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Film Studies Coursework Or Course

Film and Media Studies courses are offered by several departments. Choose “Film Studies” in the “School of Arts and Sciences” dropdown menu on the course descriptions page to view currently offered courses. Search courses.

Required Courses

Core Required Courses for Film and Media Studies Majors

  • World Film History—ENGFLM 0540 or HA&A 0820
  • Film Analysis—ENGFLM 0530 or HA&A 0801
  • Advanced Seminar in Film Studies—ENGFLM 1920

One Production Course:

  • Black and White Photography 1—FILMST 0200
  • Motion Picture Fundamentals —FILMST 0001
  • Introduction to Digital Editing—FILMST 0400

Core Requirements for Film and Media Studies Minor

  • World Film History—ENGFLM 0540 or HA&A 0820
  • Film Analysis—ENGFLM 0530 or HA&A 0801

Elective Courses

Film and Media Studies courses are offered through a variety of departments. All listed courses can be used to fulfill the requirements for the major or the minor. Courses are divided into three categories relating to distributional requirements.

Category I: National Cinemas and Filmmakers

CHIN 0082 Hong Kong Cinema

CHIN 1059 Adapted for the Screen: Chinese Literature and Film

CHIN 1065 Sources on East Asia: Chinese New Wave Cinema

CHIN 1084 Masterpieces in Chinese Lit & Film

CHIN 1085 and JPNSE 1085 Introduction to East Asian Cinema

CHIN 1088 New Chinese Cinema

CHIN 1089 The World of China: Chinese National Cinema

ENGFLM 1190 British Film

ENGFLM 1226 Eastern European Communism at the Movies

ENGFLM 1290 History of American Film I

ENGFLM 1291 History of American Film II

ENGFLM 1390 Contemporary Film

ENGFLM 1410 Bollywood and Indian Cinema

ENGFLM 1420 Transnational East Asian Cinemas

ENGFLM 1470 and HA&A 1840 Film Directors (May be taken more than once if topic and course title change.)

ENGFLM 1471 Orson Welles

ENGFLM 1472 Hitchcock's Films

ENGFLM 1476 The Films of Stanley Kubrick

ENGFLM 1495 City Symphony

ENGFLM 1670 Global Anime

FR 0085 French Film: 1930-1960

GER 1380 New German Cinema

HA&A 1805 Early French Film

HA&A 1806 American Independent Film

HIST 1226 Eastern European Communism at the Movies

ITAL 0086 Italian Cinema

ITAL 1089 Special Topics: Italian Cinema

ITAL 0088 Italian America on Screen

JPNSE 1057 Japanese Culture and Society through Cinema

POLISH 0870/0873 Contemporary Polish Cinema

POLISH 0871 Contemporary Polish Cinema: Wajda

POLISH 0872 Contemporary Polish Cinema: Kieslowski

RUSS 0870 History of Russian Film I: Beginnings to Stalin

RUSS 0871 History of Russian Film II: Stalin to Present

RUSS 1771 History of Soviet Cinema

SLAV 1220 The Holocaust in E. European Film and Literature

SLOVAK 0890 Slovak, Czech and Central European Film

SLOVAK 1770 Czech and Slovak Cinema

SPAN 1404 U.S. Latino Film

SPAN 1407 Latin American Film

SPAN 1603 Peninsular Film

SPAN 1700 Comparative Hispanic Topics

SPAN 1707 Hispanic Film

Category II: Themes, Genres, and Theory

AFRCNA 0088 Contemporary Africana Films

ENGFLM 0520 and HA&A 1157 Film Theory

ENGFLM 0532 Introduction to Film Genres

ENGFLM 0570 Introduction to New Media

ENGFLM 1293 American Photography/American Culture

ENGFLM 1391 Topics in Contemporary Cinema

ENGFLM 1479 Children and Media

ENGFLM 1480 Topics in Film (Students may enroll for courses under this number more than once, as topic changes.)

ENGFLM 1481 Youth Film

ENGFLM 1482 The Star System and the Movies

ENGFLM 1483 Film Sound

ENGFLM 1485 Film and Politics

ENGFLM 1486 Photography & Its Social and Political Context

ENGFLM 1487 Film Censorship and American Culture

ENGFLM 1490 Political Media

ENGFLM 1493 City Made Strange

ENGFLM 1610 Topics in Genre

ENGFLM 1613 Topics in Film Genre and Theme

ENGFLM 1615 The War Film

ENGFLM 1680 Animation

ENGFLM 1681 Film Comedy

ENGFLM 1682 Photographers and Phtography since WWII

ENGFLM 1683 & HA&A 1820 Documentary Film

ENGFLM 1685 Film Musical

ENGFLM 1688 Film Western

ENGFLM 1692 Film Melodrama

ENGFLM 1695 Horror Film

ENGFLM 1696 Film Noir

ENGFLM 1699 Science Fiction Film

ENGFLM 1703 Gender and Film (previously Women and Film)

ENGFLM 1752 Television Analysis

ENGFLM 1790 Film and Literature

ENGWRT 0560 Screenwriting and the Narrative

GER 1384 Fascism and Film

HA&A 0470 Photography and Art

HA&A 0810 Experimental Cinema

HA&A 1157 & ENGFLM 1015 Film Theory

HA&A 1806 American Independent Film

HA&A 1810 Experimental Video

ITAL 1069 Literature into Film in the Italian Tradition

JPNSE 1057 Japanese Film as Literature

JPNSE 1058 Westerns and Samurai Films

JPNSE 1059 Japanese Society and Culture through Cinema

THEA 1373 Design for Film

Category III: Film/Photo/Video Production

ENGFLM 0590 Filmmaking: Production and Criticism

ENGFLM 1497 Urban Scavenger

ENGFLM 1684 Mockumentary: Production and Criticism

ENGFLM 1930 Internship - ONLY ONE internship can be counted as part of the major.

FILMST 0001 Motion Picture Fundamentals

FILMST 0500 Film Production I

FILMST 1500 Film Production II

FILMST 0120 Basic Digital Photography

FILMST 0121 Animation Production

FILMST 0130 3-D Computer Animation

FILMST 0151 Introduction to Web Design

FILMST 0200 Black and White Photography 1

FILMST 0201 B & W Photo 2

FILMST 1200 B & W Photo 3

FILMST 0220 Color Photography 1

FILMST 1210 Color Photography 2

FILMST 0225 Studio Lighting Techniques

FILMST 0230 Non-Silver Printing 1

FILMST 1225 Non-Silver Printing 2

FILMST 0235 Documentary Photography

FILMST 0245 Photgraphic Editing Workflow, previously titled: Photoshop Foundations

FILMST 0275 History of Photography 1

FILMST 0276 History of Photography 2

FILMST 0400 Introduction to Digital Editing

FILMST 0410 Advanced Digital Photography

FILMST 0420 Advanced Digital Editing Techniques

FILMST 0601 Video Production I

FILMST 1600 Video Production II

FILMST 0610 Digital Effects and Compositing

FILMST 1120 Directing Actors

FILMST 1130 Technical Directing

FILMST 1132 Intro to Screenwriting

FILMST 1133 Script Development

FILMST 1134 Writing and Producing the Short Script

FILMST 1140 Acting for the Camera

FILMST 1141 Acting for the Camera: Advanced Techniques

FILMST 1145 Sound for Film and Video

FILMST 1156 Cinematography

FILMST 1580 Electronic Cinematography

FILMST 1157 Lighting for Film and Video

FILMST 1160 Crew Production Workshop

FILMST 1170 Digital Non-Linear Editing

FILMST 1550 Film Thesis I

FILMST 1575 Film Thesis II

FILMST 1650 Video Thesis I

FILMST 1675 Video Thesis II

FILMST 1201 View Camera Techniques

FILMST 1220 The Zone System

FILMST 1230 Experimental Darkroom

FILMST 1235 Experimental Camera

FILMST 1900 Internship in Film

FILMST 1901 Independent Study in Film

FILMST 1910 Internship in Photography

FILMST 1911 Independent Study in Photography

FILMST 1920 Internship in Video

FILMST 1921 Independent Study in Video

Note: With the exception of ENGFLM classes, all Category III courses are offered by special arrangement through Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Enrollment in these classes will be limited to those whose course tuition is covered by A&S. Enrollment in these classes will be granted first to Film and Media Studies majors and then to other full-time A&S students, on a first-come, first-served basis, all of whom must be in good academic standing. To apply for a seat in a Pittsburgh Filmmakers course, students must register with the Film and Media Studies office (454 Cathedral of Learning) during A&S registration. Be forewarned that failure to attend the first class of the term will mean automatic loss of the seat. Non-majors will not be permitted to take more than one production course per term.

Film Studies GCSE

In an increasingly media saturated world, the study of film, in all its forms, holds an integral place in our critical understanding of the modern world.

Film is an optical illusion that allows the viewer to be carried off into a fantasy world where our reactions can evoke happiness, fear, shock and sadness. These emotions generated by the movies we watch, often remain strong in our memory. We know it is not real yet we allow ourselves to become lost in the moment.

How is it that film manages to have such an effect on us and why do audiences identify with characters so much?

How does the film industry manage to design films which attract certain audiences?

These are just some of the questions that you will uncover in this one year GCSE course. It is fantastic for everyone who has a keen interest in films past and present, the aesthetics of film and in the actual making of film. You will be expected to make your own short film for coursework.

It is perfect for those who want to understand how the film industry works, to learn how to analyse films and to discover and appreciate how films are created for their target audience.


There will ususally be a selection of trips on offer.

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