Curriculum

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Requirements:

18 units total, including at least 9 upper-division units. The minor requires two Film Studies courses (FILM 101, FILM 301). The other four courses must be taken from at least two of the following departments: Art, Architecture + Art History; Communication Studies; English; History; and Languages, Cultures and Literatures.

Students are required to take the following:
FILM 101Introduction to Cinema3
FILM 301Introduction to Film Theory3
Select at least 12 units from the following list. Courses must be taken from at least two different departments. At least six units must be upper-division.12
Art, Architecture + Art History
The Avant-Garde and Mass Culture: Art and Politics
The City in Art and Film
Race, Ethnicity, Art and Film
Seminar *
Introduction to Video Art
Video Art: Site and Screen
Video Art: The Cinematic
Intermediate/Advanced Video Art
*Not all ARTH 494 courses are film courses. Students should select a film-related course. Previous offerings include Global Art Cinema. Consult with the FILM director.
Communication Studies
Film and Cultural Politics
American Independent Cinema
Documentary Film
Principles of Video Production
Writing for Media
English
Film Studies
Topics in Creative Writing *
*Not all ENGL 385 courses are film courses. Consult with the FILM director.
History
Topics in History, Literature, and Film
Topics in Latin America History *
Topics in U.S. History *
*Not all HIST 362 and HIST 375 courses are film courses. Consult with the FILM director.
Languages, Cultures and Literatures
Special Topics in Language, Literature and Culture *
Chinese Cinema:Postsocialism and Modernity
Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture *
Studies in Italian Film
Studies in 20th and 21st Century Peninsular Literature and Culture *
Studies in Hispanic Film
*Not all LANG 194, FREN 394 and SPAN 427 courses are film courses. Students should select a film-related course. Consult with the FILM director.

Relevant 194/294/394/494 and topics courses or Honors courses in Art History, Chinese, Communication Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, French, Italian, Spanish or Visual Arts, to be approved by the program director, may also satisfy requirements for the Film Studies minor.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

FILM 101, FILM 301

FILM 101 | INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

This course is an introduction to film form and the historical, industrial, and cultural contexts that make form significant for analysis. This class aims to equip students to look purposefully, critically and contextually at the moving image, mindful of the ways that meaning is produced and received.

FILM 301 | INTRODUCTION TO FILM THEORY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: FILM 101 or ARTH 144

A survey of the major concepts of film theory, this course emphasizes the ways that film engages the viewer through form, social meaning and the particularities of the brain and bodily senses. Screenings, lectures and texts examine the aesthetic, social, philosophical and psychological aspects of the cinematic medium, and include examples reflecting a transnational approach.