Cinema   (CINE)

Faculty of Fine Arts

Cinema 1000

Introduction to Cinema Studies

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An introduction to the study of narrative cinema focusing on the historical function, effects, and uses of various formal properties including narrative structure, design, composition, cinematography, editing, sound, and performance.

Equivalent:Drama 3030 (prior to 2017/2018)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Cinema 3000

Contemporary American Cinema

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This course examines a variety of forms of contemporary American filmmaking practices. Students will become acquainted with the industrial, technological, and economic forces that determine modern production, distribution, and exhibition strategies. In addition, students will learn the fundamentals of film criticism and acquire their own critical priorities through evaluative work on recent American films.

Prerequisite(s):Cinema 1000 or 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

Equivalent:New Media 3850 (Contemporary American Cinema) (prior to 2017/2018)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Cinema 3001

Film Authorship

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An investigation of the tensions between individual creativity and collaborative enterprise in commercial filmmaking, with a focus on the work of two major directors.

Prerequisite(s):Cinema 1000 or second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

Equivalent:New Media 3001 (prior to 2017/2018)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Cinema 3010

Cinematography and Lighting

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An exploration of concepts and techniques of cinematography including composition, camera movement, lenses, and lighting as expressive tools.

Prerequisite(s):Cinema 1000 AND
New Media 2030

Equivalent:New Media 3010 (prior to 2017/2018)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Note:Studio course

Cinema 3110/New Media 3110

Postproduction and Visual Effects

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 4-0-0

An exploration of post-production methods with an emphasis on narrative editing technique, motion graphics, colour correction, visual effects and compositing.

Prerequisite(s):Cinema 1000 AND
New Media 2030

Recommended Background:
Cinema 3010

Equivalent:New Media 3620 (prior to 2017/2018)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Note:Studio course.

Cinema 3201

Documentary Film Studies

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Reviewing some of the fundamental ethical and aesthetic principles of non-fiction filmmaking, the course provides an overview of the major documentary modes' historical development.

Prerequisite(s):Cinema 1000 or 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Cinema 3202

Film Noir and Crime Cinema

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Drawing on various models of genre theory, the course analyzes the recurring thematic, stylistic and rhetorical preoccupations of film noir and hard-boiled crime films. Additionally, the course demonstrates how this category is informed by the socio-political climate in which it is produced.

Prerequisite(s):Cinema 1000 or 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

Equivalent:New Media 3200 (Film Genres: Film Noir) (prior to 2017/2018)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Cinema 3203

Film Comedy

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 4-0-0

Comedy has long been the most popular film genre with audiences. This course will try to understand the comic perspective and explore the world of comedy, and many different aspects pertaining to it, through examples from film and television.

Prerequisite(s):Cinema 1000 or 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

Equivalent:New Media 3200 (Film Genres: Comedy) (prior to 2017/2018);
Cinema 3200 (Film Genres: Comedy) (prior to 2018/2019)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Cinema 3550/New Media 3550

History of Animation

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 4-0-0

This course traces the evolution of animation from silent cinema through the 'Golden Age of Animation' to the digital age. Study areas will include the impact of television and other media on animation and focus on some of the important people, studios, and institutions that have contributed to its rich and varied tradition across the globe.

Prerequisite(s):Cinema 1000 or 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Cinema 4010

Narrative Production Techniques

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 4-0-0

An intensive exploration of the craft of short-form narrative cinema production, including methods in producing, directing, cinematography, and editing.

Prerequisite(s):One of Cinema 3010 or New Media 3420

Recommended Background:
Cinema 3110

Equivalent:New Media 3510 (prior to 2017/2018)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Note:Studio course.
Students enrolling in Cinema 4010 should have a short narrative screenplay ready for production (5-10 pages).

Cinema 4420/New Media 4420

Screenwriting

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Exploring the fundamentals of screenwriting and story development through script writing and film analysis. The importance of character and conflict is explored with an emphasis on the scene as the basic unit of the screenplay.

Prerequisite(s):One of New Media 3420 or Drama 2750

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Cinema 4820/New Media 4820

Writing for Comedy

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Writing for comedy is serious business. This course explores the important difference between simply being funny, and comic, which requires an understanding of what comedy is and how it works. It covers how to write comedy for movies, television situation comedies, web series, sketch comedy, and stand up.

Prerequisite(s):One of Cinema 3203, New Media 3420, or Drama 2750

Equivalent:New Media 4850 (Writing for Comedy) (prior to 2017/2018)

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Note:Studio course.