Cinema Studies Minor Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

The Cinema Studies minor, which is offered by the Media & Communication Department, is an 18-credit minor offering students cutting edge digital humanities approaches to exploring cinema as a nexus of the social, cultural, political, and economic spheres. This interdisciplinary program is designed around a core of classes in cinema studies, augmented by studies in related departments and programs.

Complete the following courses (9 cr):

Code Course Credits

COM 1150

Introduction to Cinema Studies

Why are movies made? Who makes them? How do they make their way to us? Why does it matter? In this course, we will explore contemporary cinema's capacity to entertain, express, inform, and generate revenue. We'll work to understand why Hollywood and other film industries favor certain subjects and styles, and to illuminate the challenges of working in film production. Each class meeting will include a movie screening, lecture, discussion, and a lab instruction period.

Restrictions This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee Fee $15

Every semester

3

COM 2330

International Cinema

An introductory survey of non-U.S. cinema, exploring prominent film movements and national cinemas from the 1940's through the present. Films screened in the course will range from popular genre cinema to art and experimental cinemas.

Class meets for one four-hour period weekly.

This course fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: COM 1150 or consent of instructor.

Fee Screening fee $15

Fall, odd years

3

COM 2730

Special Topics in Cinema Studies

In-depth exploration of a topic in cinema studies, such as genre, director, national cinema, gender and cinema, race and cinema, or topics in film theory. Exact course descriptions will be provided prior to registration for the spring semester.

Class meets for one 4-hour session per week.

Prerequisite: COM 2050 or consent of instructor.

Fee Screening fee $15

Spring

3

And a minimum of 9 credits from the following (9 cr):

Code Course Credits

ARH 3052

History of Twentieth Century Art

European and American painting and sculpture from 1900 to 1945.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Periodically

3

ART 2130

Experimental Cinema and Video

OR COM 2130 - Experimental Cinema and Video 3 cr

Students explore video as an artistic medium through group projects, production and critique of individual projects, and viewing and analysis of the work of current video artists. Emphasis is on developing methods to present artistic concepts coherently. Students are encouraged to experiment with modes of narrative, camera and editing techniques and forms of presentation.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee May have studio fees.

Periodically

3

ART 2301

Photography I

An introductory studio course exploring camera techniques, film exposure and black and white darkroom procedures. Emphasis is on photography as an art form and the potential of the medium as a vehicle for personal visual expression. Historical, cultural and aesthetic contexts will be considered. Students must furnish (or have regular access to) their own inexpensive adjustable camera and supplies. Field trips may be included.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

3

COM 2120

Script Workshop I

This course is designed to allow students to explore a wide range of script styles and formats, including the stage play, film script, radio play, and television script. The focus will be on understanding the process of script development through reading and analyzing published scripts, and by writing original short scripts.

Fall

3

COM 2140

Race, Gender and Sexuality in Media

Media are among our primary sources of images of people, places and things we do not encounter ourselves in our everyday lives. This course examines the images of women and racial and sexual minorities who have been on the fringes of policy development and yet at the center of narratives created by mainstream media. It takes a detailed look at the symbolic and social power of commercial media's role in constructing social and cultural differences around age, gender, race, class and sexuality.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: COM 1220 or consent of instructor.

Fee Fee $20

Spring

3

COM 2730

Special Topics in Cinema Studies

(may be taken a maximum of two times for minor credit)

In-depth exploration of a topic in cinema studies, such as genre, director, national cinema, gender and cinema, race and cinema, or topics in film theory. Exact course descriptions will be provided prior to registration for the spring semester.

Class meets for one 4-hour session per week.

Prerequisite: COM 2050 or consent of instructor.

Fee Screening fee $15

Spring

3

COM 2970

Directed Study in Cinema Studies

Provides students the opportunity to work independently under the guidance of a faculty mentor. An Independent Study form describing the nature of the study and completed in conjunction with the faculty supervisor is required at the time of registration.

1-3

COM 3020

Documentary Workshop

(has prerequisites not contained in the minor)

Study of the problems of documentary writing and production for public broadcasting. Students write, produce, direct, and videotape short documentary scripts.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: COM 2212

Alternate years Fall, even years

3

COM 4020

Screen Drama Workshop

(has prerequisites not contained in the minor)

Study of drama for television with emphasis on blocking for the medium, television scene design, lighting, and special effects. Students produce, direct and videotape dramatic scripts.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: COM 2212

Spring

3

COM 4030

Script Workshop II

Students write and critique original scripts for stage, radio and screen. Material from this course may be used for student productions.

Prerequisite: COM 2120 or consent of instructor.

Spring

3

COM 4970

Directed Study in Cinema Studies

Provides students the opportunity to work independently under the guidance of a faculty mentor. An Independent Study form describing the nature of the study and completed in conjunction with the faculty supervisor is required at the time of registration.

1-3

FLL 1110

Film and Lit: Hispanic, French and Italian

A global reach of literary texts and film in cultural and/or literary translation from the Hispanic, French, or Italian languages and cultures, starting from the late 20th century. Film, novels, short stories, essays, and poetry will be analyzed and discussed. Works will be presented as part of a global consciousness in terms of interrelationships including historical context. They may be selected by theme, genre, topic, and/or special combination that are thought provoking and respond to current interest. Students will be required to do oral presentations and written reports.

This course fulfills the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

HIS 2335

Asia through Food and Film

This course uses food and film to teach about cultural experiences of Asians and their historical relationships to the lands and to the peoples they encountered through migration, trade and conquest. Its basic goal will be to stimulate students’ thinking and enthusiasm for learning more about Asia, but it also aims to challenge them to consider how culture, environment, economics, and politics intersect in the foods people eat, and how historical change and continuity reflect and reverberate in that intersection. A multisensory understanding of Asian culture and history is gained through readings, films, class lecture and discussion, and cooking and eating a variety of Asian foods. Fees: $25 for cooking ingredients, restaurant items, and honoraria for guest gourmets to give presentations and cooking demonstrations.

Fall

3

PHI 3060

Aesthetics

Aesthetics, or Philosophy of Art, is an examination of problems and theories of the nature of art and aesthetic value. Problems concern the definition of art, the nature of beauty and aesthetic value, the nature of aesthetic judgments, the relationship between art and morality, and the nature of artistic creativity.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of the instructor.

Periodically

3

THA 3020

Acting for the Camera

Instruction and practice in the basics of acting for both TV and film style productions: playing to the camera, shooting out of sequences, blocking, and other production considerations.

Prerequisite: THA 2121, or consent of instructor.

Alternate years

3

Total credits required: 18 cr