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Tentative Film & Media Course Offerings 2021-22

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/Winter 2021-22 

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 2022                          

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 2021 - 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 216/3.0                 Historical Inquiry “The Social History Rockumentary”         Winter 2022

In 2021-2022, we will be exploring the rockumentary as social history, examining historical and contemporary works from 1958 to the present. Drawing on works that document the history of rock, blues, jazz, pop, heavy metal, reggae, punk, hip hop, blue grass and country, we will explore the central role played by the rockumentary in addressing gender, politics, race, class, postmodernism, intersectionality, Indigeneity, and the representation of the real through the dual lenses of social and cultural history. Works screened may include: The Cry of Jazz (USA, 1959), Jazz on a Summer’s Day (USA, 1959) Lonely Boy (Canada, 1962), Dont Look Back (USA, 1965), Monterey Pop (USA, 1968), Woodstock (USA, 1970), Gimme Shelter (USA, 1970), Rockers (Jamaica, 1978), Harmonium in California (Canada, 1979), Buenos Aires Rock (Argentina, 1982), Stop Making Sense (USA, 1985), Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (USA, 1988), Truth or Dare (USA, 1991),The Filth and the Fury (UK, 2000), Malditos: La Historia de Fiskales Ad-Hok (Chile, 2004), Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (USA, 2004), Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing (USA, 2006), Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (USA, 2012), Sumé: The Sound of Revolution (Greenland, 2014), Hip-Hop Evolution (Canada, 2016-), and The Beatles: Get Back (Australia/UK, 2021). NOTE Priority will be given to FILM, MAPP, STSC, 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: S. MacKenzie


FILM 217/3.0             Film and Media History and Theory Pre-1960                              Fall 2021              

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 2022          

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

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

Instructor: D. Vena


FILM 220/3.0                 Disney Pixar DreamWorks                            Winter 2022 

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 & Unruly Women            Fall 2021             

This course examines the emergence and continuing popularity of 'chick flicks' (films supposedly addressed to women spectators) from the silent era and beyond. It explores the histories and transformations of film genres like the rom-com or situational comedy and considers the ways in which these genres have been received by scholars and audiences alike. It will specifically highlight the ways in which 'chick flicks' mobilize laughter and characterizations of 'unruly women' to comment 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 2021 Online and Winter 2022                                    

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

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

Instructor: Fall - I. Robinson / Winter - I. Robinson / E. Hufschmid


FILM 240/3.0               Media and Popular Culture                                  Fall 2021 Remote and Winter 2022 Online

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

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

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 250A/B/3.0            Fundamentals of Media Production                        Fall/Winter 2021/2022      In Person and Remote 

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.

Note: FILM 250 will be offering sections  "In Person" and Remote. Remote will be reserved for students who cannot return to campus and will be by Departmental Consent. 

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          Concept Development                                   Fall 2021  (3 sections)

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

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); H. Lee (Fall in person x 2)


FILM 260/3.0               Digital Media Theory and Practice                      Summer 2022 - Online only

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

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

Instructor:  P. Gauthier

300 Level Courses

FILM 300/3.0               Hollywood: The Dream Factory                                    Spring 2022                                        

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

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

Instructor: I. Robinson


FILM 303/3.0               World Cinemas                                                 Fall 2021 - 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 305/3.0               European Narrative                                                   Winter 2022 

This course will address the filmmaking career of Federico Fellini, one of the major international directors of the latter 20th century. His work will be addressed in terms of film language and aesthetics, Fellini’s continuing cinematic influence, celebrity culture, shifts in 20th-century Western and Italian culture, modernism, and postmodernism.

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

Instructor: F. Burke


FILM 308/3.0               Popular Cultures:  Understanding Our Connections                                             Winter 2022

This course will be focusing on how pop culture forms through the study of a select number of pop culture artifacts and texts. By peeling back the layers of pop culture works, this course will explore how pop culture can influence its audience in different ways. With a focus on recent pop culture trends such as Hamilton and TikTok students will be asked to engage with these artifacts in creative and thoughtful ways, building their own understandings of how they relate to popular culture overall. 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: A. Alberry


FILM 312/3.0               Screenwriting                                                          Winter 2022 (2 sections)

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

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

Instructor: H. Lee


FILM 316/3.0               Video Games and Culture                                                   Fall 2021 - Remote

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 318/3.0               Curating Screen Practices                                              Winter 2022  

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 332/3.0         Queer Cinemas                                    Fall 2021                                          

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 335/3.0                                        Culture and Technology                                Winter 2022  - Online Only

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

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

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 336/3.0                       Film and Politics: Religion on Screen                        Fall 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 339/3.0      The 90s: Media and Culture at the End of the 20th Century      Fall 2021                                    

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

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

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 341/3.0                         Studies in Mass Media                                       Winter 2022                                                  

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 2021                                                    

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 345/3.0                                          Television: Structure and Function                        Winter 2022      

This course is for students who have an interest in reading/seeing contemporary televisual storytelling historically and politically. By placing multiplatform television as a distinct cultural form developed out of the changing socioeconomic and technological structures, it will focus on North American, British, and Indian televisual storytelling. The course will aid students to identify different genres and narratives expressing ongoing socio-economic struggles.

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

Instructor: P. Subramanian


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

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

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

Instructor: T. de Szegheo Lang


FILM 351/3.0                                          Documentary Production                               Winter 2022 

Advanced motion picture production course. Each student produces a short documentary using video and/or 16mm film. Emphasis will be placed on unconventional approaches and techniques. 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;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. EXCLUSION(S) FILM 355/6.0.

Instructor:  S. Nowak


FILM 356/3.0               Animation Production                                                 Winter 2022                                                                

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 368/3.0                    Animation Theory and Criticism                                        Fall 2021

This course examines the history of animation from theoretical and critical perspectives. Drawing on works in experimental animation, the Classical Hollywood Studio system, the NFB/ONF, anime, Eastern European animation, animated documentary, process cinema, and computer animation, we will consider the aesthetics and politics of animation through the prisms of surrealism, satire, self-reflexivity, and allegory. 

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

Instructor:  S. MacKenzie


FILM 377/3.0              NEW - 3D Animation for Virtual and Augmented Reality                          Winter 2022                                         

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

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

Instructor: J. Norton


FILM 387/3.0    Cinematography and Visual Aesthetics     Winter 2022                

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

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

Instructor: R. Randall


FILM 392/3.0                     Video Production                      Fall 2021 and Winter 2022

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 2022                                       

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: A. Guerrero Cortés


FILM 394/3.0                  Post-Production                                                     Fall 2021                               

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 2021 or Winter 2022

Students can apply to undertake a practical internship in media production, criticism or curatorship. All internships must be approved in advance by application to the Undergraduate Coordinator. Approval will depend on the quality of the proposal and the academic record of the applicant. Students are required to write a report about their experience and are evaluated jointly by their employer and a faculty member from Film and Media. It is the responsibility of students, not the Department of Film and Media, to arrange internships. NOTE: Students will be given a grade of Pass/Fail for work done.

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

Coordinator: E. Pelstring

400 Level Courses

FILM 400/3.0           Special Topics in Film, Media, and Cultural Studies - Films on/at the Border   Winter 2022         

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 415/3.0              Contemporary Theory: Special Topic                  Fall 2021                                                           

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

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

Instructor: S. Lord


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

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

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

Instructor: E. Chalfant


FILM 422/3.0              Canadian Cinema: Special Topic                                Winter 2022

There’s something particular about Canadian cinema that postmodernism has not quite been able to encompass since its application in the 1980s. Taking a specific look at Anglo-Canadian cinema from the 1980s onwards, this course will employ the abject as a theoretical concept that fills in some of the ellipses wrought by postmodernism. As such, this course will take a broad approach to understanding and problematizing abject theory according to its many contributors, including but not limited to Georges Bataille, Julia Kristeva, Kelly Oliver, Toril Moi, and Barbara Creed. This course will also expand the abject’s applicability from horror film to include the genres of drama, comedy, and romance in the Canadian film context. 

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. Sanders


FILM 430/3.0        Bodies on Fire: Exploring the Archive of Canadian Lesbian Filmmaking            Winter 2022

Typically, an addendum to the catch-all term ‘New Queer Cinema,’ the corpus of 1980-2000s Canadian lesbian-centred films continues to be overlooked by academics and critics alike in favour of American gay men’s media. In this course, we will draw our attention to the Canadian context, which offered a particularly vital link between lesbian screen images, film and video production, and public social action. Topics will include: lesbian authorship and filmmaking communities; women's filmmaking history within the nation; pre-histories of lesbian representation in mainstream cinemas; tropes and motifs within lesbian-centred films (i.e., fencing); and queer-feminist film festival circuits and networks.

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


FILM 445/3.0              Narrative Film: Special Topic                                   Winter 2022

Aesthetics: Film and Art

Long abandoned as relevant to actually existing art practices, Aesthetics as a philosophical approach to art (which in this instance includes film and media) has recently re-emerged with a more relevant set of priorities. Earlier writing on aesthetics was predicated on qualities that were deemed important to philosophers – like “beauty” – but were only tangentially of concern to artists and their publics. Contemporary writing on aesthetics is considerably more attentive to what artists actually do. Topics will include: art and its public, the changing role of the artist, the relationship between art and non-art, art and popular culture, the role of expression, the role of evaluation, and the recent understanding that artists and filmmakers should be understood as “thinkers.”

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: G. Kibbins


FILM 450/3.0               The Business of Media                                             Winter 2022                                 

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

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

Instructor: A. Jansen


FILM 451/3.0             Production: Sound and Synthesis                                        Fall 2021                                               

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

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

Instructor: N. Lochhead


FILM 455/3.0               Cross-Platform Storytelling                         Fall 2021 - Remote                                                      

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

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

Instructor: Tony Vieira


FILM 456/3.0          The Video Essay                                                              Winter 2022                                                        

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

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

Instructor: D. Simpson


FILM 459/3.0            Film and Media Practicum                                  Fall/Winter      2021/22  

This course enables students to complete 100 hours of industry-focused practical experience through a combination of 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, fostering strong initiative from students.  While fully supervised, many individual activities take place outside the traditional classroom setting with bi-weekly full group check-in meetings to report on recent activities and announce forthcoming opportunities.

Before beginning any work placements, students will receive industry standard training that meets the requirements of the major unions: NABET, IATSE and/or the Directors Guild of Canada.  Students also receive orientation around labour law and workplace safety, and must complete the on-line CORE (Course on Research Ethics) certificate.  This course integrates directly with Queen’s Career Services and includes the creation of a curriculum vitae.

Students prepare written interim reports on all activities as well as a comprehensive final report, emphasizing critical examination of the industry and a detailed proposal for systemic change. 

LEARNING HOURS: 120 (10L;80Pc;20P)
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 460/6.0               Major Project                                             Fall/Winter 2021- 22

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 / G. Kibbins


FILM 476/3.0               Social Documentary in Latin America                                             Fall 2021

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

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

Instructor: A. Guerrero Cortés

500 Level Courses

FILM 500/6.0               Honours Thesis                                                                                                Fall/Winter 2021-22

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 2021 or Winter 2022

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 2021 or Winter 2022

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 2021 or Winter 2022

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 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 2022                      

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 400/6.0              Media and Performance Major Project                        Fall/Winter 2021-22

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 / J. Norton


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

MAPP 493/3.0       Visual Music                   Winter 2022

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

LEARNING HOURS 120(36L;24Lb;60P)
PREREQUISITE (Level 3 and Registration in STSC/MAPP Specialization or a COCA, FILM, DRAM, MAPP, MDIA, MUSC or MUTH Plan)

Instructor: M. Rogalsky

Online Courses

FILM 236/3.0               Media and Cultural Studies   *ONLINE*                        Fall 2021                           

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 2022                      

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 2022

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 2021

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 2022

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

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

Instructor: P. Gauthier


FILM 340/3.0               Advertising and Consumer Culture *ONLINE ONLY*                       Fall 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 400/6.0; MAPP 493/3.0; ARTH 203/3.0; ARTH  303/3.0; ARTH 319/3.0; DEVS 306/3.0; DEVS 307/3.0; DRAM 205/3.0; HIST 220/3.0; LLCU 200/3.0; LLCU 206/3.0; LLCU 207/3.0; LLCU 214/3.0; LLCU 226; LLCU 249/3.0; LLCU 308/3.0; LLCU 309/3.0; LLCU 326/3.0; LLCU 328/3.0;  RELS 137/3.0.