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updated 2/17/2009

Film and Media Studies

Susan Courtney, Director

Associate Professors
Mark Garrett Cooper, Ph.D., Brown University, 1998
Susan Courtney, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1997
Julie B. Hubbert, Ph.D., Yale University, 1996
Laura Kissel, M.F.A., Northwestern University, 1999

Assistant Professor
Heidi Ray Cooley, Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2007

Distinguished Professors Emeriti
Ina Rae Hark, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975
Karl G. Heider, Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996, Carolina Distinguished Professor


Overview

The Film and Media Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences devoted to the critical study of moving image culture--its history, theory, and criticism. The major offers crucial knowledge and analytical skills in our increasingly media-saturated culture, as well as the core strengths of a liberal arts education.

Students who might want to major or minor in fillm and media studies, or whose course of study would benefit from knowing how to closely analyze moving images, should begin their course work with FILM 240. FILM 300 is also appropriate for entering students, regardless of major, who want more in-depth knowledge of the history of moving image culture. FILM 180 is designed for nonmajors. All of these courses, as well as our upper-level offerings, can be used to fulfill general education requirements in humanities and the fine arts. Select courses can also satisfy cultural awareness requirements.

In addition to our core faculty listed above, additional faculty offer film and media studies courses in departments throughout the college. For a list of current topics and course descriptions in any given semester, students should consult the "Current Courses" link on the Film and Media Studies Program Web site, www.cas.sc.edu/film.

Degree Requirements

(120 hours)

1. General Education Requirements (53-62)

For a general outline, see "College of Arts and Sciences."

2. Major Requirements

Prerequisite: FILM 240 Introduction to Film and Media Studies (3 hours)

Major Courses (30 hours)

A. FILM 300 Film and Media History (3 hours)
B. Three additional film and/or media history courses, from FILM 365 {=ARTH 365, ENGL 474, and THEA 480}, FILM 366 {=ARTH 366, ENGL 475, and THEA 481}, FILM 510, FILM 555 {=MART 555}, MART 569, and/or other upper-level film and media history courses approved by the student's advisor, at least one of which must be from outside the United States (9 hours)
C. FILM 473 {=ENGL 473, PHIL 473} Film and Media Theory and Criticism (3 hours)
D. One film and/or media production or performance course, from MART 210, MART 371, THEA 575, THEA 581, THEA 587, or other appropriate course approved by the student's advisor (3 hours)
E. Four additional courses from the list below or other appropriate courses (special topics, Honors College, etc.) approved by the student's advisor (12 hours):

ANTH 300 Comparing Cultures Through Film
ANTH 516 Indonesian Culture Through Film
ANTH 517 {=AFRO 517}
Anthropological View of Blacks in Films
ANTH 570 Ethnographic Film
ARTH 569 Topics in Film History
FILM 365 {=ARTH 365, ENGL 474, and THEA 480} History of Cinema I
FILM 366 {=ARTH 366, ENGL 475, and THEA 481} History of Cinema II
FILM 510 Topics in Film and Media History
FILM 511 Topics in Film and Media

FILM 555 {=ARTH 555} History of Documentary Film
FILM 566 {=ENGL 566} Topics in American Film
FILM 597 {=CPLT 597} Comparative Studies in Film
FILM 598 {=FORL 598} Topics in World Film
FREN 397 The French Film Experience
GERM 580A {=FILM 598A} Topics in German Film
HIST 492F Film and History
ITAL 412 Post-World War II Italian Cinema
JAPA 350 Japanese Culture and Society through Film
MART 371 The Moving Image

MART 490, 590 Special Topics in Media Arts
MART 490V Vision, Visuality, and the Logics of Visual Media Culture
PHIL 336 Philosophy and Film
POLI
357 Film, Politics, and Social Change
POLI 362 Politics and the Mass Media
PORT 301 Cultural Manifestations of Modern Brazil
RUSS 598F {=FILM 598F} Survey of Russian Film
SPAN 380A Hispanic Film and Culture: Spain
SPAN 380B Hispanic Film and Culture: Latin America
THEA 575 Rehearsal and Performance
THEA 581 Film as Performance
THEA 587 Film and Television Acting

At least one of the courses from categories B, D, or E above should be in documentary and/or experimental media.

3. Cognate or Minor (12-18 hours)

See "College of Arts and Sciences."

4. Electives (7-22 hours)

For additional information, contact the Film Studies Program office at 803-777-2339.


Course Descriptions (FILM)

  • 180 -- Film Culture. (3) How the film industry developed and the impact the movies have had on global popular culture. Does not count toward the film and media studies major.
  • 240 -- Introduction to Film and Media Studies. (3) Introduction to the critical study of film and media. Students will closely analyze moving images and develop written arguments about film and media.
  • 300 -- Film and Media History. (3) Surveys the development of cinema and related media from the 1820s to the present. Attention to the relations among key technological, cultural, and industrial changes, their causes, and consequences.
  • 365 -- History of Cinema I. {=ARTH 365, ENGL 474, and THEA 480} (3) Survey of the international cinema from its inception until 1945.
  • 366 -- History of Cinema II. {=ARTH 366, ENGL 475, and THEA 481} (3) Survey of the international cinema from 1945 to the present.
  • 399 -- Independent Study. (3-9) (Prereq: consent of instructor) Contract approved by instructor, advisor, and program director is required.
  • 470 -- Genre Studies in Film and Media. (3) Critical study of a popular genre (e.g., horror, science fiction, melodrama), or set of genres, in film and media. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of courses by suffix and title. May be repeated as topics vary.
  • 473 -- Film and Media Theory and Criticism. {=ENGL 473, PHIL 473} (3) (Prereq: FILM 240 or consent of instructor) Theory and criticism of film and media from the 1910s to the present. Considers a range of critical approaches to analyzing what different forms of audio-visual media do to and for the audiences they address and the worlds they depict.
  • 510 -- Topics in Film and Media Histories. (3) Intensive study of a specific topic in film and media history. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of courses by suffix and title. May be repeated as topics vary.
  • 511 -- Topics in Film and Media. (3) Intensive study of a specific topic in film and media studies. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of courses by suffix and title. May be repeated as topics vary.
  • 555 -- History of Documentary Film. {=ARTH 555} (3) History, theory, and practices of documentary film studied via screenings, readings, and lectures.
  • 566 -- Topics in American Film. {=ENGL 566} (3) Intensive study of a specific topic concerning American film. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of courses by suffix and title.
  • 597 -- Comparative Studies in Film. {=CPLT 597} (3) Topics in film from an international perspective. National cinematic traditions are compared and contrasted.
  • 598 -- Topics in World Film. {=FORL 598} (3) Intensive study of a specific topic concerning films produced in a country other than the United States. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of courses by suffix and title.

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