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    Film and Media Studies

    Applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Film and Media Studies Website

    Assistant Professor Arom CHOI Assistant Professor Baran GERMEN Associate Professor & Chair Scott KRZYCH Associate Professor & Associate Chair Dylan NELSON

    Film and media studies is increasingly essential to a rigorous liberal arts education. Our program integrates critical studies with creative practice, preparing students to understand moving images, harness media technology, and participate actively in a swiftly changing media landscape. Students study cinema and media history and theory, while pursuing creative work in a variety of forms, including fiction and documentary film, screenwriting, radio, television, video games and other digital technology. This cross-disciplinary major incorporates courses in art, literature, sociology, philosophy, music, theater, dance, and global cinema. Building on Colorado College’s history of innovation in liberal arts education, the Film and Media Studies Program produces students who are engaged thinkers, thoughtful and collaborative practitioners, and who have achieved success in film and media industries as well as many other fields.  

    Major Requirements

    Film and Media Studies (12 units)

    Core Courses (3 units)

    • FM101: Introduction to Film Studies
    • FM102: Basic Filmmaking
    • FM301: Advanced Theory and Research Methods

    Genre, History, and Theory (3 units, at least one of which must be at the 300 level)

    • FM200: Topics in Genre and History
    • FM201: Media Theory and Cultural Studies
    • FM228: Experimental and Expanded Cinema
    • FM203: Media and Psychoanalysis
    • FM300: Film History and Theory
    • FM303: Philosophy of Technology
    • FM305: Advanced Topics in Film and Media Studies
    • FM330: On Location: Hollywood

    Form and Filmmaking (2 units, at least one of which must be at the 300 level)

    • FM202: Screenwriting
    • FM210: Topics in Filmmaking
    • FM240: Directing the Fiction Film
    • FM260/360: The CC Film Institute (offered in Summer Session; 1 unit of Form & Filmmaking credit + 1 unit of Elective credit)
    • FM302: Advanced Filmmaking
    • FM310: Advanced Topics in Filmmaking
    • FM312: Documentary Form and Filmmaking

    Electives (2 units)

    • FM205: Topics in Film and Media Studies
    • FM212: Writing for Performance
    • FM215: Independent Work in Film and Media Studies
    • FM216: Video Dance
    • FM225: Topics in Media Practice:
    • FM250: Videogames, Aesthetics, Culture
    • FM315: Advanced Independent Work in Film and Media Studies

    Any courses from the Film and Media Studies major categories (Genre, History, and Theory; Form and Filmmaking) and any FM-numbered or cross-listed courses may be taken for elective credit.

    No more than one independent study course may be counted toward the major. No more than two study abroad courses may be transferred for major credit. No more than one course may overlap with a student’s minor. No more than two courses may overlap with a second declared major.

    Thesis (2 units)

    • FM400: Independent Film, Filmmaking, and the Sundance Film Festival or FM405: Senior Seminar
    • FM401: Senior Thesis (Critical) or FM402: Senior Thesis (Creative). An additional unit of FM401 or FM402 (as applicable), which will count as an elective, may be taken with approval of the department.

    Senior thesis projects must be proposed in writing during the spring of the junior year. Thesis project blocks may not be taken pass/fail.

    To write an essay for the senior thesis, FM301 must be completed before the thesis block. To make a fiction film for the thesis, an approved course in writing for the screen or FM202 (Screenwriting) and FM302 (Advanced Filmmaking) are required and must be completed before the senior year. To make a documentary film for the thesis, FM312 (Documentary Form and Filmmaking) and FM302 (Advanced Filmmaking) or an approved course in documentary filmmaking are required and must be completed before the senior year. To write a screenplay for the senior thesis, FM202 (Screenwriting) and an approved course in creative prose writing are required and must be completed before the senior year. Other types of creative projects will also require FM202 (Screenwriting) or FM302 (Advanced Filmmaking) and additional relevant prior coursework; these must be approved on a case by case basis.


    Film and Media

    FM302 Advanced Filmmaking

    Emphasizes control of all aspects of the visual experience in service of motion picture storytelling. Acquaints students with advanced digital filmmaking techniques, including mattes, special effects, green screen compositing, and 3D animation, as well as the use of manual cameras, more sophisticated lighting methods, and motivated camera movement. Analyzes the concepts, language, and methods of film expression and stresses the processes of collaboration, critique, and revision. Culminates in a public screening of student work.

    Prerequisite: Film and Media Studies 102.

    1 unit — Choi, Mahaffie, Nelson

    FM310 Advanced Topics in Filmmaking:

    Introductory work in specific areas, or with specific techniques, of filmmaking or writing. Includes critical reading and writing with an emphasis on applied projects. 1 unit.

    1 unit