Course Offerings 2024-25

Film and Media Course List - Subject to Change without Notice

This is the complete List of Course Offerings for 2024-25 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.

****Note: FILM 110 was replaced by FILM 111 and 112. Both must be taken to replace 110 as core requirements for your Major/Joint/MAPP/COCA degrees.


Production Courses:

Production courses emphasize hands-on learning through creative projects. Enrollment in these courses grants students access to the Film and Media production resources (borrowing certain equipment from the Shop depending on what is covered in the course, booking the editing suites and production studio).

To ensure that every upper-year FILM Major/Joint, MAPP, and COFI student has a chance to take these production courses, students can only register for ONE course per term from the production courses listed below:

FILM 377: 3D Animation for Virtual and Augmented Reality

FILM 379: Virtual and Augmented Reality APP Development

FILM 387: Cinematography and Visual Aesthetics

FILM 390: Open Media

FILM 392: Video Production

FILM 393: Advanced Video Production

FILM 394: Post-Production

FILM 396: 16 MM Film Production

FILM 397: Sound Techniques for Video and Film

FILM 451: Production Special Topic



NOTE: There are many other ANIM, FILM, and MAPP courses that have production elements, are hybrid, DIY, or part of the Animation Certificate. These can be taken in addition to the production courses listed above.

FILM 214: Mobile Communications

FILM 257: Concept Development

FILM 312: Screenwriting

FILM 356: Animation Production

FILM 369: Advanced Animation Production

ANIM 400: Special Topics in Animation

FILM 455: Cross Platform

MAPP 200: Media and Performance Production

MAPP 311: Sound Production

MAPP 400: Major Project

MAPP 401: Special Topic 

FILM 460: Major Project 

MAPP 493: Visual Music

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 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 Alicia Kupinski or Dan Vena at undergraduatefilm@queensu.ca for help.


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

 

****Note: FILM 110 is being replaced by FILM 111 and 112. Both must be taken to replace 110 as core requirements for your Major/Joint/MAPP/COCA degrees.


FILM 111/3.0     FILM, MEDIA, AND SCREEN CULTURES: History and Aesthetics     Fall 2024

This course offers an introduction to global time-based media starting with the emergence of film in 1895, through the development of television, video, digital and online technologies, accounting for the historical, political, and technological contexts in which each medium emerged. In doing so, students will learn to recognize the aesthetics associated with each medium. From large visual landscapes in 70mm film to small interiors in TV sitcoms, to artificial worlds in video games -- each medium developed an arsenal of forms and aesthetic norms capable of capturing the imagination.

EXCLUSION  FILM 110/6.0

LEARNING HOURS 112 (34L;12Lb;12T;10Pc;42P) 

Instructors: E. Chalfant / G. Kibbins 


FILM 112/3.0   FILM, MEDIA, AND SCREEN CULTURES: Theory and Practice     Winter 2025

This course offers an introduction to theoretical and critical approaches to global time-based media, focusing on the theories of film and media. Students will learn to identify an array of interpretive approaches (auteurism, structuralism, psychoanalysis, affect, postcolonialism, reception, algorithmic theory, material cultures) and apply such theories to the analysis of global time-based media. Students will pair these conversations with the process of creation, learning the production and circulation of time based-media in order to strengthen their own creative visual storytelling skills.

EXCLUSION  FILM 110/6.0

LEARNING HOURS 112 (34L;12Lb;12T;10Pc;42P) 

Instructors:  D. Naaman / S. MacKenzie


 

ANIM 200/3.0        Introduction to Animation               Winter 2025

This course offers a historical overview of animation practices and an introduction to animation 
theory. The course covers key developments in independent and commercial animation since the birth 
of the form, and offers critical engagement with emerging voices in the field of animation studies.

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

Instructor: G. Gear


FILM 200/3.0       Introduction to Video Game Studies          Winter 2025

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. NOTE Priority will be given to students in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan.

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

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 206/3.0  Academic Research and Writing Methods for Film and Media  Fall 2024 

How to be a Film Student: Avoiding Disaster by Learning from It

This course is designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful in film and media studies. A combination of lecture and workshop formats will be used to cultivate professional and academic skills, including time management, research, visual analysis, and essay writing. Through the lens of disaster films, students will apply concepts from the course to engage with genre theory and examine broader sociocultural issues raised in the films.

LEARNING HOURS  108 (36 Lecture, 72 Private Study)
PREREQUISITE  Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI plan or (FILM 110 and permission of the Department). Exclusion FILM 207.  

Instructor: H. Roberts


FILM 210/3.0           The Horror Film          Winter 2025

We Are the Weirdos, Mister: A Cultural Study of the American Horror Film

This year’s iteration of FILM 210 will examine the formal and ideological evolutions in American horror cinema, as well as key theoretical conversations on the genre. Even though horror is often considered one of the lowest forms of cinema, this course will argue that these films offer important reflections on society, responding to previous and contemporary ‘culture wars.’ Students will be expected to complete academic readings on horror and must be in attendance for lectures and screenings. Students will learn how to engage with horror beyond emotional responses like fear or anxiousness and how to use theory to excavate the genre’s important cultural messages.

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

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 214/3.0              Mobile Communications                                 Fall 2024

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. NOTE Priority will be given to students registered in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan.

LEARNING HOURS   108 (36L;36O;36P) 

Instructor: J. Kim


FILM 217/3.0             Film Theory and History                            Fall 2024         

This course offers an overview of key aesthetic and theoretical movements that constructed and expanded the canon of film scholarship. Beginning with some of the earliest responses to filmmaking as an emergent artform, this course surveys foundational ideas that helped artists and scholars make sense of film as an artistic, cultural, and political product.  NOTE Priority will be given to FILM Major and Medial students.

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

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 218/3.0           Media Theory and History              Winter 2025   

This course explores foundational theories, texts, and aesthetic movements that conceptualize and articulate the changing relationship between media and culture. The course also offers an overview of the history of print, broadcast, electronic, and digital media technologies and their social contexts. NOTE  Priority will be given to FILM Major and Medial students.

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

Instructor: E. Chalfant


FILM 220/3.0      Animated Feature Films from Disney to Ghibli                       Winter 2025

This course offers a historical, sociological, and theoretical framing and analysis of animated feature films produced by 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 students registered in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan.  

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

Instructor: E. Pelstring


FILM 224/3.0   Korean Media and Pop Culture    Fall 2024

This course explores Korea's diverse media and popular culture, including cinema, dramas, and K-Pop. It delves into Korea's socio-historical influence on media. Diverse, critical perspectives are presented through topics including cinema history, global dramas, K-Pop success (e.g., BTS), and the global impact of Hallyu (Korean wave).

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

Instructor: S. Bahng


FILM 226/3.0      Critical Inquiry            Fall 2024

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. We pay special attention to film reviews, using the road movie genre as a way to investigate the ways in which we write, critique and analyze film.

LEARNING HOURS  108 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Private Study)  
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan or (FILM 111/112 and permission of the Department).  

Instructor: K. Bertrand


FILM 236/3.0               Media and Cultural Studies                       Fall 2024 Online or In Person                    

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. NOTE Also offered online, consult Arts and Science Online (Learning Hours may vary). Priority will be given to students registered in the MDIA Certificate or a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan. A limited number of seats in online sections of this course will be reserved for DIST students.

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

Instructor(s): I. Robinson / S. Lord


FILM 240/3.0               Media and Popular Culture                                  Fall 2024 In Person or Winter 2025 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. NOTE Also offered online, consult Arts and Science Online (Learning Hours may vary). Priority will be given to students registered in the MDIA Certificate or a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan. A limited number of seats in online sections of this course will be reserved for DIST students.

LEARNING HOURS   108(36L;36PS;36O)

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 250/3.0            Fundamentals of Media Production                        Fall 2024 or Winter 2025

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. This course is not available to students registered in a FILM Minor or FILM General BA plan.

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

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


FILM 257/3.0          Concept Development                                   Fall 2024 or Winter 2025  (3 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. NOTE This course is not available to students registered in a FILM Minor or FILM General BA plan.

LEARNING HOURS   108 (36L;36PS;36O)
PREREQUISITE   Registration in a FILM Major, FILM Medial, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructors: D. Elon


FILM 260/3.0               Digital Media Theory                       Summer 2025 - 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. Consult Arts and Science Online. Priority will be given to students registered in the MDIA Certificate or a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan. A limited number of seats in this course will be reserved for DIST students.

LEARNING HOURS   120 (72O;48P) 

Instructor:  P. Gauthier


FILM 275/3.0             The Frame    Fall 2024

This is a production course focused intensely on the frame, thinking through aesthetic choices, formal elements, and eventually storytelling. This course will allow students to focus their attention on the elements of the frame, mise-en-scene, lighting, exposure, composition as they build content (mood, power dynamics, stories).

LEARNING HOURS  108 (36L;18Lb;54P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan or (FILM 110 or 111/112 and permission of the
department).

Instructor: J. Norton


 

FILM 300/3.0         Hollywood: The Dream Factory          Fall 2024                                     

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 students at level 3 or above.

LEARNING HOURS     108 (36L;24Lb;48P)
PREREQUISITE   Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI plan or (FILM 236 or FILM 240 or FILM 260) or permission of the department.

Instructor: A. Cook


FILM 303/3.0                  World Cinemas       Fall 2024

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 307/3.0  Classics of European Cinema    Fall 2024

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.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Private Study)  
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan.  

Instructor: F. Burke


FILM 308/3.0     Popular Cultures: Sway and Swerve  Fall 2024

The course will examine contemporary popular cultures within a cultural context around ideas of sway and swerve. We will take up the questions: How do popular cultures sway? And, in what ways do popular cultures swerve? Sway in our course will refer to control and influence as well as rhythmical movement in relation to time and geographies. Swerve will refer to abrupt breaks away from these rhythms. Some of the topics we will cover will include capitalist critique, queer & feminist politics, and sensation & affect. We will examine a variety of media types including Netflix series, TikTok trends, ASMR, music cultures, and contemporary film. 

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36 Lecture, 24 Seminar, 48 Private Study)
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan) or (FILM 236 or FILM 240 or FILM 260).  

Instructor: A. Na


FILM 309/3.0  Environmental Media  Fall 2024

This course examines contemporary media works which address the climate crisis. We examine a range of activist media, documentaries, experimental media, Indigenous media, and fiction films to consider both how the climate crisis is portrayed, and the successes and failures of the representational strategies deployed.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Practicum)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan.  

Instructor: M. Hogan


FILM 310/3.0   Archival Remediation and Restoration of Time-based Media Winter 2025

This advanced-level course trains students and examines cutting-edge restoration processes in time-based media, particularly as it pertains to film and video. Using scanning and software technologies within the Vulnerable Media Lab, students will learn to restore and package archival media for archival, theatrical, and broadcast standards.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36 L, 24 Lb, 30 P, 30 GL)  
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major, FILM Joint Honours, MAPP, or COFI Plan and FILM 250.  

Instructor: R. Randall


FILM 311/3.0              Mediating Misinformation       Winter 2025

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                                         Fall 2024 or Winter 2025

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. NOTE This course is not available to students registered in a FILM Minor or FILM General BA plan. Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above.

LEARNING HOURS   108 (36S;72P)
PREREQUISITE   FILM 257 and registration in a FILM Major, FILM Medial, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructor: B. Babic / A. Valine


FILM 314/3.0   Media and the Global South     Winter 2025

This course examines media from one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania. The course deploys transcultural approaches that open representational practices, histories, and theoretical frameworks to unsettle rigid hemispheric binaries from a media studies approach.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Practicum)  
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan or (FILM 110 and Permission of the Department).  

Instructor: W. Pan


FILM 326/3.0  Canadian Cinemas: History, Programming, Filmmakers        Winter 2025

This course shall explore the history of Canadian filmmaking through the lenses of a) understanding Canadian cinema history, b) programming screenings of Canadian films and media, c) interacting with visiting filmmakers to give context to the current state of filmmaking in Canada, including fiction, documentary, experimental and animated works, and d) foregrounding the diversity of works made by Anglo-Canadian, Québécois, and Indigenous film and media makers.

LEARNING HOURS   120 (36L;24Lb;20GL;40P).
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above.

Instructor: S. MacKenzie


FILM 331/3.0        Women and Film    Fall 2024

This course explores the convergence of and connection between feminist thought and activism and moving-image art since the 1960s. Focused on video works and experimental films by women artists, it examines their histories, practices, and politics, and connects them to critical, intersectional, and transnational feminist literature.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Describe and analyze the concurrent development of feminism and moving-image art 
  2. Identify and discuss themes, theories and methods mobilized in feminist video art and experimental film
  3. Demonstrate critical reading and visual analysis skills through your engagement with feminist material (filmic and textual)

LEARNING HOURS   108 (36L;24Lb;48P).
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan) or (registration in a GNDS Plan and GNDS 120 and GNDS 125).

Instructor: B. Cloutier-Trépanier


FILM 332/3.0         Queer Cinemas                                                        Winter 2025                                     

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. NOTE 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 or (registration in a GNDS plan and GNDS 120 and GNDS 125).

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 336/3.0         Film and Politics: Religion on Screen                        Fall 2024

This course analyzes current debates in the politics of film and the film industry, focusing on films that have been flashpoints for controversies including, for example : #MeToo and the male gaze; elision of black contributions to the history of film; diversity in front of versus behind the camera; questions of authenticity in relationships between actor identity and character representation vis-a-vis sexuality, race, gender, and disability; funding and propagandistic catering to specific national/international values; historical revisionism; and others. 

 NOTE 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 337/3.0  Cinema and the City  Winter 2025

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.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Private Study)
PREREQUISITE  (Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan) or (registration in a GPHY Plan and GPHY 101 and GPHY 227 and GPHY 229). 

Instructor: W. Pan


FILM 339/3.0      The 90s: Media and Culture at the End of the 20th Century      Fall 2024                                  

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. NOTE Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above.

LEARNING HOURS   108 (36L;36O;36P)
PREREQUISITE   Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI plan or (FILM 236 or FILM 240 or FILM 260).

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 340/3.0               Advertising and Consumer Culture *ONLINE ONLY*                       Fall 2024   

This course examines advertising strategies across a range of different media to understand the construction and functions of consumerism and promotional culture in politics, art, material culture, and everyday life. Throughout the course, we consider a range of theoretical approaches and case studies to study the ways consumer culture intersects with identity, citizenship, and aesthetics. Assignments include online and/or on-campus exams, online discussion forum participation requirement, short reflective essays, and some creative design work. Assignments include online and/or on-campus exams, online discussion forum participation requirement, short reflective essays, and some creative design work.  NOTE Offered online (consult Arts and Science Online) and at Bader College, Herstmonceux. Learning Hours may vary. Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above. A limited number of seats in online sections of this course will be reserved for DIST students.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L; 36O; 36PS)
PREREQUISITE  Registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan or (FILM 236 or FILM 240 or FILM 260) or (COMM 131 or COMM 231 or PSYC 342).

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 342/3.0                Studies in Alternative Media: Activist Media Making    Fall 2024                                                   

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. NOTE 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 or (FILM 236 or FILM 240 or FILM 260).

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 346/3.0          Television and Seriality        Fall 2024  

This course examines various forms of television seriality, from historical and theoretical perspectives. The course shall examine its emergence as the dominant form of the soap opera, to contemporary web television platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Crave.

LEARNING HOURS  108 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Private Study)  
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan.  

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 351/3.0  Documentary Production  Winter 2025

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.

LEARNING HOURS  120 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 30 Group Learning, 30 Private Study)  
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major, FILM Joint Honours, MAPP, or COFI Plan and FILM 250.  

Instructor: D. Naaman


FILM 352/3.0  Production: Issues of Form and Structure  Winter 2025

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.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 60 Private Study)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major, FILM Joint Honours, MAPP, or COFI Plan and FILM 250.  

Instructor: G. Kibbins


FILM 356/3.0               Animation Production                                     Winter 2025                                                        

A combined study of the theory of film animation with animation production techniques. Requirements will include the production of short animation exercises.  Note Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above.

LEARNING HOURS  120 (36L;24Lb;60P)
PREREQUISITE   ANIM 200 or Registration in a FILM Major, FILM Medial, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructor: E. Pelstring


FILM 360/3.0  The Documentary Tradition  Fall 2024

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 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Private Study)  
PREREQUISITE  Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan.  

Instructor: S. MacKenzie


FILM 368/3.0     Animation Theory and Criticism  Winter 2025

A course on the history, theory, and practice of animated films. Requirements include a series of screenings, writings, and a practice based critical project.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Private Study)
PREREQUISITE  ANIM 200/3.0 or (registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan).  

Instructor: G. Gear


FILM 377/3.0           3D Animation                Fall 2024                                 

This course covers the creation and animation of simple 3D objects. Students will have an overview of modelling, rigging, texturing, animating characters, and creating virtual 3D environments.
NOTE Animation Software: estimated cost $100.

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

Instructor: J. Norton


FILM 378/3.0  Computational Cinema   Winter 2025

This course explores new forms of filmmaking reliant on computer vision and information processing, from early computer-generated imagery to more recent uses of depth cameras and game engines in commercial and experimental productions.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 30 Online Activity, 30 Private Study)  
PREREQUISITE   ANIM 200/3.0 or (registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan). 

Instructor:  G. Menotti


FILM 379/3.0    Virtual and Augmented Reality APP Development    Winter 2025

This course covers the development of 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 on mobile devices.

LEARNING HOURS   120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE   FILM 356, FILM 377, or FILM 394
Notes: This course is not available to students registered in a FILM Minor or FILM General BA plan.
Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above.

Instructor: J. Norton


FILM 387/3.0    Cinematography and Visual Aesthetics     Fall 2024 or Winter 2025              

This course is an advanced practical course in cinematography and visual aesthetics. Through a series of lectures, 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.  NOTE This course is not available to students registered in a FILM Minor or FILM General BA plan. Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above.

LEARNING HOURS   120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE  FILM 250 and registration in a FILM Major, FILM Medial, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructor: R. Randall


FILM 388/3.0  Indigenous Film and Media  Winter 2025

This course offers a journey into Indigenous and Inuit film, produced by Indigenous filmmakers from the Americas, Northern Europe, and Australia. Topics such as Indigenous methodologies and aesthetics, Indigenous feminism, decolonization, self-recognition, language revitalization, and cultural reappropriation will be explored.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Private Study)
PREREQUISITE  Level 3 or above. 

Instructor: K. Bertrand


FILM 390/3.0   Open Media Production  Fall 2024

In this course, students create projects around research topics using a variety of media, which may include video, sound, graphics, performance, and interactive media. Students might produce podcasts, print media, games, etc.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 30 Group Learning, 30 Private Study)  
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major, FILM Joint Honours, MAPP, or COFI Plan.  

Instructor:  G. Menotti


FILM 392/3.0                     Video Production                      Fall 2024 (two sections)

This course covers production techniques, including planning, production, and postproduction 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. NOTE This course is not available to students registered in a FILM Minor or FILM General BA plan. Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above.

LEARNING HOURS   120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE   FILM 250 and registration in a FILM Major, FILM Medial, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructor:  A. Guerrero Cortés


FILM 393/3.0  Advanced Video Production  Winter 2025

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 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 30 Group Learning, 30 Private Study)
PREREQUISITE  Registration in a FILM Major, FILM Joint Honours, MAPP, or COFI Plan and (FILM 387/3.0 or FILM 392/3.0 or FILM 394/3.0).  

Instructor:  A. Guerrero Cortés


FILM 394/3.0                  Post-Production                                             Winter 2025                        

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. NOTE This course is not available to students registered in a FILM Minor or FILM General BA plan. Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above.

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

Instructor: J. Norton


FILM 395/3.0               Internship                                                                Fall 2023 or Winter 2024

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 awarded a Pass/Fail upon completion. Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above.

LEARNING HOURS   120 (120I)
PREREQUISITE   Permission of the department and registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan.

Coordinator: D. Vena


FILM 396/3.0                 16MM Film Production                                 Winter 2025

The 16mm Film Production course investigates the format's history and integrates it into practical applications within modern motion imaging creation. In this practical course, students will learn how to handle a variety of 16mm production and post-production equipment as well as understanding photographic exposure and laboratory processes. We’ll explore ways of utilizing motion picture film beyond the camera and screen through alternate creation techniques. The course culminates in a colour 16mm film shoot using sync sound and prepares it for use in a modern digital post-production workflow.

LEARNING HOURS   120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE  FILM 250 and registration in a FILM Major, FILM Medial, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructor: R. Randall


FILM 397/3.0              Sound Techniques for Video and Film                     Winter 2025

Sound Techniques for Film & Video Productions is an advanced-level course that focuses on approaches used in the production and post-production of a film and video project. Beginning with location audio recordings and synchronizing with camera footage, managing multiple performers, microphone placement and multi-tracking and on to editing, ADR and mixing. This course will take students through the entire production workflow from set to exhibition. Each major section of the course will be augmented with an industry professional specializing in that area of expertise—location recording, sound design, scoring, and mixing.

LEARNING HOURS   120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P)
PREREQUISITE  FILM 250 and registration in a FILM Major, FILM Medial, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructor: B. Hocura


 

ANIM 400/3.0                   Special Topics in Animation: Animation Exploder       Fall 2024

An advanced animation course exploring how specific works were created through the use of experimental and emergent animation techniques. This lecture and studio course includes in-class projects with a focus on knowledge sharing, hands-on animation practice, and collaborative work in expanding upon a history of animation alongside material practice. Techniques explored include puppet silhouette animation, object-based stop motion, sand painting, Claymation, and scratch film. 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 a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan. 

Instructor: G. Gear


FILM 400/3.0         The musical film: genres, history, affect              Winter 2025

This seminar examines the history and form of the musical film and considers theoretical approaches to the connections between music and film. Beginning with its popularity in mid-20th century Hollywood, this course will trace the evolution of the musical across national, historical, and generic contexts. We will consider the functions of narrative and spectacle in musical films, while exploring the boundaries of the genre and its intersections with other forms of film music, documentary, television, and experimental cinema. Discussion will consider issues of national and transnational cinema, representations of gender, sexuality, class, and race, and issues pertaining to performance, affect, and technology. Students will participate in weekly screenings, and seminar discussions. Course requirements will include weekly readings and combination of written assignments, presentations, and projects. Priority will be given to students at level 4 or above.

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

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 416/3.0         Material Media Studies: Things, Ecologies, Affects                 Fall 2024                                          

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. NOTE Priority will be given to students at level 4 or above.

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

Instructor: W. Pan


FILM 420/3.0                   Advanced Approaches to Media Studies: Media Archaeologies                 Fall 2024

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. NOTE Priority will be given to students at level 4 or above.

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

Instructor: E. Chalfant


FILM 435/3.0  Culture and Representation: Living Philosophy - Daoism & Contemporary Asian Cinema    Fall 2024

In this seminar, we will be connecting the ancient Chinese philosophy of Daoism with contemporary masters of Asian cinema. Together we will read the Dao De Jing and the Zhuangzi; we will watch films by Tsai Ming Liang, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Jia Zhangke, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. We will see how core Daoist concepts of uselessness, formlessness, flow, and adaptability extend into our modern society. To honour Daoism as a living philosophy, one that is learned through experience beyond merely thinking and theorizing, this course has a focus on creative practice: we will engage in various forms including meditation, journaling, poetry, filmmaking, and theatre.

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

Instructor: F. Wu


FILM 445/3.0  Narrative Film: Death on Screen – An Exploration of Death and Dying in Western Cinema  Winter 2025

What is death positivity? How can films help us grapple with our own mortality and eventual death? In what ways can we consider film to be a medium of death, an entombment of individuals of the past projected into the present? These questions (and more) will guide the organization of the course, as students explore the nature of death and its relationship to mostly Western cinema. Given the content of the course, students will be asked to take a shared role in creating an emotionally supportive and academically enrichening classroom experience that fosters both personal and intellectual growth. Students should be prepared to read a variety of materials, including academic theory across disciplines, memoir, and popular press articles. They should also be prepared to watch emotional, graphic, and disturbing content as screening materials may range from blockbuster hits like Barbie (2023) to B-level horror like Nekromantik (1988). A blended model of intellectual engagement and heart-centred learning will guide the assessments used in the course, which will consist of self-reflection, presentation, and discussion (with options for students with accommodations).

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

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 450/3.0               The Business of Media                                             Winter 2025                               

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. NOTE This course is not available to students registered in a FILM Minor or FILM General BA plan. Priority will be given to students registered in the FILM Major plan at level 4 or above. There is a $50 fee for this course.

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

Instructor: A. Jansen


FILM 455 /3.0      Cross-Platform Storytelling   Fall 2024

A practical special topic course that explores how a single story can be told across different popular media with special attention to emerging platforms and technologies, from graphic novels to video games, augmented reality to virtual reality.

LEARNING HOURS   108 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Private Study)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan.  

Instructor: A. Ismaiel


FILM 457/3.0           Film and Media Practicum I                                   Fall 2024

This course enables students to complete 100 hours of industry-focused practical experience, combined with various hands-on production opportunities or short work placements. NOTE Students will be awarded a Pass/Fail upon completion. Priority will be given to students at level 4 or above.

LEARNING HOURS   108 (18L;18Lb;18Pc;18O;36P)
PREREQUISITE   B+ in FILM 250 and 3.0 GPA and registration in a FILM Major, FILM Medial, MAPP or COFI plan. EXCLUSION FILM 459.

Instructor: A. Jansen


FILM 458/3.0             Film and Media Practicum  II                  Winter 2025    

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. EXCLUSION FILM 459.

Instructor: A. Jansen


FILM 460/6.0               Major Project                                             Fall/Winter 2024/25

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   Level 4 and registration in the FILM Major plan or permission of the department.

Instructors: I. Robinson / E. Pelstring


FILM 469/3.0       Advanced Animation Production    Fall 2024

This course covers a variety of advanced animation techniques and allows students to explore physical materials and digital tools. Students conceptualize and create an animated short film. NOTE Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above. 

LEARNING HOURS   120 (36L;24Lb;30G;30P).
PREREQUISITE   FILM 356, FILM 377, FILM 379, or FILM 394.

Instructor: G. Gear


FILM 477/3.0  Black Aesthetics and Politics in Media: Studies in Race, Culture, and Art  Winter 2025

This course is a survey of Black aesthetics and politics as entwined and sometimes divergent categories. As such, it takes up the political environment of art, explores political art and politicizes art that does not insist on its own social effect. Race, culture, and art in context will frame the conversations around how media are created and experienced as well as how media content and forms persist through social norms and repetitions. We will focus on Black creative practice in the visual arts, technologies of race and racism, Black representation in media history, and Black social media activism.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 48 Private Study)
PREREQUISITE  Registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan.

Instructor: A. Na


  

FILM 500/6.0               Honours Thesis                                          Fall/Winter 2024/25

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.

PREREQUISITE   Permission of the department and registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan.


FILM 501/3.0               Honours Thesis                                           Fall 2024 or Winter 2025

Open to students completing an honours concentration in Film and Media, or MAPP. 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 Level 3. NOTE: To use Film and Media video equipment the student must have completed FILM 250.

PREREQUISITE   Permission of the department and registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan.


FILM 510/6.0               Directed Studies                                          Fall/Winter 2024/25

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.

PREREQUISITE   Permission of the department and registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan.


FILM 511/3.0               Directed Studies                                       Fall 2024 or Winter 2025

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.

PREREQUISITE   Permission of the department and registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan.


 

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 2024

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    Priority will be given to students in the MAPP plan. Administered by the Department of Film and Media

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

Instructor: E. Pelstring


MAPP 300/3.0              Media and Performance II                                 Winter 2025          

This course explores media and performance practices that break with formal structures of traditional forms. We will survey scholarship in performance studies and arts critical discourse with an emphasis on media and technology. Alongside scholarly writing, we will survey media and performance works that have embodied experimental technique and critical concepts,including Adrian Piper, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Marina Abramović, Nam June Paik, and Skawennati. During the course, students will perform, devise, collaborate, curate, and remake media and performance works.  NOTE: Priority will be given to students in the MAPP plan at level 3 or above.  Administered by the Department of Film and Media.  

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

Instructor: A. Na


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

MAPP 493/3.0  Visual Music   Fall 2024

An introduction to the history, theory, aesthetics and applications of Visual Music, a term broadly categorizing experiments in art and science which closely mesh visual and sonic media. Through workshops, practical production exercises and research assignments this course examines relationships between music and image from the 1600s to present.
NOTE Administered by the Department of Film and Media.

LEARNING HOURS  120 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 60 Private Study)
PREREQUISITE  Registration in a MAPP, FILM, DRAM, MUSC, or MUTH plan.  

Instructor: M. Rogalsky


MAPP 395/3.0               Internship                                                                Fall 2024 or Winter 2025

MAPP concentrators entering their third year many 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 or the Dan School. It is the responsibility of students, not the Departments, to arrange internships. NOTE Students will be awarded a Pass/Fail upon completion. Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above.

LEARNING HOURS   120 (120I)
PREREQUISITE   Permission of the department and registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan.

Coordinator: D. Vena


MAPP 400/6.0              Media and Performance Major Project                        Fall/Winter 2024/25

This practice-based course allows students to explore and produce various digital media projects by intersecting audiovisual productions and live arts through interactive, augmented, and immersive media. Students will learn practical theories and strategies for digital media production and performance to transform conceptual research into creative projects. They will create projects that use digital tools to demonstrate experimentation and the expansion of their creative knowledge and skills. The second half of the course will focus on producing final major projects for the showcase, based on the material and investigations from the first half of the course. Students are not expected to produce creative outcomes limited to specific genres; they are encouraged to translate and expand their own artistic expertise and strengths by incorporating various digital media. By collaborating with students from various backgrounds (e.g., film, media, drama, and music), they can push the boundaries of their creativity and intensify their expertise as digital media collaborators. NOTE: Priority will be given to students in the MAPP plan at level 4 or above. Administered by the Department of Film and Media.  There is a $100 fee for this course.

LEARNING HOURS   228(36L;36G;36O;120P)
PREREQUISITE    MAPP 300 and registration in a MAPP, FILM, DRAM, MUSC, or MUTH plan.

Instructor: S. Bahng


MAPP 401/3.0                    Special Topic in Media and Performance: Immersive Storytelling            Winter 2025

This practice-based course provides students with an opportunity to learn and explore new storytelling methods through immersive media such as 360-degree video and 3D VR technologies. Students will draw upon practical theories of immersive storytelling to transform conceptual research into media and performance productions. The course will introduce theories, concepts, and strategies in immersive storytelling, then focus on media and performance production, especially in VR storytelling. Students will devise a 360-degree video research project that examines concepts and story designs; they will write a synopsis and outline for a 360-degree fact-based VR project. Students will also have the opportunity to learn the immersive and interactive functions of a 3D VR system and build a 3D immersive story world in Unity using existing assets. NOTE: Priority will be given to MAPP students at level 4 or above.

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

Instructor: S. Bahng


 

FILM 236/3.0               Media and Cultural Studies   *ONLINE*                        Fall 2024                          

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 Also offered online, consult Arts and Science Online (Learning Hours may vary). Priority will be given to students registered in the MDIA Certificate or a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan. A limited number of seats in online sections of this course will be reserved for DIST 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 2025                      

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 Also offered online, consult Arts and Science Online (Learning Hours may vary). Priority will be given to students registered in the MDIA Certificate or a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan. A limited number of seats in online sections of this course will be reserved for DIST students

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

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 260/3.0    Digital Media Theory  *ONLINE ONLY*                      Summer 2025

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. Consult Arts and Science Online. Priority will be given to students registered in the MDIA Certificate or a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan. A limited number of seats in this course will be reserved for DIST students.

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

Instructor:  P. Gauthier


FILM 340/3.0               Advertising and Consumer Culture *ONLINE ONLY*                       Fall 2024   

This course examines advertising strategies across a range of different media to understand the construction and functions of consumerism and promotional culture in politics, art, material culture, and everyday life. Throughout the course, we consider a range of theoretical approaches and case studies to study the ways consumer culture intersects with identity, citizenship, and aesthetics. Assignments include online and/or on-campus exams, online discussion forum participation requirement, short reflective essays, and some creative design work. Assignments include online and/or on-campus exams, online discussion forum participation requirement, short reflective essays, and some creative design work. NOTE Offered online (consult Arts and Science Online) and at Bader College, Herstmonceux. Learning Hours may vary. Priority will be given to students at level 3 or above. A limited number of seats in online sections of this course will be reserved for DIST students.

LEARNING HOURS   Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning hours may vary.
PREREQUISITE   Registration in a FILM, MAPP or COFI plan or (FILM 236 or FILM 240 or FILM 260) or (COMM 131 or COMM 231 or PSYC 342). 

Instructor: I. Robinson


 

ANIM 200/3.0  Introduction to Animation                Winter 2025

This course offers a historical overview of animation practices and an introduction to animation theory. The course covers key developments in independent and commercial animation since the birth of the form, and offers critical engagement with emerging voices in the field of animation
studies.

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

Instructor: G. Gear


ANIM 400/3.0  Special Topics in Animation             Fall 2024

An advanced course in developing expertise through research and/or praxis in specialized areas of animation production and studies.

LEARNING HOURS120 (36 Lecture, 24 Laboratory, 30 Group Learning, 30 Private Study)  
PREREQUISITE   ANIM 200 or (Level 4 or above and registration in a FILM, MAPP, or COFI Plan).  

Instructor: G. Gear


 


Optional Film-centric Units:

The following courses may be used as Optional Film-centric units: ARTH 203/3.0; ARTH 303/3.0; ARTH 319/3.0; CWRS 295/3.0; CWRI 397/3.0; DEVS 306/3.0; 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 249/3.0; 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

Visit Film-centric Options for Course Titles.


Course Code Legend:

FILM - Film and Media    MAPP - Media and Performance Production    ANIM - Animation  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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