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Refer to our Programs page to determine the required courses for your degree plan. This list is subject to change without notice and should only be used as a guide. Please also see the Arts and Science Courses of Instruction.


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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
BISC Courses
 

NOTE: Courses only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

FILM 104/3.0               Film Form and Modern Culture to 1970 *BISC*                                    Fall 2019/BISC ONLY

Introduction to tools and methods of visual and aural analysis and to historical and social methods, with examples primarily from the history of cinema and other moving-image media to 1970. 

Instructor: R. Hyland


FILM 214/3.0               Mobile Communications  *BISC*                                                              Winter 2020/BISC

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: R. Hyland


FILM 340/3.0               Advertising and Consumer Culture  *BISC*                                                      Fall 2019 at BISC

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. Assignments include online and on-campus exams, online discussion forum participation requirement, short reflective essays, and some creative design work. NOTE: Also offered online in Fall 2019 and in-person on Queen’s Main Campus in Winter 2020.

LEARNING HOURS Contact BISC for details.
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: R. Hyland

100 Level Courses

FILM 110/6.0               Film, Culture and Communication                                                         Fall/Winter 2019-20

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: G. Kibbins/S. Lord/S. MacKenzie/A. Na

200 Level Courses

FILM 206/3.0               Research, Writing, and Presentation Methods                                    Fall 2019

How I Learned to Survive Film Studies and Love 1980’s Cult Cinema. Designed to teach academic ‘survival skills’ to second-year students (and beyond), this course cultivates effective reading, writing and presentation practices. Moving from introductory workshops on professionalism, time management and procrastination, to more detailed tutorials on writing foundations, thesis construction, and visual analysis, this course provides students with the necessary knowledge to navigate Film Studies. Sourcing visual texts from 1980’s Cult Cinema, films may include They Live (1988), Roadhouse (1989), Teen Wolf (1985), and Adventures in Babysitting (1987). Assigned readings for this course will range in complexity and focus. 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 210/3.0               The Horror Film                                                                                    Winter 2020

This course will offer an introduction to horror cinema and horror film scholarship by way of historical and contemporary texts, with emphasis placed on cultural analysis and criticism. This class demonstrates that far from being exclusively concerned with simple scare tactics, horror exorcises larger social anxieties over gender, race, sexuality, class, and place. Challenging traditional film canons that either locate horror as the purview of male auteurs or as low budget indie spectacles, this course challenges students to reassess their assumptions about horror and to view it as one of the most dynamic and intelligent genres. Students should be prepared to watch a range of films, varying in levels of excess. Assigned readings will all speak to the evolving body of horror film scholarship, with complimentary assignments meant to further student’s theoretical and analytical understandings of the genre.

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

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 214/3.0               Mobile Communications                                                                    Winter 2020

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: H. Ali


FILM 215/3.0               Science Fiction Cinema                                                                  Fall 2019

This course examines the emergence and continuing popularity of the science fiction film from a global perspective. It explores the history and transformations of the genre and the ways in which science fiction film has been mobilized in popular media to address larger cultural, political, and sociological issues. 

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

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 217/3.0             Film and Media History and Theory Pre-1960                                    Fall 2019

This course offers an overview of the early history and theories associated with film and media, including studies of German Expressionism, Film Noir, Italian Neorealism, The Western, Experimental and Surrealist cinemas. The course also examines the rise of related media, such as radio and television. 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 2020

This course offers an overview of film and media histories and theories after 1960, including key cinematic movements such as la nouvelle vague, Yugoslav Black Cinema, New German cinema, Third cinema, Bollywood, and Fifth Generation cinema. The course also examines related media, such as gaming, television, video art, and digital media. 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 226/3.0               Critical Inquiry                                                                                       Winter 2020

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. 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: K. Bertrand


FILM 236/3.0               Media and Cultural Studies                                                                  Fall 2019

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. Also offered online in Fall 2018. NOTE: Priority will be given to FILM, STSC/MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students.

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

Instructor: K. Zaiontz


FILM 240/3.0               Media and Popular Culture                                                                      Fall 2019

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 250/6.0               Fundamentals of Media Production                                                        Fall/Winter 2019-20

A foundation in media production techniques relevant to graphic, sound, and moving-image formats. Topics include project design, technical workflow, and the aesthetic and social aspects of screen-based media. Students undertake several group projects in the first term and a major video production in the second term. NOTE: Production supplies $250. Priority will be given to students with the highest overall GPA on FILM courses, including those at the 100-level.

Students may enroll in no more than one of the following production course per academic year unless permission has been granted by the Department: FILM 250/6.0; FILM 351/3.0; FILM 352/3.0; FILM 353/3.0; FILM 355/6.0; FILM 356/3.0; FILM 365/6.0; FILM 375/6.0; FILM 385/6.0; FILM 390/3.0; FILM 391/3.0; FILM 392/3.0; FILM 393/3.0;FILM 410/3.0; FILM 451/3.0.

LEARNING HOURS 216 (48L;24Lb;60G;24O;60P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization.

Instructors:  A. Guerrero Cortés / D. Naaman / D. Elon


FILM 260/3.0               Digital Media Theory and Practice *ONLINE*           Spring 2020 ONLINE

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

300 Level Courses

FILM 300/3.0               Hollywood: The Dream Factory                                                                Fall 2019

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 308/3.0               Popular Cultures: Facing our Demons: The Monstrous in Popular Culture        Fall 2019

This course will look at the ways that diverse popular cultures respond to social and cultural change through motifs of monsters and the monstrous. Using a range of media texts (such as films, web series and video games) this course will focus on questions such as: What constitutes a ‘monster’ or a monstrous act? What roles do gender, race and class play within these representations, and how might this change depending upon contexts such as genre, culture of origin and time period? NOTE: Priority will be given to FILM, STSC/MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24S;48P)
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: S. Chhibber


FILM 312/3.0               Screenwriting                                                                                            Fall 2019 & Winter 2020       

Approaches to dramatic storytelling for the screen. Students analyze examples from existing works and, through practical exercises, prepare a short, original screenplay. NOTE: This course is being offered twice; students need only enroll in the Fall or the Winter.

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

Instructor: F. Leeming


FILM 322/3.0               Canadian Film and Television to 1980                                                 Winter 2020

Intermediate study in history and critical analysis, from early cinema to the tax-shelter boom and the institution of Telefilm Canada.

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

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 332/3.0         Queer Cinemas                                                                                              Fall 2019

This course will examine the development of queer representation and filmmaking practices in Classical Hollywood Cinema and beyond. 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: D. Vena


FILM 336/3.0                       Film and Politics                                                                                            Winter 2020

Religion on Screen

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: TBA


FILM 337/3.0                   Cinema and the City                                                                              Fall 2019

Film 337 examines visual representations of the city and the manifold stories that are told about the people and places that makeup the global north urban fabric. Students will learn that there is no one coherent story that can be told about cities. Rather, in watching, reading, and talking about cities in Canada, the USA, and western Europe, the course continually asks: What is a city? This was a question once posed by urban historian Lewis Mumford and, later, by cultural geographer Doreen Massey. By asking what a city is in the context of a Film and Media course, we will not only consider the physical features of a city, but question the frequently oppositional depictions of urban life across media. By studying visual representations of urban cores, students will grapple with the dialectical intensity of cities—between reality and representation, hyper visibility and invisibility, the “rez” and “the city,” the local and the global. The assigned readings and screenings in the course are organized around the themes of the City Film, the Decolonial City, the Intersectional City, and Cripping the City. Each of these themes presents students with an opportunity to examine how scholars and film and media makers engage with the possibilities of the city—its social relations, cultural practices, and future horizons. 

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 GPHY Plan and GPHY 101/3.0, GPHY 227/3.0, GPHY 229/3.0).

Instructor: K. Zaiontz


FILM 338/3.0              Contemporary Issues in Cultural Studies: Film on the Border                                                Winter 2020

This course involves a comparative study of media representations of borderlands culture and boundary crossing—whether geopolitical, imagined, contested, or fluid—along the shared borders of North America. We will pay special attention to how the border is portrayed and positioned by political discourses of citizenship and sovereignty, as well as the role that the film industry plays in encouraging or subverting national narratives. We will also explore the creative production of border films by unpacking how certain cinematic techniques affect the way in which a border is rendered, ranging from a fear-inducing terra incognita to a space of sociocultural transformation.    NOTE    Priority will be given to FILM, STSC/MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students 

LEARNING HOURS    120 (36L;12G;12Oc;60P)

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 (Level 3 and registration in an ARTH, ARTV, DRAM, or MUSC Plan). 

Instructor: J. Hobbs


FILM 340/3.0               Advertising and Consumer Culture                                                            Winter 2020

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. Assignments include online and on-campus exams, online discussion forum participation requirement, short reflective essays, and some creative design work. NOTE: Also offered online and in-person at the Bader International Study Centre in Fall 2019.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;36O;36P)
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 341/3.0                         Studies in Mass Media                                                                            Fall 2019

This course takes up questions of power, society, and networks in relation to mass media. We will work thematically to explore the evolution of these concepts through various themes, including loneliness, race and ethnicity, and the environment. Throughout the term, students will work to connect these themes to a media corporation's practices, forming a media ecology. 

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: A. Na


FILM 342/3.0                      Studies in Alternative Media                                                                       Winter 2020

An introduction to key topics in media studies, with specific historical, contemporary, and/or thematic case studies each year. Topics will range from gender studies and LGBTQ2S studies and the media; expanded media; globalization; media and popular music; social media; media and the public sphere; or media activism. 

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 345/3.0               Television: Structure and Function                                                                      Winter 2020

In this course we will look at the role of television in shaping cultures, worldviews, and understandings of self and identity, including issues of gender, race, class, ethnicity and others. We will explore a range of examples from the broadcast network era to present day web-series considering how television has changed as the result of globalization, industrial convergence, digital media, and participatory culture.  

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

Instructor: B. Bonnis


FILM 356/3.0               Animation Production                                                                                              Winter 2020

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. NOTE Students may enroll in no more than one of the following production course per academic year unless permission has been granted by the Department: FILM 250/6.0; FILM 351/3.0; FILM 352/3.0; FILM 353/3.0; FILM 355/6.0; FILM 356/3.0; FILM 365/6.0; FILM 375/6.0; FILM 385/6.0; FILM 390/3.0; FILM 391/3.0; FILM 392/3.0; FILM 393/3.0; FILM 410/3.0; FILM 451/3.0.

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: F. Leeming


FILM 368/3.0               Animation Theory and Criticism                                                                              Fall 2019

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 (36L;12Oc;60P)

PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM. EXCLUSION No more than one course from FILM 368/3.0; FILM 385/6.0.

Instructor: F. Leeming


FILM 390/3.0                         Open Media Production                                                                                                           Fall 2019

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. Prerequisite for Advanced Open Media Production. NOTE    Students may enroll in no more than one production course per academic semester: FILM 250/6.0; FILM 351/3.0;  FILM 352/3.0; FILM 353/3.0; FILM 355/6.0; FILM 356/3.0; FILM 365/6.0; FILM 375/6.0; FILM 385/6.0; FILM 390/3.0; FILM  391/3.0; FILM 392/3.0; FILM 393/3.0, FILM 410/3.0; FILM 451/3.0

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: E. Pelstring


FILM 392/3.0                     Video Production                                                                          Fall 2019 (offered twice) and Winter 2020

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. NOTE    Students may enroll in no more than one production course per academic semester: FILM 250/6.0; FILM 351/3.0;  FILM 352/3.0; FILM 353/3.0; FILM 355/6.0; FILM 356/3.0; FILM 365/6.0; FILM 375/6.0; FILM 385/6.0; FILM 390/3.0; FILM  391/3.0; FILM 392/3.0; FILM 393/3.0, FILM 410/3.0; FILM 451/3.0

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 2020

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. NOTE    Students may enroll in no more than one production course per academic semester: FILM 250/6.0; FILM 351/3.0;  FILM 352/3.0; FILM 353/3.0; FILM 355/6.0; FILM 356/3.0; FILM 365/6.0; FILM 375/6.0; FILM 385/6.0; FILM 390/3.0; FILM  391/3.0; FILM 392/3.0; FILM 393/3.0, FILM 410/3.0; FILM 451/3.0

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 395/3.0               Internship                                                                                                                Fall 2019 or Winter 2020

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: S. MacKenzie

400 Level Courses

FILM 415/3.0               Contemporary Theory                                                                                               Fall 2019

Remediation: Archives and the Textures of Time. 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.

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 420/3.0                   Advanced Approaches to Media Studies: Special Topic                       Winter 2020

This course examines contemporary and foundational media theories in relation to media histories, practices, and critiques. We will address several core themes. One core theme will be progress. We will ask, how have media technologies been a driver of cultural notions of progress? How has progress been used to justify media consumption? And, how might updating constantly be antithetical to progress?  

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: A. Na


FILM 430/3.0               Authorship: The Other Bergman                                                                              Fall 2019

This course will examine the works of Ingrid Bergman. This is not a ‘star studies’ course; rather, it examines how Bergman’s image and career were mobilized to raise questions about gender, ‘foreignness’, geopolitics, transnationalism, and agency through notions of authorship (whether by studios, screenwriters, the star, the press, or political systems). We will consider how Bergman worked to achieve agency within these confines and paradigms. Films from the Swedish, Hollywood, Italian, and German periods of her career will be analyzed, including: Intermezzo (Gustaf Molander, Sweden, 1936), A Woman’s Face (En kvinnas ansikte, Gustaf Molander, Sweden, 1938), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Victor Fleming, USA, 1941), Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, USA, 1942), Swedes in America (Svenskar i Amerika, Irving Lerner, USA, 1943), Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1946), Stromboli (Stromboli, terra di Dio, Italy/USA, 1950), Europe ’51 (Europa ’51, Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1952), Voyage to Italy (Viaggio in Italia, Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1954), Fear (La Paura, Roberto Rossellini, Italy/Germany, 1954), and Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden/West Germany, 1978). We will also consider a few works about her, including My Dad Is 100 Years Old (Guy Maddin, Canada, 2005) and Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid, Stig Björkman, Sweden, 2015).

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.
EXCLUSION No more than one course from FILM 400/3.0-001 (2014 onward); FILM 430/3.0.

Instructor: S. MacKenzie


FILM 435/3.0               Culture and Representation                                                                                   Winter 2020

Advanced seminar on relations between societies and their expression in culture, with particular reference to film, television, and comparable media. Subjects have included interdisciplinary approaches and cultural studies; cinema in the Third World.               

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.
EXCLUSION No more than one course from FILM 400/3.0-003 (2014 onward); FILM 435/3.0.

Instructor: TBA


FILM 445/3.0               Narrative Film: Special Topic                                                                                  Winter 2020

Latin American Cinema. ​This course explores the thematic and stylistic trends of Latin American Cinema(s) with an emphasis on how each one reflects or rejects its particular social, political, and cultural context.  Students will examine a selection of Latin American films in order to explore not only the aesthetic contributions the films have made, but also how they represent discourses of memory, history, gender, race, class, and identity. 

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: A. Guerrero Cortés


FILM 450/3.0               The Business of Media                                                                                               Winter 2020

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, Special Topic: Practicum                                                                   Fall/Winter 2019-2020

This new pilot course enables students to complete 100 hours of industry-focused practical experience over two consecutive terms through a combination of participating in monthly workshops, training exercises, local field trips, festivals and events, combined with various hands-on production opportunities or short work placements.  This course is highly autonomous and requires strong initiative from students.  Activities will largely take place outside of the classroom with bi-weekly check-in meetings to report on recent activities and announce forthcoming opportunities.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;24Lb;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 455/3.0               Cross-Platform Storytelling                                                                                      Fall 2018

A 12-week 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 digital media, video games, augmented reality, virtual reality and beyond. There will be specific emphasis on non-fiction works. This course expands upon the student’s foundation in filmmaking towards a broader cross-platform approach to storytelling, culminating in the creation and presentation of a conceptual prototype in the student’s chosen medium.

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: A. Jansen


FILM 460/6.0               Major Project                                                                                                            Fall/Winter 2019-20

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: S. Lord / K. Bertrand / F. Leeming

500 Level Courses

FILM 500/6.0               Honours Thesis                                                                                                         Fall/Winter 2019-20

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 2019 or Winter 2020

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 2019 or Winter 2020

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 2019 or Winter 2020

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

MAPP Courses

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 2019

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 2020

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: TBA


MAPP 311/3.0                Sound Production                                                                                               Fall 2019

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    Level 3.

EQUIVALENCY    IDIS 311/3.0. 

Instructor: M. Rogalsky


MAPP 400/6.0              Media and Performance Major Project                                                          Fall/Winter 2019-20

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: M. Wheeler

Online Courses

FILM 236/3.0               Media and Cultural Studies   *ONLINE*                                             Winter 2020 ONLINE      

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 2020 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: 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 2020 ONLINE

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 2019 ONLINE

This course offers an overview of recent filmmaking and media practices from various continents. We will explore how intimate, personal styles of filmmaking converge with theories of globalization, hybridity, transnationalism, and remediation, through the study of a selection of films greatly influenced by the political, cultural, economic, social, and historical forces at work in a number of countries around the world.  NOTE: Priority will be given to FILM,STSC/MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students. Online only.

LEARNING HOURS Consult Arts and Science Online. 
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0) or (LLCU 209/3.0; DEVS 240/3.0) or permission of the Department.

Instructor: K. Bertrand


FILM 335/3.0               Culture and Technology *ONLINE ONLY*                                                  Winter 2020 ONLINE

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*                                          Fall 2019 ONLINE

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: MAPP 200/3.0; MAPP 300/3.0;  MAPP 311/3.0; DEVS 305/3.0; INTS 326/3.0; LLCU 206/3.0; LLCU 207/3.0; 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; LLCU 358/3.0; RELS 237/3.0; SPAN 458/3.0.