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Film and Media Studies Courses

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Sub CRSE Title
ANT 372 Visualizing Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Lozada

Introduction to the theories and methods necessary for making ethnographic films. Students will conduct fieldwork and make a documentary film on a particular aspect of social and cultural behavior. Emphasis is placed on developing the critical skills needed for resolving some of the ethical, technical, and aesthetic problems that may emerge during the documentation of social and cultural behavior.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

CHI 207 Engendering Chinese Cinema
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English. (Not offered every year.)

Instructor
Shen

Course examines gender relations in 20th-century China through cinematic representations. By looking in detail at the films of a few key directors and reading scholarly works, the class discusses the changing social and political positions of women in cinema from the 1920s to the 1990s, and how this change affects gender relations.

Satisfies a Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

CHI 405 Seminar: Topics in Chinese Cinema and Modern Literature
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English. May repeat for credit if the subject is different.

Instructor
V. Shen
 

Reading and discussion of selected works in Chinese literature and cinema. Discussion of individual research projects.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

COM 315 Media Effects (= SOC 315)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Martinez

An exploration of relevant theories and practices of conducting media effects research in the mass mediated/disseminated communication contexts including television, radio, print, popular culture, internet, and other forms of new media. Topics include health, advertising, edutainment, stereotypes, violence, pornography, music videos, video games, news, and politics.

Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology.
Satisfies Communication Studies and Film and Media Studies interdisciplinary minor requirements.
Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
 

DIG 215 Death in the Digital Age
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Sample

This class explores the intersection of death and technology. What happens to our digital personas when we die? How does technology change grieving? What kind of ghosts inhabit our machines? What's the 21st century equivalent of a gothic haunted house? We will consider these questions and many more as we wrestle with the meaning of death in the digital age. Among the primary sources we will study will be historical archives, media representations of disaster, contemporary horror novels and films, and television series such as Dead Set and Black Mirror.

 

Satisfies a requirement in the Film and Media Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

 

DIG 240 Art and Electronic Media
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietrick

This course explores the relationships between art and electronic media in the 20th and 21st centuries. Focusing on the shift from industrial to information-driven economies, the curriculum outlines digital art's historical trajectory, from important precursors like photography and early analog examples like video art. Special attention is given to film, gaming, 3D printing, architecture and interdisciplinary art practices.

Satisfies a requirement in the  Digital Studies minor.
Satisfies an elective requirement in the Film and Media Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a Visual & Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ENG 211 Filmmaking
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course is a workshop, where virtually everything will be based upon, work from, and be inspired by, the films you and others in your class accomplish.  The course is based on learning the discipline and rigors of thinking visually, daily.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Film and Media Studies and Digital Studies.
Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

 

ENG 292 Documentary Film - History, Theory, and Production of Documentary
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Miller

The course will first examine the modes of the documentary genre, often described as expository, observational, interactive, and reflexive. For each mode we will read relevant history and theory, and watch representative documentaries. Students will then make a series of short documentaries as a means of understanding how these modes affect both the production and reception of a documentary. We also consider more specific sub-genres of documentary such as science/nature, politics/protest, biography, and mockumentary.

Satisfies a requirement in the Film & Media Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ENG 293 Film as Narrative Art
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor 
Kuzmanovich, Miller

This course explores the relationship of film video to other narrative media, with emphasis on authorship, genre, and the relationship of verbal and visual languages. Students will make a short video, but the course does not assume any production experience.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
Fulfills the Historical Approaches requirement of the English major.

ENG 393 Film Theory
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Miller

This course explores theoretical approaches to fiction and nonfiction film, television, video and other media. Though no production experience is required, we will make storyboards and videos, and students have the option to make a video as a final project. We then consider "ists" and "isms" including realism and reality TV; modernism; postmodernism; materialism; evolutionary criticism, and Freudalism and gender theory. Movies we may consider: Modern Times, Pervert's Guide to Cinema, Bicycle Thieves, Star Wars, Shane, Out of the Past, Waking Life, No Country for Old Men, Man with the Movie Camera, Un Chien Andalou, and a variety of shorter videos.

ENG 393 satisfies a Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
ENG 393 fulfills a requirement in the Film & Media Studies interdisciplinary minor.

 

 

FMS 220 Introduction to Film and Media Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Lerner, McCarthy

An introduction to the history and analysis of screen media, with an emphasis on film (feature films, documentaries, animation, and experimental) together with an examination of ways cinematic techniques of storytelling do and do not find their ways into later media like television and video games. Lectures and discussions supplemented by theoretical readings and weekly screenings.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
Required course for fulfilling the Film and Media Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

FMS 321 Interactive Digital Narratives
Prerequisites & Notes

FMS 220 or ENG 293.

Instructor
Sample

A close study of selected video games using an interdisciplinary blend of methodologies culled from cultural studies, film and media studies theory, literary criticism, and history.

Film and Media Studies Interdisciplinary Minor Credit.
Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

FMS 323 Special Topics in Digital Media and Film
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

An intensive investigation of digital media and film production.  Screenings, discussions, and readings will explore the theory and practice of a selected cinematic tradition.  Significant production component will include videography, non- linear video editing, lighting, and sound recording.

Satisfies Film and Media Studies Interdisciplinary Minor requirement.
Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

FMS 385 Video Game Music (= MUS 385)
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally offered in alternate years; not offered in 2016-17.

Instructor
Lerner

Historical, stylistic, and analytic study of video game music from its origins in the arcade games of the 1970s to the present. Emphases on close readings of music in relation to gameplay, and vice versa. Includes training in digital audio manipulation to create sound design and musical sequences.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

FMS 421 Seminar in Film and Media Studies: After Birth of a Nation
Prerequisites & Notes

FMS 220. (Fall)

Instructor
Lerner

This seminar will take the occasion of the 100th anniversary of D. W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation (1915) as an invitation to conduct a close investigation of the original film and its impact on film history and U.S. culture along with a study of this film and the history and representation of racial identities in U.S. media. The historical scope of the seminar will reach back to the nineteenth century and up to the present, with attention given to Oscar Micheaux's cinematic response (Within Our Gates) and the entire twentieth century history of what have been called "race movies." Projects will include both scholarly writing along with production exercises involving editing, remixing, and re-composing. Weekly screenings expected outside of class.

NOTE: This seminar will fulfill the 400-level capstone requirement for the FMS minor in 2015-16.

FRE 366 Africa Shoots Back, in transl. (=AFR 266)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fache

Africa Shoots Back examines West African cinema from its beginnings in the early 1960s to today.  The selection of films exposes students to new voices, perspectives and representations of Francophone West Africa from a West African perspective.  We will discuss issues of decolonization and post-colonial cultural economy, as well as analyze traditional African narrative strategies and new and unconventional images.

Counts towards the French & Francophone Studies major and minor.
Fulfills a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Africa).
Fulfills a requirement in the Film & Media Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies distribution requirement in Visual and Performing Arts.

GER 241 Special Cultural Topics (in trans.)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Staff

Selected topics in German, Austrian, or Swiss culture. Covers various aspects of culture and society, such as history, politics, economics, literature, film, art and architecture, music, and mass media. Sample topics include The Holocaust and Vienna at the Turn of the Century.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

GER 242 Hollywood Alternatives, From Germany and Beyond (in trans.)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring 2017)

Instructor
McCarthy

This course offers a sampling of historical and contemporary attempts to challenge Hollywood's dominant cinematic codes. We will watch films from the Weimar Republic and "New German Cinema" of the 1970s, as well as Russian montage, French New Wave, "art house" cinema of the 1960s, independent film of the 1990s, plus several contemporary films.  Directors include: F.W. Murnau, Maya Deren, Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Michael Hanecke, Todd Haynes, David Lynch, Sally Potter, Terrence Malick, and Kathryn Bigelow.  Students will write short essays and one longer research paper and also have the opportunity to make their own short experimental films. 

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
May be counted toward the interdisciplinary minor in Film and Media Studies.

GER 336 Memory on Film (in trans.)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
McCarthy

Examines personal and collective memory in a variety of cultural contexts and the strategies that film and literature use to represent it. We will also analyze the roles that truth-telling, trauma and national narratives play in memory's construction. From the German context, we will look specifically at cultural and social memory in understanding Germany's twentieth-century history. More generally, and in light of James Frey's controversial autobiography, we will examine general assumptions around memory and the extent to which it can be accurately rendered.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
May be counted toward the interdisciplinary minor in Film and Media Studies.

GER 363 Special Topics in Film
Prerequisites & Notes

German 260 or permission of the instructor.
(Not offered  in 2016-17)

Instructor
McCarthy

Selected topics primarily in German and Austrian film which introduce students to genres, historical periods, and methods of film analysis. Sample topics include an overview of German cinema, as well as German popular film. Classes are taught in German and focus on close readings and discussions.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
May be counted toward the interdisciplinary minor in Film and Media Studies.

HIS 454 Filming Southern Legal History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wertheimer

Students in HIS 454 will work collaboratively to research, write, and produce both a history research paper and a documentary film about some aspect of the U.S. South's legal history.  The instructional team will include both the teacher of record, who is an historian, and two aspiring filmmakers from the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University.

Satisfies a requirement in the History major and minor.
Counts as an elective for the Film and Media Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

 

HIS 474 Bollywood and the Indian Imagination
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Waheed

History of Indian Cinema, one of the world's most popularly viewed, from the 'golden age' of Bombay's Hindi- and Urdu- language films of the 1940s to the present.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a requirement of the Film and Media Studies Interdisciplinary minor.

MUS 228 Film Music
Prerequisites & Notes

No music training required. (Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Lerner

Historical, stylistic, and analytic study of film music from the origins of cinema in the 1890s to the present, focusing on fictional Hollywood narratives while also considering music's function in documentary and avant-garde filmmaking. Emphasizes close reading of music in relation to film, and vice versa.  Weekly screenings.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement. 

MUS 383 Herrmann & Hitchcock
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required. Normally students will have had at least one prior semester of college-level music or related study. (Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Lerner

A seminar concentrating on the nine film scores stemming from the remarkable collaboration of composer Bernard Herrmann and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. After an introductory section on each, the seminar will then proceed chronologically through their nine films. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ways that Herrmann's music blended together with Hitchcock's aesthetic vision to impact and complicate notions of gender identities.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

MUS 385 Video Game Music (=FMS 385)
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally offered in alternate years; not offered in 2016-17.

Instructor
Lerner

Historical, stylistic, and analytic study of video game music from its origins in the arcade games of the 1970s to the present. Emphases on close readings of music in relation to gameplay, and vice versa. Includes training in digital audio manipulation to create sound design and musical sequences.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement. 

SOC 315 Media Effects (= COM 315)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Martinez

An exploration of relevant theories and practices of conducting media effects research in the mass mediated/disseminated communication contexts including television, radio, print, popular culture, internet, and other forms of new media. Topics include health, advertising, edutainment, stereotypes, violence, pornography, music videos, video games, news, and politics.

Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology.
Satisfies Communication Studies and Film and Media Studies interdisciplinary minor requirements.
Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
 

SPA 352 Contemporary Latin American Cinema
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 or 270 or their equivalents. (Fall 2016)

Instructor
Peña 

Exploration of the cinema and film-making traditions of Latin America since the 1950s with specific attention to the aesthetic media, political debates, and histories of national film industries.  Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards the Film & Media Studies as well as Latin American Studies.
Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

SPA 353 Contemporary Spanish Film
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2015-16)

Instructor
Vásquez

Study of Spanish film from the 1950s into the new century, within the complex matrix that is twentieth- and twenty-first-century Spain.  Cinematic theory and the lexicon of film analysis.  Spain's cinematic response to the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent exile and dictatorship years, gender definitions, and changing national identity during the democratic era. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Film & Media Studies.

SPA 356 Special Topics: Screening Contemporary Spain
Prerequisites & Notes

SPA 260 and 270 (or equivalents).

Instructor
Tahmassian

This course examines the central issues shaping contemporary Spain through the lens of cinema from the 1990s - present.  Spain came to be viewed simultaneously as a guardian of tradition and a country at the vanguard of postmodernity by the 1980s.  Through analysis of selected films, this course unravels these conflicting perceptions by debating the themes underlying them: historical memory, globalization, immigration, economic crisis, political disenchantment, nationalisms, and gender.  Attention will be given to the specificities of the cinematic medium and its ability to not just reflect, but to inform the cultural and political imaginary of Spain within its borders and beyond. 

Satisfies Area II for the Hispanic Studies major.
Counts as an elective in the Film and Media Studies interdisciplinary minor.