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ARTH 3135. Documentary Photography and Film (3-0-3) By examining the work of documentary photographers and filmmakers, this course will explore the idea of the visual image as document, and the sometimes ambigous relationship between art and truth.


ARTH 3136. The Art of Film (3-0-3) This course will approach the medium of film as art by examining the basic components and techniques of film: film form, narrative construction, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound. Differing approaches to the history of film style will also be discussed.


ENGL 3109. Introduction to Screenwriting (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a minimum grade of C. A workshop requiring the production and in-class critique of students' original writing for the screen. Selected readings and screenings will facilitate an understanding of film structure, film story analysis, and image-driven storytelling. Writing exercises may include story treatments, beat sheets, character development, silent short-short screenplays, short genre-based screenplays, and season outlines for an original webseries. Students will receive insights into the pitching process, collaborating with a production team, and moving into the film festival circuit.


ENGL 3130. Film Genres and Themes (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a grade of "C" or better. Analysis of a genre or theme in film (film noir, comedy, silent, etc.), emphasizing formal, technical, social, and cultural interpretations. Topics will vary from term to term. The course may be repeated once for credit if the topic is different.


HIST 5577. Selected Topics in Film and History ({3-3}-0-{3-3}) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better (or consent of Chair). Selected topics in film and history. The topics will vary with the professor offering the course. May be taken up to three times for credit if topic varies.


ITDS 1145. Comparative Arts (3-0-3) An introduction to the arts with emphasis on common elements, parallel dimensions, and aesthetic perception and response. (Course fee required.)


POLS 3256. Politics in Film (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. A study of the ways by which social and political meanings are generated through motion pictures. Because movies play a unique role in reinforcing and subverting American political culture, it is important to study films as they portray images of politics in America, Americans in politics, and American life relative to politics.


SPAN 4118. Survey of Cinema from Spain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. We will examine some of the most influential and representative films of Spain for more than one hundred years as students become acquainted with basic cinematic techniques and concepts in order to move beyond film plots. Through an analysis of key films, historical periods, and auteurs, students will acquire a greater knowledge of the changes in Spanish culture after 1898 and up to the present.