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Cinema Studies Minor

This minor focuses on theoretical, analytical, historical and critical aspects of cinema.

Admission Requirements

Program and course admission is contingent upon University admission. Contact Student Services for admission procedures, requirements and deadlines. Entry to all programs and to many courses is by audition, interview or application. Contact the school’s office for information on procedures and deadlines or visit our website.

Although the University operates on a trimester system, most CA courses are planned in a two term (fall and spring) sequence. Consequently, students enter in the fall term (September) and are advised to contact the school in the preceding January for program entry and requirements information.

Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Unassigned or general elective (type 2 and 3, respectively) transfer credit awarded for courses completed at other recognized post-secondary institutions will not automatically entitle students to advanced standing in the school’s programs. Advanced standing is generally given on an individual basis as a result of an audition or interview.

About the School’s Course Offerings

Students are encouraged to take advantage of interdisciplinary offerings within the school. As many programs depend on a continuing sequence of courses completed in order, students should plan carefully to gain the maximum benefit and efficiency from their study. Note that not all courses are offered every term and several are offered on a rotational basis, i.e. every third or fourth term. An advisor is available to help plan study programs.

Students are reminded that the school is an interdisciplinary fine and performing arts department, and are strongly advised to acquaint themselves with the many disciplinary courses that are available.

Courses devoted to film or video are occasionally offered by other departments. With prior permission, students may substitute one or more to fulfil requirements, up to a maximum of eight units.

Special Topics Courses

The subject matter (and prerequisites) of special or selected topics courses vary by term.

Prior Approval Prerequisite

Where a prerequisite is or includes ‘prior approval,’ approval must be obtained before enrolling in the course. Contact the school for further information.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete 15 units including all of

CA 136 - The History and Aesthetics of Cinema I (3)

This course will examine the early development of cinema from 1890 until about 1945, with particular emphasis on the fundamental principles of film as an art form. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 136 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 137 - The History and Aesthetics of Cinema II (3)

This course will examine selected developments in cinema from 1945 to the present, with attention to various styles of artistic expression in film. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 137 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joseph Clark
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
D101 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
D102 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
GCA 3750, GOLDCORP
D103 Mo 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
D104 Mo 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
GCA 3750, GOLDCORP
D106 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
D108 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
CA 186 - Art and the Moving Image (3)

Introduces innovations in the fine and performing arts to show the range of possibilities open to those who wish to employ or understand the use of moving images in their disciplinary and multidisciplinary art practices. By the completion of the course students should have a good sense not only of previous innovations and traditions, but of the contemporary scene as well. Students with credit for FPA 186 may not take this course for further credit.

and two of

CA 216 - Selected Topics in Cinema Studies (3) *

This course will cover a specific topic within the field of cinema studies not covered in depth in regularly scheduled courses. This course can be repeated once for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 186, 235, 236, 316 (or 337), 318 (or 335), 416 (or 436) or 30 units. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 237 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 217 - Introduction to Performance Studies (3)

Traces the interdisciplinary origins of performance studies and brings its concepts and methods to bear on dance, music, theatre, performance art, and media performance. Prerequisite: 45 units including one history/theory course within the School for the Contemporary Arts. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 311 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 317 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Peter Dickinson
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 235 - Experimental Film and Video (3)

A survey of the key works and ideas that have informed contemporary moving image art practice nationally and internationally. Beginning with antecedents in painting and photography, the course will move forward from the early European avant-garde to the lyrical and structural works of the seventies, the issue-based work of the eighties, and finally the gallery-based practices of the present day. Intended for all students with an interest in the moving image as an art form. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 117 (or 167), 118 (or 168), 135, 136 or 137 or 30 units. Students with credit for FPA 235 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 4955, GOLDCORP
CA 236 - Cinema in Canada (3)

Examines the achievements of dramatic, documentary and experimental filmmaking in Canada from the earliest days until the present. Special attention will be paid to the cinemas of Quebec and western Canada, and to the cultural, political and theoretical traditions that have shaped contemporary cinema in Canada. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: 3 units in film or cinema studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 186, 235, 216 (or 237), 316 (or 337), 318 (or 335)) or 30 units. Students with credit for FPA 236 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 238W - Screenwriting I (3)

This course introduces the methodologies of writing for the screen in various styles, including dramatic, documentary and experimental forms, with an emphasis on structure and the creative expression of visual ideas. Students will perform a variety of writing assignments and each will be expected to complete one or more short original scripts. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 136, 137 or 253 and prior approval. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 332 or 238 for credit may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 238W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

* may be repeated for credit when a different topic is offered

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 17 units including 11 or 12 units from

CA 316 - Intermediate Selected Topics in Cinema Studies (4) *

An intermediate course in critical studies in cinema addressing a variety of topics. This course can be repeated once for credit if the topic is different. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 337 may take this course for further credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: Nine units in CA (or FPA) courses including CA (or FPA) 136 or 137.

CA 318 - Theory and Cinema (4)

This course is concerned with the systematic understanding of the general phenomenon called Cinema rather than with the properties or techniques of individual films. Various theoretical positions will be assessed and compared in terms of cinematic practice and its ideological functions. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: Six units from among CA (or FPA) 136, 137, 216 (or 237), 236. Recommended: CA (or FPA) 210W (or 210). Students who have credit for CA (or FPA) 234 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 335 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 338W - Screenwriting II (3)

This course will present advanced theory and techniques for writing dramatic, experimental and documentary film and video scripts. Additional topics covered include script analysis, production breakdown, and the writing of treatments and proposals. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 238 or 353 or 457 and prior approval. Strongly recommended for all students developing projects for production in CA (or FPA) 430. Students with credit for FPA 338W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CA 416 - Advanced Seminar in Cinema Studies (4) *

Features intensive study and analysis of selected topics in film theory, history, criticism and aesthetics. Examples include: work of specific directors or periods; theories of narrativity; particular aspects of national cinemas, etc. This course can be repeated once for credit if the topic is different. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 436 may take this course for further credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 316 (or 337) or CA (or FPA) 318 (or 335).

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joseph Clark
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1315, Vancouver

and one of

CA 312 - Selected Topics in Art and Performance Studies (3)

Investigates a selected thematic topic in art and performance studies, for example, postcolonial theory and the arts; perception and embodiment; art activism and resistance; or urban art and culture. This course can be repeated twice for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: 45 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Eldritch Priest
Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 314 - Readings in the History of Art, Performance and Cinema (3)

Investigates a selected topic in the history of art, performance and cinema. This course can be repeated twice for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 117 (or 167), 186, and 210W (or 210).

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Denise Oleksijczuk
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 2205, GOLDCORP
CA 315 - Sound Art: History and Concepts (4)

This lecture course investigates sound art as an interdisciplinary practice that draws its history and concepts from contemporary visual art, installation art, performance art, experimental music, and their various confluences. We will study historical precedents of experimental sound work as well as think critically and creatively about the themes and concerns that inform contemporary practices. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for CA 312 Special Topics in Art and Culture Studies under the title "Sound Art" may not take this course for further credit.

CA 319W - Critical Writing in the Arts (3)

Examines aspects of critical writing associated with the fine and performing arts and encourages students to participate as writers in the artistic and cultural debates of their day. Forms examined will include but not be limited to reviews, articles, descriptive synopses for exhibition and festival programs, curatorial essays, project proposals and artists' statements. Prerequisite: 60 units including at least six units in CA (or FPA) history/theory courses. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 319 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 319W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Peter Dickinson
Mo 6:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1800, Vancouver
CA 412W - Advanced Seminar in Art and Performance Studies (4)

Provides an in-depth investigation of a selected theoretical, historical or thematic topic in art and performance studies. This course requires independent research leading to a substantial paper, as well as directed reading preparation for seminars. Topics will vary from term to term. The course may be repeated four times for credit if the topic is different. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: Eight upper division units; and one of CA (or FPA) 210W (or 210), 316 (or 337), 318 (or 335), or 357W. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Eldritch Priest
Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 414 - Advanced Topic in the History of Art, Performance and Cinema (3)

An in-depth investigation of a selected topic in the history of art, performance and cinema. This course can be repeated four times for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 117 (or 167), 186, 210W (or 210) and 45 units.

* may be repeated for credit when a different topic is offered