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2017-2018 Course Catalog

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Film Studies

Film Studies regards visual culture as producing both vital art forms and cultural artifacts that can be rigorously analyzed. Although they draw on literary and other artistic traditions, cinematic texts have always had their own identifiable properties and conventions. Many of the courses listed below pay particular attention to the history, analysis, and interpretation of film as a key form of modern culture. Other courses specifically engage with the production of visual culture through filmmaking, animation and the production of digital media. All film studies courses provide students with background in the theory and criticism of moving images. Film studies invites interdisciplinary approaches, and the course offerings at Lawrence are drawn not only from the program’s core, but also from various language departments: Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish; there are also film courses in the Departments of Anthropology, Art and Art History, Education, History, Theatre Arts, and the Conservatory of Music. Students taking courses in film studies have access to a wide range of interpretive methodologies, national cinemas, film styles and genres, and they can combine an interest in film studies with almost any discipline in the liberal arts.

Required for the film studies major

  1. A minimum of 10 film studies courses to include:
    1. FIST 100: Introduction to Film Studies
    2. Three additional designated courses, one in each category:
      1. Film History: FIST 210: Film History I, FIST 211: Film History II
      2. Film Theory: FIST 402: Film Theory and Criticism
      3. Filmmaking: FIST 370: Avant-Doc, FIST 371: Documentary Forms
    3. Six elective courses
    4. A Senior Experience capstone project that allows students to create either a film or a research paper as a final project

Required for the film studies minor

  1. A minimum of six film studies courses to include:
    1. FIST 100: Introduction to Film Studies
    2. One course in each of two categories:
      1. Film History: FIST 210: Film History I, FIST 211: Film History II
      2. Film Theory: FIST 402: Film Theory and Criticism, or a designated theory course
    3. Filmmaking: FIST 370: Avant-Doc, FIST 371: Documentary Forms
    4. Three electives


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