See moving images not just as entertainment, but as aesthetic creations and cultural artifacts. See moving images not just as entertainment, but as aesthetic creations and cultural artifacts. See moving images not just as entertainment, but as aesthetic creations and cultural artifacts. See moving images not just as entertainment, but as aesthetic creations and cultural artifacts. See moving images not just as entertainment, but as aesthetic creations and cultural artifacts.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of English

Film and Screen Studies

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Why pursue a film and screen studies degree at North Central College?

Film and screen studies is an interdisciplinary minor devoted to teaching students to understand moving images not just as entertainment, but also as aesthetic creations and cultural/historical artifacts. These cultural forms saturate our environment and are part of our globalizing world: we are inundated by films, television shows, YouTube clips, game animation, advertisements—even the videos we so casually shoot on small mobile devices. 

A minor in film and screen studies can prepare students for graduate study or careers as producers, analysts and consumers of moving images. The minor also complements major studies in most fields; for example, interactive media technology, graphic arts, speech communication, marketing, English studies, history, theater, global studies, music and journalism.

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Film and Screen Studies Minor

Film and Screen Studies is an interdisciplinary minor devoted to teaching students to understand moving images not just as entertainment, but also as aesthetic creations and cultural/historical artifacts which have been produced, consumed and used in specific times and places. Developing sophisticated visual literacy skills has never been more important, as these cultural forms saturate our environment and are part and parcel of our globalizing world: we are inundated by films; television shows; youtube clips; game animation; advertisements; even the videos we so casually shoot on small cellular devices. A minor in Film and Screen Studies can prepare students for graduate study or careers as producers, analysts and consumers of moving images. As well, the minor can serve as a significant complement to major studies in most fields, for example, Interactive Media Technology, Graphic Arts, Speech Communication, Marketing, English Studies, History, Theater, Global Studies, Music and Journalism.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see English.

Minor Requirements

21 credit hours to include:

  • FLM 140 - Introduction to Film and Screen Studies

    FLM 140 - Introduction to Film and Screen Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the critical analysis of film through an examination of the technical, formal and stylistic aspects of cinematic production.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.
    IAI

    F2 905

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FLM 290 - History of American Film

    FLM 290 - History of American Film

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the major developments in American cinema from the invention of motion pictures to the present, with emphasis on directors, aesthetic innovations, technological advances, government policies and business practices. Major focus on Hollywood studios with some attention to independent, experimental and "art" film.

    Prerequisite(s)


    FLM 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FLM 340 - Global Films

    FLM 340 - Global Films

    3.00 credit hours

    An interdisciplinary study of selected films representing various cultures of the world.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of FLM 140ENG 196 or COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FLM 390 - Film Theory and Criticism

    FLM 390 - Film Theory and Criticism

    3.00 credit hours

    The study of key theoretical models and strategies for analysing, assessing and interpreting film as text, as cultural document, and as aesthetic experience. May include theories of spectatorship, genre, production systems, performance, as well as feminist, queer and postcolonial perspectives.

    Prerequisite(s)


    FLM 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

Nine credit hours from the following:

  • FLM 490 - Special Topics in Film and Screen Studies

    FLM 490 - Special Topics in Film and Screen Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of an area within film or screen studies. Courses could focus on the films of one nation, director or genre; screen adaptation; music and moving images; animation; the history of television or a particular program; recent screen technologies; etc.

    Prerequisite(s)


    FLM 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    ART 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    3.00 credit hours

    An art survey of the theories and practice of visual forms, especially as applied in interactive media. Theoretical instruction may include narratology, ut pictura poesis (relationships between word and image) and/or postmodernism; students engage these and other theories in constructing imagery.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • 300- or 400-level English course focused on film (eg. Shakespeare and Film)
  • GER 350 - German Film

    GER 350 - German Film

    3.00 credit hours

    This course introduces students to the history and development of German film. Films are analyzed within their historical epoch, but also as cultural documents problematizing aspects of German life and history.

    Prerequisite(s)


    GER 203 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of editing video with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Various software will be explored in the creation of video projects. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 113.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of audio production for a variety of digital formats. In this course students will learn and practice techniques for recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting digital audio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 270 - Screenwriting

    MED 270 - Screenwriting

    3.00 credit hours

    The research, writing and pre-production of television and motion picture screenplays with an emphasis on script structure and format, plot analysis and character development. The behind-the-scenes relationships with producers, directors, screenwriters and agents are studied. Also discussed: Writers Guild of America formatics, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 245 - Religion and Ethics in Film

    REL 245 - Religion and Ethics in Film

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of religious and ethical values present in popular film. Attention is given to issues such as race, gender, minority religious traditions, sexual norms and the intersection of religion and politics.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting

    THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting

    3.00 credit hours

    Designed for students with previous acting experience, including high school and/or community theatre, this course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and text study. The course seeks to give the student an awareness of what acting is in both theory and performance. Presentation of scenes and attendance at productions are required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 270 - Directing

    THE 270 - Directing

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the art of directing plays for the theatre. It utilizes background information and experience with acting, stagecraft and dramatic literature to provide the groundwork for discussion of various approaches to, and techniques of, play production. The course culminates in the public performance of student-directed short scenes and one acts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 182 and Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 353 - Acting on Camera

    THE 353 - Acting on Camera

    3.00 credit hours

    This course explores the acting methods used for film and television. Students are trained in camera techniques used for commercial, industrial, film and television auditions. Students work in front of the camera each week, utilizing actual copy from popular shows, commercials and movies. Students leave this course audition ready. The course includes extensive scene memorization, class discussions, performance critique writing and journal self-assessment writing.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 282.

    Schedule Of Classes

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