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Film Studies Major
Requirements and Course Descriptions

Preparatory Subject Matter

Students complete 20 units in Film, Visual and Popular Culture, Gender/Race/Ethnicity and Humanities and 0-20 units in a Language.

Introduction to Film Studies

FMS 1: Introduction to Film Studies (4)
Analysis of film form and narrative, including cinematography, editing, and sound. Issues in film studies, including authorship, stardom, race, gender, class, and cultural identity. Includes introduction to selected cinematic movements and national film traditions.

Language

A four course sequence in a single language or equivalent.  Requirement can be satisfied with AP exam, Placement exam or transfer coursework equivalent to 4 quarters of a single language.

Visual and Popular Culture

One course from the following list.

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

AAS 15: Introduction to African American Humanities (4)
Critical examination of the historical, political, social, and economic factors that have affected the development and status of African-American people in contemporary society.

AAS 50: Black Popular Culture (4)
Survey of the African American images in popular culture (film, television, comedy, sports and music).

ART HISTORY

AHI 5: Introduction to Visual Culture (4)
Development of visual literacy for an increasingly visual world. Critical analyses focus on a wide variety of visual media—art, television, film, advertising, the Internet—intended for a diverse spectrum of audiences.

AMERICAN STUDIES

AMS 1A: Science and American Culture (4)
American science as a cultural system. Mutual influence and interaction of that system with other cultural systems including religion, social thought, art, architecture, literature, music, and common sense.

AMS 21: Objects and Everyday Life (4)
Prerequisite: completion of subject A requirement. Material culture (objects and artifacts ranging from everyday objects like toys and furnishings to buildings and constructed landscapes) as evidence for understanding the everyday (vernacular) lives (gender, social class, ethnicity, region, age, and other factors; collecting and displaying material.

AMS 30: Images of America and Americans in Popular Culture (4)
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Investigation of verbal and visual discourses about American identity in various popular culture products, including film, television, radio, music, fiction, art, advertising, and commercial experiences; discourses about the United States in the popular culture of other societies.

ART

ART 30: Introduction to Contemporary Visual Culture (4)
Establishing visual literacy across the media of fine art, photography, advertising, television and film; media culture; focus on critical decoding of contemporary visual culture.

CHICANO STUDIES

CHI 50: Chicana and Chicano Culture (4)
Interdisciplinary survey of Chicana/o cultural representation in the 20th century. Examines Chicana/o culture within a national and transnational context. Explores how Chicano cultural forms and practices intersect with social/material forces, intellectual formations and cultural discourses.

CHI 60: Chicana and Chicano Representation in Cinema (4)
Introductory-level study of Chicana and Chicano representation in cinema. Depiction of Chicana and Chicano experience by Chicana/o filmmakers, as well as by non-Chicanos, including independent filmmakers and the commercial industry.

DESIGN

DES 1: Introduction to Design (4)
Priority given to Design majors. Introduction to design discipline through readings, writing, visual problem solving, and critical analysis. Topics: design principles and elements, vocabulary, color theory, Gestalt principles, conceptualization strategies. Role of designer and products in contemporary culture including social responsibility and sustainability.

FRENCH

FRE 50: French Film (4)
Introduction to the tradition of French cinema from its invention by Méliès and the Lumière brothers through New Wave (especially the works of Truffaut and Godard) and more recent developments in French and Francophone film. Taught in English.

HUMANITIES

HUM 60: Narrative and Argumentative Approaches to Major Current Issues in the Media, Culture, and Society (4)
Interdisciplinary approach to contemporary issues (abortion, AIDS, civil rights, war and peace, welfare state) around which individuals, communities and institutions define themselves in American society, by applying principles of narrative theory to the narratives where those issues are embedded.

ITALIAN

ITA 50: Studies in Italian Cinema (4)
Introduction to Italian cinema through its genres. Focus is on cinema as a reflection of and a comment on modern Italian history. Film will be studied as an artistic medium and as a form of mass communication.

JAPANESE

JPN 25: Japanese Language and Culture (in English) (4)
Classification and communication of experience in Japanese culture; principles of language use in Japanese society. Speech levels and honorific language, language and gender, minority languages, literacy. Role of Japanese in artificial intelligence and computer science.

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

NAS 32: Native American Music and Dance (4)
Introduction to the music and dance of the native peoples of the Americas. Students will study secular native music and dance from a cross-section of regions and tribes.

SOCIOLOGY

SOC 25: Sociology of Popular Culture (4)
Social mechanisms that shape modern popular culture. High, folk, and mass culture: historical emergence of popular culture. Mass media, commercialization, ideology and cultural styles. Theories and methods for analyzing cultural expressions in pop music, street art, film, television, and advertising.

TEXTILE AND CLOTHING

TXC 7: Style and Cultural Studies (4)
The multiple and overlapping influences of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class on constructions of identity and community are explored through the study of style in popular culture and everyday life. Continuity and change in clothing and appearance styles are interpreted.

WOMEN STUDIES

WMS 20: Cultural Representations of Gender (4)
Interdisciplinary investigation of how specific cultures represent gender difference. Examine a variety of cultural forms and phenomena including film, television, literature, music, popular movements, and institutions.

WMS 25: Gender and Global Cinema (4)
The role gender plays in film history/culture in various geographical contexts and in aspects of contemporary globalization. Films from nations such as China, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Korea, New Zealand, and the U.S.

Gender/Race/Ethnicity

One course from the following list.

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

AAS 10: African-American Culture and Society (4)
Critical examination of the historical, political, social, and economic factors that have affected the development and status of African-American people in contemporary society.

AAS 15: Introduction to African American Humanities (4)
Critical examination of the historical, political, social, and economic factors that have affected the development and status of African-American people in contemporary society.

AAS 50: Black Popular Culture (4)
Survey of the African American images in popular culture (film, television, comedy, sports and music).

ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES

ASA 1: Historical Experience of Asian Americans (4)
Introduction to Asian American Studies through an overview of the history of Asians in America from the 1840s to the present within the context of the development of the United States.

ASA 2: Contemporary Issues of Asian Americans (4)
Introduction to Asian American Studies through the critical analysis of the impact of race, racism, ethnicity, imperialism, militarism, and immigration since post-World War II on Asian Americans. Topics may include sexuality, criminality, class, hate crimes, and inter-ethnic relations.

CHICANO STUDIES

CHI 10: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (4)
Analysis of the situation of the Chicana/o (Mexican-American) people, emphasizing their history, literature, political movements, education and related areas.

CHI 50: Chicana and Chicano Culture (4)
Interdisciplinary survey of Chicana/o cultural representation in the 20th century. Examines Chicana/o culture within a national and transnational context. Explores how Chicano cultural forms and practices intersect with social/material forces, intellectual formations and cultural discourses.

CHI 60: Chicana and Chicano Representation in Cinema (4)
Introductory-level study of Chicana and Chicano representation in cinema. Depiction of Chicana and Chicano experience by Chicana/o filmmakers, as well as by non-Chicanos, including independent filmmakers and the commercial industry.

CHI 65: New Latin American Cinema (4)
Historical, critical, and theoretical survey of the cinemas of Latin America and their relationship to the emergence of U.S. Latino cinema. Emphasis on representation and social identity including gender, sexuality, class, race and ethnicity.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

COM 12: Introduction to Women Writers (4)
Survey of fiction, drama, and poetry by women writers from all continents. Concerns of women compared in light of their varied social and cultural traditions. Literary analysis of voice, imagery, narrative strategies and diction.

HISTORY

HIS 72B: Social History of American Women and the Family (4)
Social and cultural history of women, sex roles, and the family in twentieth-century America, emphasizing female reformers and revolutionaries, working class women, consumerism, the role of media, the “feminine mystique,” changes in family life, and the emergent women’s movement.

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

NAS 1: Introduction to Native American Studies (4)
Introduction to Native American Studies with emphasis upon basic concepts relating to Native American historical and political development.

NAS 10: Native American Experience (4)
Introduction to the diverse cultures of Native American peoples from North, Central, and South America. Emphasis on Native American voices in the expression of cultural views and in the experience of conflicting values.

NAS 32: Native American Music and Dance (4)
Introduction to the music and dance of the native peoples of the Americas. Students will study secular native music and dance from a cross-section of regions and tribes.

NAS 33: Native American Art in the U.S. (4)
Comprehensive survey of Indian art forms with emphasis upon design, media, and function. Intent is to familiarize the student with a wide range of styles and techniques.

WOMEN STUDIES

WMS 20: Cultural Representations of Gender (4)
Interdisciplinary investigation of how specific cultures represent gender difference. Examine a variety of cultural forms and phenomena including film, television, literature, music, popular movements, and institutions.

WMS 25: Gender and Global Cinema (4)
The role gender plays in film history/culture in various geographical contexts and in aspects of contemporary globalization. Films from nations such as China, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Korea, New Zealand, and the U.S.

WMS 50: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (4)
Interdisciplinary introduction surveys and integrates anthropological, artistic, cultural studies, historical, legal, literary, philosophical, psychological, scientific, and sociological perspectives on the study of gender and its relationship to race, sexuality, class, and other aspects of social experience.

WMS 70: Theory and History of Sexualities (4)
Key issues in the social construction, organization, and reproduction of sexualities such as the intersection of sexual identity with gender, race, ethnicity, and class, and the relation between movements for sexual liberation and the regulation of the body.

WMS 80: Special Topics in Women’s Studies (4)
In-depth examination of a women’s studies topic related to the research interest of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

Humanities

Two courses from the following list for a total of 8 units. Only one of these two courses may be from DES 15, 16, DRA 10, 21A, 21B or 24.

ART HISTORY

AHI 1A: Ancient Mediterranean Art (4)
Introduction to the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean world, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

AHI 1B: Medieval and Renaissance Art (4)
Christian, Barbarian, Moslem, and Classical traditions in European Art from the fourth through the sixteenth centuries.

AHI 1C: Baroque to Modern Art (4)
Survey of developments in western art and visual culture from 1600–present. Major artists and movements, theories of visuality, focused study on changing interpretations of class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity from the Baroque period through modernism, to the present.

AHI 1D and 1DV: Arts of Asia (4/5)
Introduction to major forms and trends in the arts and material culture of Asia from the Neolithic to the contemporary emphasizing the visual manifestation of secular and religious ideas and ideals.

ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES

ASA 2: Contemporary Issues of Asian Americans (4)
Introduction to Asian American Studies through the critical analysis of the impact of race, racism, ethnicity, imperialism, militarism, and immigration since post-World War II on Asian Americans. Topics may include sexuality, criminality, class, hate crimes, and inter-ethnic relations.

CHINESE

CHN 10: Modern Chinese Literature (In English) (4)
Introductory course requiring no knowledge of Chinese language or history. Reading and discussion of short stories and novels and viewing of two films. Designed to convey a feeling for what China has experienced in the twentieth century.

CHN 11: Great Books of China (in English) (4)
Selected readings in English translation are supplemented with background information on periods, authors and the interrelationships of culture, literature and social change. Methods of analysis are introduced and applied in class discussions.

CLASSICS

CLA 10: Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern Mythology (3)
Examination of major myths of Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Near East; their place in the religion, literature and art of the societies that produced them; their subsequent development, influence and interpretation.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

COM 3: Major Books of Western Culture: The Modern Crisis (4)
Introduction, through class discussion and frequent written assignments, to the major literature and thought of the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

COM 4: Major Books of the Contemporary World (4)
Comparative study of selected major Western and non-Western texts composed in the period from 1945 to the present. Intensive focus on writing about these texts, with frequent papers written about these works.

COM 5: Fairy Tales, Fables, and Parables (4)
An introduction to fairy tales, fables, and parables as recurrent forms in literature, with such readings as tales from Aesop and Grimm, Chaucer and Shakespeare, Kafka and Borges, Buddhist and Taoist parables, the Arabian Nights, and African American folklore.

COM 6: Myths and Legends (4)
Introduction to the comparative study of myths and legends, excluding those of Greece and Rome, with readings from Near Eastern, Teutonic, Celtic, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, African and Central American literary sources.

COM 7: Literature of Fantasy and the Supernatural (4)
The role of fantasy and the supernatural in literature: tales of magic, hallucination, ghosts, and metamorphosis, including diverse authors such as Shakespeare, P’u Sung-Ling, Kafka, Kawabata, Fuentes, and Morrison.

DESIGN

DES 15: Form and Color (4)
Priority given to Design majors. Understanding color, form and composition as ways of communicating design concepts and content. Color theory, color mixing, interaction of color. Explores a variety of materials, media and presentation techniques.

DES 16: Graphic Design and Computer Technology (4)
Priority given to Design students. Introduction to computers in design with emphasis on development of a general understanding of graphic design, including theory, practice, and technology. Includes principles of color, visual organization, visual hierarchy, typography, image enhancement. Projects created on Macintosh computers.

DRAMATIC ART

DRA 1: Theatre, Performance and Culture (4)
Introductory Introductory investigation of the nature of performance, moving from performance theory to consideration of various manifestations of performance including theatre, film and media, performance art, dance, sports, rituals, political and religious events, and other “occasions.”

DRA 10: Introduction to Contemporary Dance (4)
Introduction to basic issues and methods in contemporary dance. Focus on preparing the student for dancing and dance-making through basic techniques of improvisation and composition. Consideration of dance as a cultural practice.

DRA 20: Introduction to Dramatic Art (4)
Understanding and appreciation of both the distinctive and collaborative contributions of playwright, actor, director, and designer to the total work of dramatic art. Study of plays from the major periods of dramatic art in their cultural contexts.

DRA 21A: Fundamentals of Acting (4)
Physical and psychological resources of the actor. Experience in individual and group contact and communication, theatre games, advanced improvisation, sound and movement dynamics. Viewing of theatre productions.

DRA 21B: Fundamentals of Acting (4)
Open to students planning to major in Dramatic Art. Theory and practice of acting with emphasis on character analysis, interpretation, and development. Acting in a student-directed project. Viewing of theatre productions.

DRA 24: Visual Aspects of Dramatic Art (4)
Understanding and appreciation of the visual aspects of dramatic art: theatre architecture, scenery, lighting, costume, and makeup.

ENGLISH

ENL 43: Introductory Topics in Drama (4)
Close reading of selected works of British and American drama. Range of historical periods. Focused on a topic. Frequent written assignments.

ENL 44: Introductory Topics in Fiction (4)
Close reading of British and American Fiction. Short stories, novellas, novels. Focused on a topic. Frequent written exercises.

GERMAN
GER 48: Myth and Saga in the Germanic Cultures (4)
Knowledge of German not required. Reading in English translation from the Norse Eddas, the Volsung and Sigurd-Siegfried cycles, and the Gudrun lays; literary mythology in German Romanticism culminating in Wagner’s “total art-work” concept and The Ring of the Nibelung cycle. May not be counted toward major in German.

HISTORY
HIS 4C: History of Western Civilization (4)
Development of Western Civilization from the Eighteenth Century to the present.

HIS 10C: World History III (4)
Major topics from world history of the 19th and 20th centuries, emphasizing the rise and fall of Western colonial empires; Cold War and the superpowers; the spread of the nation-states; and process of globalization.

HIS 17B: History of the United States (4)
The experience of the American people from the Civil War to the end of the Cold War. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 17C.

HIS 72B: Social History of American Women and the Family (4)
Social and cultural history of women, sex roles, and the family in twentieth-century America, emphasizing female reformers and revolutionaries, working class women, consumerism, the role of media, the “feminine mystique,” changes in family life, and the emergent women’s movement.

HUMANITIES

HUM 60: Narrative and Argumentative Approaches to Major Current Issues in the Media, Culture, and Society (4)
Interdisciplinary approach to contemporary issues (abortion, AIDS, civil rights, war and peace, welfare state) around which individuals, communities and institutions define themselves in American society, by applying principles of narrative theory to the narratives where those issues are embedded.

JAPANESE

JPN 10: Masterworks of Japanese Literature (in English) (4)
Introduction to Japanese literature: readings and discussion in English of important works from earliest times to the present.

MUSIC

MUS 10: Introduction to Musical Literature (4)
Introduction to composers and major styles of Western music. Lectures, listening sections, and selected readings.

MUS 28: Introduction to African American Music (4)
Survey of African American music, such as spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, theater, gospel, R&B, rap, and art music. Emphasis on historical and sociocultural contexts, as well as African roots.

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

NAS 33: Native American Art in the U.S. (4)
Comprehensive survey of Indian art forms with emphasis upon design, media, and function. Intent is to familiarize the student with a wide range of styles and techniques.

Depth Subject Matter

Core Courses

Students complete 8 upper division core units in film History and Film Theory.

Film History

One of the following courses:

ENGLISH

ENL 161A: Film History I: Origins to 1945 (4)
Cultural and aesthetic history of filmmaking from its origins in the 1890’s through 1945.

ENL 161B: Film History II: 1945 to present (4)
Cultural and aesthetic history of filmmaking from 1945 through the present.

FILMS STUDIES

FMS 124: Topics in U.S. Film History (4)
Study of an aspect of American film history (such as the silent era; the studio system; U.S. avant-garde cinema), including the influences of technological, economic, regulatory, cultural, and artistic forces.

Film Theory

One of the following courses:

ENGLISH

ENL 162: Film Theory and Criticism (4)
Film theory and criticism, with a study of ten major works of international film art. Fall 14 Course Information

FILM STUDIES

FMS 127: Film Theory (4)
Survey of the conceptual frameworks used to study film (including semiotics, psychoanalysis, spectatorship, auteur, genre and narrative theories). Historical survey of major film theorists.

WOMEN STUDIES

WMS 162: Feminist Film Theory and Criticism (4)
Historical overview of and contemporary issues in feminist film theory, including representation, spectatorship, and cultural production. Film stars, women filmmakers, and the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and class in films and their audiences.

Upper Division Breadth and Thematic Emphasis

Students complete a course in 3 of the 5 thematic emphasis areas (12 Units) and 4 classes in a singe thematic emphasis area (16 units).

No course may be counted for more than one requirement for the major.

Thematic Emphasis Areas

Production and Performance

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

AAS 168: Black Documentary: History and Practice (4)
Study of Black documentary history and understanding of the use of the documentary form for political purposes. A discussion of documentary theory. Each student, singly or in a team, will create and carefully edit a documentary project.

AAS 175A: Black Documentary: History and Theory (4)
Black documentary history and documentary theory. Use of black documentary for political purposes.

AAS 175B: Black Documentary Practicum (4)
Creation of documentary projects, with students working in production crews.

ART STUDIO

ART 110A: Intermediate Photography: Black and White Analog (4)
Development of personal aesthetic and portfolio of black and white prints.

ART 110B: Intermediate Photography: Digital Imaging (4)
Comprehensive introduction to all elements of digital photography, including scanning, imaging software and printing.

ART 111: Advanced Photography: Special Topics (4)
Special topics related to photography and contemporary art practice. Multiple projects in a variety of approaches.

ART 114A: Intermediate Video: Animation (4)
Exploration of animation. Relationship between drawing, digital stills, and multiple images. Animation using traditional drawing techniques, collage, and digital processes.

ART 114B: Intermediate Video: Experimental Documentary (4)
Experimental documentary practice. Use of interviews, voice-overs, and still and moving images. Production of alternative conceptual and visual projects.

ART 114C: Intermediate Video: Performance Strategies (4)
Use of video to expand performance art production. Exploration of improvisation, direction, projection, and image processing in real time.

ART 117: Advanced Video and Electronic Arts (4)
Independently driven video, digital, and/or performance projects. Further development in the electronic arts ranging from video installation to performance.

DESIGN

DES 154: Visual Communication: Message Campaign Design (4)
Principles and application of visual design strategies for advertising. Emphasis on promotion of design for social change. Creation of public visual-media campaign.

DES 170: Experimental Fashion Design (4)
Fashion design as a vehicle for contemporary self expression. Emphasis on developing two-dimensional conceptualization of ideas and translating them into one-of-a-kind garments utilizing new fabric technologies and archetypal forms. Field trip required.

DRAMATIC ARTS

DRA 121A: Advanced Acting: Mask, Myth, and Tragedy (4)
Theory and practice of acting focused on the performance skills necessary to enact verse plays. Specific concentration on language as vocal and physical metaphor.

DRA 121B: Advanced Acting: Comedy from Farce to Manners (4)
Theory and practice of acting in comic plays. Specific issues addressed will be comic characterization, physical mask, and timing.

DRA 122B: Advanced Acting: Non-Realism (4)
Exploration of the acting techniques needed to perform a non-realistic script. Different avant-garde movements will be examined through performance of the scripts.

DRA 124A: Principles of Theatrical Design: Scenery (4)
Scene design processes, working drawings, sketching techniques, scale models, methods and materials of scenery construction.

DRA 124B: Principles of Theatrical Design: Scenery (4)
Analysis of plays in terms of scene design, elements of design, execution of designs for modern and period plays.

DRA 124C: Principles of Theatrical Design: Lighting (4)
Theories of lighting the stage, equipment and control systems, execution of lighting plots.

DRA 124D: Principles of Theatrical Design: Costume (4)
Source materials for theatrical costuming, selecting fabrics, elements of design, analysis of plays in terms of costume design, execution of designs for modern and period plays.

DRA 124E: Costume Design for Film (4)
Theory and practice of the art and business of film costume design. Script analysis, costume research, developing design concepts, budgeting, and current production practices and methods. Execution of designs for period and contemporary films. Viewing of current films.

DRA 127A: Principles of Directing (4)
Director’s creative approach to the play and to its staging.

DRA 127B: Principles of Directing (4)
Director’s creative approach to the actor.

DRA 130: Approaches to Theatrical Design: Practice and Theory (4)
Advanced scenic design study in specific areas including but not limited to: research, design styles and concepts, new materials and techniques, photography, projections, computer technology, spectacle and special effects, and alternative theatre forms and genres.

DRA 160A & 160B: Principles of Playwriting (4-4)
Analysis of dramatic structure; preparation of scenarios; the composition of plays.

DRA 170: Media Theatre (3)
New media and application of theatre design and performance. Emphasis on collaborative process in relationship to integration of emerging technologies and formation of new theatrical works. Development of collaborative performance through lecture, demonstration, improvisation and experimentation.

MUSIC

MUS 107A: Computer and Electronic Music (3)
Studies in electronic and computer music composition. The principles and procedures of composition in various electronic media are explored through compositional exercises.

MUS 107B: Computer and Electronic Music (3)
Continuation of course 107A.

MUS 115: History of Film Music (4)
Film music from silent films to movies of the past decade. How music supports and shapes film narrative and structure. Use of jazz, rock and classical music in film.

TECHNOCULTURAL STUDIES

TCS 100: Experimental Digital Cinema I (4)
Experimental approaches to the making of film and video in the age of digital technologies. Opportunities for independent producers arising from new media. Instruction in technical, conceptual and creative skills for taking a project from idea to fruition.

TCS 130: Fundamentals of 3D Computer Graphics (4)
A foundation course that teaches students the theory of three dimensional computer graphics, including modeling, rendering and animation. Development of practical skills through the use of professional software to create computer graphics.

TCS 150: Introduction to Theories of the Technoculture (4)
Major cultural theories of technology with emphasis on media, communications, and the arts. Changing relationships between technologies, humans, and culture. Focus on the evolution of modern technologies and their reception within popular and applied contexts.
TCS 152: New Trends in Technocultural Arts (4)
Current work at the intersection of the arts, culture, science, and technology including biological and medical sciences, computer science and communications, and artificial intelligence and digital media.

TCS 158: Technology and the Modern American Body (4)
The history and analysis of the relationships between human bodies and technologies in modern society. Dominant and eccentric examples of how human bodies and technologies influence one another and reveal underlying cultural assumptions.

TCS 170: Advanced Technocultural Workshop (1)
Workshops in advanced technocultural digital skills: (A) Digital Imaging; (B) Digital Video; © Digital Sound; (D) Web Design; (E) Topics in Digital Production.

TCS 175: Small Scale Film Production (4)
Lecture and intensive workshop teaching small-scale film production. Appointments as a(n) director, director of photography, actor, writer, lighting designer, sound designer and other critical positions are used to produce and submit a short film to a film festival.

TCS 191: Writing Across Media (4)
Introduction to experimental approaches to writing for different media and artistic practices. How written texts relate to the images, sounds, and performances in digital and media production.

FILM STUDIES

*FMS 189: Special Topics in Film Studies (4)
Group study of a special topic in film, focusing on a national tradition, a major filmmaker, or a specific era.

*FMS 190X: Upper Division Seminar (4)
Study of a special topic in film studies in a small class setting.

*FMS 192: Internship (1-12)
Supervised internship off and on campus in areas of Film Studies.

*When topics are appropriate and approved by advisor

Movements and Traditions

ANTHROPOLOGY

ANT 136: Ethnographic Film (4)
Overview of the use of film in anthropology and its advantages and limitations in comparison to written ethnographic descriptions. Essential features of ethnographic films. Film production in anthropological research and problems encountered in producing films in the field.

CHICANO STUDIES

CHI 160: Mexican Film and Greater Mexican Identity (4)
Prerequisite: intermediate Spanish. Survey of the role Mexican cinema plays in consolidation and contestation of post-revolutionary Mexican state and in the formation of a greater Mexican cultural identity including Chicana/o identity. Showcases genres, periods, auteurs, movements, and emphasis on gendered and sexualized narratives.

CLASSICS

CLA 102: Film and the Classical World (4)
The Classical World as portrayed in films. Viewings and discussions of modern versions of ancient dramas, modern dramas set in the Ancient Mediterranean world, and films imbued with classical themes and allusions

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

COM 100: World Cinema (4)
A comparative, cross-cultural study of a topic, theme, or movement in world cinema beyond the boundary of a single national tradition. Topics may include “postsocialist cinemas in East Europe and Asia,” “cinema and globalization,” and “popular Asian cinemas.”

COM 110: Hong Kong Cinema (4)
Hong Kong cinema, its history, industry, styles, genres, directors, and stars. Special attention to its polyglot, multicultural, transnational, colonial, and postcolonial environment.

DRAMATIC ARTS

DRA 114: Theatre on Film (4)
Study of six/eight plays on film, using mixed casts and raising issues of diversity. Focus: sociohistorical context for production and reception, interpretation and analysis of topics (gender, ethnicity, age, politics, philosophy), and filming, screenwriting, design, and acting/directing for film.

DRA 115: Advanced Study of Major Film Makers (4)
Analysis of the contribution of some outstanding film creators. Study of diverse aesthetic theories of the cinema and their application to selected films.

EAST ASIAN STUDIES

EAS 113: Cinema and Society in China (4)
Knowledge of Chinese not required. Viewing and analysis of one Chinese film with English subtitles each week, followed by discussion and short essays. Cinematic technique, social values and film topics from 1930s to today.

ENGLISH

ENL 160: Film as Narrative (4)
A study of modern film (1930 to present) as a storytelling medium.

ENL 161A: Film History I: Origins to 1945 (4)
Cultural and aesthetic history of filmmaking from its origins in the 1890’s through 1945.

ENL 161B: Film History II: 1945 to present (4)
Cultural and aesthetic history of filmmaking from 1945 through the present.

ENL 162: Film Theory and Criticism (4)
Film theory and criticism, with a study of ten major works of international film art.

 

FILM STUDIES

FMS/ITA 121: New Italian Cinema (4)
Italian cinema of the 21st century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Italy since World War II. Productions by representative directors such as Amelio, Giordana, Moretti, Muccino are included. Knowledge of Italian not required.

FMS 125: Topics in Film Genres (4)
A study of one or more of the film genres (such as the documentary, the musical, film noir, screwball comedy, or the western), including genre theory and the relationship of the genre(s) to culture, history, and film industry practices.

FMS 127: Film Theory (4)
Survey of the conceptual frameworks used to study film (including semiotics, psychoanalysis, spectatorship, auteur, genre and narrative theories). Historical survey of major film theorists.

FMS/ RUS 129: Russian Film (4)
History of Russian film; film and social revolution, the cult of Stalin, dissident visions; film and the collapse of the Soviet empire; gender and the nation in Russian film. Course taught in English; films are in Russian with English subtitles.

GER/FMS 176A: Classic Weimar Cinema (4)
German Weimar (1919-1933) cinema. Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, and G.W. Pabst among others. Influence on world-wide (esp. Hollywood) film genres such as film noir, horror, science fiction, and melodrama.

FMS 176B: Postwar German Cinema (4)
Exploration of German cinema from 1945 to 1980, when the Nazi past was a central theme. Includes study of postwar “rubble films,” escapist “homeland films,” and New German Cinema of the 1970s (including films by Fassbinder, Kluge, Syberberg, and Herzog).

GERMAN

GER 119: From German Fiction to German Film (4)
Examines a number of film adaptations of major German prose works and plays to ascertain the types of changes involved in the shift in medium and the positive and negative effects achieved by such transferences.

GER/FMS 142: New German Cinema (4)
German filmmakers of the 1960s-1980s such as Fassbinder, Herzog, Syberberg, Brückner, Schlöndorf, Kluge, Wenders. Knowledge of German not required.

ITALIAN

ITA 150: Studies in Italian Cinema (4)
Introduction to Italian cinema through its genres. Focus on cinema as a reflection or a comment on modern Italian history. Film as an artistic medium and as a form of mass communication.

JAPANESE

JPN 106: Japanese Culture Through Film (4)
Aspects of Japanese culture such as love, the family, position of women, growing up, death, and the supernatural as portrayed in films by Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ichikawa, Ozu, and Itami. Lectures, discussion, and readings in English. Films with English subtitles.

MUSIC

MUS 115: History of Film Music (4)
Film music from silent films to movies of the past decade. How music supports and shapes film narrative and structure. Use of jazz, rock and classical music in film.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

RST 135: The Bible and Film (4)
Examination of the uses of the Judeo-Christian scriptures in film. Topics include dramatic depictions of biblical stories, the tension between science and religion, allegorical treatments of biblical themes, and the problems of religious conviction.

RUSSIAN

RUS 129: Russian Film (4)
History of Russian film; film and social revolution, the cult of Stalin, dissident visions; film and the collapse of the Soviet empire; gender and the nation in Russian film. Course taught in English; films are in Russian with English subtitles.

SPANISH

SPA 148: Cinema in the Spanish-Speaking World in Translation (4)
Analysis of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world through film in translation. Emphasis on the cultural information illustrated by the films; no prior knowledge of cinematography required. Films with subtitles.

SPA 173: Cinema and Latin American Culture (4)
Understanding Latin American cultures through cinema. History and critical analysis of Latin American film. Focus on a national cinematic tradition. Comparative experiences in different parts of Latin America and/or a particular era. Conducted entirely in Spanish.

TECHNOCULTURAL STUDIES

TCS 155: Introduction to Documentary Studies (4)
Recent evolution of the documentary. The personal essay film; found-footage/appropriation work; non-linear, multi-media forms; spoken word; storytelling; oral history recordings; and other examples of documentary expression.

Visual and Popular Culture

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

AAS 150B: Afro-American Visual Arts Tradition: A Historical and Cultural Study (4)
Afro-American visual arts tradition, folk and formal, in historical and cultural context, from Reconstruction to the present.

AAS 169: History of African-American Television (4)
History of the representation of African Americans in television; how the representations reflect social and political forces in American society. Role of African Americans in actively shaping their representation.

AAS 175A: Black Documentary: History and Theory (4)
Black documentary history and documentary theory. Use of black documentary for political purposes. Offered in alternate years.

ART HISTORY

AHI 185: Avant-Gardism and its Aftermath, 1917-1960 (4)
Social, cultural, aesthetic, and theoretical development for artists and their audiences in the context of larger issues like the Mexican, Russian and German revolutions, WWI, the Depression, WWII, etc., and a critical-theoretical inquiry into questions of modernism, modernity, and avant-gardism.

AHI 186: Art After Modernism, 1948–Present (4)
Social, cultural, aesthetic, and theoretical developments for artists and their audiences in the context of such larger issues as McCarthyism, the New Left, free love, feminism, Reaganomics, globalization, etc., and a critical-theoretical inquiry into questions of neoavantgardism, postmodernism, and postmodernity.

AHI 189: Photography in History (4)
Social, cultural, aesthetic and technical developments in the history of photography including patronage and reception, commercial, scientific, political and artistic applications, and a critical-theoretical inquiry into photography’s impact on the social category “art” and the history of subjectivity.

ART STUDIO

ART 147: Theory and Criticism of Photography (4)
Development of camera vision, ideas, and aesthetics and their relationship to the fine arts from 1839 to the present.

ART 150: Theory and Criticism of Electronic Media (4)
Study of electronic media, focusing on critique, application, and relationship to art practice. Analysis of the conceptual basis of electronic media as an artistic mode of expression.

AMERICAN STUDIES

AMS 130: American Popular Culture (4)
American popular expression and experience as a cultural system, and the relationship between this system and elite and folk cultures. Exploration of theories and methods for discovering and interpreting patterns of meaning in American popular culture.

AMS/WMS 139: Feminist Cultural Studies (4)
The histories, theories, and practices of feminist traditions within cultural studies.

CHICANO STUDIES

CHI 155: Chicana/o Theater (4)
Examination of the formal and thematic dimensions of Chicana/o theater in the contemporary period with special emphasis on El Teatro Campesino and Chicana Feminist Theater. Bilingual readings, lectures, discussions, and writing in Spanish.

CHI 165: Chicanas, Latinas and Mexicanas in Commercial Media (4)
The portrayal of Chicanas, Latinas and Mexicanas in commercial media. The relation between the representation of Chicana, Latina, and Mexicana women in commercial television and cinema and the role of women in Mexican and U.S. societies.

COMMUNICATION

CMN 170: Communication, Technology, and Society (4)
Survey of how communication technologies transform our lives at the individual and society levels. Topics include human-computer interaction; social media; the effects of communication technologies in education, health and business; and social and political implications of technological development.

CMN 172: Computer-Mediated Communication (4)
Uses and impacts of computer-mediated communication. Theories and research findings pertaining to how computer-mediation affects various aspects of human interaction including impression formation, development of personal relationships, group decision making, collaborative work, and community building.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

COM 110: Hong Kong Cinema (4)
Hong Kong cinema, its history, industry, styles, genres, directors, and stars. Special attention to its polyglot, multicultural, transnational, colonial, and postcolonial environment.

DESIGN

DES 143: History of Fashion (4)
History of fashion from the earliest times to the present with emphasis on both aesthetic and functional aspects.

DES 145: History of Visual Communication (4)
Historical developments of visual communication, concentrating on the technological and aesthetic development of graphic design; origins and manifestations of current issues in visual communication; provide framework for analysis of current and future trends in visual communication.

DRAMATIC ARTS

DRA 150: American Theatre and Drama (4)
The history of the theatre from Colonial times to the present. Readings of selected plays. Offered in alternate years.

DRA 154: Asian Theatre and Drama: Contexts and Forms (4)
Selected Asian plays and performance forms in their cultural and artistic contexts; myth, ritual and the theatre; performance training, visual presentation of the text; political theatre; intercultural performance—the fusion of Asian and Western traditions.

DRA 155: Representing Race in Performance (4)
Representation and performance of “race” in American culture featuring different sub-headings such as “African American Theatre” or “Asian-Americans on Stage.”

DRA 159: Contemporary Experimental Performance, Theatre and Drama (4)
Evaluation and examination of the “New Theatre”—its experimental and innovative nature since the 1960s. Dance, film, stage, performance art and public acts of a performative nature.

GERMAN

GER 112: Topics in German Literature (4)
Investigation of significant themes and issues within their European context. Knowledge of German is not required.

JAPANESE

JPN 109: Japanese Popular Culture (5)
Japanese popular culture, from its medieval/early modern precedents to contemporary incarnations. Emphasis on the major forms of twentieth-century popular culture, including genre films, popular theater, TV manga (cartoons), animation and science fiction.

MUSIC

MUS 105: History and Analysis of Jazz (4)
Jazz and the evolution of jazz styles in historical and cultural context.

MUS 106: History of Rock Music (4)
Rock and the evolution of rock styles in historical and cultural context.

MUS 129A: Musics of the Americas (4)
Survey of music cultures from North, Central, and South America, including the Caribbean, with emphasis on the role of music in society and on the elements of music (instruments, theory, genres and form, etc.). Introduction to ethnomusicological theory, methods, approaches.

MUS 129B: Musics of Africa, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent (4)
Survey of music cultures with special emphasis on the role of music in society and on the elements of music (instruments, theory, genres and form, etc.). Introduction to ethnomusicological theory, methods, approaches.

MUS 129C: Musics of East and Southeast Asia (4)
Survey of music cultures from Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia, with special emphasis on the role of music in society and on the elements of music (instruments, theory, genres and form, etc.). Introduction to ethnomusicological theory, methods, approaches.

MUS 129D: Folk Musics of Europe (4)
Survey of folk musics from all of Europe, with emphasis on the role of music in society and on the elements of music (instruments, genres, form, etc.). Introduction to ethnomusicological theory, methods, approaches.

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

NAS 125: Performance and Culture Among Native Americans (4)
Interdisciplinary study of public expressive forms among Native Americans. Comparative analysis of music, dances, rituals, and dramas from throughout the Americas in their social and cultural contexts.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

POL 165: Mass Media and Politics (4)
Organization of and decision making within the media; media audiences and the effect of the media on attitudes and behavior; the relationship of the government to the media (censorship, secrecy, freedom of the press, government regulation); the media in election campaigns.

SOCIOLOGY

SOC 125: Sociology of Culture (4)
Sociological approaches to study of historical and contemporary culture and mass media, and their structuring in relation to social actors, institutions, stratification, power, the production of culture, audiences, and the significance of culture in processes of change.

SOC 175: Mass Communication (4)
Examines the relationship between the media and social structures. History of media–state relations. Media as reflector and shaper of values. Emphasis on current European and Marxist and pluralist theories rather than on content analysis.

HISTORY

*HIS 176B: Cultural and Social History of the United States (4)
Study of social and cultural forces in American society in the twentieth century with emphasis on social structure, work and leisure, socialization and the family, social reform movements and changes in cultural values.

TEXTILE AND CLOTHING

*TXC 107: Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing (4)
Social and cognitive factors influencing management and perception of personal appearance in everyday life. Concepts and methods appropriate to the study of meaning of clothes in social and cultural contexts.

*When topics are appropirate and approved by advisor.

Sexuality and Gender

CHICANO STUDIES

CHI 165: Chicanas, Latinas and Mexicanas in Commercial Media (4)
The portrayal of Chicanas, Latinas and Mexicanas in commercial media. The relation between the representation of Chicana, Latina, and Mexicana women in commercial television and cinema and the role of women in Mexican and U.S. societies.

GERMAN

GER 114: From Marlene Dietrich to Run, Lola Run: German Women and Film (4)
Knowledge of German not required. Women in German film from the Weimar Republic to present, with special emphasis on conceptualizations of gender, historical and political context, aesthetic and filmic innovations.

WOMEN STUDIES

WMS 160: Representations of Women of Color in Cinema (4)
The representations of women of color in commercial and independent films from a feminist perspective.

WMS 162: Feminist Film Theory and Criticism (4)
Historical overview of and contemporary issues in feminist film theory, including representation, spectatorship, and cultural production. Film stars, women filmmakers, and the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and class in films and their audiences.

WMS 164: Topics in Gender and Cinematic Representation (4)
Examination of a specific topic within the broad rubric of gender and cinema. Possible topics include Latinas in Hollywood; gender, nation, cinema; and gender and film genre. Topics vary.

WMS/AMS 139: Feminist Cultural Studies (4)
The histories, theories, and practices of feminist traditions within Cultural Studies.

AFRIAN AMERICAN STUDIES

*AAS 185: Topics in African-American Film (4)
Intensive study of special topics in African American film.

ENGLISH

*ENL 188: Topics in Literary and Critical Theory (4)
Intensive examination of theories addressing a particular problem, topic, or question.

FILM STUDIES

*FMS 189: Special Topics in Film Studies (4)
Group study of a special topic in film, focusing on a national tradition, a major filmmaker, or a specific era.

*FMS 190X: Upper Division Seminar (4)
Study of a special topic in film studies in a small class setting.

ITALIAN

*ITA 145: Special Topics in Italian Literature (4)
Study of special topics and themes in Italian literature, such as comic literature, epic poetry, pre-twentieth century theater, fascism, futurism, women and literature, and the image of America, etc.

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

*NAS 191: Topics in Native American Studies (4)
Selected topics in Native American ethno-history, development, culture, and thought.

WOMEN STUDIES

*WMS 195: Thematic Seminar in Women’s Studies (4)
Group study of a topic, issue or area in feminist theory and research involving intensive reading and writing. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

* When topics are appropireate and approved by advisor.

Ethnicity

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

AAS 150B: Afro-American Visual Arts Tradition: A Historical and Cultural Study (4)
Afro-American visual arts tradition, folk and formal, in historical and cultural context, from Reconstruction to the present.

AAS 168: Black Documentary: History and Practice (4)
Study of Black documentary history and understanding of the use of the documentary form for political purposes. A discussion of documentary theory. Each student, singly or in a team, will create and carefully edit a documentary project.

AAS 170: African-American Film and Video (4)
Comparative approach in the study of fictional film and video dealing with the African American experience drawing on film and cultural studies to examine and discuss selected works.

AAS 171: Black African and Black European Film and Video (4)
Comparative approach in the study of dramatic films and videos that treat black life in Africa and Europe. Critical attention will focus on the imaginative construction of ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, and sexuality in each particular work.

AAS 175A: Black Documentary: History and Theory (4)
Black documentary history and documentary theory. Use of black documentary for political purposes.

AAS 175B: Black Documentary Practicum (4)
Creation of documentary projects, with students working in production crews.

AAS 185: Topics in African-American Film (4)
Intensive study of special topics in African American film.

ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES

ASA 100: Asian American Communities (4)
Presentation of the analytical skills, theories, and concepts needed to describe, explain, and understand the diversity of Asian American communities within the larger, dominant society.

CHICANO STUDIES

CHI 160: Mexican Film and Greater Mexican Identity (4)
Survey of the role Mexican cinema plays in consolidation and contestation of post-revolutionary Mexican state and in the formation of a greater Mexican cultural identity including Chicana/o identity. Showcases genres, periods, auteurs, movements, and emphasis on gendered and sexualized narratives.

CHI 165: Chicanas, Latinas and Mexicanas in Commercial Media (4)
The portrayal of Chicanas, Latinas and Mexicanas in commercial media. The relation between the representation of Chicana, Latina, and Mexicana women in commercial television and cinema and the role of women in Mexican and U.S. societies.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

COM 100: World Cinema (4)
A comparative, cross-cultural study of a topic, theme, or movement in world cinema beyond the boundary of a single national tradition. Topics may include “postsocialist cinemas in East Europe and Asia,” “cinema and globalization,” and “popular Asian cinemas.”

DRAMATIC ARTS

DRA 155: Representing Race in Performance (4)
Representation and performance of “race” in American culture featuring different sub-headings such as “African American Theatre” or “Asian-Americans on Stage.” Offered in alternate years.

ENGLISH

ENL 188: Topics in Literary and Critical Theory (4)
Intensive examination of theories addressing a particular problem, topic, or question.

FILMS STUDIES

FMS/ITA 121: New Italian Cinema (4)
Italian cinema of the 21st century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Italy since World War II. Productions by representative directors such as Amelio, Giordana, Moretti, Muccino are included. Knowledge of Italian not required.

FMS 120: Italian-American Cinema (4)
Exploration of representations of Italian-American identity in American (U.S.) cinema. Analysis of both Hollywood and independently produced films, especially as they represent ethnicity, gender, and social class of Italian Americans.

*FMS 189: Special Topics in Film Studies (4)
Group study of a special topic in film, focusing on a national tradition, a major filmmaker, or a specific era.

*FMS 190X: Upper Division Seminar (4)
Study of a special topic in film studies in a small class setting.

JEWISH STUDIES

JST 120: Cinema and the American Jewish Experience (4)
Examination of American cinema to reveal how Jewish identity is expressed and submerged, tracing the relations between religion, identity, race, politics, and art.

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

NAS 125: Performance and Culture Among Native Americans (4)
Interdisciplinary study of public expressive forms among Native Americans. Comparative analysis of music, dances, rituals, and dramas from throughout the Americas in their social and cultural contexts.

*NAS 191: Topics in Native American Studies (4)
Selected topics in Native American ethno-history, development, culture, and thought.

SPANISH

SPA 173: Cinema and Latin American Culture (4)
Understanding Latin American cultures through cinema. History and critical analysis of Latin American film. Focus on a national cinematic tradition. Comparative experiences in different parts of Latin America and/or a particular era. Conducted entirely in Spanish.

WOMEN STUDIES

WMS 160: Representations of Women of Color in Cinema (4)
The representations of women of color in commercial and independent films from a feminist perspective.

WMS 164: Topics in Gender and Cinematic Representation (4)
Examination of a specific topic within the broad rubric of gender and cinema. Possible topics include Latinas in Hollywood; gender, nation, cinema; and gender and film genre. Topics vary.

*WMS 195: Thematic Seminar in Women’s Studies (4)
Group study of a topic, issue or area in feminist theory and research involving intensive reading and writing.

*When topics are appropoiate and approved by advisor.

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Qualified students who complete 20 units in one of the emphasis areas and have an overall GPA of 3.500 may choose the senior thesis option (194H-196H) for 8 of those 20 units.

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