Film Courses


100 - The Art of Motion Pictures
An introduction to the art of motion pictures. The course will examine a representative selection of films covering the history of cinema and many of its basic aesthetic premises.

101AA - Art of Mobile Photography
This course introduces students to the basics of mobile photography as a way to communicate ideas emphasizing content, composition, and technique.

200 - Introduction to Film Production
Exploring the differences between photographic, film, video and audio processes, students will study the characteristics of these media through hands on assignments. *Note: Restricted to Film majors. Materials Fee: $150* *Note: Creative Technologies Program Option*

201 - Film Production 1
The course focuses on the development of practical techniques in film production. ***Prerequisite: FILM 100 and 200*** **Corequisite: FILM 209. Permission of the Department Head is required to register** *Note: Materials Fee: $150*

202 - Film Production 2
A continuation of Film 201. ***Prerequisite: A passing grade in FILM 201*** *Note: Materials Fee: $100*

203 - Animation
Basic principles, technical knowledge and a variety of animation techniques related to non-cell animation. *Note: Materials Fee: $100*

205 - Black and White Photography
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of black and white photography and darkroom practices. *Note: Students may receive credit for only one of FILM 205, ART 222, FILM 280AB, or FILM 385AC* *Note: Materials Fee: $150*

209 - Technical Fundamentals
The course provides technical fundamentals for students entering the BFA program in film production, with a focus on developing solid technical understandings of cameras, lenses, lighting, audio, and editing. ***Prerequisite: FILM 200*** **Permission of the Department Head is required to register** *Note: Materials Fee: $100*

210 - Introduction to Screenwriting
Introducing the fundamentals of writing for the screen.

220 - Technical Fundamentals
The course provides technical fundamentals for developing solid technical understandings of cameras, lenses, lighting, audio and editing. *Note: The course is intended for NON Film majors. Students cannot receive credit for both Film 220 and Film 209* *Note: Materials Fee: $100*

221 - The Art of Podcasting
An introduction to the creative and technical aspects of creating a podcast. Students will develop, record and edit podcast episodes in a variety of genres. They will share their work via web pages and an RSS feed that can be accessed through various podcast clients. *Note: Students may only receive credit for one of FILM 221 or FILM 280AD.* *Note: Materials Fee: $100*

240 - History of Film
This course concentrates on the evolution of the forms and themes of film from its origins to 1960, and on the changing relation of film to its social, cultural, and political contexts throughout this period.

241 - Contemporary Film
This course provides a critical and cross-cultural approach to developments in film since 1960.

245 - Genre
Examines the origin, evolution, function and theory of genres, including themes and styles.

253 - Narratives for the Digital Age
This course examines narrative structures and traditions and their relevance for film, TV serials, computer games, and new media data-based story-telling. *Note: Students may not receive credit for both FILM 251 and FILM 253*

254 - Documenting Reality
This course offers an overview of the documentary genre in film, television and journalistic contexts. It will investigate the genre in terms of subject matter and style, historical origins, forms and conventions, and relationships to cultural contexts. *Note: Students may not receive credit for both FILM 250 and FILM 254*

255 - World Cinema
Examines international world cinemas with a focus on comparing the work of prominent directors from around the globe.

256 - Underground Film
This course will introduce the most important developments in the history of experimental cinema. A discussion of international avant-garde films will be included, with a focus on the evolution of the avant-garde’s alternative techniques, themes modes of production and audiences. *Note: Students may not receive credit for both FILM 340 and FILM 256*

280AA - Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
Students will be given an introduction to film language, an overview of key concepts from film history and use digital cameras to create their own short projects. *Note: The course is intended for NON Film major., Film majors cannot receive credit for this course and any other Film course. *Note: Material Fee: $100*

280AB - Black & White Photography
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of black and white photograph and darkroom practices. *Note: This course is designed for NON film majors. Students cannot receive credit for this course AND Film 205* *Note: Materials Fee: $150*

286AA - Anime: Popular Animation from Japan
An introductory survey of Japanese animation produced from the 1970s to the 2010s. We will critically investigate the western scholarship on the subject as well as examine the global fan communities connected with the culture of Anime.

286AB - Women in Film
This course will examine films made by women, with a focus on mysteries, fantasies, social realism, and documentaries. The range of works will include independent shorts to big-budget blockbusters.

286AC - Cult Cinema
This course offers a critical insight into the sensational and downright weird films that came to be called 'cult cinema.' Focusing on notions such as popular culture, art-house and genre cinema, excess, camp, contexts of audience reception - the course examines what makes a film "CULT."

286AD - Aliens in Film
This course will examine the Alien, or Extra-Terrestrial, as the science-fiction film genre's exploration of identity. As a collective expression of desire for, and fear of, the Other, the Alien allegorizes common attitudes towards cultural difference, that partly overlap with Orientalist discourse.

286AE - The Revisionist Western
The Revisionist Western examines films from the 1960's to the present, which question the tropes, styles, themes and politics of the traditional Western genre for the purpose of contemporary social and cultural critique. Topics include colonial expansion and race, good versus evil, cowboy masculinity, and gender.

300 - Film Production 3
The course focuses on creative techniques and approaches in film production. ***Prerequisite: FILM 202*** *Note: Materials Fee: $150.*

301 - Film Production 4
A continuation of Film 300. *** Prerequisite: FILM 300 *** * Note: Materials Fee: $150. *

303 - Advanced Animation
An advanced exploration of the animated image, bringing together diverse and traditional digital approaches including audio. ***Prerequisite: FILM 203***

305 - Cinematography
A study of the electronic and photochemical imaging techniques, and lighting, for film. *** Prerequisite: FILM 202 *** * Note: Materials Fee: $100. *

306 - Post Production
Post-production processes and techniques in film production. ***Prerequisite: FILM 202*** *Note: Materials Fee: $100.*

307 - Advanced Audio Production
The creative use of sound is studied across disciplines with a mixture of theory, history, and practical components. ***Prerequisite: FILM 202*** *Note: Materials Fee: $100*

310 - Writing for the Screen
The course expands on the knowledge and focuses on the creativity of writing for the screen. ***Prerequisite: FILM 202 or FILM 210***

311 - Advanced Darkroom Photography
An advanced course in photo-chemical photography and darkroom techniques. ***Prerequisite: FILM 205 or FILM 280AB*** *Note: Materials Fee: $150*

312 - Advanced Digital Effects
The course focuses on the creation of digital effects in post-production. Students will work with software like Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and Premier, among other software tools. ***Prerequisite: Film 209 or Film 220*** *Note: Material Fee $100*

320 - Expanded Cinema
This course is desined for students to explore works that alter or abandon the familiar materials, forms, and spaces of conventional filmmaking. Collaborative and self-initiated projects with emphasis on developing conceptual skills and engagement with the process of critique. Student projects contextualized within current practices and histories of intermedia art. *Note: Students may only receive credit for one of FILM 320 or FILM 386AB.* *Note: Material Fee: $100*

345 - Canadian Cinema
Examines Canadian cinema from early work of the National Film Board to present-day international feature co-production. Treats the development of Quebec cinema and the films of many Canadian directors. *** Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours or permission of the Department Head. ***

348 - Thinking about Film
The development of film theory and criticism from the silent period to the present. Major writings in silent film theory, montage theory, realism, auteurism, semiotics, psychoanalytic and spectatorship theories will be investigated. ***Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours***

350 - The Art of Film Directors
Examines the work of no more than two directors, with particular attention given to style, historical and cultural influences on the filmmaker, and the manner in which the work has influenced others. *** Prerequisite: 30 Credit Hours or permission of the Department Head ***

380AH - Film Genre Theory
This course will address a number of key issues in the theory of film genre, including the history of genre theory, the origin and evolution of genres, thematic and stylistic parameters, the commercial and ideological functions of genres, generic hybrids and the role of the viewer.

380AI - The Cinema of Singapore
An introduction to the history of film in Singapore, this course will exemplify the cultural impact of political change in South-East Asia following the Second World War, including the transition from Malay to Chinese-language filmmaking after Singapore achieved political independence in 1965. *** Prerequisite: FILM 251 ***

380AJ - Traditions in Animation
This course will introduce aesthetics, modes of production, themes, audiences and political developments in the history of animation with a focus on four traditions: Walt Disney, Japanese anime, the National Film Board of Canda, and Eastern Europe. *** Prerequisite: Film 100 ***

380AK - Screening the City
This course will explore the role and representation of the city and the urban fabric in international cinemas through theoretical insights from cultural studies, post-colonial studies and feminism. Historical and contemporary films and television shows will be screened and analyzed.

380AL - Crossroads of Film and Theatre
This course examines the complex relations between theater and film. After some initial tensions, cinema and theatre parted ways to meet again in some of the most celebrated cinematic works, which are at the center of discussion in this course.

380AN - French Science Fiction Film
This course will provide a historical survey of French-language science-fiction cinema, examining form, content and cultural context in an effort to identify its unique characteristics.

380AO - African Cinema
This course offers an overview of African filmmaking practices and the political and social issues that have become central to African cinema. The course will expose students to the major directors of African cinema, and the aesthetic and narrative concerns of various regional cinemas of Africa.

380AP - Indigeneity in Film
This course will examine the representations of First nations people by Indigenous and non-Indigenous filmmakers. Topics will include the construction of non-Indigenous identities, exoticism and otherness, tradition and moderity.

380AQ - Indigenous Voices in World Film
This course looks at how films produced in various parts of the world reflect Indigenous narratives and critical discourses, local and global issues, how they are understood by Indigenous, international and diasporic audiences, and how they exist within a transnational understanding of film language, production and exhibition.

385AB - Introduction to Multimedia Systems
Multimedia is the use of computers to integrate text, graphics, video, animation, and sound in an interactive experience. The course introduces these elements of multimedia and their associated technologies. Students will gain an appreciation of each element and be able to successfully combine them into a finished work.

386AC - Film Festival Administration
The course focuses on the planning, programming and presentation of the National Student Film Festival. **Permission of the Department Head is required to register**

386AE - Aliens in Film
This course will examine the Alien, or Extra-Terrestrial, as the science-fiction film genre's exploration of identity. As a collective expression of desire for, and fear of, the Other, the Alien allegorizes common attitudes towards cultural difference, that partly overlap with Orientalist discourse.

386AF - Lensing Culture: Ethnographic Filmmaking
Building toward a critical and/or investigative approach to an aspect of culture. Class discussions, assignments and readings focus on issues of ethics, self-reflexivity, production, post-production and distribution of film projects, interview techniques, and ethnographic modes of inquiry. ***Prerequisite: Film 209 or Film 280AC*** *Note: Material Fee: $100*

386AG - The Photo Essay
This course will examine the approaches of creating a photo essay, developing writing skills and learning how to create, select, and edit photographic images.

390AI - Place in Prairie Film
This course will investigate discourses of place in prairie film as informed by the work of Ingmar Bergman and Chris Marker. Films include: Toxic Series (Saul), Saskatchewan Trilogy (Stockton), Stories from the Land of Cain (Wihak) and Weyburn: An Archaeology of Madness (Irwin), Persona (Bergman) and La Jetee (Marker).

390AJ - Aboriginal Cinema In Canada
This course will survey current issues in Aboriginal filmmaking in Canada with a focus on theoretical approaches such as identity formation, post-colonialism, and feminist perspectives.

400 - Senior Production l
Advanced course incorporating development, research and production. *Note: Materials Fee: $175.*

401 - Senior Production ll
A continuation of FILM 400 in which students will produce a major production. ***Prerequisite: FILM 400*** *Note: Materials Fee: $175*

403 - Producing for Film
Examining the creative, organizational, and managerial roles of the producer. ***Prerequisite: FILM 202*** *Note: Materials Fee: $100.*

411 - Directing the Narrative Film
Concentrated focus on the director's role and working relationship with actors, crew, and script. *** Prerequisite: FILM 300 *** * Note: Materials Fee: $100. *

412 - Directing the Experimental Film
Engaged creation of a diverse range of film and video as experimental form. ***Prerequisite: FILM 202*** *Note: Material Fee: $100*

413 - Directing the Documentary
Advanced methods of documentary production. ***Prerequisite: FILM 202*** *Note: Material Fee: $100*

480AC - Photography and Film
This course will focus on the technological, aestethic and ideological relationships between photography and film. Topics will include realism, reflexivity, and the influence of photography on film. Students will apply the theories of Andre Bazin, Roland Barthes, and others to films such as "Blow-Up: and La Jetee". *** Prerequisite: Any 300-level film and video studies course. ***

480AE - Theories of Authorship
This course's goal will be to discuss the theoretical assumptions underlying the auteur approach to studying and interpreting films. Topics will include romantic theory, the intentional fallacy, auteur-structuralism, intertextuality, enunciation, the author in a commercial context, etc. *** Prerequisite: Any 300-level film and video studies course. ***

480AF - Cronenberg
David Cronenberg is Canada's foremost auteur, celebrated as a taboo-breaking genius by his fans and dismissed as a dangerous pervert by his detractors. This seminar examines his idiosyncratic films as they challenge the boundaries of genre, gender, and good taste in their explorations of mind and body, desire, the technologies of modernity, and the limits of human existence.

480AI - Post-Soviet Russian Cinema
This senior course examines the most recent developments in Russian cinema in the context of national cinema discourse, and investigates issues of film production, film aesthetics, national belonging and gender identities. The seminar discussions are organized around weekly screenings of new Russian films. *** Prerequisite: One course from FILM 345, 346, 348, 350, or 380AA-ZZ, or permission of the Department Head. ***

480AJ - The Films of Atom Egoyan
This course will survey the films of Atom Egoyan as an important Canadian auteur and a key figure in the Toronto New Wave. *** Prerequisite: FILM 345, 346, 348, 350, or one course from 380AA-ZZ, or permission of the Department Head. ***

480AL - Kubrick: Photography and Film
Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's work as a photojournalist for Look magazine in the late forties influenced his development as a visual story-teller. This course will focus on the narrative aspects of his photo-essays and the photographic aspects of his films. *** Prerequisite: Any 300-level film and video studies course. ***

480AN - French New Wave
This course offers an introduction to French New Wave (1959-1969) in light of the most recent critical studies of its historical and stylistic aspects. It focuses on prominent New Wave directors (Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rivette, Rohmer, Varda, Resnais, Melville) as well as on the world-wide influence of their works.

480AO - Horror And Mysticism On Film
This senior course focuses on the horror genre from historical perspective and in the context of narrative, anthropological and psychoanalytical theories. The seminar discussions are organized around weekly screenings of early representative works of mystery and mysticism on film through Hitchcodk to the latest developments in the psychological and slasher sub-genres.

480AR - Film Music Theory
This course will examine music's contribution to the movie soundtrack from narratological, psychological and aesthetic perspectives. Exploring these theories of film music will provide students with analytical tools allowing them to describe and discuss the forms and functions of a traditionally "ineffable" aspect of film. *** Prerequisite: Film 100 ***

480AS - Godard
Designed as homage to the legacies of the great film director Jean-Luc Godard, this course features a representative selection of films, which facilitate the discussion of his influence on film aesthetics and the politics of representation, as well as in such diverse spheres as music, dance, philosophy, and new media.

480AU - The Culture of Cities
This course will introduce concepts in contemporary thinking about cities and culture, with a focus on the relationship of film, public art, and arts activism to the urban fabric.

480AV - Censorship and Propoganda in the Media
This course will introduce students to an interdisciplinary critical approach to the study of (self) censorship, propaganda and persuasion in the media on the basis of films, posters, and other artifacts from the early 20th century to the present.

480AW - Orientalism
Using the Southeast Asian City-State of Singapore as a case study, this course will examine historical, theoretical and aesthetic dimensions of Orientalism in fim and television, i.e. Western representations of the East.

480AY - Cinematic Cities
This is an advanced course exploring questions of the relationship between the city and cinema in modern and postmodern contexts.

480AZ - Theorizing Small Cinemas
This course will examine the ongoing aesthetic, economic and political existence of various "small cinemas," such as the cinemas of small nation-states, Edison's Nickelodeon, the cinemas of ethnic and religious minorities, experimental film, the cinemas of closed communities and the cinemas of international struggle and resistance, etc. *** Prerequisite: Any 300-level film and video studies course, or permission of instructor. ***

480BB - Post-Colonialism in Film
This course will examine the enduring legacy of colonialism in filmic representations of South-East Asia, both from Euro-American and Asian producers.

480BE - Early Kubrick
This course will examine Stanley Kubrick's photojournalism, documentary shorts and feature films prior to "2001: A Space Odyssey," to highlight transmedial and other cultural influences in the filmmaker's early development as a visual storyteller.

480BF - Jungian Archetypes in Film & New Media
This advanced undergraduate seminar course focuses on aspects of C.G. Jung's analytical psychology, with an emphasis on his theory of archetypes and their applicability to contemporary cinema, computer games, and the media.

480BH - Advanced Documentary Studies
This course will investigate advanced topics in documentary studies, and could include topics such as contemporary questions of nation, identity, politics, environment, etc.

480BI - Jung/Psychoanalysis/Shakespeare
This advanced seminar course offers unique opportunities to explore archetype, myth, dreams and in-depth aspects of the psyche on the basis of four Shakespearean plays, and in light of the analytical psychology of C. G. Jung and his neo-Jungian followers. The class group discussion entails downloadable readings, photography, and websites.

480BJ - Advanced Expanded Cinema
This course engages in advanced theories and concepts of expanded cinema. Topics could include performing the self in social media; archiving the self; film and new media in the gallery space; art and immersion; expanded cinema as expanded consciousness; artists as case studies, etc.

480BK - Arab Cinema
This course offers an overview of Arab filmmaking practices and the political and social issues that have become central to Arab cinema. The course will expose students to the major directors of Arab cinema, and the historical, ideological, aesthetic and narrative concerns of their films. ***Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours***

480BL - Afrofuturism
This course will examine Afrofuturism in films from around the world. Focussing on themes and concerns of the African diaspora through a technoculture and science fiction lens, the course will explore a range of media artists with a shared interest in envisioning black futures that stem from Afrodiasporic experiences.

480BM - Atom Egoyan's Diasporic Cinema
This course explores the narrative features and lens-based film installation work of Atom Egoyan, one of Canada's most famous cinematic auteurs.

481AC - Science Fiction Film
This course serves as an introduction to the theory of science fiction and of genre. An attempt will be made to circumscribe the science fiction genre by defining its main features, and examining some representative films which may or may not challenge that initial definition.

485AA - Kubrick's 2001
This course combines a scene-by-scene, formal analysis of Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey" with an examination of its intertextual dimensions, in order to situate "2001" in a broader cultural and historical context. *** Prerequisite: Any 300-level media studies course ***

486AF - Computer Animation and Motion Graphics
Students will be introduced to different computer animation and motion graphic techniques in the context of visual communication, narrative storytelling, and collage. This is for students wishing to expand upon previous exposure to animation, introducing contemporary CG approach using storyboards and After Effects, Moho, and Photoshop software to actualize ideas. *** Prerequisite: FILM 203 or FILM 208 ***

486AP - Advanced Intermedia
Advanced level Intermedia projects in time-based installation and media art. Collaborative and self-initiated projects with emphasis on refinement of conceptual skills and continued engagement with the process of critique. Student projects contextualized within current practice and histories of media art.

486AQ - Advanced Intermedia
Advanced level Intermedia projects in time-based installation and media art. Collaborative and self-initiated projects with emphasis on refinement of conceptual skills and continued engagement with the process of critique. Student projects contextualized within current practice and histories of media art.

486AS - Film Festival Administration
The course focuses on the planning, programming and presentation of the National Student Film Festival. **Permission of the Department Head is required to register**

486AU - Scriptwriting III
The course will focus on scriptwriting structure, creativity and writing assignments to enable the student to build on their learning in previous scriptwriting courses.

486AV - Advanced Animation II
Students will specialize on an animation technique of their choice and focus on the creation of a single sophisticated animated project.

486AW - Advanced Writing for the Screen
The course builds on the screenwriting skills developed in Film 310, and allows students to pursue more ambitious writing projects for screens (Film/TV/Web) across a range of genres. ***Prerequisite: FILM 310***

486AX - Inside the Yorkton Film Festival
In this directed studies course, students will attend and conduct research at the Yorkton Film Festival. Students will be required to attend a full slate of events at the 2016 festival, May 26-29 and are responsible for covering their festival pass, travel, accomodation and meal expenses. **Permission of the Instructor is required to register**

486AY - Advanced Film Directing
A personalized course of study with a focus on film directing.

490AI - Film Acting and Sacrifice
Examining the connection between actors and their characters: film acting as a sequence of objectificaitons and reincarnations, entangled with connections to divinity, spectacle, applied meanings, and identity, and analogous in process and function to sacrifice.

490AJ - The Compilation Film Essay
Focusing on 'personal' documentaries, this course explores how innovative filmmakers (Forgacz, Marker, Mekas, among others) utilize montage, first person perspective, and essayistic forms to test the limits of the so called "traditional' documentary, and also examines closely the aesthetic, philosophical, and socio-political aspects their approach to filmmaking entails.

496AO - Advanced Colour and Black & White Photography
An exploration of advanced concepts and techniques in photographic media, including the physical properties of still photography as a visual medium, plus techniques in the manipulation and printing of photographic media. The course will culminate in the presentation of these explorations as an exhibition.

496AY - Feature Film Screenwriting
In collaboration with the instructor and a fellow directed studies student, the student will create a feature film screenplay based on an existing treatment.