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Film Studies

Course Code
FILM 100  Credits
Title Technical Training: Video Production 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is designed to develop a thorough understanding of the technical equipment needed for the first level Video Production course. This includes detailed training in the operation of video editing software, title graphics software used in video postproduction, video camera operation and camera support equipment, and the tools of video lighting. Individual sessions will focus on specific types of equipment and development of proficient use in the production of video projects. Concurrent registration in FILM 172 is required. 



Course Code
FILM 101A  Credits
Title Practicum 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Practical experience in a performance activity in Film. 



Course Code
FILM 172  Credits
Title Video Production 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Theory of and practical experience with video production techniques. Electronic Field Production and post production techniques will be stressed when doing out of class projects. Concurrent registration with FILM 100 is required. 



Course Code
FILM 180  Credits
Title Understanding Movies 
Lasc Area Goal 6  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This liberal studies film course is designed to introduce students to the vocabulary and artistic elements of cinema. It will focus on creating an understanding and appreciation for the basics of cinematography, film sound, acting, screenwriting, directing, and narrative frameworks utilized to create film. Historical and contemporary films will be viewed as text material for analysis. MnTC Goal 6. 



Course Code
FILM 190  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Film 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is a lower division topics course and may be repeated when the topic changes. 



Course Code
FILM 200  Credits
Title Technical Training: Beginning Filmmaking 
Prerequisite FILM 172 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is designed to develop proficiency in the operation of film equipment needed to produce beginning level 16mm dual system sound, black and white reversal film projects. This includes 16mm film equipment, lighting and sound equipment. Concurrent registration in FILM 284 required. 



Course Code
FILM 232  Credits
Title Principles of Make-up for Stage and Film 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Techniques and styles of make-up used in stage and film productions. Same as THTR 232



Course Code
FILM 280  Credits
Title History of Film 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A chronological approach to the development of the motion picture medium. Special attention to be paid to the aesthetic, political, cultural, economic and technological contexts in which American and other international cinemas developed. A studio screening/discussion session will be included in each class period where influential films are viewed and discussed. Concurrent registration in FILM 280S is required. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
FILM 280S  Credits
Title Studio in Film History 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Studio credit to accompany the Film History course. Concurrent registration in FILM 280 is required. 



Course Code
FILM 281  Credits
Title Film Appreciation 
Lasc Area Goal 6  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Film Appreciation is the study of the Art of Film through an examination of major American film directors, their most influential motion pictures, and the historical development of the film director's art and classic movie genres. The course traces the evolution of directorial styles and the development of film genre. Creative approaches to the medium are examined both artistically and critically. Innovative films are viewed, discussed, and evaluated. Students learn and use the various schools and methods of film criticism, develop an understanding of aesthetic qualities in film and apply them to their writing assignments. Concurrent registration in FILM 281S is required. MnTC Goal 6. 



Course Code
FILM 281S  Credits
Title Studio in Film Appreciation 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Studio to accompany the Film Appreciation course. Concurrent registration in FILM 281 is required. 



Course Code
FILM 284  Credits
Title Beginning Filmmaking 
Prerequisite FILM 100 FILM 172 OR FILM 100 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Theory and practice for the pre-professional filmmaker. Students learn to operate basic motion picture equipment. Projects include planning, shooting, and editing short films. Concurrent registration in FILM 200 required. 



Course Code
FILM 290  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Film 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is a lower division topical course and may be repeated when the topic changes. 



Course Code
FILM 302  Credits
Title Practicum 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Practical experience in a performance activity in Film. 



Course Code
FILM 371  Credits
Title History of LGBT Representation in Film 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will be an in depth examination of the cinematic representation of and filmic production by Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender people. Films and videos from a wide spectrum of genres will be screened to substantiate both the differences and the commonalities surrounding this subject's cinematic treatment. This course will also cover certain historical and/or political events influencing queer culture, filmmakers, and their intersection. Key questions will be raised, including: How have non-dominant sexualities been portrayed in the history of cinema? Is there a "queer" way of viewing film? What role does authorship play? How, historically and in the present, have queer identities been censored and how have they eluded censorship? How have critical re-readings and camp been used to define non-dominant spectatorship? Is gayness situational, or advised by its location in other identities such as race, class, age/era, culture? MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
FILM 372  Credits
Title Editing Techniques 
Prerequisite FILM 172 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will focus on the post-production phase of filmmaking with emphasis placed on editing theories and techniques. Projects will provide hands-on editing experience. The Apple Pro Certification process will be introduced. 



Course Code
FILM 375  Credits
Title Animation Techniques 
Prerequisite FILM 172 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course introduces students to traditional animation techniques such as pixilation, cut-out animation, object, line, as well as other techniques. Students will begin with the basics of frame manipulation in time-based media. Through hands-on experience, students will explore animation practices while making connections to film theory and aesthetics. 



Course Code
FILM 378  Credits
Title Techniques of Producing 
Prerequisite FILM 284 FILM 172 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will survey the craft areas of Producing, Production Management, and Production Coordination. Students will learn practical skills as well as larger concepts behind this key area of motion picture creation. 



Course Code
FILM 383  Credits
Title Adaptations to Film 
Prerequisite FILM 180 OR FILM 281S OR FILM 281 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an exploration of the complex intersection between film and a variety of other literary and media texts. Selected poems, novels, short stories, plays, video games, etc are analyzed in relation to film versions of the same works in order to gain an understanding of the possibilities - and problems - involved in the adaptation to film. 



Course Code
FILM 384  Credits
Title Techniques of Film Directing 
Prerequisite FILM 284 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Theory and practice of developing artistic and technical skills in directing motion pictures. Special emphasis given to the importance of the director/actor relationship. Major filmmaking projects include scene study work with crews and actors.