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
ARTH 345The Avant-Garde and Mass Culture: Art and Politics
ARTH 355The City in Art and Film
ARTH 356Race, Ethnicity, Art and Film
ARTH 494Seminar *
ARTV 108Introduction to Video Art
ARTV 308Video Art: Site and Screen
ARTV 320Video Art: The Cinematic
ARTV 324Intermediate/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
COMM 432Film and Cultural Politics
COMM 433American Independent Cinema
COMM 434Documentary Film
COMM 435Principles of Video Production
COMM 485Writing for Media
English
ENGL 372Film Studies
ENGL 385Topics in Creative Writing *
*Not all ENGL 385 courses are film courses. Consult with the FILM director.
History
HIST 155Topics in History, Literature, and Film
HIST 362Topics in Latin America History *
HIST 375Topics in U.S. History *
*Not all HIST 362 and HIST 375 courses are film courses. Consult with the FILM director.
Languages, Cultures and Literatures
LANG 194Special Topics in Language, Literature and Culture *
CHIN 347Chinese Cinema:Postsocialism and Modernity
FREN 394Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture *
ITAL 403Studies in Italian Film
SPAN 427Studies in 20th and 21st Century Peninsular Literature and Culture *
SPAN 430Studies 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.