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Film & Media Course Offerings 2020-21

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
100 Level Courses

FILM 110/6.0               Film, Media, and Screen Cultures                                                       Fall(Remote)/Winter 2020-2021

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

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

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

200 Level Courses

FILM 206/3.0               Research, Writing, and Presentation Methods                               Winter 2021                                

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

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

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 214/3.0              Mobile Communications                                                                Fall 2020- Remote

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 10836L;36O;36P) 

Instructor: S. Hart


FILM 217/3.0             Film and Media History and Theory Pre-1960                              Fall 2020 - Remote               

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 2021           

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

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

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 220/3.0             NEW - Disney Pixar DreamWorks                                                               Fall 2020 - Remote         

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

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

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 225/3.0   NEW -  The Comedy Film: Chick Flicks - Laughing at or Laughing with?      Fall 2020- Remote              

This course examines the emergence and continuing popularity of the romantic comedy film from the silent era and beyond. It explores the histories and transformations of the rom-com and the ways in which it has been received by scholars and audiences alike. It will specifically highlight the ways in which the rom-com mobilizes laughter and (dis)identification with its often leading women protagonists, as a means of commenting on larger cultural, political, and sociological issues. NOTE Priority will be given to FILM, STSC, MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students.

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

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 236/3.0               Media and Cultural Studies                       Fall 2020 Online and  Winter 2021 in person                                         

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: Fall - I. Robinson / Winter - K. Zaiontz


FILM 240/3.0               Media and Popular Culture                                             Fall 2020 Online and Winter 2021 in person   

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 250A/B/3.0            Fundamentals of Media Production                        Fall/Winter 2020-2021 / Bi-Weekly / Remote in Fall

This course provides 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 individual and group projects. NOTE: Production supplies $325. 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 120 (48S;72P)
PREREQUISITE Registration in a FILM Major or Medial Plan, MAPP or COCA Specialization.

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


FILM 257/3.0             NEW - Concept Development                                                     Fall 2020 Remote and Winter 2021 In Person

This course will explore the methods of film/media-related work that precedes pre-production, including the elaboration of primary concepts and ideas, research, and script development. The student will learn to distinguish ideas which are worth developing from those which aren’t, how to engage in research which is relevant, and how to develop primary concepts into workable scripts or project designs.

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

Instructors:  D. Elon (Fall Remote); TBA (Winter)


FILM 260/3.0               Digital Media Theory and Practice *ONLINE ONLY*                         Summer 2021

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                                                        Spring 2021                                        

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 312/3.0               Screenwriting                                                                                            Fall 2020 - Remote      

Approaches to dramatic storytelling for the screen. Students analyze examples from existing works and, through practical exercises, prepare a short, original screenplay. 

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

Instructor: F. Leeming


FILM 316/3.0               NEW - Video Games and Culture                                                   Winter 2021

This course introduces the interdisciplinary study of video games through an examination of their cultural, educational, and social functions in contemporary settings. 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.

LEARNING HOURS 108 (36L;36O;36P)
PREREQUISITE FILM 110/6.0 or FILM 236/3.0 or FILM 240/3.0 or FILM 260/3.0

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 317/3.0              NEW - Art as Technology                                                                    Winter 2021                          

This course draws references from critical and media theory in order to explore the material and systemic dimension of artistic practices and the artwork, underscoring the role of the art worker as a relevant historical actor.

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

Instructor: G. Menotti


FILM 318/3.0               NEW - Screen Curatorial Practices                                               Fall 2020 - Remote           

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

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

Instructor: G. Menotti


FILM 320/3.0               NEW - Media and the Arts: Asia and Asian North America             Fall 2020 - Remote                             

Film 320 will survey filmic media, digital culture, performance art, and media installation art by, for, and/or about Asians and Asian North Americans. This course focuses on the relationship between representation by others and self-representation in relation to medium. This course will have four primary units: Asian North American representation in mainstream film and television, The Korean Wave, Asians on YouTube, and Asian and Asian diasporic performance art and media installation. Throughout the course we will analyze the varied ways in which identity matters in making media and art as well as being made into media and art. Working through contemporary and historical examples, we will take up the task of enacting written, embodied, and filmic reflection on Asian and Asian North American media and art. 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 and 12.0 units in FILM) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0).

Instructor: A. Na


FILM 325/3.0       NEW -  Cinemas in Canada: Anglo-Canadian/Québécois(e)/Indigenous    Winter 2021                  

This course examines fiction filmmaking from Anglo-Canadian, Québécois(e), and Indigenous filmmakers. We shall examine a wide variety of works produced from the 1950s onwards, paying special attention to questions of experimental narrative form (such as documentary/fiction hybrids), national and Indigenous identities, and the role of various funding programs in the development as dissemination of Anglo-Canadian, Québécois(e), and Indigenous fiction film.

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

Instructor: E. Sanders


FILM 330/3.0              NEW - Gender and Media                                           Fall 2020 - Remote                           

This course examines the figurative role that media plays in the cultural and social construction of gender. Students will assess mass and digital media using feminist and queer theories of representation as well as scholarship in new media studies. These approaches—which foreground critical intersections with race, class, sexuality, and ableism—will not only enable students to question foundational gender binaries, but learn how technological developments (from the rise of search engines and Internet pornography to wearables and virtual assistants) are often cast as gender ‘neutral’ technological developments. 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 and 12.0 units in FILM) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0).

Instructor: K. Zaiontz


FILM 332/3.0         Queer Cinemas                                                                   Fall 2020 - Remote                                          

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

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

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 336/3.0                       Film and Politics: Religion on Screen                        Spring 2021

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

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

Instructor: E. Chaflant


FILM 341/3.0                         Studies in Mass Media                                                 Winter 2021                                                  

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: Activist Media Making    Fall 2020 - Remote                                                       

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

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

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 343/3.0                   NEW - Speculative Media Studies: Fictions, Fans, and Franchises   Fall 2020 - Remote                                  

This course is a survey of speculative media. Working around three organizing themes (fictions, fans, and franchises), this class will introduce key issues in speculative media studies. Students will explore various subcultural and popular SF or speculative genres, including science fiction, fantasy, alternative history, and speculative futures. In addition to foundational and contemporary texts and screenings, students will engage in a digital fandom throughout the course.

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

Instructor: A. Na


FILM 346/3.0              NEW - Television and Seriality                                                        Winter 2021      

This course examines various forms of televisual 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. 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 and 12.0 units in FILM.

Instructor: S. Chhibber


FILM 350/3.0    NEW - Moving Images Archives: The Politics of Preservation and Circulation   Spring 2021                                    

This course will introduce the history, procedures, and policies of audiovisual archives. Topics may include: the history of film archives such as the British Film Institute Archives, the National Film Board Archives, and the Academy Film Archives; best practices in preservation and digitization; procedures and politics of digitization; archival description and metadata; film restoration; challenges in the preservation of born-digital art and video; and digital storage.

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

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 352/3.0    Production: Issues of Form and Structure    Spring 2021

In 2020-2021 Issues of Form and Structure will focus on aspects of editing and montage. Starting with the screening and analysis of selected works, this is an advanced practical course in film and video aesthetics,exploring particular formal questions. Emphasis will be placed on unconventional approaches and techniques.   NOTE    Students may enroll in no more than one production course per academic year: 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 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. 

Instructor: TBA


FILM 356/3.0               Animation Production                                                             Winter 2021                                                                

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: E. Pelstring


FILM 387/3.0   NEW - Production: Issues of Form & Structure “Cinematography and Visual Aesthetics”  Spring 2021                  

An advanced practical course in cinematography and visual aesthetics. Through a series of practical exercises, lectures, and screenings; students will explore visual aesthetics and techniques that are employed to author motion picture images with intent and consistency. Students will be individually evaluated through exercises and quizzes while shooting assignments can be completed independently or in small groups.

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

Instructor: R. Randall


FILM 388/3.0              NEW -  Indigenous Film and Media                                                      Winter 2021                                                      

Kwe Kwe! Welcome to FILM 388, a journey into First Nations and Inuit film, videography and contemporary media projects. Inspired by the amazing works of strong and dedicated Indigenous filmmakers from the Americas, Northern Europe and from Australia, this course will explore such topics as indigenous methodologies and aesthetics, indigenous feminism, decolonization, self-recognition, survivance, language revitalization and cultural reappropriation. In these particular times where Indigenous nations and communities are facing some of their biggest challenges, media, film and videography become tools that are used to tell stories, bring together communities, heal individuals and empower the women who are putting their imprint on the medium. This course will favour an approach directly inspired by indigenous methodologies, where research is considered to be relational at its core, thus encouraging the students to connect thoughts, images, voices and processes. You will be building piece by piece your own pathway, with the help of the tools (films, media works, readings, theories, lectures) that will allow you to become a better scholar but most of all an inspired and enlightened human being. You will be using online tools such as the discussion forums to work with and for each other, thus putting in practice Maori scholar Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s 25 Indigenous projects, which include: sharing, reading, writing, storytelling, connecting and gendering. NOTE Priority will be given to FILM, MAPP, STSC, COCA, and INDG students.

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 an INDG Plan and DEVS 220/3.0 and DEVS 221/3.0).

Instructor: K. Bertrand


FILM 389/3.0     NEW - The Music Video: Visual Art, Music, and Screen-Based Media     Fall 2020 - Remote                                     

The music video is an intersection of visual art, music and television which can speak to the politics, technology, and art of a given time and place. A survey of music videos and related pop cultural phenomena from the 1950s to the present will help students appreciate the broader cultural impact of the music video, beyond its promotional function.

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

Instructor: E. Pelstring


FILM 390/3.0    Open Media Production    Spring 2021

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. Pre‐requisite 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) or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: TBA


FILM 392/3.0                     Video Production                         2 X Winter 2021 and 2 X Spring 2021 (Four offerings)

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                                                       Spring 2021                                            

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 394/3.0                  Post-Production                                                     Fall 2020 - Remote                                       

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    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: J. Norton


FILM 395/3.0               Internship                                                                                            Fall 2020 or Winter 2021

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 400/3.0           NEW - Special Topics in Film, Media, and Cultural Studies - Films on/at the Border   Winter 2021          

Throughout this course, we will question the relationship between film, media, visual culture, and borders in the 20th and 21st century.  We will consider the representation, documentation, and figuration of borders at various political and geographical scales from the local to the transnational. The course will address the construction and treatment of borders as liminal, contested, and interstitial geographical and political spaces, while reflecting on the ways that cinema and media have sought to demarcate, naturalize, transgress, or challenge the ways borders are commonly represented and experienced. Our discussions will begin with a consideration of a range of film and media text from different parts of the world and will involve a number of analytical approaches dealing with activist and political filmmaking, migration, indigeneity, geopolitics and disputed borders, globalization and national/global media industries, media borders and intermediality.

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

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 416/3.0         NEW - Material Media Studies: Things, Ecologies, Affects                 Winter 2021                                              

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

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

Instructor: E. Chalfant


FILM 420/3.0                   Advanced Approaches to Media Studies: Special Topic                               Winter 2021

Advanced course in media theory, focusing on a special topic in the field each year. This course will examine relationships that exist between psychological and technological dimensions of human life under late stage capitalism, through the lens of media and cultural theory. Guided by the works of theorists such as Bernard Stiegler, Eva Illouz, Simone Browne and Byung-chul Han, we will explore the psycho-political implications of the contemporary techno-cultural and media moment, by thinking through some key questions across disciplines. What does the attention economy mean for human attention? What does the surveillance society mean for paranoid subjectivities, far-right conspiratorial narratives, and racial policing? How can we theorize the experience of technological addiction? More generally, how can a cultural analysis of media and technology deepen our understanding of reciprocal relations between techne and psyche today?

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: R. Revi


FILM 435/3.0        NEW - Culture and Representation: The Figure of the Witch in Popular Culture     Winter 2021                         

In this course, students will work through the real-life histories and creative fictions of the figure of the Witch in Western film and television. From fairy tale villains to feminist icons, the figure of the witch can be used as a cultural barometer to measure women’s changing roles in society. Students can expect a blend of studies and creative projects, all of which train students to navigate primary sources, theoretical research, and artistic practices.

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: D. Vena / T. de Szegheo Lang / E. Pelstring


FILM 445/3.0               Narrative Film: Special Topic                                                                      Fall 2020 - Remote

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                                                                                 Fall 2020 - Remote                                 

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 455/3.0               Cross-Platform Storytelling                                                           Winter 2021                                                         

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 456/3.0               NEW - The Video Essay                                                              Winter 2021                                                        

This course will introduce students to the “Video Essay”, a form of film and media study which combines textual or language based elements of conventional scholarly analysis with relevant audio‐visual materials. Student video essay productions will use the essential component parts of media work directly in the analytical and production process.

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

Instructor: D. Simpson


FILM 457/1.5             Film and Media Practicum I                                    Winter      2021     

This course enables students to complete 50 hours of industry-focused practical experience 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 54 (18L;12Lb;24P)
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 458/1.5               Film and Media Practicum II                      Spring 2021

This advanced course enables students to complete 50 hours of industry-focused practical experience 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.  The course builds on the skills and techniques developed in FILM 457. 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: 54 (18L;12Lb;24P)

PREREQUISITE: Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC/MAPP or COCA Specialization and FILM 250/6.0, FILM 457/1.5 and 24.0 units in FILM.

Instructor: A. Jansen


FILM 460/6.0               Major Project                                                                                                Fall(Remote)/Winter 2020-21

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: K. Bertrand / D. Naaman / K. Zaiontz

500 Level Courses

FILM 500/6.0               Honours Thesis                                                                                                Fall/Winter 2020-21

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 2020 or Winter 2021

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 2020 or Winter 2021

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 2020 or Winter 2021

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                                                                                       Winter 2021

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 2021                       

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

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

Instructor: G. Menotti


MAPP 311/3.0    Sound Production     Winter 2021

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(Remote)/Winter 2020-21

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*                                                       Fall 2020                            

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*                                                                 Fall 2020                       

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 2021 

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 2020

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*                                                                 Fall 2020

Research and studies in relations of media, technology, and culture. Critical examination of cultural and communication technologies and the employment of technology within selected examples from film, television, and digital media. NOTE: Priority will be given to FILM, STSC/MAPP, COCA, and MDIA students.

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

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 340/3.0               Advertising and Consumer Culture *ONLINE ONLY*                                              Winter 2021    

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; MAPP 493/3.0; ARTH 319/3.0; DEVS 305/3.0; HIST 220/3.0; INTS 326/3.0; LLCU 200/3.0; 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.