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COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, CINEMA & MEDIA
CINEMA AND MEDIA STUDIES

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CMS 270 Perspectives on Film: Introduction (5) VLPA
Introduction to film form, style, and techniques. Examples from silent film and from contemporary film. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.
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CMS 271 Perspectives on Film: Great Directors (5) VLPA
Introduction to authorship in the cinema. The work of a major director or directors. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.
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CMS 272 Perspectives on Film: Genre (5) VLPA
Introduction to study of film and/or television genre. Literary, mythic, and historic aspects of film and/or television genre. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.
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CMS 273 Perspectives on Television: Analysis (5) VLPA
Provides an introduction to television styles and aesthetics, with particular attention to camerawork, narrative, acting, and sound.
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CMS 274 Perspectives on Media: Critical Concepts (5) VLPA S. GROENING, J. VALLIER
Provides an introduction to media studies, with particular attention to critical concepts including, but not limited to, audience studies, formal analysis, and ideological critique. Specific media analyzed varies.
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CMS 275 Perspectives on Visual Culture: Sex, Race and Power (5) I&S/VLPA, DIV
An introduction to the study of visual texts such as film, television, comics, or digital media. Focus on the representation of cultural differences including, but not limited to, sexuality, gender, ability, and race. Topics vary.
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CMS 295 Study Abroad (1-5) VLPA
Equivalency for 200-level CMS courses taken on UW Study Abroad programs or direct exchanges.
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CMS 301 Film and Media Studies: Analysis (5) VLPA
Introduction to the analysis of film. Covers major aspects of cinematic form: mise en scene, framing and camera movement, editing, and sound and color. Considers how these elements are organized in traditional cinematic narrative and in alternative approaches.
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CMS 302 Media Arts and Cultures (5) VLPA S. GROENING, S. MAHADEVAN, J. VALLIER
Examines cultural expressions and aesthetic formations across media forms, with an emphasis on electronic and digital media. Media arts analyzed vary, including but not limited to comics, cell-phones, mash-ups, games, electronic literature, video installations, photography, and soundscapes.
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CMS 303 Genre Studies (5) VLPA
Introduction to the history and significance of genre in film and/or television. May examine one or a selection of several genres, drawn from a list including, but not limited to, the western, melodrama, musical, thriller, sitcom, film noir, and documentary. Topics include form, ideology, authority, history, innovation, and parody.
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CMS 304 Television Studies (5) VLPA
Provides an overview of key issues in the study of television. Explores what television is, what television does, and how television shapes our fundamental assumptions about space, time, image, and sound.
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CMS 310 History of Film: 1895-1929 (5) VLPA
Film history from its beginnings in the 1890s through the golden era of silent film in the 1920s. Topics include the invention of major film techniques, the creation of Hollywood and the studios, and movements such as expressionism, constructivism, and surrealism.
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CMS 311 History of Film: 1930-1959 (5) VLPA
Film history from the introduction of sound through the late 1950s. Focuses mostly on the golden age of the Hollywood studios and on alternative developments after World War II in Italy (Neo-Realism), France (the New Wave), and Japan.
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CMS 312 History of Film: 1960 - 1988 (5) VLPA
Covers the vast changes in filmmaking since 1960. Topics include the continuing influence of the French New Wave, the New German Cinema of the 70s and the "New Hollywood" of the 70s, American independent film of the 80s, and the resurgence of Chinese filmmaking since 1980.
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CMS 313 History of Film: 1989-Present (5) VLPA
Addresses the latest trends in international filmmaking typically with an emphasis on world cinema and issues of globalization and diaspora. Sometimes taught in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival.
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CMS 314 History of Television (5) VLPA S. GROENING
Covers issues, problems, and themes in the history of televsion. Topic may include changes in television styles and representional forms, television's historical relationship with other media, transitions from broadcast to satellite through cable and digital distribution, and television's changing audiences.
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CMS 315 History of New Media (5) VLPA S. GROENING
Study of new media histories and methodologies for research, with particular emphasis on new and emergent technologies such as the Internet and other digital forms. Specific media to be analyzed vary.
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CMS 320 Cinema and Nation (3-5, max. 15) VLPA
Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.
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CMS 321 Oppositional Cinema/Media (5)
Approaches film and related media as socially and politically engaged practice, with focus on screen media produced or received in "opposition" to dominant cultural and entertainment industry norms. Topics vary.
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CMS 370 Basic Screenwriting (5) VLPA S. WONG
Students develop collaborative critical and creative skills; studying screenwriting manuals and techniques; adapt stories for screenplays; and/or write synopses, treatments, and first acts of their own screenplays.
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CMS 395 Study Abroad (1-5) VLPA
Equivalency for 300-level CMS courses taken on UW Study Abroad programs or direct exchanges.
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CMS 397 Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies (3-5, max. 10) VLPA/I&S
Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
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CMS 423 East European Film (5, max. 15) VLPA Crnkovic
Studies major East European film makers who left their countries at some point in their careers. Compares East European and Western production of those directors who worked partially in the West. Offered: jointly with SLAVIC 423.
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CMS 470 Advanced Screenwriting (5) VLPA S. WONG
Students hone their understanding of screenwriting techniques; enhance their editing/critiquing skills; and develop their own screenplays, synopses; and treatments of various genres, including but not limited to silent, poetic, dramatic, and news-based scripts.
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CMS 480 Senior Capstone (5) VLPA
Capstone course in cinema and media studies. Topics vary.
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CMS 490 Directed Study or Research (1-5, max. 10)
Individual study of topics in cinema and media studies by arrangement with the instructor and the Comparative Literature, Cinema, and Media Department advising office.
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CMS 491 Internship (1-5, max. 5)
Supervised experience in local businesses and other agencies. Open to upper-division cinema and media studies majors with approval of departmental internship supervisor.
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CMS 497 Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies (3-5, max. 10) VLPA
Varying topics in cinema studies. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
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CMS 520 Methods and Issues in Cinema and Media Studies (5)
Provides a basic grounding in the theory, history, and criticism of film and media studies, and introduces central debates, topics, and methods in the field.
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CMS 597 Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies (3-5, max. 15)
Varying topics in cinema and media studies. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
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