FILM STUDIES COURSE SCHEDULE
Core courses for the major/minor are indicated by (*); other courses listed can be used to satisfy electives requirements. Variable Topic (VT) courses may be taken twice for credit, provided the class content is different each time.
Please see our degree requirements page for complete details.
Courses Within The Media Studies Department:
* MEDST 146: History of Cinema III: 1970 – Present
* MEDST 200: Principles of Sound and Image
* MEDST 240: Styles of Cinema
MEDST 243: Introduction to Filmmaking
Thursday 9:10 am – 11:00 am, On-Line (Synchronous)
MEDST 245: Screenwriting
Wednesday 6.30 – 9.20 pm, On-Line (Synchronous)
MEDST 281-01: Intermediate Studies in Media (VT): Introduction to Editing
Tuesday 1:40 – 4:30, On-Line (Synchronous)
MEDST 281-02: Intermediate Studies in Media (VT): Script Analysis
Whether you are a writer, a director, or a producer, an understanding of story structure and dramatic principles is essential. In-depth analysis of a screenplay’s storyline, characters, dialogue, images, and theme reveals a wide range of narrative techniques and storytelling styles, from Hollywood to independent and everything in between. Students read screenplays and view selected films on-line and analyze the scripts, learning how essential information is conveyed, how story elements are communicated through visual means, how dramatic momentum is built with cause and effect, and what makes a character credible and complex. Students end the term with the ability to analyze film scripts of varying styles and lengths and apply that knowledge to their own screenwriting.
MEDST 281-03: Intermediate Studies in Media (VT): Writing the Short Screenplay
The short film is an art form of its own, often dominating film and video festivals.
This workshop is devoted solely to crafting short screenplays which could be produced in an advanced production course or independently. Students are introduced to the techniques of screenwriting with an emphasis on dramatic structure, visual language and character development. Then we focus on craft issues unique to short screenplay writing — what types of stories, characters, premises, resolutions, are best suited to short films? Students complete a short narrative screenplay as well as various exercises designed to enhance understanding of the craft of screenwriting. We will also examine the practical production challenges involved with bringing a short script to the screen.
MEDST 317: Advanced Post-Production
Thursday 1:40 – 4:30 pm, On-Line (Synchronous)
MEDST 342W: Film Genres (VT): Children’s Films
MEDST 342: Film Genres (VT): Comedy
MEDST 343W: Non-Fiction Forms
Tuesday 4:00 pm – 5 pm On-Line (Hybrid)
Courses In Other Departments:
CMLIT 241: Jean-Luc Godard and the Algerian War of Independence in Cinema.
Tuesday & Thursday 10:45 am – 12:00 pm On-Line (Synchronous)
Middle Eastern Studies
MES 240: Images of the Middle East:1001 Nights in World Literature and Film
Monday & Wednesday 10:45 am – 12:00 pm On-Line (Synchronous)