Course Descriptions

FILM 401: Film and Media Criticism
A writing intensive course in critical aesthetics, with a focus on the theoretical assumptions underlying various critical approaches.

FILM 402: Scriptwriting
A writing intensive coure on the constructionof screenplays.

FILM 403: The Biz

FILM 404: Women in Film and Media
Narrative and experimental films are analyzed in historical perspective with regard to how societal norms and film language construct the representation of women and how women have used the medium for self-representation.

FILM 405: Experimental/Avant Garde Cinema
An historical/theoretical survey of the widely varied experimental avant-garde film as an alternative to mainstream narrative.

FILM 500: Introduction to Graduate Film Studies
Provides graduate students with the tools and skills to closely analyze film texts, and a familiarity with the various methodologies of film studies.

FILM501: Seminar in Authorship
This seminar focuses on the study of one director or filmmaker, or on the comparative analysis of two or more directors. It addresses the general issue of film authorship.

FILM502: Seminar in Genre/Criticism
This course offers a wide range of subjects, including the study of a specific genre (such as melodrama, comedy, film noir, the Western); the theory of genres; the history of film criticism; or the analysis of a specific critical issue surrounding a single film or group of films.

FILM503: Seminar in History/National Cinemas
This seminar's topics can range from a survey of an historical period (the silent era, for example) or a movement, or the study and conceptualization of a specific national cinema (Japanese, etc.).

FILM 504: Seminar in Film Theory
An intensive reading course that examines issues in film theory, either outlining an array of theories or focusing on one influential approach (such as psychoanalysis or narratology).

FILM 506: Methods in Film and Media Studies
This course involves critical reading of diverse examples of film history, examining assumptions and approaches to film biography, national cinemas, and production and reception history. Students then conduct research with primary materials available on campus and in the Atlanta area.

FILM 573: Special Topics in Film Studies
Focuses on topics ranging from a specific period (e.g., the transition to sound, World War II), national movement (Italian Neorealism, the nouvelle vague), or issue (technologies of cinema).

FILM 581: Classical Film Theory
Studies the basic concepts in "classical theory" (the work of theorists such as Hugo Munsterberg, Rudolf Arnheim, Andre Bazin, Sergei Eisenstein, Siegfried Kracauer, and Vsevolod Pudovkin).

FILM 582: Contemporary Film and Media Theory
Examins structuralist, semiotic, post-structuralist, psychoanalytic and narratological developments in film theory of the past three decades.

FILM 589: Special Topics in Media

FILM 591: Studies in Major Figures
An intensive, in-depth study of the work of one or more recognized major figures in world cinema (Such as Michaelangelo Antonioni, Luis Bunuel, D.W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein, Carl-Theodor Dreyer, John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, Max Ophuls, Jean Renoir, martin Scorsese, or Orson Welles.

FILM 592: Studies in Film Genres
History and theory of one or more major Hollywood genres--the Western, the ganster film, the musical, the horror film, film noir, and science fiction--and their international analogues (e.g., the western and the Japanese Chambara film).

FILM 593: Non-Fiction Film

FILM 595: Studies in National Cinemas
Close study of the development of a specific national or regional cinema in terms of its aesthetic, theoretical and socio-political dimensions (e.g., Japanese, Eastern European, Latin American, or Australian).

FILM 597: Directed Study
A supervised project in an area of study to be determined by instructor and student. This could involve a topic in film authorship, genre, antional cinema, or other area.

FILM 598: Graduate Colloquium 
A bi-weekly meeting during the semester in which graduate students, faculty and affiliated faculty present current research.  This course is required every semester for M.A. students.  1 credit.  S/U grading basis determined by attendance.

FILM 599: Master's Thesis
A Master's student electing Plan B writes an original work of film scholarship under the supervision of his/her thesis director. When completed, the work is read by a second Film Studies faculty member.