Pre-Approved Extra-Departmental Undergraduate Film & Media Elective Courses for Fall 2019

Jul 22, 2019

Pre-Approved Film Electives for Fall 2019

1) English 166, section 002: Literature in the Century of Film

2) SSeasn 120, section 001: Film, Visual Media, and Spectatorship Practices in Modern South Asia

3) Chicano 135B, section 001: Latino Narrative Film Since 1990

4) EALANG 181, section 001: East Asian Film

5) NESTUD 190E, section 001: Special Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: “Introduction to Reel Arabs”

6) English 165, section 001: Utopian and (mostly) Dystopian Movies

7) French 170, section 001: French films: “Introduction to Film Cinema”

8) Chinese 172, section 001: Contemporary Chinese Language Cinema

9) Art 171, section 001: Foundations of Digital Video


Save the Date – 2019 Commencement Ceremony


Nov 13, 2018

Save the Date!

The Film & Media Department Commencement Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 2:00PM in Zellerbach Auditorium.

More info to follow.



Pre-Approved Extra-Departmental Undergraduate Film & Media Elective Courses for Spring 2019

Nov 6, 2018

Pre-Approved Film Electives for Spring 2019

1) German 186 – Transnational Cinemas: Situating Spectatorship in the Digital Era

2) English 190 – 013 – Sixties Cinema

3) Korean 186 – Introduction to Korean Cinema

4) Italian 170 – The Italian Cinema: History, Genres, Authors

5) French 177A – History and Criticism of Film

6) Chicano 135C – Latino Documentary Film

7) Africam 142AC – Race and American Film

8) English 190 – 014 –The Classic Western and Then Some

9) English 173 – The Language and Literature of Films

10) Scandin 114 – Studies in Drama and Film

11) Art 174 – Advanced Digital Video



Pre-Approved Extra-Departmental Undergraduate Film & Media Elective Courses for FALL 2018

Jun 27, 2018

Pre-Approved Film & Media Electives for Fall 2018


1) Italian 160 – Italy on screen’: Cinema, Politics and Modernity


2) Italian 170 – The Italian Cinema: History, Genres, Authors


3) French 43B – Aspects of French Culture – Intro to French Cinema


4) French 178A – Studies in French Film


5) Korean 187 – History and Memory in Korean Cinema


6) Japan 185 – Introduction to Japanese Cinema


7) English 165 – Literature and Media Theory


8) Natamst 158 – Native Americans and the Cinema


9) Rhetoric 130 – Novel into Film


10) Scandin 115 – Studies in Drama and Film – The films of Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007)


11) English 173 – The Language and Literature of Films


12) Anthro 138A – History and Theory of Ethnographic Film


13)  Mediast 111 – Media History


14) Chicano 135A – Latino Narrative Film: to the 1980s


15) Art 171 – Digital Video: The Architecture of Time



Film Department Sponsors Master Class with Famous Silent Film Composer Donald Sosin

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Jun 11, 2018

Donald Sosin, a famous composer and silent movie accompanist, held a master class on the unique art form at BAMPFA on Monday June 4th. The SF Chronicle wrote a great article on the event: p


Visting Professor – Ellen Rae Spiro from the Dept of Radio-TV-Film at Univ Texas


Dec 11, 2017

We are pleased to welcome Ellen Rae Spiro as a Visiting Professor in Spring 2018. She has been a Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas since 1998.

She is the recipient of numerous awards for documentary filmmaking, most notably for the film Body of War (2007), which won a festival award in Toronto, was nominated for a Producers Guild award, and won the National Board of Review award that year. The film was also short-listed for an Academy Award. Her film from the year before, Troop 1500, won a Gracie award, as did she for Best Director.

She also won an Emmy in 2004 for the film Are the Kids Alright? and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, multiple Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, and a Fulbright Fellowship.

Her documentaries have received feature treatment on media outlets such as the Bill Moyers show and This American Life.  

For more information about Professor Spiro check the link here: 


*** She will be teaching our Film 184 course on Documentary Production in Spring 2018***

For more questions about this course contact her here:



Pre-Approved Extra-Departmental Undergraduate Film Elective Courses for Spring 2018

Oct 23, 2017

The following courses have been approved to count for upper-division elective credit in the Film Studies major for Spring 2018.

Please visit their respective department websites for course descriptions and further information. 


French 170 – CN:39629   (25 seats) 

French Films: Introduction to French Cinema 

French 141 – CN:39616   (40 seats)

French Studies in an International Context

France, Europe and the Refugee "Crisis": Explorations in Fiction and Film

Slavic 138 – CN:32173   (30 seats)

Topics in Russian and Soviet Film; Sergei Eisenstein

Rhetoric 131T – CN:29870 (17 seats)

Genre in Film & Literature: Western Noir

Rhetoric 132T – CN:40955 (17 seats)

Auteur in Film: The Films of the Coen Brothers 

English 173 – CN:38962   (40 seats)

The Language and Literature of Films (Post)colonial Film

GWS 126 – CN:39436   (50 seats) 

Film, Feminism, and the Avant-Garde

AfricAmSt 142AC – CN:21951   (138 seats)

Race and American Film 

Anthro 138B – CN:39639   (12 seats)

Field Production of Ethnographic Film

EthnicSt 122AC – CN:24203   (90 seats) 

Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary American Films

Italian 170 – CN:32137  (35 seats) 

The Italian Cinema: History, Genres, Authors

Korean 186 – CN:39292  (30 seats) 

Introduction to Korean Cinema 

Art 141 – CN: 323082 (17 opens seats) 

Temporal Structures: Video and Performance Art

Art 174 – CN:41461 (17 open seats)

Advanced Digital Video 





Film & Media Departmental Statement on the DACA Decision

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Sep 6, 2017

The faculty of the Department of Film & Media stands in support of our DACA (Dreamer) students and their families. Our department remains a welcoming place for all students. We are dismayed by the President's recent announcement that would end the DACA program in six months and support UC President Napolitano's call for a permanent solution that provides a secure path to citizenship. We will do all we can to support students in our classes and our program who are affected by the potential termination of the DACA program.


Commencement 2017


May 11, 2017

Congratulations to our graduates in the class of 2017!

Join us Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 2:00 pm in Zellerbach Hall for the commencement ceremony. Students, please make sure you have pre-purchased your guest tickets in the Film department office. 

Go Bears!