 137/3.0; SPAN 458/3.0; MAPP 200/3.0; MAPP 300/3.0;  MAPP 311/3.0; MAPP 493/3.0

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FILM - Film and Media    MAPP - Media and Performance Production    ARTH - Art History    DEVS - Global Development     HIST - History   

DRAM - Drama    LLCU - Languages, Literature and Cultures     RELS - Religion     SPAN - Spanish 

CWRI - Creative Writing


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