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Film Studies

A major focus is on the development of a workable film vocabulary as well as critical thinking skills so that students can intelligently discuss and analyze influential works of cinema.

Course Decriptions

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This course examines selected historical and aesthetic developments in world cinema, with an emphasis placed on learning how to appreciate the medium of film.

Students will become familiar with and learn to critique various directorial styles and film genres. The cultural, artistic and political contexts of national cinematic movements will also be examined. A series of foreign and North American feature and documentary films and clips will be screened during class.

Prerequisite(s):

ENGL 098

Transfer to:

UBC FIST 100 (3), SFU GE 1XX (3), UVIC AHVS 1XX (1.5), UNBC ENGL 103 (3), TRU FILM 1XXX (3)

This course introduces students to the history of Canadian cinema and the study of film as an academic discipline.

Students will trace the historical development of Canadian film, beginning with some of the earliest films made in Canada, through the founding of the National Film Board in 1939, and concluding with contemporary Canadian directors.

Lectures, discussions, and film viewings will facilitate an understanding of the diverse nature of Canadian cinema. Students will be introduced to theories of national cinema, film genre, and auteurism as they explore a range of fiction films made in Canada by English, French, and Indigenous filmmakers, as well as animated films and documentaries.

Prerequisite(s):

ENGL 098

Transfer to:

SFU CA 1XX (3), Film, UVIC AHVS 1XX (1.5), UNBC ENGL 104 (3), TRU FILM 1XXX (3)

This course transports students back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Also known as Classical Hollywood, this course explores American cinema from the 1930s to 1960s, which is the most significant period of film production in American history. We begin with Classical Hollywood film form; students will learn how the studio and star systems informed the conventions and stylistic features of Classical Hollywood filmmaking. Students will also examine important American cultural and historical events while encountering different American genres, such as the western and the musical. We conclude by tracing the decline of the Studio System, as well as the emergence of the film school generation and the blockbuster.

Prerequisite(s):

ENGL 099, FILM 101 or FILM 102

Transfer to:

UBCV FIST 2nd (3), SFU CA 216 (3), UVIC AHVS 2XX (1.5), TRU FILM 2XXX (3)

Faculty

Learning Methods

Film screenings teach students to watch and listen carefully, while following group discussions help students develop the confidence to share their ideas with others.

Career Outlook

Film Studies students may find employment in the arts at film institutions and/or festivals in the form of programming, curating, and producing.

Resources

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50 World Cinema Movies You Need To See Before You Die

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The 50 Best Canadian Films Ever Made

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Alexander College acknowledges that the land on which we usually gather is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this territory.