FST Course Descriptions

           

FST 110 - Concepts in Film
Credits: 3
Introduction to key concepts in film studies and film production. Designed for non-majors in film studies. Two lecture hours and two screening hours each week.

FST 200 - Introduction to Film Study
Credits: 3
Introduction to film study, including analysis of cinematography, editing, composition, performance, sound, and narrative. Films drawn from various national cinemas, representing diverse styles, periods and genres. Three lecture hours and two screening hours each week.    

FST 201 - Introduction to Film Production
Credits: 3 Prerequisite: A grade of B+ or better in FST 200. Corequisite: FST 205.
Study and application of cinematic concepts and techniques. Students complete a series of collaborative exercises exploring narrative, documetary and experimental film forms.

FST 204 - The Business of Film
Credits: 3
Introduction to business aspects of the motion picture industry, including the life cycle of a film product from development through distribution and marketing. Emphasis on decisions regarding creative development, financing, legal issues, budgeting, scheduling, marketing, and exhibition.

FST 205 - Introduction to World Cinema
Credits: 3 Prerequisite: A grade of B+ or better in FST 200. Corequisite: FST 201.
Survey of key tendencies in international cinema from the silent era to the present day. Case studies include films from Europe, the Soviet Union, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, examined within their historical contexts.

FST 206 - Perspectives in European Cinema
Credits: 3 (FLL 206)
Survey of selected European cinemas with emphasis on major narrative films and the cultural and historical context from which they derive. Explores the ways in which cinema constructs concepts of national identity and examines whether the cinema of a nation carries distinguishing traces of the nation’s unique history, culture, and ethnic makeup.

FST 210 - Moviemakers and Scholars Series
Credits: 3
This course is designed to teach students a variety of perspectives on filmmaking and film studies. Combining presentations by local and visiting filmmakers with lectures and film screenings conducted by film scholars, the course introduces students to a wide variety of film styles, film

FST 220 - 3-D Computer Graphics Tools and Literacy

Credits: 3 (ART 220, CSC 220) Prerequisite: CSC 105, CSC 121 or permission of instructor.
Project-based approach to learning fundamental principles of 3-D computer graphics using high-level software tools. Modeling of objects, geometrical transformations, surface algorithms, lighting and shading, alternative rendering techniques, and providing background skills necessary to create animated movies.

FST 230 - Women in Film
Credits: 3 (FLL 230, WMS 230)
Survey and analysis of films by women filmmakers throughout the world. Diverse film styles, periods, and genres will be represented. Screening and discussion of cinematic works in their original language with English subtitles when needed. 
         

FST 301 - Film Tools and Techniques
Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Instruction in the techniques and technologies of digital filmmaking, including camera, lenses, lighting, grip, sound, and set protocol.

FST 302 - Intermediate Film Production
Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
A comprehensive practicum in motion picture preproduction, production, and post-production, concentrating on documentary, narrative or experimental cinema. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 304 - Legal Issues in Film and Entertainment Law

Credits: 3 (BLA 304) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.
Study of the legal issues impacting the film and entertainment industry, including the legal aspects of business organization, contracts, torts, agency, employment law, environmental regulation, and intellectual property rights.

FST 317 - Writing about Film

Credits: 3 (ENG 317) Prerequisite: FST 200, or ENG 204, or permission of instructor.
Instruction and practice in the techniques of writing essays about film. Writing assignments might include reviews, features, scholarly articles or theoretical essays.

FST 318 - Screenwriting I: Introduction to Screenwriting
Credits: 3 (CRW 318) Prerequisite: PCRW, PFST, CRW, or FST major; and CRW 207, CRW 208, CRW 209, or FST 201 or permission of instructor.
Theory and practice of screenplays and/or documentary scripts for television and film with an emphasis on the fundamentals of narrative structure. Students write original scripts, including a short screenplay for possible use in FST 495.

FST 320 - Computer Animation

Credits: 3 (ART 320, CSC 320) Prerequisite: FST 220 (ART 220) (CSC 220) or permission of instructor.
Basic principles of animation using 3-D computer-generated animation and basic processes for animating synthetic objects through structured exercises. Principles of designing and producing 3-D computer-generated animation through the creation of advanced motion studies. Projects focus on developing higher-level skills in model building, animation and color, and lighting.

FST 330 - Producing

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Focuses on duties of a producer through a project “life cycle”: development, financing, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing and distribution. Emphasizes production management, bugeting and scheduling.

FST 331 - Introduction to Editing

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
An introduction to the techniques and aesthetics of non-linear motion picture editing.

FST 332 - Motion Graphics and Digital Effects

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
An introduction to digital post-production graphics and effects, including text animation, digital composting, and special effects for motion pictures.

FST 333 - Modes of Animation Production

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Applied instruction in selected animation forms and techniques. Topics might include 2D digital animation, stop-motion/claymation, or cell animation. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 334 - 6x1: Variations on the One-Minute Film
Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Instruction and practice in alternative/experimental forms of filmmaking (16mm hand-processing, stop motion animation, cameraless filmmaking, collage and more) through the creation of six 1-minute projects.

FST 335 - Acting for the Camera
Credits: 3 (THR 335) Prerequisites: THR 231 or THR 332 or permission of instructor.
Explores acting techniques particular to the mediums of film and video.

FST 367 - Film Authors
Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Study of the films of a major producer, director, screenwriter, or other filmmaker, or group of filmmakers. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 368 - Studies in Film Styles and Genres

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: PFST or FST major, or permission of instructor.
Study of a film style or genre, such as film noir, the western, or the musical. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 369 - Special Topics in Film Studies

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: PFST or FST major, or permission of instructor.
Study of a special topic in film. Topics might include censorship in cinema, women in film, or film and social change. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 370 - Early Cinema
Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Historical overview of pre-cinema and pre-sound cinema, situating early filmmaking in its technological, stylistic, and critical contexts.

FST 371 - History of Documentary Film

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Historical overview of non-fiction filmmaking. Emphasizes critical approaches to documentary film practices and traditions.

FST 372 - History of Avant-Garde Film

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Historical overview of avant-garde filmmaking. Emphasizes critical approaches to avant-garde film practices.

FST 376 - American Cinema 1927-1960

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
History and aesthetics of American cinema from the beginning of sound film until the break-up of the studio system, focusing on the height of the Hollywood studio era. Classical genres and styles and prominent Hollywood filmmakers. Three lectures hours and two screening hours each week.

FST 377 - American Cinema Since 1961

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
History and aesthetics of American cinema since the end of the studio era, emphasizing the continuities and breaks with the “Classical Hollywood Cinema.” Three lecture hours and two screening hours each week.

FST 378 - History of New Wave Cinemas

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Historical overview of New Wave Cinemas, a transnational response to classical filmmaking. Emphasizes critical approaches to New Wave film practices.

FST 379 - Studies in Film History

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Historical overview of a major period in film. Teaches approaches to film historiography. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 383 - Introduction to Latin American Cinema

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Survey of history and aesthetics of Latin American film, from the “Golden Age” of Mexican cinema to the development of the New Latin American Cinema of the 1960’s, up to more recent work of the contemporary renaissance.

FST 384 - Contemporary French Cinema

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Explores recent tendencies in French Cinema, including new filmmakers, movements, genres, critical approaches, theories, formats, and filmmaking styles.

FST 385 - Japanese Cinema

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Explores Japanese cinema from the classical period through to the present day. Emphasizes critical and historical approaches to Japanese cinema, as well as studies of key Japanese filmmakers, including Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Suzuki, and Kitano.

FST 386 - Introduction to German Cinema
Credits: 3 (GER 385) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Analysis of films from the “Golden Age” of the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the New Wave, East German films, and current German and Austrian cinema. Works by Lang, Riefenstahl, Wenders, Reitz, Fassbinder, von Trotta, and recent films.

FST 387 - Introduction To French Cinema
Credits: 3 (FRH 385) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Analysis of selected films from the silent era to the present, including the “Golden Age” and the Occupation, the New Wave, Francophone cinema, and recent French cinema. Directors studied include the Lumiere brothers, Melies, Renoir, Truffaut, Malle, and current filmmakers.

FST 388 - Introduction to Spanish Cinema

Credits: 3 (SPN 385) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Analysis of representative films by Spanish directors including Luis Bunuel, Carlos Saura, Pedro Almodovar and Bigas Luna, as well as a discussion of recent cinematic works by filmmakers of the younger generation. Films represent a diversity of styles, periods, and genres.

FST 389 - Studies in World Cinema

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Study of a selected topic in world cinema. May be repeated under a different subtitle.

FST 391 - The Art of the Camera

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major and FST 301 or permission of instructor.
Exploration of camera concepts and techniques. Topics include composition, depth, camera movement, and the art and craft of motion picture camera operation.

FST 392 - Lighting

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major and FST 301 or permission of instructor.
Training and analysis of lighting style and manipulation, exposure variation, color balance, rigging, pre-lighting, special effects, and safety.

FST 393 - Sound Recording

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Instruction in the techniques, aesthetics and equipment for recording sound for motion pictures.

FST 394 - Sound Design

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Instruction in creating motion picture soundtracks and in techniques and aesthetics of sound editing and mixing.

FST 396 - Studio Seminar in Film Production

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Introduction to the process of studio film production, from development to distribution. Topics include locations, production design, casting, cinematography, make-up, costume design, film sound and scoring, editing, and post-production. Lecture and discussion, guest speakers, and on-site observation at Screen Gems Studios and other filmmaking sites in Wilmington.

FST 397 - Cinematography
Credits: 3 Prerequisite: Film Study major and FST 301, or permission of instructor.
Introduction to principles and applications of motion picture photography. Emphasizes scientific and industry terminology, equipment training, film stock, testing, filtration, and laboratory procedures.

FST 398 - Practicum in Film Production

Credits: 1- 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Selected topics in film production. Examples include lighting, still photography, sound, and production design. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 399 - Film Directing

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
In-class exercises focusing on scene dynamics, communicating with actors, blocking, and capturing action and performance with the camera.

FST 418 - Screenwriting II: Writing the Feature Film

Credits: 3 (CRW 318) Prerequisites: CRW or FST major and FST 318 (CRW 318) or permission of instructor.
Writing, revision and completion of feature-length screenplay.

FST 419 - Screenwriting III: Film Adaptation

Credits: 3 (CRW 419) Prerequisites: CRW or FST major and FST 318 (CRW 318) or permission of instructor.
Writing, revision, and completion of screen adaptation of literary work.

FST 430 - Digital Special Effects

Credits: 3 (CSC 430) Prerequisites: (FST 302 and FST 220) or (CSC 332 and CSC 220)
Covers aspects of digital image and video representation and manipulation for motion-picture visual effects. Topics include image storage and compression, film and video formats, compositing, filtering, scripting for graphics and visual effects, photorealistic lighting and rendering, virtual cinematography, camera tracking, and particle effects.

FST 440 - Film Theory
Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
A study of major schools of film theory, such as genre theory, historical criticism, reception theory, auteur theory, formalism, cognitivist film theory and structuralist and post-structuralist film theories.

FST 445 - Film Rhetoric
Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor.
Study the ways in which film treats rhetorical issues through representational, stylistic, historical, and cultural means, with special emphasis upon how film creates meaning visually and stylistically through apparatus. Rhetorical and cinematic criticism will be stressed.

FST 480 - Special Topics in World Cinema

Credits: 3 (FLL 480, FRH 485, GER 485, SPN 485) Prerequisite: FST major or permission from instructor.
Advanced study of a selected topic in world cinema. May be repeated under a different subtitle.

FST 491 - Direct Individual Study

Credits: 1- 3 Prerequisite: Nine hours of film studies courses, at least six of which are at the 300-400 level; overall GPA of at least 2.50; junior or senior standing; consent of instructor, department chair and dean.
Investigation under faculty supervision beyond what is offered in existing courses. For further information, consult the Directed Individual Study section in this catalogue.

FST 493 - 16mm Narrative

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST Major; FST 301, FST 302, FST 330, FST 334, FST 391, FST 392, FST 397, FST 399, or FST 495, and permission of the chair of Film Studies.
Collaborative producition of a short 16mm film. Students are assigned individual crew positions and work as a film company to produce a narrative motion picture.

FST 495 - Senior Seminar in Film Production

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: Film Studies major; FST 301 or FST 302, or permission of the chair of Film Studies.
Collaborative production of a short documentary, experimental or narrative motion picture. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 496 - Senior Seminar in Film Study

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: FST major and junior or senior status, or permission of instructor.
Intensive study of a major topic in film studies. Emphasis on individualized work, which may include reports, a longer research project, or a research essay. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 497 - Advanced Editing

Credits: 3 Prerequisites: FST major and FST 311, or permission of instructor.
Hands-on application of editing theory, techniques, practices and technology. Students create a complete release print, using raw footage from the previous semester’s FST 397, FST 493, and FST 495 projects; exceptions upon approval.

FST 498 - Internship in Film Studies

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: Permission of chair of Film Studies, junior or senior standing, an overall 3.00 minimum GPA, and a minimum of 12 hours in film studies (FST courses).
Study and practical work experience related to film studies, supervised and evaluated by faculty. May be repeated with permission of the chair of Film Studies.

FST 499 - Honors Work in Film Studies

Credits: 2- 3 Prerequisite: Second semester junior or senior standing. Eligibility for honors program and 9 hours of film studies courses, at least 6 hours at the 300-400 level.
Independent study for honors students.

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