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The Film Studies Program offers the opportunity for in depth study of the history, theory, and criticism of film and other forms of the moving image. The Program's primary goal is to expose students to a wide range of cinematic works, styles and movements in order to cultivate critical understanding of the medium's significance as an art form, as a means of cultural and political expression, and as a reflection of social ideologies and mentalities.


Six semester courses to be taken at Smith or, by permission of the director, elsewhere among the Five College institutions.


FLS 200 Introduction to Film Studies
FLS 351 Film Theory


AAS 350 Seminar: Race and Representation: Afro Americans in Film
ARH 280 Film and Art History
ENG 120 Colloquia in Literature: Shakespeare and Film
FLS 241 Genre/Period
FLS 245 British Film and Television
FLS 280 Introduction to Video Production
FLS 281 Video Production Workshop
FLS 282 Advanced Video Seminar
FLS 350 Questions of Cinema
FRN 244 French Cinema
GER 230 German Cinema
ITL 342 Italian Cinema
SPN 246 Topics in Latin American Literature:
Topic: Latin American Film as Visual Narrative
SPN 246 Topic: The Bronze Screen: Performing Latina/on Film and in Literature
THE 317 Movements in Design

Film Studies Courses


The Five College Film Studies major is in film studies as opposed to film production. While the film faculty believes that all students should be familiar with film and video production, the major is not designed to train students to enter the film industry without further training. As with all liberal arts majors, film is studied in relation to all the arts, humanities, and social sciences and can lead to careers in teaching, arts administration, web design, or freelance work in non-industry venues. The major is comprised of ten courses, one of which may be a component course. (A core course is one in which film is the primary object of study; a component course is one in which film is significant but not the focus of the course). Of these ten courses, at least two (but no more than five) must be taken outside the home institution. In addition, each student must have an advisor on the home campus and the requirements for the major may vary slightly from campus to campus.


1. One introduction to film course (must be taken on the home campus)
2. One film history course (either a general, one-semester survey or a course covering approximately fifty years of international film history)
3. One film theory course
4. One film genre course
5. One national or transnational cinema or authorship (generally a single director or group of directors) course
6. One special topics course (may be a component course)
7. One advanced seminar in a special topic
8. One film, video, or digital production course, but no more than two courses may be used toward the major.
* Two electives from any category
* A thesis is optional.

In the course of fulfilling the program of study, at least one course must focus on non-narrative film (documentary or experimental) and at least four courses should be at the advanced level. Courses can fit into more than one category, but a single course may not be used to satisfy two of the numbered requirements.

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