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The film studies program is designed:
Since the study of film and media has rooted itself independently in so many areas, the methodologies it employs also vary widely. Accordingly, film study at Willamette is designed to connect students with multiple critical and methodological approaches and to encourage theoretical inquiry as well as creative engagement with the practical problems of visual representation.
The Film Studies major is well-suited to contribute to the critical social engagement that the liberal arts seek to foster as well as to prepare students for career opportunities or advanced study in filmmaking, non-print journalism, and media criticism.
10 credits, no more than three of which may be taken in a single department. This limit does not apply to the senior experience.
A senior project, approved by the Film Studies faculty, which might be a creative or critical project. It might be satisfied by:
Including at least one credit from each of the following three groups. No class may be counted twice.
The following with permission, if elements of film work can also be included for the petitioning student:
As noted in our self-study, the faculty approval process created a more complicated set of requirements than our original proposal contained. Thus, our requirements have a slightly more problematic connection with our goals than originally intended. An early agenda item for us in the assessment/revision process is to address this issue.
A study of the development of traditional narrative cinema. The course will consider films ranging from the early primitive period to the 1950s, including particularly the contributions of Griffith, of the German and Soviet silent schools, of France between the wars and of Hollywood throughout the period.
General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered
This course explores an international sampling of cinematic approaches to revolution leading up to, during, and immediately following May '68. Historical and theoretical readings supplement weekly screenings of films by Bunuel, Godard, Antonioni, Jodorowsky, and others. Semiotic, Situationist, auteur, feminist, and other film theories contribute to daily classroom, blog, and formal paper discussions.
Prerequisites: FILM 210 or consent of instructor.
This course explores both feature and short films by Peninsular filmmakers. Its historical trajectory runs from the advent of cinema on the Iberian Peninsula in the late nineteenth century, through the Franco dictatorship and the subsequent transition to democracy, to the present. It interrogates, on the one hand, the cinematic medium as a particular form of cultural expression and, on the other, the concept of cultural pluralism -- a cinema of las Espanas -- through this singular form. Conducted in English. Students wishing to receive credit in Spanish must produce all written work in this language.
Development of a senior thesis or project approved by Film Studies faculty and developed in a group seminar as well as advanced independent work.
Prerequisite: Film Studies major and senior standing.