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School for the Contemporary Arts Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Film Major

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) with a major in film provides creative, technical and analytical studies within the school’s interdisciplinary setting. Film and video production courses emphasize the creation of original work and technical skills aquisition. Film courses familiarize students with the aesthetic and social issues surrounding contemporary film and video practice which are an integral part of the curriculum. Students augment the components of film and video through interdisciplinary studies and projects. Directed study courses are available for upper division students to work independently.

Students whose interest in film is related primarily to historical, critical, or theoretical aspects should see the Visual Culture and Performance Studies major program, leading to a bachelor of arts, and to the Film and Video Studies minor.

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.

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.

Students may apply for program admission after completing CA 231, normally at the end of the second year of study. Approval will be based on the student’s creative work and academic record in required lower division courses.

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.

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

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Entry to all first year film production courses required for the major is by questionnaire and interview. Contact the school in early January prior to attendance at the University to request an information letter and questionnaire.

Academic Continuance Policy

Policy:

All students who successfully complete the acceptance process within the School for the Contemporary Arts are offered the status of “Major” in a specific area of study entering the first year. In order to remain a major, all students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67. Students that fall below the 2.67 will have a limited time (see process below) to bring the average up before losing their status as a major.

Process:

All SCA student GPA levels will be evaluated at the end of each academic year, normally at the end of the Spring semester. A student who falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67 will be notified of their probation status as a major with a limited time to adjust their CA GPA. Students will need to meet with the Area Coordinator and Advisor and plan their academic career for either re-establishing the Major or pursuing an FCAT BA with a double minor program. If the student does not bring the cumulative GPA in CA courses to 2.67 in the allotted time, he/she will be dropped from the major. If the student is in first or second year of study within the major and falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67, the student will have two semesters to bring up their average to 2.67. If the student is in third year of their major, they will have one semester to bring their average to 2.67. Students who lose their status as a major in the SCA will have the option of pursuing the extended minor as part of the double minor BA option in FCAT, or via other options in the university. In extraordinary circumstances, the area coordinator and director of the school will review academic continuance policy cases.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 44 units including

Three core courses below:

CA 149 - Sound (3)

Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance. Students who have taken CA (or FPA) 184 cannot take CA (or FPA) 149 for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 149 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Eldritch Priest
Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
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.

CA 285 - Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

An introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaborative groups by students in dance, music, theatre, film/video and visual art. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 122, 130, 145, 150, 160, 170. Students with credit for FPA 285 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cheryl Prophet
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP

Plus one additional CA history course outside their major.

and all of

CA 130 - Fundamentals of Film (4)

Introduces students to the basic components of filmmaking through lectures, film screenings and creative projects in the various media that combine to form cinema. A laboratory fee is required. Students should be advised that course activities may require additional costs. Prerequisite: Prior approval through formal application. Students who have completed CA (or FPA) 132, 133, 134 or 230 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 130 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 131 - Filmmaking I (4)

An introductory course in 16 mm. film production, emphasizing creative use of the medium. Each student is expected to conceive, direct and edit a short film with a non-synchronous sound track, as well as participate in the making of class exercises and other students' films. A laboratory fee is required. Students should be advised that film production will probably incur significant costs in addition to lab fees. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 130 and prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 131 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Noe Rodriguez
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 3750, GOLDCORP
D101
Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
GCA 3750, GOLDCORP
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 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
D101
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
D102
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 400, Vancouver
D103
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
D104
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 400, Vancouver
D105
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
HCC 1425, Vancouver
D106
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
HCC 1425, Vancouver
CA 230 - Filmmaking II (5)

The first of two courses (CA (or FPA) 231-5 is the second) which form an intensive study of the craft of sync-sound 16 mm. filmmaking, with an emphasis on production planning, creative development and the shooting and editing of short films. In-class exercises and film screenings will lead to the production of several original films. Each student will be expected to play major creative and technical roles in these productions. A laboratory fee is required. Film production may require personal funding in addition to the lab fees. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 131, and CA (or FPA) 136 or 137, and prior approval. Corequisite: CA 233. Students who have taken CA (or FPA) 330 for credit may not complete this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 230 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 231 - Filmmaking III (5)

This course continues the work begun in CA (or FPA) 230-5 Filmmaking II. Students will acquire proficiency in film technique through lab exercises, readings and film screenings. As well, all students will participate in the completion of short original sync-sound 16 mm. films which were begun in CA (or FPA) 230. Emphasis is placed on the development of means for creative expression supported by technical skills. Laboratory fee required. Students should be advised that film production will probably incur significant costs in addition to lab fees. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 230 and CA (or FPA) 233. Students with credit for FPA 231 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Vilhelm Sundin
Mo 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 3750, GOLDCORP
D101
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
We 9:30 AM – 10:50 AM
GCA 3750, GOLDCORP
GCA 3445, GOLDCORP
D102
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
We 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 3750, GOLDCORP
GCA 3445, GOLDCORP
CA 233 - The Techniques of Film (2)

Covers the technical aspects of basic 16 mm. production skills: camera, lighting, sound, editing, lab processes. Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 131 and prior approval. Corequisite: CA 230. Students with credit for FPA 233 may not take this course for further credit.

and one of

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) 135, 136, 137, 167 or 168 or 30 units. Students with credit for FPA 235 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E200 Joseph Clark
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 studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 186, 235, 237, 335, 337, 436) or 30 units. Students with credit for FPA 236 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 237 - Selected Topics in Film and Video Studies (3) ++

This course will cover a specific topic within the field of film and video studies not covered in depth in regularly scheduled courses. The course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 3 units in film studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 186, 235, 236, 335, 337, 436) or 30 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Patricia Gruben
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP

and one of

CA 232 - Film Sound (3)

Through lectures, demonstrations and studio work, students will be introduced to several aspects of location sound recording and audio post production for film and video. Topics will include synchronization systems and techniques, editing, music scoring, mixing and both analog and digital sound technology. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 131. Students with credit for FPA 232 may not take this course for further credit.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Patricia Gruben
Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver

* See advisor for course options.

** With prior approval, students may substitute lower division courses from other departments devoted to a film or video topic to fulfill this requirement.

+ recommended

++ may be repeated under another topic.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 32 units including twelve credits from

CA 335 - Introduction to Film Theory (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. Prerequisite: Six units from among CA (or FPA) 136, 137, 211, 236, 237. Recommended: CA (or FPA) 210. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students who have credit for CA (or FPA) 234 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 335 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 337 - Intermediate Selected Topics in Film and Video Studies (4) ++

An intermediate course in critical studies in film addressing a variety of topics. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 6 credits in film studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 186, 235, 236, 237, 335, 436) or 9 credits in CA (or FPA) courses including CA (or FPA) 136 or 137.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Patricia Gruben
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
CA 436 - Advanced Seminar in Film and Video 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 for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 335 or 337.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Laura Marks
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP

and a minimum of 17 units from the following

CA 332 - Film Production Seminar (3)

Facilitates an in-depth understanding of the organizational aspects of film production, with emphasis on pre-production planning. The class will study methods of proposal writing, pre-production and production, developing production packages for short film and video projects. This course is strongly recommended for all students intending to take CA 430. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 231 or prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 332 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E200 Simone Rapisarda
Tu 6:30 PM – 9:20 PM
GCA 4955, GOLDCORP
CA 334 - Selected Topics in Film and Video Production (3)

This course will cover a specific topic within the field of film and video production not covered in depth in regularly scheduled courses, such as optical printing techniques, film and video editing, experimental film and video production, or documentary film and video production. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 231 and prior approval.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Noe Rodriguez
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4270, GOLDCORP
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 339 - Directing and Acting for Film and Video (3)

This course acquaints intermediate level students with techniques of dramatic film performance. Students will be expected to perform as both actors and directors on scene work in class. Topics covered include auditioning, script analysis, role preparation, rehearsal, blocking for the camera, and directing techniques. This course is not a duplicate of CA (or FPA) 339 Selected Topics in Film. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 231, or CA (or FPA) 251 with prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 339 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 386 - Film Music: An Overview of the Relationship between Music and Moving Pictures (3)

This course examines the role of music in the viewer's experience of moving pictures. Beginning with the early 1900s, the lectures will introduce important composers, directors, films, genres and historical periods. Specific films and other works will be analyzed. Prerequisite: 60 credit hours. Students who have taken this course previously as special topics may not take it again for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 386 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 390 - Filmmaking IV (4)

This course includes a series of technical workshops, screenings and seminars along with the completion of creative student projects. A laboratory fee is required. Project costs may require personal funding over and above the lab fee. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 231 or approval of instructor. Students with credit for FPA 390 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 393 - Filmmaking V (4)

Students are encouraged to challenge conventional notions of digital media and to explore the creative possibilities associated with contemporary media applications. This project-based course includes a series of technical workshops, screenings and group seminars. Students will initiate and complete a project of their own choosing; collaborations are encouraged. A laboratory fee is required. Students should be advised that project costs may require personal funding over and above the lab fee. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 390 or approval of instructor. Students with credit for FPA 393 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Noe Rodriguez
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4955, GOLDCORP
D201
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 3750, GOLDCORP
CA 430 - Filmmaking VI (6)

The first half of a two term project in advanced film and/or video production. Students are expected to participate in the realization of one or more projects during the two terms. Students seeking entry into this course are required to present a completed script (for a drama) or detailed proposal (for a documentary or experimental film) prior to enrolment. The exact nature of each student's participation will be determined in consultation with the instructor. This course is open only to approved film majors. Students should be advised that film production will probably incur significant financial costs in addition to required lab fees. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 149, 186, 231, 285 and 10 units in film or video studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 186, 235, 236, 237, 335, 337, 436) plus prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 430 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 432 - Filmmaking VII (6)

This course is intended for completion of film and video projects begun in CA (or FPA) 430. Particular emphasis will be given to advanced film craft in the post-production phase. The exact nature of each student's participation will be determined in consultation with the instructor. A laboratory fee is required. Students should be advised that film production will probably incur significant costs in addition to lab fees. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 430. Students with credit for FPA 432 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Simone Rapisarda
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4955, GOLDCORP
D201 Simone Rapisarda
Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
GCA 4955, GOLDCORP

and one of

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

Investigates a selected thematic topic in art and culture studies, for example, postcolonial theory and the arts; perception and embodiment; art activism and resistance; or urban art and culture. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units.

CA 314 - Readings in the History of Art and Culture (3)

Investigates a selected historical topic in art and culture. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 167, 186, 210.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Yani Kong
Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 317 - Introduction to Performance Studies (4)

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 FPA 317 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 412 - Advanced Seminar in Art and Culture Studies (4)

Provides an in-depth investigation of a selected theoretical, historical or thematic topic in art and culture 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 when different topics are offered. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: Eight upper division units and CA (or FPA) 210.

CA 414 - Advanced Topic in the History of Art and Culture (3)

An in-depth investigation of a selected topic in the history of art and culture. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 167, 186, CA (or FPA) 210 and 45 units.

or another upper division CA history or critical course outside film.

* With prior permission, a directed study course (CA 400, 402 or 404), a film studies course, or another upper division CA course may be substituted for one of the above.

+ recommended

++ may be repeated under another topic

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.