Film and Video Studies

2512 Frieze Building
764-0147
Web site: http://www.umich.edu/~umfvpgm/

Professor Gaylyn Studlar, Director

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program


Professors

Alexander (English), Bahti (German), Beaver (Film and Video), Cohen (Residential College), Eley (History), Goldstein (English), Kirkpatrick (History of Art), Konigsberg (Film and Video), McDougal (English), and Studlar (Film and Video)


Associate Professors

Bauland (English), Eagle (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Freedman (English), and Paul (Film and Video)


Assistant Professors

Nornes (Film and Video), Von Moltke (Film and Video), Ukadike (Film and Video), and Yervasi (Romance Languages and Literatures)


Lecturers

Ault (Film and Video), Burnstein (Film and Video), Ching (Film and Video), Farley (Film and Video), Rayher (Film and Video), Sarris (Film and Video)


The curriculum in Film and Video Studies provides an integrated program of courses in the history, aesthetics, theory, and techniques of film and video (single camera and studio television). Emphasis is placed on a liberal arts sequence that provides students with a solid foundation for understanding how film and electronic-based visual media arise out of varied cultural, historical, social, and technological circumstances. A prerequisite course in Art of the Film or Introduction to the Moving Image prepares them for advanced study in the history and aesthetics of these media and for production courses. An introductory course in production gives students hands-on experience in film, video, and television. The courses in American and World cinema prepare students for electives in the films of specific cultures, nations, and time periods, as well as in the study of film style illuminated by the work of individual artists and in various film genres. Television History allows them to assess trends in the social, technological, and formal development of the most influential medium of the second half of the twentieth century. Film Theory and Criticism is a capstone course in examining the methods that have been used to study film. Production core courses are designed to help concentrators work creatively in film, video, and television as they become familiar, through electives, with interdisciplinary, humanistic perspectives on how moving image technology has been used in different cultures as a medium of communication and artistic expression, and how various kinds of institutional practice have characterized its use. The film-video curriculum is designed to prepare students for more advanced work in film writing and criticism, in creative film, video-making, and studio television work, and for advanced study in graduate programs in moving image media.

Prerequisite to Concentration: Film-Video 230 or Film-Video 236.

Concentration Program. 36 credits minimum. A grade of C- or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the concentration requirements.

  1. Core Required Courses (21 credits).

    1. General concentration requirements:

      F/V 350 The History of American Film
      F/V 360 The History of World Film
      F/V 370 Television History
      F/V 414 Film Theory and Criticism

    2. Production component requirements:

      1. F/V 200 Introduction to Film, Video and Television Production

      2. Two of the following, upon completion of F/V 200:

        F/V 300 Filmmaking I
        F/V 301 Video Art I
        F/V 302 Television Studio I
        F/V 310 Screenwriting

  2. Required Electives (15 credits). Students are required to take a total of 15 credits of electives with no more than one class in production and at least one course in a national or regional cinema (Film-Video 440, 441, 442) exclusive of the U.S. or in a 300- or 400-level television studies course.

    Select electives from the following: Film-Video 361, 400, 401, 402, 404, 405, 406, 412, 413, 420, 422, 440, 441, 442, 450, 451, 455, 460, 461, 470. With the exception of English 412 and 413, other film, video, or television-centered courses taught outside the Program will be considered for elective credit on a case-by-case basis. Students should consult with their concentration advisor before taking a course which they wish to use to meet this requirement.

Advising. Students who may be interested in a concentration in Film and Video Studies are encouraged to consult with a Program advisor. Appointments are scheduled at 2512 Frieze Building (764-0147).

Honors Concentrators. The Honors Program in Film and Video Studies is open to juniors who have a GPA in their concentration courses of a cumulative 3.5 or higher. They must also have a minimum 3.0 in their other university coursework and should demonstrate both the interest and capacity to carry out the independent work required to complete an Honors thesis or an Honors production in the concentration field. The Film and Video Studies Honors program is not restricted to students who have been in the College Honors Program in their first and second years.

Students wishing to be considered for admission to the Honors Program must apply to the Director of the Program by Spring of the junior year. Materials for application should include university transcripts, a statement of purpose and thesis/project proposal, and two faculty references, one from a core F&V faculty member who is willing to serve as the student's Honor's Advisor. Entrance is determined by a faculty Honors Committee of the Film and Video Studies Program. Students should check with the Film/Video office for the current year's deadline.

Upon acceptance to the Honors Program, students will devise a suitable schedule of courses in consultation with the Honors advisor. In addition to meeting the requirements for non-Honors concentrators, Honors candidates are required to write an Honors thesis or to complete an Honors production. Students sign up for FV 490 for both Fall and Winter terms and work under the direction of their Honors advisor.

Honors candidates may be recommended by the Film and Video Studies Program for a degree "with highest Honors," "with high Honors," or "with Honors" in F&V Studies based on the quality of the Honors thesis or Honors production and fulfillment of the minimum GPA. A notation of such Honors is made on the diploma and transcript.


Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

200. Introduction to Film, Video and Television Production. (3). (CE). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

230. Introduction to the Moving Image. (4). (HU). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

236/RC Hums. 236. The Art of the Film. (4). (HU). Lab fee ($45).

300. Filmmaking I. Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

301. Video Art I. Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

302. Television Studio I. Film-Video 200. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Comm. 421. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

310. Screenwriting. Film-Video 200. Completion of the introductory composition requirement. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

340. Writing Film Criticism. F/V 230 or 236. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($20) required.

350. The History of American Film. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

360. The History of World Film. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

361/WS 361. Women and Film. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($45) required.

365. Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television. F/V 230 or 236. (3). (HU). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

370. Television History. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

399. Independent Study. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). Laboratory fee required. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

400. Filmmaking II. Film-Video 300 or equivalent experience in filmmaking and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

401. Video Art II. Film-Video 301 or equivalent experience with video production and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

402. Television Studio II. F/V 302. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

404. Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Visual Media. A 300- (or 400-) level production course in the relevant emphasized area: F/V 300, 301, 302, or 405. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

405. Computer Animation I. Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

406. Computer Animation II. Film-Video 405 or equivalent experience with video production, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

410. Screenwriting II. F/V 310. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

412/English 412. Major Directors. (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

413/English 413. Film Genres and Types. (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for credit with department permission.

414. Film Theory and Criticism. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

420. Documentary Film. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

423(Comm. 423). Practicum for the Screenwriter. F/V 200, 310, and 410. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

440/CAAS 440. African Cinema. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

441. National Cinemas. F/V 360. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

442/CAAS 442. Third World Cinema. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

450. Television Theory and Criticism. Film-Video 230 or 236. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

451/Amer. Cult. 490. American Film Genres. Junior standing. (4). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

455. Topics in Film Studies. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

460. Technology and the Moving Image. Film-Video 230 or 236. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

461/WS 461. Explorations in Feminist Film Theory. Junior standing; and Film-Video 414 or Women's Studies 240. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

470/CAAS 470. Cultural Issues in Cinema. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

480. Internship. Concentration in Film and Video Studies. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of six credits. May not be included in a concentration in Film/Video.

489. Senior Screenwriting Tutorial. F/V 410 and permission of the instructor. Open to Dramatic Writing concentrators only. (3). (Excl).

490. Senior Honors Research. Acceptance as an Honors Candidate in Film and Video Studies. (1-4). (Excl). Laboratory fee required. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

500. Directed Study in Film and Video. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). Laboratory fee required. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.


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