Film and Media Minors: Film and Digital Storytelling, Screenwriting, and Cinematic Studies


Film & Digital Storytelling (3 tracks):

Screenwriting (Film and Television Writing)
Film and Digital Storytelling
Cinematic Studies



Film & Digital Storytelling

The English and Language Arts Department, in conjunction with the Screenwriting and Animation major, offers a Film and Digital Storytelling minor with 3 tracks: (1) Screenwriting (Film and Television Writing) (2) Film and Digital Storytelling (3) Cinematic Studies. The minor requires 9 units of required core courses in Screenwriting and Animation with the SWAN designation in the catalogue, and 9 units of approved courses in English and Language Arts.

1) The Screenwriting track emphasizes writing for dramatic film, episodic television, documentaries, and corporate and non-broadcast media. (2) The Film and Digital Storytelling track combines writing and hands-on production and editing of documentaries, oral histories, memoir, dramatic shorts, and corporate and non-broadcast media. (3) The Cinematic Studies track includes a combination of courses that emphasize the critical evaluation of cinema through research, and film theory and analysis.

Special Note: Students may not use courses from the Film and Digital Storytelling Minor to simultaneously satisfy other requirements, including General Education requirements, requirements for their majors, requirements for another minor or the Liberal Arts Core.

SCREENWRITING (18 UNITS)

The minor requires 9 units of required core courses in Screenwriting and Animation with the SWAN designation in the catalogue, and 9 units of approved courses in English and Language Arts.

Screenwriting Core Requirements

Course Description Credits
CORE REQUIREMENTS 18
SWAN230 An In Depth Introduction to the Fundamentals of Film and Television Writing 3
SWAN 335 Intro to Screenwriting 3
SWAN 434 Advanced Screenwriting 3
Plus 9 units (3 approved courses in related topics) from the following English and Language Arts courses:
ENGL321 Intro Creative Writing 3
ENGL322 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENGL323 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENGL333 Playwriting 3
ENGL384 Seminar in Special Topics 3
ENGL418 Introduction to Shakespeare 3
ENGL488 Senior Project 3
ENGL498 Senior Internship 3

 

FILM AND DIGITAL STORYTELLING (18 UNITS)

The minor requires 9 units of required core courses in Screenwriting and Animation with the SWAN designation in the catalogue, and 9 units of approved courses in English and Language Arts.

 

Film & Digital Storytellling Core Requirements

Course Description Credits
CORE REQUIREMENTS 18
SWAN300 The Art and Language of Cinema 3
SWAN320 Digital Filmmaking I 3
SWAN325 The Art of Motion (Digital Film Editing I) 3
Plus 9 units (3 approved courses in related topics) from the following English and Language Arts courses:
ENGL321 Intro Creative Writing 3
ENGL322 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENGL323 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENGL333 Playwriting 3
ENGL345 African American Biography and Autobiography 3
ENGL384 Seminar in Special Topics 3
ENGL488 Senior Project 3
ENGL498 Senior Internship 3

 

CINEMATIC STUDIES (18 UNITS)

The minor requires 9 units of required core courses in Screenwriting and Animation with the SWAN designation in the catalogue, and 9 units of approved courses in English and Language Arts.

 

Cinematic Studies Core Requirements

Course Description Credits
CORE REQUIREMENTS 18
SWAN300 The Art and Language of Cinema 3
Choose two of the following Film Studies Electives with the approval of your advisor:
AFOL451 Contemporary Trends in African Oral Literature 3
FREN413 Francophone Africa through Film and Literature 3
SWAN310 Seminar in Film and Society 3
SWAN315 Film Appreciation 3
SWAN365 Foundations of Film Theory and Criticism 3
SWAN350 Black Film 3
SWAN365 World Cinema 3
SWAN351 Women in Film 3
SWAN352 Animation in Film 3
SWAN355 World Cinema 3
SWAN356 American Cinema 3
SWAN357 European Cinema 3
SWAN358 Asian Cinema 3
SWAN359 Post-Colonial Cinema 3
SWAN360 Latin American Cinema 3
SWAN355 World Cinema Masterworks 3
SWAN405 Special Topics in Film Theory 3
SWAN407 Special Topics in Film Genre 3
SWAN408 Special Topics in Film History 3
SWAN416 Seminar: Multimedia for Film History and Analysis 3
SWAN450 Social Issues in the Contemporary Documentary 3
SWAN497 Directed Research in Film Studies 3
Plus 9 units (3 approved courses in related topics) from the following English and Language Arts courses:
ENGL304 Literary Criticism: Theoretical Foundations 3
ENGL384 Seminar in Literature 3
ENGL384 Seminar in Special Topics 3
ENGL488 Senior Project 3