Six courses: 101 and 201 plus four electives chosen from the list of eligible courses, two of which must be at the 200-level and above and one of which may be a media course. Courses which count as electives are indicated each semester on the Registrar's web site.
Electives Regularly Taught
ENGL 101, 212, 335
FREN 230, 358
POSC 243, 390
SOCI 310, 400
Opportunities for off-campus study
A number of Dickinson College study abroad programs offer courses in film and media studies. Students who are thinking about taking courses for credit in these areas while abroad should contact the Film Studies Coordinator, Professor Stephen Weinberger, for advice and guidance.
101 Intro to Film Studies
An introductory study of the preeminent art form of the 20th Century. The course will focus upon the fundamentals of film study as an academic discipline, including formal analysis of film narrative and cinematic technique (the art of film), contextual approaches to film, study of various film genres, and rudimentary experience with film production. Students will be exposed to aesthetically and historically important films from a number of cultural traditions.
102 Fundamentals of Digital Film Production
This course provides instruction in the basic aesthetic and technical aspects of digital film production, including writing, producing, directing, shooting, lighting, recording and mixing sound, and editing. Students will learn to harness digital tools while focusing on their roles as storytellers. Each participant will write and direct a video, rotating through various crew positions as they carry out exercises designed to deepen their knowledge of the different elements of moviemaking. Ultimately, students will collaborate in teams on short movies, which will be screened at the final class.
Prerequisite: FLST 101 OR FLST 310/ENGL 218. Offered every two years.
201 The History of Film
An examination of the economic, cultural, technological, generic, formal, and aesthetic evolution of cinematic art, from 19th century precursors of the motion picture to the current state of world cinema. Between these bookends, the survey might include such developments as the medium's inception in 1895, early international (especially German, Soviet and French) classics in silent film, the rise of Hollywood, the emergence of sound, American censorship and classical Hollywood cinema, pre-war French classics, post-war Italian neo-realism, la nouvelle vague, Asian and third-world cinemas, eastern European and British developments at mid-century, and changes in the American film industry in the Sixties and Seventies.
This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement. This course is cross-listed as FLST 201.
210 Topics in Film Studies
Survey courses dealing with various areas of world film, such as Middle East Film, Music in Film, and From Novel to Film.
Prerequisite dependent upon topic.
290 Brazilian Cinema
This class focuses on important examples of Brazilian cinema, as well as on critical episodes, manifestos, and challenges faced by Brazilian directors, screenwriters, and actors. The class will also analyze diverse periods and genres, such as chanchadas, Cinema Novo, and retomada. Particular attention will be paid to the representation of native Brazilians, Afro-Brazilians, women, and marginalized places (Backlands, favelas, etc.), and how their representation has had social and economic repercussions in Brazil.
Taught in English. Available as a FLIC option in Portuguese. This course fulfills the Humanities (Division I B) distribution requirement. This course is cross-listed as PORT 290 and LALC 290. Offered every two years.
310 Topics in Film Studies
In-depth analysis and discussion of selected areas in Film Studies not normally covered in other interdisciplinary offerings. Topics may include, for example, auteur studies, genre studies, film theory, and film and popular culture.
Prerequisite dependent upon topic.