University of Sydney Handbooks - 2012 Archive

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Film Studies

Film Studies is an interdisciplinary subject area of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and is part of the School of Letters, Art and Media (SLAM).

The Film Studies major is an interdisciplinary program of study coordinated from the Department of Art History and Film Studies. Students are able to study the history of cinema, film theory and criticism, film aesthetics and style as well as the relationship between film and other disciplines.

The entry requirements for the major are 18 junior credit points taken from Table A of the table of units of study, including: ARHT1002 Modern Times: Art and Film or ENGL1026 Constructing the Fictive Self.

A major in Film Studies consists of at least 36 credit points at senior level which must include the following 24 credit points of compulsory core units of study:

  • ARHT2652 From Silent to Sound Cinema
  • ARHT2655 Modern Cinema: Modes of Viewing
  • FILM2601 Cinema Today: Introducing Film Studies
  • FILM2660 Cinema and the Digital Aesthetic.

The remaining units can be selected from a list of cross-listed units of study offered by the participating departments. Art History is a complementary subject area to Film Studies.

Film Studies Honours
The prerequisite for Film Studies honours is a credit average in 48 senior credit points of Film Studies. The honours year comprises two semester-long units of study and a thesis of 18,000–20,000 words in length. Further detail regarding prerequisites for 2012 and the nature of the honours year is described in the Unit of Study section of this handbook.

Summer and Winter School
The department will be offering the following undergraduate units of study as part of the 2012 University of Sydney Summer School:

ARHT1001 Art and Experience

For further details see the Summer School webpage:

Please check the Film Studies website for details:

Contact/further information
For comprehensive information see the Film Studies program website:
Undergraduate Student Adviser: Dr Richard Smith

Phone: +61 2 9351 4208