Course descriptions

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170. Introduction to Film Studies. 3 hrs. An examination of the formal aspects of style and narrative in Hollywood narrative cinema, art cinema narration, avant-garde and documentary film

351. Foundations of Filmmaking. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Junior standing. An introduction to the equipment, practices and techniques of 16mm film production

370. Film History. 3 hrs. This course combines text, lecture, discussion, and screenings to trace the first 50 years of motion pictures

371. Basic Cinematography. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: FLM 351. This course introduces students to the professional 16mm film format

373. Film Animation. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A study of the basic principles of film animation

436. Western Film Genre. 3 hrs. The course examines the interaction of stylistic and thematic elements associated with the Western film genre.

470. Contemporary Cinema. 3 hrs. An historical treatment of the international trends in film from 1945 to the present; feature films are screened for analysis and discussion

471. Advanced Cinematography. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: FLM 371 and consent of instructor. Advanced instruction and practical production experience in 16mm motion picture cinematography; capstone course for radio-television-film majors in film emphasis; completion of senior portfolio required

472. Writing for Television and Film. 3 hrs. Narrative scriptwriting for television and film dramatic content; typing proficiency required

473. The Documentary Film. 3 hrs. Evaluation of the documentary tradition in film through viewing and analysis of selected documentaries and review of pertinent literature

474. Film Noir. 3 hrs. The course examines the interaction of stylistic and thematic elements associated with the Film Noir period and their impact on contemporary cinema.

475. Film Business Procedures and Management. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Study of the business practices and problems involved in film production

476. British Film. 3-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Lecture and research in British filmmaking offered abroad under the auspices of the Institute of Anglo-American Studies

477. Advanced Film Production Workshop. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced practical experience and instruction in film direction and cinematography. May be repeated for a total of six hours

478. Seminar in Film. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Examination of a film topic. May be repeated with a different topic or combined with FLM 448 for a total of six hours

479. Film Theory and Criticism. 3 hrs. Study of major film theories through study of the literature of film theory and screening and discussion of selected films

485. Film Editing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: FLM 471 or consent of instructor. Concentration on editing of sound and picture in the 16mm film format

492. Special Problems in Radio, Television, and Film. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Arranged, in-depth investigation of an individual research topic (Students undertaking a Senior Honors Project must enroll in FLM 492H.)


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)