Screen Arts and Cultures departmental information

The curriculum in Screen Arts and Cultures provides an integrated program of courses in the history, aesthetics, theory, and techniques of film and moving image electronic media (television, single-camera video, digital). 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. Two prerequisite courses prepare them for advanced study in the history and aesthetics of moving image media and for production courses. An introductory course in production gives students hands-on experience in film, video, and television. Courses in film history 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 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. Required courses in theory and criticism examine the methods that have been used to study film, television, and digital media.

Production core courses are designed to help majors work creatively in film and moving image electronic media (television, single-camera video, digital) 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.


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