Cinema Studies

http://cinema.uoregon.edu

Michael G. Aronson, Department Head
541-346-8104
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201 McKenzie Hall
6223 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-6223
cinema@uoregon.edu

The cinema studies major blends a film- and media-focused liberal arts education with creative work in digital filmmaking. Because cinema is inherently multidisciplinary, courses for the major span the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Design, and the School of Journalism and Communication, and include a diverse array of courses in the history, theory, and aesthetics of cinema as well as in digital production. This collaboration is unique to Oregon: cinema studies majors take their courses across three different schools rather than from one department or program within one school, learning to understand the medium from a variety of disciplinary angles and perspectives.

The bachelor of arts in cinema studies provides its graduates with a sound foundation for entering their chosen professions or continuing their education in graduate school. It also gives them the critical and analytic skills to adapt to the changes that are likely to occur in their professions throughout their lifetimes.

Students in the major are encouraged to study overseas in programs that immerse them in different cultures and languages, including the program's own summer program in Dublin, Ireland, at the National Film School of Ireland, housed in the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology. Students are also encouraged to work with the program's staff to seek internships in their chosen areas of potential career interest and expertise.

Faculty

Michael G. Aronson, associate professor; department head. See English.

Michael Bray, instructor (digital arts, cinema). BA, 1997, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; MFA, 2008, Oregon. (2008)

Masami Kawai, instructor (cinema). BA, 2003, Hampshire College; MFA, 2013, California, Los Angeles. (2014)

Kevin May, instructor (cinema); multimedia assistant. BA, 2006, MEd, 2010, Oregon (2016)

HyeRyoung Ok, instructor pro tem (cinema). BA, 1996, MA, 2000, Seoul National; MA, 2002, New York; PhD, 2008, Southern California. (2016)

Priscilla P. Ovalle, associate professor; associate director, Cinema Studies Program. See English.

Sergio Rigoletto, associate professor (cinema, Italian). Laurea, 2002, Catania; MA, 2004, Birkbeck, London; PhD, 2010, Reading. (2012)

Andre Sirois, instructor (cinema); multimedia supervisor. BA, 2002, Central Connecticut State; MA, 2005, Maine; PhD, 2011, Oregon. (2012)

Daniel Gomez Steinhart, assistant professor (cinema; journalism). BA, 2000, Wesleyan; MA, 2006, PhD, 2013, California, Los Angeles. (2014)

The date in parentheses at the end of each entry is the first year on the University of Oregon faculty.

Participating Faculty

Michael Allan, comparative literature

Peter Alilunas, journalism and communication

Sangita Gopal, English

Erin Hanna, journalism and communication

Dong Hoon Kim, East Asian languages and literatures

Gabriela Martinez, journalism and communication

Daniel L. Miller, journalism and communication

Biswarup "Bish" Sen, journalism and communication

Janet Wasko, journalism and communication

Affiliated Faculty

Kenneth S. Calhoon, comparative literature

Richard Herskowitz, art

Kate Mondloch, history of art and architecture

Elizabeth M. Peterson, library

Stephen Rust, English

Rick Silva, art

Undergraduate Studies

The bachelor of arts in cinema studies consists of 56 credits divided among four categories: fundamentals, production, core courses, and electives. The major includes the option of graduating with honors. A bachelor of science degree is not offered.

Courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade, and students must earn a grade of mid-C or better for credit toward the major. At least 28 credits must be taken in residence at the University of Oregon.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Fundamentals Courses 1
J 201Media and Society4
ENG 260Media Aesthetics4
Select two of the following:8
History of the Motion Picture
History of the Motion Picture
History of the Motion Picture
Production Courses
Select one of the following Production A courses: 24
Introduction to Documentary Production
Introduction to Production
Introduction to Narrative Cinema Production
For a list of courses that satisfy Production B requirements (one is required), review the term course lists at cinema.uoregon.edu/term-course-lists.4
Core Courses 3
For a list of courses that satisfy core requirements, review the course lists at cinema.uoregon.edu/term-course-lists. A total of six core courses, at least one from each category, is required.24
Electives 4
For a list of courses that satisfy elective requirements, review the course lists at cinema.uoregon.edu/term-course-lists. Two electives are required and may include additional production and core courses.8
Total Credits56
 
1

Fundamentals courses (16 credits) introduce majors to three central approaches to cinema studies: historical, social-institutional, and aesthetic. These must be completed before entry into production courses.

  • Students must complete Media and Society (J 201), Media Aesthetics (ENG 260), and two of the three courses in the history sequence [History of the Motion Picture (ENG 265), History of the Motion Picture (ENG 266), History of the Motion Picture (ENG 267)], which may be taken in any order. Completion of all fundamentals courses is required before taking any production courses.
2

Production courses (8 credits: 4 from Production A and 4 from Production B) give majors a chance to learn the essentials of media production.

  • After completing the fundamentals requirements, students may enroll in a Production A course [Introduction to Production (ARTD 256), Introduction to Narrative Cinema Production (CINE 270), or Introduction to Documentary Production (J 208)].
  • After successful completion of a Production A course, students are eligible to register for Production B courses (various topics in production; please see term course list for offerings).
3

Core courses (24 credits) strengthen students’ understanding of cinema as a dynamic, multicultural, and transnational phenomenon. Please see term course list for offerings.

  • Students must complete six core courses, with at least one from each subcategory: Core A (institutions); Core B (theory and criticism); and Core C (national, regional, and transnational cinema).
  • For students who declared the cinema studies major in fall 2013 or later: two courses in the core with the CINE subject code (8 credits out of the required 24) are required.
4

Electives (8 credits) allow students to broaden their exposure to cinema and media studies. These courses are not focused exclusively on cinema but instead study it in relation to other modes of inquiry, including (but not limited to) Asian studies, comparative literature, ethnic studies, folklore, philosophy, journalism, literary studies, music, Romance languages, and women's, gender, and sexuality studies).

A wide variety of elective courses from a range of departments and programs are available. Additional fundamentals, production, and core courses may also count as elective courses.

Honors

Students receive program honors at graduation if they have a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 in cinema studies course work.

Please contact Veratta Pegram-Floyd, assistant director of student services, with any questions: cineadvising@uoregon.edu.

Four-Year Degree Plan

The degree plan shown is only a sample of how students may complete their degrees in four years. There are alternative ways. Students should consult their advisor to determine the best path for them.

Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies

Degree Map
First Year
FallMilestonesCredits
First term of first-year second-language sequence 4
WR 121 College Composition I 4
General education course in science Start of science group classes; two science courses must share prefix4
ENG 265 History of the Motion Picture Start of arts and letters group classes; two arts and letters classes must share prefix4
 Credits 16
Winter
Second term of first-year second-language sequence 4
WR 122
College Composition II
or College Composition III
4
General education science group-satisfying course 4
ENG 266 History of the Motion Picture CINE Cinema Histories Fundamentals complete 4
 Credits 16
Spring
Third term of first-year second-language sequence 4
General education social science group-satisfying course Start of social science group classes; two social science courses must share prefix4
ENG 260 Media Aesthetics 4
J 201 Media and Society 4
 Credits 16
 Total Credits 48
Degree Map
Second Year
FallMilestonesCredits
First term of second-year second-language sequence 4
Multicultural course in American cultures or international cultures Start of multicultural requirement4
General education science group-satisfying course 4
CINE Production A course CINE Production A complete4
 Credits 16
Winter
Second term of second-year second-language sequence 4
General education social science group-satisfying course 4
Multicultural course in American cultures or international cultures Multicultural requirement complete4
CINE Core Six Cores required; one each from A, B, or C; two must be CINE prefix4
 Credits 16
Spring
Third term of second-year second-language sequence Second language requirement complete4
General education social science group-satisfying course Social science requirement complete; two social studies courses must share a prefix 4
General education science group-satisfying course Science requirement complete; two science courses must share a prefix4
CINE Core 4
 Credits 16
 Total Credits 48
Degree Map
Third Year
FallMilestonesCredits
Upper-division elective course 4
General education arts and letters group-satisfying course 4
Upper-division course with CINE subject code 4
 Credits 12
Winter
Upper-division elective courses Begin minor(s) or continue double major8
Upper-division course with CINE subject code 4
CINE Production B CINE Production requirements complete4
 Credits 16
Spring
Upper-division elective courses 8
CINE Production or elective course 4
Upper-division elective course with CINE subject code CINE internship encouraged this term (or in summer)4
 Credits 16
 Total Credits 44
Degree Map
Fourth Year
FallMilestonesCredits
Upper-division courses 8
CINE Production or elective CINE elective requirements complete4
Upper-division CINE core course 4
 Credits 16
Winter
Upper-division courses 12
Upper-division CINE core course CINE Core requirement complete; two must be CINE prefix4
 Credits 16
Spring
Upper-division courses Complete minor(s) or double major. CINE internship encouraged this term 16
 Credits 16
 Total Credits 48

Certificate in Film Studies

The certificate in film studies requires 36 credits in courses chosen from four groups:

  1. Introduction to film studies
  2. Aesthetics, theory, and methods of film studies
  3. Film and society
  4. Electives
Introduction to Film Studies
ENG 265–266
ENG 260
History of the Motion Picture
and Media Aesthetics
12
Aesthetics, Theory, and Methods of Film Studies 1
At least one course from English, music, journalism and communication, or other schools or departments on media production and industries, film history, music, genres, and other topics emphasizing the aesthetic aspects of film. Visit the Cinema Studies Program online term lists for the most effective options, especially core A and core B courses.8
Film and Society 1
At least two courses from foreign-language departments, English, the social sciences, journalism and communication, or other departments and schools on national cinemas—China, France, Germany, Russia, or other nations—and other topics emphasizing the social aspects of film. Visit the Cinema Studies Program online term lists for the most effective options, especially core C courses.8
Electives 1
At least two electives in film studies area 28
Total Credits36
1

As many as four credits in independent study may fulfill requirement.

2

Selected in consultation with advisor, these courses can be in a related field, such as theater arts, or another film course. Visit the Cinema Studies Program online term lists for the most effective options, especially elective classes.

Students must earn a grade of mid-C or better in required courses, including independent studies.

Courses

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CINE 199. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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CINE 230. Remix Cultures. 4 Credits.

Study of issues surrounding media production and consumption in relation to intellectual property laws in modern society. Open to all majors.

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CINE 270. Introduction to Narrative Cinema Production. 4 Credits.

Focuses on basic theory and practice of digital video for narrative production.
Prereq: ENG 260, J 201; two from ENG 265, 266, 267.

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CINE 320. Beginning Screenwriting. 4 Credits.

Introduction to the basics of writing for the screen. Provides students with an organized strategy for writing a feature film.
Prereq: ENG 260, J 201; two from ENG 265, 266, 267; one from ARTD 256, CINE 270, J 208.

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CINE 330. Film Festivals. 4 Credits.

Surveys histories of film festivals in relation to their forms, functions, operations, marketing, curatorial missions, and social impacts.
Prereq: one from J 201, ENG 260, ENG 265, ENG 266, ENG 267.

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CINE 350. Gender and Sexuality in European Cinema. 4 Credits.

Examines questions of gender and sexuality within the transnational and national contexts of Europe, including its diverse cinematic landscapes, traditions, and star imagery.

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CINE 360. Film Theory. 4 Credits.

Introduction to theoretical debates about film as a medium of artistic expression in a transhistorical and global framework.

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CINE 365. Digital Cinema. 4 Credits.

Examines the impact of digital media technologies on diverse dimensions of cinematic experience encompassing the production, delivery, and reception.

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CINE 399. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable when the topic changes.

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CINE 401. Research: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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CINE 404. Internship: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits; only 4 credits may count toward the cinema studies major.

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CINE 405. Reading and Conference: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits; only 4 credits may count toward the cinema studies major.

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CINE 407. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

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CINE 408. Workshop: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable when topic changes.
Prereq: One course from ARTD 252, ARTD 256, CINE 270, J 207, J 208.

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CINE 410. Experimental Course. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.
Prereq: one from ENG 110, 260.

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CINE 415. Cinema Careers. 2 Credits.

Explores the values and strengths of cinema-oriented jobs in the humanities, industry, and otherwise. Resume, cover letter, portfolio, and interview assignments hone oral and written communication skills.

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CINE 420. Advanced Screenwriting. 4 Credits.

Provides advanced screenwriting students with an organized strategy for writing a feature film screenplay. Sequence with CINE 320.
Prereq: CINE 320 with grade of B– or better.

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CINE 425. Cinema Production: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Exploration of intermediate to advanced techniques used in cinema production—from music videos to digital sound recording to 16-millimeter film. Topics include Directing, Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera Production, Music Video Production. Repeatable three times for a maximum of 16 credits when topic changes.
Prereq: ENG 260, J 201; two from ENG 265, 266, 267; one from ARTD 256, CINE 270, J 208.

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CINE 470. Postwar Cinema : [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Examines how war has impacted film cultures across the globe and the relation between film industries and war. Develops analytical skills within an historical and national context. Repeatable twice for a maximum of 12 credits when the topic changes.

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CINE 508. Workshop: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable.

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CINE 510. Experimental Course. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.