Film Studies

(College of Letters and Science)

Michael Neff, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department

Department Office. 101 Art Building; 530-752-0105; http://arts.ucdavis.edu/cinema-and-digital-media

Faculty. http://arts.ucdavis.edu/cinema-digital-media-program-faculty

(College of Letters and Science)

Michael Neff, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department

Department Office. 101 Art Building; 530-752-0105; http://arts.ucdavis.edu/cinema-and-digital-media

Faculty. http://arts.ucdavis.edu/cinema-digital-media-program-faculty

The Film Studies Major Program

Major is closed to new students as of 2015-2016.

Interested students are encouraged to explore the Film Studies minor which is open to new and current students, and the Cinema and Digital Media major which incorporates many of the courses previously offered through Film Studies.  

The Program. The interdisciplinary major in Film Studies takes one of the most influential art forms of the twentieth century and today as its object of study. The field of Film Studies addresses the history, theory, and culture of this art form and asks questions about film texts themselves: modes of production (including everything from filmmakers' aesthetic choices to the role of the global economy); historical, national, and cultural contexts; and spectators and audiences. Questions of gender, race, sexuality, and nationality, in all of these areas, have been central to Film Studies almost since its inception and continue to shape much of the work in the field. While the program emphasizes film history, criticism, and theory, students also have opportunities to explore film/video production.

Students majoring in Film Studies take upper-division courses in film history and film theory, as well as in at least three of five general areas of study. Students also develop a thematic emphasis, in consultation with an advisor, that draws on courses from at least two different departments/programs and that allows them to pursue their particular interests within the field of Film Studies. Students have the option of completing a senior thesis (either a written paper or an original film/video) within this emphasis.

Major Advisor. Information on the current Academic Advisors can be obtained by contacting the Arts Group Advising Center at 530-752-0616 or http://arts.ucdavis.edu/arts-group-undergraduate-advising.

Career Alternatives. The A.B. degree in Film Studies prepares students for a variety of careers in media industries: for example, local and national film and television production companies, local television newsrooms, community television stations, computer graphic companies, advertising and marketing companies, public relations departments, and film distribution companies. Students wishing to pursue graduate work will be prepared to go on in film studies, as well as a variety of other fields that draw on interdisciplinary study: for example, American studies, English, literatures and languages, drama, communication, computer science, cultural studies, women and gender studies, and ethnic studies programs. Many film students also choose to go on to law school, and the analytical skills, writing abilities, and familiarity with theoretical thought developed through the film major prepare them well for the study and practice of law.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 20-40
FMS 001
Introduction to Film Studies (Active)
4
A four-course sequence in a single language or equivalent.
0-20
Choose one:
4
AAS 015
Introduction to African American Humanities (Active)
4
AAS 050
Black Popular Culture (Active)
4
AMS 001A
Science and American Culture (Active)
4
AMS 021
Objects and Everyday Life (Active)
4
AMS 030
Images of America and Americans in Popular Culture (Active)
4
AHI 005
Understanding Visual Culture (Active)
4
ART 030
Introduction to Contemporary Visual Culture (Active)
4
CHI 050
Chicana and Chicano Culture (Active)
4
CHI 060
Chicana and Chicano Representation in Cinema (Active)
4
DES 001
Introduction to Design (Active)
4
FRE 050
French Film (Active)
4
HUM 060
Narrative and Argumentative Approaches to Major Current Issues in the Media, Culture, and Society (Active)
4
ITA 050
Studies in Italian Cinema (Active)
4
JPN 025
Japanese Language and Culture (in English) (Active)
4
NAS 032
Native American Music and Dance (Active)
4
TXC 007
Style and Cultural Studies (Active)
4
WMS 020
Cultural Representations of Gender (Active)
4
WMS 025
Gender and Global Cinema (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
AAS 010
African-American Culture and Society (Active)
4
AAS 015
Introduction to African American Humanities (Active)
4
AAS 050
Black Popular Culture (Active)
4
ASA 001
Historical Experience of Asian Americans (Active)
4
ASA 002
Contemporary Issues of Asian Americans (Active)
4
CHI 010
Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (Active)
4
CHI 050
Chicana and Chicano Culture (Active)
4
CHI 060
Chicana and Chicano Representation in Cinema (Active)
4
NAS 001
Introduction to Native American Studies (Active)
4
NAS 010
Native American Experience (Active)
4
NAS 032
Native American Music and Dance (Active)
4
NAS 033
Introduction to Native American Art (Active)
4
WMS 020
Cultural Representations of Gender (Active)
4
WMS 025
Gender and Global Cinema (Active)
4
WMS 050
Introduction to Critical Gender Studies (Active)
4
WMS 070
Theory and History of Sexualities (Active)
4
WMS 080
Special Topics in Critical Gender Studies (Active)
4
Choose two:
8
AHI 001A
Ancient Mediterranean Art (Active)
4
AHI 001B
Medieval and Renaissance Art (Active)
4
AHI 001C
Baroque to Modern Art (Active)
4
AHI 001D
Arts of Asia (Active)
4
ASA 002
Contemporary Issues of Asian Americans (Active)
4
CHN 010
Modern Chinese Literature (In English) (Active)
4
CHN 011
Great Books of China (in English) (Active)
4
CLA 010
Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern Mythology (Active)
3
COM 003
Major Works of the Modern World (Active)
4
COM 004
Major Works of the Contemporary World (Active)
4
COM 005
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Parables (Active)
4
COM 006
Myths and Legends (Active)
4
COM 007
Literature of Fantasy and the Supernatural (Active)
4
DRA 001
Theatre, Performance and Culture (Active)
4
DRA 020
Introduction to Dramatic Art (Active)
4
ENL 043
Introductory Topics in Drama (Active)
4
ENL 044
Introductory Topics in Fiction (Active)
4
GER 048
Myth and Saga in the Germanic Cultures (Active)
4
HIS 004C
History of Western Civilization (Active)
4
HIS 010C
World History III (Active)
4
HIS 017B
History of the United States (Active)
4
HIS 072B
Women and Gender in America, 1865-Present (Active)
4
JPN 010
Masterworks of Japanese Literature (in English) (Active)
4
MUS 010
Introduction to Musical Literature (Active)
4
MUS 028
Introduction to African American Music (Active)
4
NAS 033
Introduction to Native American Art (Active)
4
Note: One of the two may be:
 
DES 015
Form and Color (Active)
4
DES 016
Graphic Design and Computer Technology (Active)
4
DRA 010
Introduction to Acting (Active)
4
DRA 021A
Fundamentals of Acting (Active)
4
DRA 024
Visual Aspects of Dramatic Art (Active)
4
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 36-40
Choose one:
4
ENL 161A
Film History I: Origins to 1945 (Active)
4
ENL 161B
Film History II: 1945 to present (Active)
4
FMS 124
Topics in U.S. Film History (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
ENL 162
Film Theory and Criticism (Active)
4
FMS 127
Film Theory (Active)
4
WMS 162
Feminist Film Theory and Criticism (Active)
4
Choose one from three of these topic areas:
12
Cinematic Traditions and Movements.
 
Visual and Popular Culture.
 
Gender/Sexuality/Class.
 
Race/Ethnicity/Class.
 
Production and Performance.
 
A current list of approved classes is available from the Advising office and from the faculty advisor.
 
16-20 units in one of the two breadth areas not used to satisfy the breadth requirement, or development of a thematic area in consultation with a faculty advisor.
16-20
Qualified students who complete 20 units and have an overall GPA of 3.500 may choose the senior thesis option (194H-196H) for 8 of those 20 units.
 
No course may be counted for more than one requirement for the major.
 
Total: 56-80

(College of Letters and Science)

Michael Neff, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department

Program Office. 101 Art Building; 530-752-0105; http://arts.ucdavis.edu/cinema-and-digital-media

Faculty. http://arts.ucdavis.edu/cinema-digital-media-program-faculty

Minor Advisor. Information on the current Academic Advisors can be obtained by contacting the Arts Group Advising Center at 530-752-0616 or http://arts.ucdavis.edu/arts-group-undergraduate-advising.

Film Studies
Units: 24
FMS 001
Introduction to Film Studies (Active)
4
Choose no more than two from any one category:
20
(a) Problems and Themes in Cinema:
 
ANT 136
Ethnographic Film (Active)
4
CLA 102
Film and the Classical World (Active)
4
DRA 115
Advanced Study of Major Film Makers (Active)
4
ENL 160
Film as Narrative (Active)
4
ENL 161A
Film History I: Origins to 1945 (Active)
4
ENL 161B
Film History II: 1945 to present (Active)
4
ENL 162
Film Theory and Criticism (Active)
4
FMS 124
Topics in U.S. Film History (Active)
4
FMS 125
Topics in Film Genres (Active)
4
WMS 162
Feminist Film Theory and Criticism (Active)
4
(b) Cinema, Nation and Nationality:
 
GER 119
From German Fiction to German Film (Active)
4
GER 142
New German Cinema (Active)
4
FMS 176A
Classic Weimar Cinema (Active)
4
FMS 176B
Postwar German Cinema (Active)
4
ITA 150
Studies in Italian Cinema (Active)
4
JPN 106
Japanese Culture Through Film (Active)
4
RUS 129
Russian Film (Active)
4
SPA 148
Cinema in the Spanish-Speaking World in Translation (Active)
4
(c) Film and Social Identities:
 
AAS 170
African-American Film and Video (Active)
4
AAS 171
Black African and Black European Film and Video (Active)
4
FMS 120
Italian-American Cinema (Active)
4
JST 120
Cinema and the American Jewish Experience (Active)
4
WMS 160
Women, ‘Race’ and Sexuality in Postcolonial Cinema (Active)
4
WMS 164
Topics in Gender and Cinematic Representation (Active)
4
(d) Film/Video Production:
 
ART 117
Advanced Video and Electronic Arts (Active)
4
ART 150
Theory and Criticism of Electronic Media (Active)
4
(e) Popular and Visual Culture:
 
AMS 130
American Popular Culture (Active)
4
AMS 139
Feminist Cultural Studies (Active)
4
ART 150
Theory and Criticism of Electronic Media (Active)
4
CMN 140
Introduction to Mass Communication (Active)
4
POL 165
Mass Media and Politics (Active)
4
TXC 107
Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing (Active)
4
WMS 139
Feminist Cultural Studies (Active)
4
Total: 24
Courses in FMS:
FMS 001Introduction to Film Studies (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Analysis of film form and narrative, including cinematography, editing, and sound. Issues in film studies, including authorship, stardom, race, gender, class, and cultural identity. Includes introduction to selected cinematic movements and national film traditions. Not open for credit to students who have taken HUM 010. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 045Vampires and Other Horrors in Film and Media (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). History of representations of vampires and horror generally from the 19th through 21st centuries. Emphasis on transnational history of the horror genre; psychologies of horror effects; issues of race, gender, and class; intersections with prejudice, medicine, modernity. (Same course as GER 045.) (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 090XLower Division Seminar (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lower division standing. Study of a special topic in Film Studies in a small class setting. May be repeated for credit if topics differs. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 092Internship (1-12) Review all entries Historical
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Supervised internship off and on campus in areas of Film Studies. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 092Internship (1-12) Review all entries Discontinued
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Supervised internship off and on campus in areas of Film Studies. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
FMS 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Review all entries Historical
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Directed Group Study (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Review all entries Discontinued
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Directed Group Study (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Summer Session 1.
FMS 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Review all entries Historical
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special Study for Undergraduates (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Review all entries Discontinued
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special Study for Undergraduates (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Summer Session 1.
FMS 120Italian-American Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001. Exploration of representations of Italian-American identity in American (U.S.) cinema. Analysis of both Hollywood and independently produced films, especially as they represent ethnicity, gender, and social class of Italian Americans. Not open for credit to students who have taken HUM 120. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 121New Italian Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001; And upper-division standing, or consent of instructor. Italian cinema of the 21st century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Italy since World War II. Productions by representative directors such as Amelio, Giordana, Moretti, Muccino are included. Knowledge of Italian not required. (Same course as ITA 121.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 121SNew Italian Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001; And upper-division standing or consent of instructor. Italian cinema of the 21st century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Italy since World War II. Productions by representative directors such as Amelio, Giordana, Moretti, Muccino are included. Knowledge of Italian not required. (Same course as ITA 121S.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 124Topics in U.S. Film History (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001. Study of an aspect of American film history (such as the silent era; the studio system; U.S. avant-garde cinema), including the influences of technological, economic, regulatory, cultural, and artistic forces. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s) when topic differs. Not open for credit to students who have completed HUM 124, unless topic differs. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, OL, VL, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 125Topics in Film Genres (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001. A study of one or more of the film genres (such as the documentary, the musical, film noir, screwball comedy, or the western), including genre theory and the relationship of the genre(s) to culture, history, and film industry practices. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s) when topic differs. Not open for credit to students who have completed HUM 125, unless topic differs. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 127Film Theory (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001; or Consent of Instructor. Survey of the conceptual frameworks used to study film (including semiotics, psychoanalysis, spectatorship, auteur, genre and narrative theories). Historical survey of major film theorists. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 129Russian Film (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Subject A requirement. History of Russian film; film and social revolution, the cult of Stalin, dissident visions; film and the collapse of the Soviet empire; gender and the nation in Russian film. Course taught in English; films are in Russian with English subtitles. (Same course as RUS 129.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 142New German Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. German filmmakers of the 1960s-1980s such as Fassbinder, Herzog, Syberberg, Brückner, Schlöndorf, Kluge, Wenders. Knowledge of German is not required. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. (Same course as GER 142.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 176AClassic Weimar Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HUM 001. German Weimar (1919-1933) cinema. Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, and G.W. Pabst among others. Influence on world-wide (esp. Hollywood) film genres such as film noir, horror, science fiction, and melodrama. Not open for credit to students who have taken HUM 176. (Same course as GER 176A.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 176BPostwar German Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001. Exploration of German cinema from 1945 to 1980, when the Nazi past was a central theme. Includes study of postwar "rubble films," escapist "homeland films," and New German Cinema of the 1970s (including films by Fassbinder, Kluge, Syberberg, and Herzog). Not open for credit to students who have taken HUM 177. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 189Special Topics in Film Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001; or Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Group study of a special topic in film, focusing on a national tradition, a major filmmaker, or a specific era. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 190XUpper Division Seminar (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Study of a special topic in film studies in a small class setting. May be repeated for credit if topic differs. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 192Internship (1-12) Review all entries Historical
Variable—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Supervised internship off and on campus in areas of film studies. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 192Internship (1-12) Review all entries Discontinued
Variable—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Supervised internship off and on campus in areas of film studies. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
FMS 194HSpecial Study for Honors Students (1-5) Active
Independent Study—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Senior standing; GPA of at least 3.500. Guided research on a topic in Film Studies in preparation for the writing of an honors thesis in course 195H or the creation of an honors project in course 196H. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 195HHonors Thesis (1-5) Active
Independent Study—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 194H; and Consent of Instructor. GPA of at least 3.500; senior standing. Writing of an honors thesis on a topic in Film Studies under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s). (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH, VL, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 196HHonors Project (1-5) Active
Project (Term Project)—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 194H; and Consent of Instructor. Senior standing, GPA of at least 3.500. Creation of an honors film, video, or mixed-media project under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s). (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH, VL, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 197TTutoring in Film Studies (1-5) Review all entries Historical
Tutorial—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of program director. Leading of small voluntary discussion groups affiliated with one of the program's regular courses. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 197TTutoring in Film Studies (1-5) Review all entries Discontinued
Tutorial—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of program director. Leading of small voluntary discussion groups affiliated with one of the program's regular courses. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Summer Session 1.
FMS 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Review all entries Historical
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed Group Study (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Review all entries Discontinued
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed Group Study (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
FMS 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Review all entries Historical
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Review all entries Discontinued
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
FMS 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Review all entries Historical
Variable—3-12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
FMS 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Review all entries Discontinued
Variable—3-12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2018 Summer Session 1.