UMASS COURSES: GRADUATE
UMASS Graduate Film Studies Certificate Course Requirements:
- one course in film theory
- a minimum of two courses taken outside the student’s degree-granting department and college
- a minimum of two courses with an international or intercultural focus
* Category notations are specified at the end of each course description.
See the complete list of Graduate Film Studies Certificate requirements.
Note: This guide is a work-in-progress. Course info may be subject to change.
COMM 793C - 01 Postcolonial and Feminist Film Theory
Demetria Shabazz email@example.com , Cap: 15
Course Eligibility: Open to doctoral and masters Comm students only
COMP-LIT 695A - 01 International Film Noir
Don Levine firstname.lastname@example.org , Cap: 15
Often referred to as the only indigenous American film style, "film noir" in its very appellation reveals that its major effects (for certain modern conceptions of cinema) lay elsewhere. We will examine film noir in its American heyday (1945-1957) and how it came to be a major propelling force in the new European cinema of the 1960's (Godard, and the Cahiers du cinema).
Course Eligibility: Undergraduate students with prior film studies may apply to the Prof. to be enrolled.
COMP-LIT 693W - 01 What Is Art?
Laszlo Dienes email@example.com
This course aims for a wide-ranging discussion of the role(s), function(s), nature(s), characteristics, varieties, definitions, and theories of art, in other words, any and all the issues the students and the instructor feel need to be explored and debated in attempting to answer this question. Students will be strongly encouraged to branch out and look at as many of the other art forms as possible, to overcome the usual literature-cinema orientation that seems to be common in Comp-Lit classes.
ENGLISH 593B - 01 Theorizing Video Games & New Media
TreaAndrea Russworm firstname.lastname@example.org
This class will adopt a hands on and also a theoretical approach to studying video games and other forms of new media such as fan forums, blogs, and podcasts. We will read postmodern theories about technology, interdisciplinary theories of play, and we will examine some central case studies of new media production like Henry Jenkins' book Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers. The class is intended for undergraduates from all majors and for graduate students interested in studying or teaching digital culture.
GERMAN 691C - 01 SEMINAR – EXILE
Jonathan Skolnik email@example.com
Herter Hall 503
Refugees from Nazi Germany had a tremendous influence on Hollywood in the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950s. This seminar explores the productions of directors such as Lubitsch, Wilder, Ulmer, and Preminger as works of German exile culture, examining their connections with Weimar cinema and their role in anti-fascist aesthetics. Our film analysis will be enriched with theoretical perspectives from Adorno, Eisler, Kracauer and other German exiles.
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate Category: IIB, IV, V
JAPANESE 591T - 01 S-Tokyo Through Lit & Film
Amanda Seaman firstname.lastname@example.org
SPANISH 597LF - 01 Latin Am Film Festival
Jose Ornelas email@example.com
Note: This is a one-credit course. Students may take 3 graded one-credit film graduate courses to count toward the grad film certificate as a three-credit seminar.