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Overview

Learning MethodsMajor FocusThe AC DifferenceCareer Outlook

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.

Major Focus

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.

The AC Difference

Our passionate film Instructors foster a respectful, welcoming environment in which everyone can appreciate film art from around the world.

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.

Course Descriptions

Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course

FILM 101 World Cinema (3)

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

Transfers to:

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

FILM 102 Canadian Cinema

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

Transfers to:

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

FILM 200 Classical Hollywood Cinema

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

Transfers to:

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

Faculty

Molly Lewis (MA, BA)

Instructor

Molly Lewis (MA, BA)

Instructor

Molly received her Master of Arts degree in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2015.

Her thesis explored evocations of Henri Bergson’s philosophy of memory in the notorious AMC series Mad Men.

As a passionate academic interested in historical dramas, child/youth cinema, and literary adaptations, she has been invited to speak on the radio as well as at media studies conferences across North America.

Her first academic article on Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film adaptation of the young adult novel by S.E. Hinton, was recently published in Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Katrin Bowen (BA)

Instructor

Katrin Bowen (BA)

Instructor

Katrin Bowen is a passionate teacher, and award-winning filmmaker.

She has taught and continues to teach Career classes for the acting, directing, and writing streams, Advanced Directing and Film History at Langara College, Directing and Acting at In Focus Film School, Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School, and is thrilled to be teaching world cinema at Alexander College.

Katrin directed her first feature film “Amazon Falls”, which went on to great critical success with a world premiere at TIFF, Best Feature Film Award at The Female Eye Festival, and Katrin won the vision award for best direction at the 2011 WIFTV Spotlight Awards. Katrin’s second feature film: “Random Acts of Romance” was nominated for four Leo Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Screenplay, and played at film festivals as diverse as Miami and Cameroon, Africa.

Katrin is an Alumnae of the University of California at Berkeley, The Cannes Producing Intensive, Women in the Director’s Chair, The Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab and The Berlinale Talent Campus.

David Van Der Merwe (MFA)

Instructor

David Van Der Merwe (MFA)

Instructor

David Van Der Merwe is a screenwriter and film critic who loves to guide students through the exciting road of writing for film & TV.

Focusing on insight into story principles, he has helped writers strengthen their story structure, sharpen dialogue, and perfect their script format to sell/produce their screenplays.

After completing a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema and Television, David taught at the American University in the Emirates in Dubai, participated as an ongoing judge at screenplay competitions in Hollywood and is currently teaching Film at Alexander College, Metro Vancouver.

Ashley O’Connell (MA, MFA)

Instructor

Ashley O’Connell

Instructor

Ashley is from Dublin, Ireland. He obtained a Masters of Art in History at the University College of Dublin (1998) and a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Acting from UBC in 2006.

Ashley has a lot of hands-on experience in the world of the performing arts, including many film and TV credits. Selected credits include: Turner & Hooch, Riverdale, A Million Little Things, Dirk Gently, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, Zoo, Supernatural, Watchmen, Stargate: Atlantis.

He has also been a part of over 50 theatre productions since arriving in Canada and has four Jessie Richardson (professional theatre) nominations & one win (Best Supporting Actor – Flare Path, 2017). He lives in Burnaby with his wife and two bratty boys.

Resources

The National Film Board of Canada

What Culture

Empire

Canadian Films

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