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FS 101: Introduction To Film
(3) F, S - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Introduction to one of the most powerful cultural and artistic mediums of our time: cinema. Topics include film production, cinema techniques and visual styles, as well as a critical analysis of film though the relationship of visual form, structure and thematic content. Focuses on the aesthetics, history, literature and creative techniques, as well as the depiction of social cultures, history and values in film. Lectures, discussions and reading are supplemented by the screening of representative films. (*UC transfer limit: FS 101 and 101H combined: maximum credit, one course)

FS 101H: Introduction To Film, Honors
(4) - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program Introduction to one of the most powerful cultural and artistic mediums of our time: cinema. Topics include film production, cinema techniques and visual styles, as well as a critical analysis of film though the relationship of visual form, structure and thematic content. Focuses on film aesthetics, history, literature and creative techniques, as well as a depiction of social cultures, history and values in film, and includes an in-depth examination of major directors and important film movements. Lectures, discussions and reading are supplemented by the screening of representative films. (*UC transfer limit: FS 101 and 101H combined: maximum credit, one course)

FS 104: American Film to 1960s
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 100 or 103.

Study of the evolution of the Hollywood studio system. The development, history and aesthetics of the American film, as well as its impact on our culture. Study of classic films as forms of popular entertainment and cinematic art, including various Hollywood genres and their independent counterparts. Lectures, discussions and readings are supplemented by the screening and critical analysis of representative films.

FS 107: Contemporary American Film
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 110 or 110H or ENG 110GB

Study of the changes of the Hollywood studio system, alternative productions, and independent film since the 1960s. Covers the decline of the studio system, the rise of American New Wave cinema, the history of the blockbuster, the parallel histories of independent and underground film, changing audiences, the effects of new technology, the presence of media conglomerates, women in U.S. cinema, and the popularity of documentary films.

FS 108A: Film Festival Studies: 10 Days
(3) F, S, Summer - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 100 or 103.

Ten-day field course at film festivals to study U.S. and international fiction, experimental and documentary films. Focuses on the role of festivals in the film marketplace, emergence of new filmmakers, national cinemas and the practice of writing film criticism. Film screenings supplemented by lectures, discussions, readings and panel discussions. Fee required; contact department for information.

FS 108B: Film Festival Studies: 5 Days
(2) F, S, Summer - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 100 or 103.

AFI Film Festival. Five-day field course at film festivals to study U.S. and international fiction, experimental and documentary films. Focuses on the role of festivals in the film marketplace, emergence of new filmmakers, national cinemas and the practice of writing film criticism. Film screenings supplemented by lectures, discussions, readings and panel discussions. Fee required; contact department for information (http://film.sbcc.edu).

FS 109: Film Criticism and Analysis
(3) S - CSU, UC
Prerequisite: FS 101 or FS 101H or FS 104 or FS 107 or FS 110 or FS 111 or FS 116 or FS 118 or FS 120 or FS 121
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Study of the formal dimensions of cinema (narration, causality, space, time and sound) through analyses of individual films. Focuses on close readings of films and on developing a strong film writing approach, moving beyond the content of FS 101. Lectures, discussions and readings supplemented by the screening and analysis of representative films.

FS 110: World Cinema to 1960s
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Study of international film history, theory and aesthetics, from the invention of cinema in the 1890s through the 1950s, including fictional narrative film, documentary and avant-garde film of the period, organized around the history and development of formal devices such as the shot, montage, mise-en-scene, sound design, color technology and classical narrative form.

FS 111: Contemporary World Cinema
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: FILMST 101 or FILMST 101HR or FILMST 104 or FILMST 110

Study of international film history, theory and aesthetics, from 1960 to the present. The film medium is addressed as a technology, a business, an art form and as a medium that both reflects and creates popular culture.

FS 112A: French Film
(3) F, S, Summer - CSU, UC
Skills Advisory: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Study of French film history, from the invention of cinema in the 1890s to the present, focusing on changes in narrative and documentary films, as well as experimental movements. Covers significant movements, periods, genres, influences, as well as major directors. Lectures, discussions and readings are supplemented by the screening and critical analysis of representative films.

FS 113: Experimental Film
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Introduction to the development, history, theory and aesthetics of avant-garde, experimental and non-narrative cinema. Study of significant works, figures and movements related to these non-traditional cinematic forms. Examines representative examples of non-narrative films and explores their function as a counterweight to the more dominant forms of narrative and documentary.

FS 115: The Vietnam War In Film
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Study of how America's longest and most controversial military conflict has been portrayed cinematically, and how films about the Vietnam War fit within the context of American cinema. Focuses on the diverse perspectives filmmakers have brought to cinematic explorations of the war, as well as on the technical, narrative and aesthetic techniques they have employed.

FS 116: Gender and Sexuality in Film
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 100 and 103.

Historical and critical survey of gender and sexuality in film, including formation and reformation of stereotypes and social messages as reflections of the ages in which they were conceived. Film theory introduced, as well as examination of female directors, their work and contributions to the canon. Covers cinematic representations of masculinity, femininity and alternative sexuality, from early cinema to present.

FS 118: Film Genres
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 or ENG 103

Genre study of the fundamental components of film as art and social expression. Investigates the origins, evolution and transformations of various film genres, including film noir, the Western, science-fiction, musical, horror, war, or crime film. Covers the technical and thematic conventions of each genre and the genre as a reflection of the social environments that produced them.

FS 119: Introduction To Film Comedy
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

In-depth survey of significant American and international comedic films and how they have helped to advance and define the art of cinema. Landmark comedies featuring major directors and comic actors analyzed in terms of theme, structure and cinematic technique. Cultural relevance of comedies in mirroring and satirizing historical and social trends explored in depth.

FS 120: Great Directors
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Study of important film directors and how their work has advanced and defined the art of cinema. Landmark films by celebrated directors, both foreign and domestic, analyzed in terms of theme, structure and cinematic technique. Emphasis placed on the role of the auteur and contemporary and mid- to late 20th century cinema. Directorial contributions to specific film genres are explored.

FS 121: Documentary Film
(3) F,S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Introduction to the history and theory of documentary film. Traces the changing conceptions of "reality" by various international filmmakers and writers. Through the stylistic study of classical and less conventional films, the aim is to problematize notions of objectivity, truth, and knowledge and to place the films within a historical, cultural, and political context.

FS 173: Screenwriting I
(3) F, S - CSU, UC*
Prerequisites: English 110 or English 110H or ENG 110GB

Study of the basic elements of dramatic writing for the cinema, including the three-act structure, character delineation and motivation, conflict development and pacing, dialogue and subtext, and unifying the message. The student analyzes feature films and television screenplays for their structure, pacing and characterization; writes scenes in correct format; and completes a treatment for a feature film or television. (*UC Transfer Limit: FS 173/ENG 173 combined with FS 174: maximum credit, one course)

FS 174: Screenwriting II
(3) F, S - CSU, UC*
Prerequisites: FS 173/ENG 173.

Study of the structure, development, pacing and revising a completed screenplay. In addition to analyzing feature film and television screenplays, the student completes a screenplay, learns how to research a story, how to pitch a story and how to market a script. (*UC Transfer Limit: FS 173/ENG 173 combined with FS 174: maximum credit, one course)

FS 295: Internship In Film Studies
(2-4) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of two courses (in applicable discipline) at SBCC prior to enrolling in an internship course. Structured internship program in which students gain experience with community organizations related to the discipline.

FS 299: Independent Study In Film Studies
(1-4) F, S - CSU, UC*

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of a minimum of 12 units at SBCC, with a 2.5 GPA, and a minimum of six (6) units with a 3.0 GPA in Film Studies Advanced study of film and related fields under the direction and supervision of the Film Studies Department faculty. (*UC Transfer Limit: 299 computed as Independent Studies; please see counselor)

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