Film Studies Courses

The following courses are offered by the Film Studies Program. Please see more in-depth course descriptions for Fall 2015.

FILMSTD 111 - Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet (3 units; U)
History of film, television, and the internet. Focus on economic and aesthetic features of these media and interrelationships among them. Models for critiquing each form. ArtHist 111, English 111, & FilmStd 111 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
FILMSTD 192 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
FILMSTD 205 - History of Film I: Development of an Art (3 units; U)
The technology, style, history, and theory of the medium. Aesthetic advances from silent to color and sound films. Contributions of various nationalities and artists. ArtHist 205 & FilmStd 205 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
FILMSTD 206 - History of Film II: Development of an Art (3 units; U)
The technology, style, history, and theory of the medium. Aesthetic advances from silent to color and sound films. Contributions of various nationalities and artists. ArtHist 206 & FilmStd 206 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
FILMSTD 212 - Intermediate Topics in Film Studies: (3 units; U)
Stylistic, generic, historical, or theoretical issues in film studies. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st or English 290(P).
FILMSTD 286 - Writing about Film and Television (3 units; U)
Intensive practice and study of the critical and technical elements of writing with emphasis on close reading and writing about media images and narratives. English 286 & FilmStd 286 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grade of C or better in English 102(P) or score at level 4 on EPT.
FILMSTD 290 - Introduction to Film Studies (3 units; U)
Analysis of formal, thematic, and generic components of narrative, documentary, and avant garde filmmaking. English 290 & FilmStd 290 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
FILMSTD 291 - Introduction to Television Studies (3 units; U)
The forms, images, and narratives particular to television. English 291 & FilmStd 291 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
FILMSTD 292 - Classic Dramas in Film: (1 units; U)
A sampling of great plays in film versions, with performances by acclaimed actors. Offered on a cr/no cr basis. Retakable w/chg in topic to 3 cr max. English 292 & FilmStd 292 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
FILMSTD 293 - Literature and Media: (3 units; U)
A study of novels, essays, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and films in order to disclose similarities and differences in their use of rhetorical strategies. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 293 & FilmStd 293 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: soph st.
FILMSTD 295 - Women and Film (3 units; U)
A study of the representation of women in narrative, documentary, and avant garde film, television and/or video, including a survey of psychoanalytic theories of spectatorship and feminist analyses of mass culture. English 295 & FilmStd 295 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: soph st.
FILMSTD 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM-sponsored program before coursework levels, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially-prepared program coursework. Retakable w/change in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Program.
FILMSTD 299 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none, except as required for specific topic.
FILMSTD 305 - Film Analysis I: Method and Theory (3 units; U/G)
Film language, critical methods, and theory applied to selected works of film art. Cross-cultural analysis of styles and themes. Study of major film artists. ArtHist 305 & FilmStd 305 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.
FILMSTD 306 - Film Analysis II: Method and Theory (3 units; U/G)
Film language, critical methods, and theory applied to selected works of major national film artists. Cross-cultural analysis of styles and themes. ArtHist 306 & FilmStd 306 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.
FILMSTD 307 - Film Directors: (3 units; U/G)
Comprehensive analysis of the technique, style, and themes of specific major film artists. Biographical, cultural, artistic influences on artists' work. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ArtHist 307 & FilmStd 307 are jointly offered; w/same topic they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; ArtHist 205(R) or 305(R).
FILMSTD 308 - Film Styles: (3 units; U/G)
A stylistic analysis of film of major filmmakers made within the structures of particular genres, such as gangsters, musicals, westerns, horror, science fiction and studios. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ArtHist 308 & FilmStd 308 are jointly offered; w/same topic they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.
FILMSTD 312 - Topics in Film Studies: (3 units; U)
Study of stylistic, generic, historical, or theoretical issues in film studies. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 312 & FilmStd 312 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; English 290(P).
FILMSTD 316 - World Cinema: (3 units; U)
National cinemas in first, second, and/or third world nations; relationships among representation, narrative, and social forms. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 316 & FilmStd 316 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st or English 290(P); satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.
FILMSTD 320 - Studies in Film Authorship: (3 units; U)
The function of authorship in the cinema and/or in television; the roles of producer, director, screenwriter, and star. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 320 & FilmStd 320 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st or English 290(P); satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.
FILMSTD 329 - Film and Literature (3 units; U/G)
Capabilities and limitations of narrative film and literature, emphasizing the distinctiveness of each artistic mode. English 329 & FilmStd 329 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st, English 290(P), satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; or cons instr.
FILMSTD 330 - Film and Drama: (3 units; U)
Capabilities and limitations of narrative film and drama, emphasizing the distinctiveness of each artistic mode. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 330 & FilmStd 330 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st or English 290(P); satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.
FILMSTD 350 - Global Jewish Film and Television: (3 units; U)
Global Jewish identity in its historic and contemporary cultural dimensions through film and media texts, analysis, and criticism. FilmStd 350 & Jewish 350 are jointly offered; with the same subtitle, they count as repeats of one another. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
FILMSTD 380 - Media and Society: (3 units; U/G)
An examination of film and/or television, with attention to the representation of class, gender, race, and nation. Subtitles vary. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 380 & FilmStd 380 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; English 290(P) or 291(P) or 6 cr in courses approved for hum breadth cr.
FILMSTD 383 - Cinema and Genre: (3 units; U/G)
Stylistic and thematic analyses of literary and film genres (e.g., melodrama, film noir). Consideration of writers, directors, producers and stars whose works represent forms of a genre. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 383 & FilmStd 383 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; English 290(P) or 6 cr in courses approved for hum breadth cr.
FILMSTD 390 - Classical Film Criticism and Theory (3 units; U/G)
Survey of the history of film theory, with particular attention to developing critical skills in film theoretical writing. English 390 & FilmStd 390 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st, satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req, English 290(P), & ArtHist 205(P); or cons instr.
FILMSTD 391 - Television Criticism and Theory (3 units; U/G)
Study of the forms and representational strategies of television narrative, and the various modes of analysis that may be applied to television viewers and texts. English 391 & FilmStd 391 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; English 291(P) or cons instr.
FILMSTD 392 - Contemporary Film Criticism and Theory: (3 units; U/G)
Current issues in film criticism and theory and an exploration of critical perspectives (psychoanalysis, feminism, structuralism, post-structuralism) informing recent debates in film studies. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 392 & FilmStd 392 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; English 290(P) or 291(P) or cons instr.
FILMSTD 394 - Theories of Mass Culture: (3 units; U/G)
A survey of theories of mass culture relative to film from the late 19th century to the present. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 394 & FilmStd 394 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; English 290(P) or 291(P) or cons instr.
FILMSTD 395 - Feminist Film Criticism and Theory: (3 units; U/G)
Theories of representation and spectatorship that focus on the position of women in film, television, and/or video. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 395 & FilmStd 395 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; English 295(P) or cons instr.
FILMSTD 412 - Global Cinemas - Cinematic Practices in the Context of Globalization: (3 units; U/G)
Cinema within global transformations that reshape the way we think about film and its history; cinema's changing impact beyond national borders. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st or English 290(P); satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.
FILMSTD 489 - Internship in Film Studies, Upper Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of advanced principles of film studies in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for 40 hrs work. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 300-level or above course in FilmStd; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
FILMSTD 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM-sponsored program before coursework levels, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially-prepared program coursework. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
FILMSTD 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specific enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
FILMSTD 669 - Screening Sexuality: (3 units; U/G)
Relationship between discourses of sexuality and media artifacts/texts. Historical/theoretical approaches to apprehend construction and representation of sexuality/sexual identities in media. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Repeat of English 312 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st.
FILMSTD 690 - Seminar in Contemporary Film Theory (3 units; U)
Contemporary theories and criticism of cinema, from 1960 to the present. Theoretical approaches considered may include structuralism, semiotics, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, feminism, post-structuralism, queer theory. Prereq: sr st; English 390(P).
FILMSTD 699 - Independent Work (1-3 units; U)
Advanced independent work under the supervision of a Film Studies faculty or instructional academic staff member. Students must submit a study proposal. For more information, consult Film Studies dir or asst dir. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 gpa & writ cons instr, dept chair, & assoc dean for SAS.