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Indiana University Bloomington

Film & Media Studies | Graduate Course

At the graduate level, courses have broad, generic titles, so that we may offer a variety of specific topics under those titles. Our curriculum balances courses that introduce students to the fundamentals of theory, criticism, and history with courses focused on specialized areas of research at the cutting edge of the discipline.

CMCL C503 Introduction to Media Theory & Aesthetics

This course introduces students to major classical and contemporary film, television, and new media theorists, concepts, and movements, providing a foundation for further studies in media.

CMCL C506 Methods of Media Research

C506 introduces students to the central methodologies used in critical studies of media today. Along with surveying a range of methods appropriate for researching and writing about media studies, this course provides a foundation for other courses in the media curriculum.

CMCL C552 Media Institutions & the Production of Culture

This class examines the relationship of media institutions, practices, and products to the social, cultural, and political environment.

CMCL C560 Motion Picture Production

This is the graduate section to C360. It provides a hands-on introduction to the technical and aesthetic basics of making movies. Students learn how to design, direct, light, shoot, and edit several short films working individually, as well as in groups. All projects are shot and edited on 16mm film.

CMCL C561 Intermediate Motion Picture Production

This class builds on C560, introducing students to the making of 16mm sound films, including the recording and editing of sync sound. The various stages of production are explored in lectures, lab exercises, and through discussion, with particular attention paid to scriptwriting, directing, and visual design. Students produce and direct two short film projects and participate as crew members in fellow students’ productions. Films are shot on 16mm and edited digitally.

CMCL C562  The Screenplay

This course introduces students to the terminology of screenwriting and the form of the screenplay. Students will develop screenplays through various stages, from story outlines and treatments to shooting scripts.

CMCL C592 Media Genres

This course introduces students to the phenomenon of genre, including problems of generic description or definition, identification of iconography, conventions, and themes, and other tools of critical analysis that have been used to understand specific genres, their relationship to culture, and their evolution. The genre or genres considered will vary.

CMCL C593 History of European & American Films I

This course surveys major developments in cinema from 1895-1926 (the silent film era). Particular attention is paid to the representative work of leading filmmakers, the emergence of film movements and development of national trends, and the growth of film industry.

CMCL C594 Media History

Topics in this course may include: media historiography; media industries and/or media texts in relation to particular historical moments in U.S. or international contexts; the impact that historical developments have had on the media.

CMCL C596 National Cinemas

This course provides a historical and cultural survey of a major national cinema or national cinemas. Topics may include Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Chinese, and other cinemas; or focus on the interrelationship between different national cinemas.

CMCL C606 Media Criticism

This course explores the main schools and methods of media criticism, which may range from adaptation studies, auteurism, and genre studies to queer and postcolonial studies.

CMCL C610 Identity & Difference

What role do the media play in constituting and circulating certain notions of identity—including ideas about gender, sex, ethnicity, race, and class? This course will explore the political, social, and cultural dimensions of identity and difference. In addition to interrogating the production of dominant and marginal identities, it will also inspire consideration of new forms of identity.

CMCL C620 Media, Politics, & Power

Through various schools of thought, C620 examines the relationship of media industries and institutions and media texts to larger social, political, and historical forces.

CMCL C638 Experiments with the Film Camera

(4 cr.) P: C560. An exploration of techniques and concepts of experimental filmmaking which builds on the foundation of other production classes. For students with a solid background in basic cinematography and visual storytelling, as well as in the fundamentals of digital editing.

CMCL C652 Globalization of the Media

This course analyzes media institutions, practices, and texts across national borders. It may address issues such as the globalization of media, transnational implications of media texts, transnational data flows, transnational audiences, and media and foreign policy.

CMCL C662 Media Audiences

This course studies audiences in the context of film, television, new media, and other media forms. Topic varies, but may include a focus on theories of spectatorship, methodological approaches to audiences, histor­ical reception studies, ethnographic and/or empirical audience studies, global or transnational audiences, performance theory, fan cultures, and subcultures.

CMCL C691 Authorship in the Media

This course provides an in-depth analysis of individuals in the media who become known as “authors”—such as film directors or TV writers and producers. It will address theories and concepts of authorship, provide the critical tools necessary for analyzing the work of a particular author or authors, and contextualize the author’s work in the industry, culture, and/or historical milieu in which his or her work is produced.

CMCL C792 Advanced Seminar in Media Theory

Topics vary widely in this course, according to the specialties of the faculty. To name some general possibilities: the course may offer advanced study in media history and theory; major movements and historical periods and their relationship to the intellectual and cultural climate of the time; studies of technology and modes of production; advanced work in genre or auteur studies; close reading of major works of media theory; studies of spectators and audiences; or new developments in theory and criticism.

CMCL C793  Seminar in Media

Topics vary widely in this course, according to the specialties of the faculty. To name some general possibilities: the course may offer advanced study in media history and theory; major movements and historical periods and their relationship to the intellectual and cultural climate of the time; studies of technology and modes of production; advanced work in genre or auteur studies; close reading of major works of media theory; studies of spectators and audiences; or new developments in theory and criticism.