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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2013

Film and Media Studies

Chair: Jeffrey Ruoff

Professors M. Flanagan, A. Lawrence; Associate Professors M. Desjardins, J. K. Ruoff, M. J. Williams; Assistant Professor J. N. Mack; Senior Lecturer J. E. Brown;  Visiting Associate Professor W. F. Phillips; Associated Faculty: Professors L. Higgins, G. Gemünden, D. Washburn

 

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Requirements for the Major in Film and Media Studies

The Film and Media Studies department at Dartmouth College offers a wide range of courses in the theory, history, and criticism of film and television as well as a number of courses in film and video production, digital media, and screenwriting. The major provides a common basis for all students in the theory, history, and criticism of film, television and new media, and at least one course with a production component. Beyond this, the major allows students to shape their own emphasis (for instance, history and criticism or screenwriting).

Prerequisites:

One Introductory course: FILM 1 (Introduction to Film: From Script to Screen) or FILM 2 (Introduction to Television) or FILM 3 (Introduction to Digital Arts and Culture)

FILM 20 Film History I (Silent to Sound)

Requirements:

One more survey of film history course from the following: 

1.      FILM 21 History of Film II (1930-1960)

         FILM 22 History of Film III (1960-1990)

         FILM 23 Film History IV (1990-present)

2. One additional media history course from among the following: FILM 21, FILM 22, FILM 23, FILM 45 (U.S. Television History), FILM 42 (National Cinema); students may also petition to the department to count specific offerings of the following topics classes for credit in this requirement: FILM 41 (e.g. Genre: Animation History), FILM 46 (e.g. Topics in Television: Industrial Roots of the Information Superhighway) or FILM 47 (e.g. Topics in Film: Studio System or History of Documentary).

3. FILM 40 Theories and Methodologies of Film and Media Studies

4. , 5. , and 6. Three studies courses from among the following, at least one of which must be a Television Studies course (FILM 44, FILM 45, FILM 46):

         FILM 41 Genre

         FILM 42 National Cinema

         FILM 43 Film Creator

         FILM 44 Television: A Critical Approach

         FILM 45 U.S. Television History

         FILM 46 Topics in Television

         FILM 47 Topics in Film

         FILM 48 Topics in Digital Culture and New Technologies

         FILM 50 Topics in Film Theory

7. One production course form among the following:

         FILM 30 Documentary Videomaking

         FILM 31 Filmmaking I

         FILM 33 Screenwriting I

         FILM 35 Animation: Principles and Practice

         FILM 36 Videomaking

         FILM 37 Directing for the Camera

         FILM 51 Game Design Studio

8. and 9. Two courses at an advanced level, one of which must be the culminating experience:

         FILM 32 Filmmaking II

         FILM 34 Screenwriting II

         FILM 38 Advanced Animation

         FILM 39 Advanced Videomaking

         Any courses between FILM 41-48

         FILM 49 Practicum in Digital Culture and New Technologies

         FILM 50 Topics in Film Theory

         FILM 80 Independent Study

         FILM 93 Major Project

         FILM 95 Honors Project

 

Modified Major in Film and Media Studies

Students may modify Film and Media Studies with another related discipline with the permission of the Chair of Film and Media Studies and that of the chair of the related department. Film can be either the major or the minor part of a modified major. If Film is the minor part of the modified major, the only prerequisite is FILM 1: Introduction to Film. The requirements are four other film studies courses. If Film is the major part of the modified major the two prerequisite courses must be taken. The other specified requirements for the modified major are as follows:

Prerequisites: One introductory course: FILM 1 (Introduction to Film: From Script to Screen) or FILM 2 (Introduction to Television) or FILM 3 (Introduction to Digital Arts and Culture)

FILM 20 Film History 1 (Silent to Sound)

Requirements:

1. One film or media history course from the following:

         FILM 21 Film History (1930-1960)

         FILM 22 Film History (1960-1990)

         FILM 23 Film History (1990-present)

         FILM 45 U.S. Television History

         FILM 42 National Cinema

Students may also petition to the department to count appropriate FILM 41s (e.g. Genre: Animation History), FILM 46s (e.g., Industrial Roots of the Information Superhighway) or FILM 47s (e.g., Studio System, History of Documentary) for credit in this requirement.

2. FILM 40 Theories and Methodologies of Film and Media Studies

3. One studies course from among the following:

         FILM 41 Genre

         FILM 42 National Cinema

         FILM 43 Film Creator

         FILM 44 Television: A Critical Approach

         FILM 45 U.S. Television History

         FILM 46 Topics in Television

         FILM 47 Topics in Film

         FILM 48 Topics in Digital Culture and New Technologies

         FILM 50 Topics in Film Theory

4. One production course form among the following:

         FILM 30 Documentary Videomaking

         FILM 31 Filmmaking I

         FILM 33 Screenwriting I

         FILM 35 Animation: Principles and Practice

         FILM 36 Videomaking

         FILM 37 Directing for the Camera

         FILM 51 Game Design Studio

5. and 6. Two courses at an Advanced Level, one of which must be the culminating experience:

         FILM 32 Filmmaking II

         FILM 34 Screenwriting II

         FILM 38 Advanced Animation

         FILM 39 Advanced Videomaking

         Any courses between FILM 41-48

         FILM 49 Practicum in Digital Culture and New Technologies

         FILM 50 Topics in Film Theory

         FILM 80 Independent Study

         FILM 93 Major Project

         FILM 95 Honors Project

Minor in Film and Media Studies

The minor in Film and Media Studies consists of seven courses: FILM 1 (Introduction to Film: From Script to Screen) or FILM 2 (Introduction to Television) or FILM 3 (Introduction to Digital Arts and Culture) and six other courses. These six courses must be distributed as follows:

One Film History course from among the following:

         FILM 20 Film History (Silent to Sound)

         FILM 21 Film History (1930-1960)

         FILM 22 Film History (1960-1990)

         FILM 23 Film History (1990-present)

2., 3., and 4. Three studies courses from among the following, at least one of which must be a television studies course ( FILM 44, FILM 45 or FILM 46):

         FILM 41 Genre

         FILM 42 National Cinema

         FILM 43 Film Creator

         FILM 44 Television: A Critical Approach

         FILM 45 U.S. Television History

         FILM 46 Topics in Television

         FILM 47 Topics in Film

         FILM 48 Topics in Digital Culture and New Technologies

5. One Production Course

         FILM 30 Documentary Videomaking

         FILM 31 Filmmaking I

         FILM 33 Screenwriting I

         FILM 35 Animation: Principles and Practice

         FILM 36 Videomaking

         FILM 37 Directing for the Camera

         FILM 51 Game Design Studio

         Or

         One Theory Course:

         FILM 40 Theories and Methodologies of Film and Media Studies

         FILM 50 Topics in Film Theory

6. One other production, screenwriting, or studies course in line with area of major interest

 

Culminating Experience

The Culminating Experience requirement is designed to offer each student an opportunity to fulfill an enhanced and focused project related directly to her/his emphasis within the major. It is required of both Majors and Modified Majors. This course will be selected and declared by each individual student, but must meet department requirements and schedules.

Students will work with faculty to determine the optimal design for the Culminating Experience course. Students may propose the following courses to count as the Culminating Experience:

  1. An advanced class already being offered by the department, for which the student will do extra work for the culminating experience, and which is not fulfilling another requirement for the major;
  2. A pre-arranged independent study (FILM 80: Independent Study, FILM 93: Major Project, or FILM 95: Honors Project).

Students considering how and when to fulfill the Culminating Experience requirement should keep in mind the following:

  1. All Majors and Modified Majors must identify and consult a possible advisor by May 1 of their Junior Year. The cover sheet for this proposal is available in the Department office. Each proposal must be worked out in consultation with a faculty advisor and the cover sheet must be signed by the advisor. Proposals for Summer or Fall Culminating Experience courses are due in the Department office May 15th. Proposals for Winter or Spring Culminating Experience courses are due October 15th.
  2. All Majors and Modified Majors are required to take FILM 40 before they propose or enroll in a culminating experience course. (FILM 40 should be taken in the Sophomore year. It may be approved for the Junior year, if absolutely necessary, in consultation with the chair.) Students are expected to have completed FILM 1 and FILM 20 prior to their Culminating Experience, or to be enrolled in those courses in their senior fall.
  3. Production projects will be assessed in relation to the probability of their completion and to the rest of the production curriculum. Regularly scheduled courses will have priority regarding equipment demands.
  4. Students may not be enrolled in more than one production course per term, including independent study courses.
  5. Each faculty member is only available during select terms of each academic year. Projects related to a specific faculty member must be arranged in conjunction with her/his teaching schedule.
  6. Students enrolled in Culminating Experience courses will complete this requirement at a celebratory dinner, to be held at least once per academic year, typically in the Spring term. Each student will make a brief presentation of her/his culminating project.


Honors Program

Students who have completed at least five major courses and who have an average in the major of 3.4 or higher (and a college average of 3.0 or higher) are eligible to apply for the Honors Program.

Students wishing to do a production project must submit a proposal to the Department in the term before the project is to begin. Honors projects that do not include production must be approved by the advisor and the Chair. If this is a culminating project, the rules for culminating proposals apply. Students with modified as well as standard majors may apply. The member(s) of the Department who will supervise the project will be confirmed at the time the proposal is approved. An Honors project usually extends through two terms and receives two major credits. If the finished project does not achieve a grade of 3.3 or higher, the FS 95 Honors status will revert to FS 80 (Independent Study) or FS 93 (Major Project). For additional information, students should consult the Department Chair.

Transfer Credit

Permission of the Chair and a detailed description of the course will obtain provisional approval for transfer credit. Final approval will be granted on the basis of the Chair’s review of the syllabus and evidence of the student’s work in the course for which transfer credit has been requested. Three courses taken at other institutions may be substituted in fulfillment of the major requirements, provided that the program as a whole is consistent with the intent of the major. Of the three transferred courses, no more than two may be in film theory, history, and criticism, and no more than two may be in production.