Film Studies

The Interdisciplinary Program in Film Studies at Trinity draws on courses in film studies and production taught in sixteen of the College’s departments and programs. Though the program is based in core courses that emphasize the aesthetic and theoretical traditions specific to Film Studies, the study of film by its very nature engages other domains and disciplines. History, politics, philosophy, psychology, culture, theatre, literature, music and visual art are all potentially implicated in the experience of film, and our courses invite students to explore the multiple dimensions of cinematic experience.

The program also offers students interested in the practice of filmmaking an opportunity to develop that interest through production and screenwriting courses, internships at the student-run television station TrinTV, a semester or year at a production program abroad, and the option of doing a senior production thesis. The Interdisciplinary Major and Minor in Film Studies are designed to ground students in three basic aspects of the field – film history, film theory, and film production – while at the same time providing the flexibility to allow for exploration of specific areas of interest within each of those aspects.

Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Template Major in Film Studies

Students interested in declaring a Major in Film Studies should consult with either of the Program Director, Professor Milla Riggio. All Interdisciplinary Majors at Trinity are supervised by two faculty members from different disciplines. Interdisciplinary Majors in Film Studies include a minimum of 12 courses, drawn from at least three different disciplines. Students must earn a minimum of C- in any given course to have it count toward the Major.

Core Courses for the Major in Film Studies. Majors in Film Studies are required to take one course from each of the three Core Course sub-categories and are required to take a course from sub-category A (Film History and Analysis) by the end of their second year as a prerequisite for declaring the Major.

 Elective Courses for the Major in Film Studies. In addition to three Core courses, students doing the Major in Film Studies are required to take a total of eight additional full course credits from the three Distribution Areas listed below (National Cinemas and Topics in Film History, Film Theory and Topics in Criticism, and Film Production and Related Arts), taking no more than 4 and no less than 2 courses in any one area. At least four of the eight courses taken in the distribution areas must be at the 300-level or above.

Capstone Requirement for the Major in Film Studies. Students can fulfill the capstone requirement for the Major in Film Studies either by doing a Senior Seminar in Film Studies (400-level courses designated as such will be determined each year) or by doing a one-semester Senior Project (FILM 497).

Honors for the Major in Film Studies. To be awarded Honors for the Major in Film Studies, students are required to take a Senior Seminar in Film Studies and do a Senior Project and earn a GPA of at least 3.67 in courses counted towards the Major.

Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Film Studies

Students interested in declaring a Major in Film Studies should consult with either of the Program Director, Professor Milla Riggio. Interdisciplinary Minors in Film Studies include a minimum of 6 courses drawn from at least three different disciplines. Students must earn a minimum of C- in any given course to have it count toward the Major or Minor.

Core Courses for the Minor in Film Studies. Minors in Film Studies are required to take a course from sub-category A. (Film History and Analysis) by the end of their second year as a prerequisite for declaring the Minor.

Elective Courses for the Minor in Film Studies. In addition to one Core course, students doing the Minor in Film Studies are required to take a total of four additional full course credits from the three Distribution Areas listed below (National Cinemas and Topics in Film History, Film Theory and Topics in Criticism, and Film Production and Related Arts) taking no more than 2 courses and no less than 1 course in any one area. At least two of the four courses taken in the distribution areas must be at the 300-level or above.

Capstone Requirement for the Minor in Film Studies. Students fulfill the capstone requirement for the Minor in Film Studies by doing a Senior Seminar in Film Studies (400-level courses designated as such will be determined each year).

Approved Core and Elective Courses for the Interdisciplinary Major and Minor in Film Studies

Please note that not all courses listed below are offered every year and that other film-related courses offered at Trinity (but not listed below) and equivalent university-level courses taken elsewhere may be approved for use as substitutes. All courses taken toward either the Major or the Minor in Film Studies need to be approved in advance by the Program Director.

Category I: Core Courses

I-A. Film History and Analysis. ENGL 265 Introduction to Film Studies or HIST 264 Film and History
I-B. Film Theory. ENGL 470 Film Theory: An Introduction or PHIL 386 Philosophy and Film
I-C. Film Production. FILM 301 Basic Filmmaking or FILM 401 Advanced Filmmaking

Categories II-IV: Elective Courses

Category II: National Cinemas and Topics in Film History

AMST 329 Viewing The Wire
ANTH 247 China Through Film
AHIS 105 History of World Cinema
ARAB 233 Introduction to Arab and Middle Eastern Cinemas
COLL 151 French Film Festival
ENGL 286 European Modernist Cinema
ENGL 288 World Cinema
ENGL 456 American Auteurs
ENGL 496 Evolution of the Western Film
FREN 320 French Cinema: The New Wave and Beyond
GRMN 233-05 German History Through Literature and Film
GRMN 233-19 New German Cinema
GRMN 236-16 German Filmmakers and Hollywood
GRMN 301-04 German Literature and Film
HISP 266 Iberian and Latin American Film
HISP 328 Iberian Film
HISP 343 Latin American Film
HIST 315 Star Trek and 1960's America
INTS 236 Japanese Crime Literature and Film
LACS 233-05 Italian Cinema
LACS 233-12 Women’s Lives in Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film
LACS 233-26 Cinema and Societies in Crisis: Contemporary Russian and American Films
LACS 233-29 Germany in Cinema and Text
LACS 233-32 African Cinema
LACS 233-33 French Cinema
LACS 301 Russian through Literature and Film
LACS 333-16 Greater China: Film and Fiction

Category III: Film Theory and Topics in Criticism

ANTH 230 Visual Anthropology
ENGL 304 Studies in Film: Cinematic Realisms 1945 to the Present
ENGL 350 Lost Worlds: Fiction and Film
ENGL 360 Shakespeare on Film
ENGL 366 Dickens/Chaplin
ENGL 457 Novels into Film
ENGL 470 Film Theory: An Introduction
HIST 126 Hartford on Film: 1969-Present
PHIL 238 Media Philosophy
PHIL 386 Philosophy and Film
POLS 215 Politics and Film
PSYC 293 Visual Perception
PSYC 397 Psychology of Art
SOCL 241 Mass Media, Popular Culture, and Social Reality
WMGS 207 Homosexuality and Hollywood Film
WMGS 319 The Woman’s Film

Category IV: Film Production and Related Arts

ENGL 270 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 333 Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 334 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
FILM 301 Basic Filmmaking
FILM 337 Writing for Film
FILM 401 Advanced Filmmaking
MUSC 203 Music, Technology and Media
STAR 103 Design
STAR 126 Photography I
STAR 226 Photography II
STAR 326 Photography III
THDN 103 Basic Acting
THDN 110 Theatrical Performance: History and Practice
THDN 225 Introduction to Interactive Media
THDN 293 Playwrights Workshop I
THDN 294 Basic Directing
THDN 305 Intermediate Acting
THDN 345 Writing for Stage and Screen

Guidelines for Senior Projects (FILM 497). Senior Projects are restricted to students doing an Interdisciplinary Major in Film Studies. The Senior Project can either be a piece of Film Studies scholarship (i.e. a written thesis) or a film production (i.e. a thesis film); in either case the topic for the project is selected by the student and the project is designed in consultation with the supervising faculty member. By the end of the Spring semester of their junior year, students who intend to do a Senior Project will consult with the Program Director to discuss the topic for the project and identify appropriate faculty members to potentially supervise and assess it. Once the topic has been developed and approved by a faculty supervisor, a proposal is submitted to the relevant Film Studies Program Director.

Spring 2012

Template Film Studies Major Requirements Checklist
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Template Film Studies Minor Requirements Checklist
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