Allan Moyé, coordinator
Film study emphasizes cinema as art form, media industry, and social artifact. It integrates courses from many disciplines to provide cultural, historical, and aesthetic means to think about and create visual media. Students choose one of two tracks: film studies emphasizes critical, aesthetic, theoretical and philosophical approaches, while film production emphasizes practice through courses in photography, scriptwriting, video production, and theater production, for students who want to create movies, or study photojournalism, or narrative photography, and/or use video/film as a fine art. Mary Baldwin offers a major in Performing Arts with a concentration in Film, and a minor in Film. Those who wish to design an independent major in Film should discuss the possibility with their advisors and the director of the Film minor.
Requirements for the Major in Performing Arts with a Concentration in Film
Core requirements: (24.5–25.5 s.h.)
MUS 100 or MUS 226
MUS 105 or MUS 111
Three credits of Music Electives (Students are highly encouraged to fulfill these with Applied Music Lessons and/or ensemble)
THEA 121 or THEA 111
THEA 105, THEA 110, FILM 119, or 3 s.h. of THEA 210
One of the following: PHE 140, PHE 144A, PHE 146, PHE 147, PHE 148, PHE 149, or PHE 150
Introduction to the Performing Arts
THEA 401, MUS 401, or FILM 401
Concentration in Film
Fulfillment of core requirements
From the core choose:
Additional requirements (15 s.h.)
Three of the following: FILM 229, FILM 264, FILM 275, or FILM 333
One of the following: ARTH 206, ART 115, THEA 115, or an additional film course from above.
Requirements for the Minor in Film with an Emphasis in Film Studies
21 semester hours
Five of the following: ANTH 220, ARTH 206, AS 270, COMM 115, FILM 275, FREN 225, HIST 246, HIST 247, PHIL 234, SOC 236, SPAN 215, or special topics in art, communication, film, or theatre where appropriate.
Requirements for the Minor in Film with an Emphasis in Film Production
21 semester hours
Two of the following: ART 115, FILM 119, or THEA 105
Four of the following: ART 115, ART 215, ENG 246, FILM 119, FILM 229, FILM 264, FILM 333, THEA 105, THEA 323, or special topics in art, communication, film, or theatre where appropriate.
Civic Engagement Opportunities
Special topics in film and filmmaking include:
- Documenting special May Term projects in conjunction with artist/activist Claudia Bernardi of the Walls of Hope organization. These have included study abroad trips to El Salvador as well as in-state projects.
- Documenting local topics of human interest.
- Required or recommended internships at area television, radio stations or video production companies.
- Videotaping campus and local events of importance.
- Opportunities to attend national and international film festivals as a student intern.
- Creating Public Service Announcements for campus broadcast.
- Exploring civic engagement through class projects and group and individual assignments.
119 Introduction to Film/Video Production (3 s.h.)
Fundamental, practical, and theoretical approach to video production. Emphasizes camera operation and composition, nonlinear editing and principles of editing (using FinalCut Pro), and related audio. Projects vary to emphasize broadcasting, documentary, narrative filmmaking, and various forms of artistic expression. Cross listed as COMM 119, THEA 119, and ART 119.
229 Advanced Film/Video Production (3 s.h.)
The art and theories of visual storytelling through narrative, documentary, and creative self-expression. Projects are oriented toward basic scripting, shooting, editing, and multiple-camera studio events for MBU TV. Cross listed as COMM 229 and THEA 229. *Prerequisite: FILM 119 or permission of the instructor.
254 Film Analysis (3 s.h.) (A)
A critical framework for watching and analyzing popular and critically acclaimed films by examining dramatic, visual, and technical elements, and by studying the art and history of great filmmakers. Screenings each week of important silent, classic, international and modern films. Cross listed as ARTH 254.
264 Screenwriting (3 s.h.) (W)
Theory and practice of screenwriting, including concept, research, writing, revisions, and presentation. Analysis of successful scripts to discover appropriate styles and methods of writing. Workshop development of scripts emphasizing dramatic narrative for television and film. Cross listed as THEA 264.
275 Women and Film (3 s.h.) (G)
An exploration of issues of representation and spectatorship relating to women and film from the 1920s to the present from a feminist and a critical studies perspective. Examines Hollywood, independent, and international cinema with an emphasis on women directors and filmmakers. Includes varied genres of film and their production and reception in their specific social contexts.
333 Film Theory and Criticism (3 s.h.)
An overview of the major theoretical and critical approaches to film as a complex cultural medium. Weekly viewings and discussion of historical, international, independent, and short films. Focuses on film as art and expression by examining work of great classic, independent, and international filmmakers. Cross listed as THEA 333.
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