Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for courses that apply as FMS major credit are listed below. For a more complete list of course descriptions, consult the OU Catalog.

FMS 1013 Introduction to Film and Media Studies. An examination of history, role, impact, nature and delivery systems of film and media in the United States and the international community.

FMS 2013 Film and Media History to 1960. Survey of world film and media history from the origins of cinema through 1960, including silent cinema, the transition to sound, classical Hollywood and important international film movements. Emphasizes an understanding of cinema in aesthetic, technological, economic and social terms. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 2023 Film and Media History: 1960 to Present. Survey of Hollywood, independent and world film and media since 1960, including various new cinema movements, New Hollywood, media conglomeration and globalization. Emphasizes an understanding of the aesthetic, economic and social dimensions of film and media at the end of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 2033 Writing About Film. This course teaches specialized writing skills for writing about film. Topics covered will include the vocabulary of film writing, basic cinema research skills and techniques to write for academic and general audiences. Prerequisite: FMS 1013, ENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213.

FMS 2123 Acting for the Camera. This course covers the requirements, techniques and discipline of working on camera for film and/or television as a professional actor. Prerequisite: FMS 2033.

FMS 3213 Media Theories and Methodologies. This course will familiarize students with classical film theory that evolved during the early days of cinema up through contemporary film and media theory, as a foundation of understanding and analyzing the way media shape and reflect culture. Prerequisite: FMS 1013, FMS 2013 or FMS 2023.

FMS 3223 Topics in Film Genre. Offers students a systematic in-depth study of one or two specific genres such as Westerns, Romantic Comedy, Horror, Film Noir, and Melodrama. May be repeated once with change of genre. Maximum credit six hours. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 3233 Filmmakers Up Close. An in depth study of one or two filmmakers through the study of their films. Filmmakers include directors, screenwriters, actors, and others who have a significant role in making movies. May be repeated once with change of filmmaker. Maximum credit six hours. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 3243 Hispanic Cinema. Analytical study of exemplary motion pictures from the Hispanic world: Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 3313 Digital Camera Production. Film and media production with narrative structure. Student will learn to handle equipment and edit in-camera. Prerequisite: FMS 2033.

FMS 3323 Editing: History, Theory, Practice. Combines the history, theory, and practice of digital editing in a narrative context. Explores early experimentation in film editing, the evolution of equipment and techniques, major montage/ editing theories, and famous editors, while also providing hands-on shooting and editing experience. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 3413 Asian Cinema. A survey of major Asian films, exploring aesthetic and narrative traditions from Japan, China and India as its major concern. Films from other Asian cultures will be offered as availability permits. Students will refine critical, written and verbal skills. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 3440 Mentored Research Experience. 0 to 3 hours. For the inquisitive student to apply the scholarly processes of the discipline to a research or creative project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Student and instructor should complete an Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects (URCP) Mentoring Agreement and file it with the URCP office. Not for honors credit. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or equivalent, and permission of instructor.

FMS 3513 Children's Cinema. Examines recurring archetypal narratives, figures, and visual grammar of children's film throughout film history as well as analyzes film production strategies and values in a variety of sub-genres. Looks critically at how film narratives currently address audiences of children and how they have done so historically. Prerequisite: 1013.

FMS 3683 Social Issues and Film. Analytical study of films that engage one or more social issues such as race relations, gender roles, class conflict, nationalism and imperialism. Focus will be on their various aesthetic approaches such as social realism, anti-realist techniques, and satire. Prerequisite: 1013.

FMS 3703 Topics in Film and Media Production. An in-depth critical and applied study of a particular type of production, with topics such as Advanced Single-Camera Production, Aesthetics and Practice of the Short Film, and Making the Feature Film. May be repeated once with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 3713 Topics in Writing for the Screen. An in-depth critical and applied study of a particular type of production, with topics such as Advanced Single-Camera Production, Aesthetics and Practice of the Short Film, and Making the Feature Film. May be repeated once with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 3800 Internship. 1 to 3 hours. Participation in supervised internship with submission of journals describing work performed, regular reports, on-site supervisor evaluation, assigned readings and final assessment of experience. May be repeated with change of internship; maximum credit four hours. Prerequisite: FMS 1013, junior standing, and instructor permission. Contact the FMS department for additional information.

FMS 3810 Variable Topics. 1 to 3 hours. Varied projects concerning particular aspects of film and video history, genre and methods of film or video production. May be repeated with change of content; maximum twelve hours. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 3833 Masterpieces of World Cinema. Survey of world film and the principles underlying historical and critical approaches to the cinema, emphasizing an appreciation of international cinema as an aesthetic, economic and social factor in the twentieth century. May be repeated with change of content. Maximum credit six hours. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 3843 Topics in National Cinemas. Analytical study of exemplary motion pictures in terms of major periods, themes and formal parameters in relation to national cultural histories, such as the French New Wave, Film Noir or American silent film. May be repeated with change of content; maximum six credit hours. Prerequisite: FMS 1013.

FMS 3853 Feature Screenwriting. An introduction to writing for the screen including a variety of assignments leading up to developing and writing a feature screenplay. Prerequisite: FMS 1013 and permission of instructor.

FMS 3960 Honors Reading. Contact the FMS Department for additional information. Prerequisite: FMS 1013 and permission of Honors College.

FMS 4013 Senior Seminar in Film and Media Studies. Special problems or topics in film and media studies selected by the instructor and indicated by its particular title. Emphasis will be on the individual preparation of a research paper and/or creative project in the topic area. Prerequisite: 24 hours of major credit.

FMS 4990 Independent Study. 1 to 3 hours. Independent study may be arranged to study a subject not available through regular course offerings. May be repeated once with change of content. Prerequisite: FMS 1013 and instructor permission. Contact the FMS department for more information.

FMS 4960 Directed Readings. Contact the FMS department for additional information.

AFAM 4233 Blacks & the Movies: Hollywood & Black Independent Film. Prerequisite: any course that focuses on African or African American content, or English 1213. Historical overview of the development of African American cinema. Examines how film has been used to culturally define the parameters of black cultural identity and how black cultural producers promoted alternate constructions of black identity. (Irreg.)

ANTH 4443 Visual Anthropology. Prerequisite: 1113 or junior standing. Explores the historical and contemporary use of media to represent culture, and examines the changes in styles of ethnographic film from direct cinema and observational cinema to reflexivity, personal cinema, indigenous media, and collaboration between ethnographic filmmaker and film subject. (Irreg.)

ART 2813 Filmmaking I. Prerequisite: 15 hours of foundation coursework or permission of instructor. Beginning 16mm filmmaking covering basic technical and aesthetic properties of film. Students work in b/w 16mm film and non-synchronous sound. The course is taught through a combination of lecture, hands-on lab, and film screening. (Irreg.)

ART 2853 Introduction to Photography. Prerequisite: 15 hours of foundation coursework or permission of instructor. This course introduces the student to current photographic concepts, theory and practice, both traditional and digital. It is divided into components that introduce the camera and exposure controls, explores darkroom procedures including black and white film processing and printing and includes presentation and criticism, and covers digital photo practices including an introduction to Photoshop. (Irreg.)

ART 2873 Video for the Artist I. Prerequisite: 15 hours of foundation coursework or permission of instructor. Emphasis on developing video production and post-production skills. Training exercises in studio and field production, camera work, lighting and sound. Instruction and practice in analog and digital editing. Exploration of digital media. Students will produce a number of short projects. (Irreg.)

ART 3813 Filmmaking II. Prerequisite: 2813. Continuation of Filmmaking I with an introduction to use of color film stock and an emphasis on the use of lighting and sound. Raw footage will be transferred to a digital video format for editing on nonlinear edit systems. The course will be taught through a combination of lecture, hands-on lab, film screenings and project critiques. (Irreg.)

ART 3853 Intermediate Traditional Photography. Prerequisite: 2853 or permission of instructor. May be repeated once with change of content; maximum credit six hours. This course will explore traditional photographic practices. It focuses on the development of concepts in the image making process and explores various means for producing a cohesive body of work. Instructor will determine the content and methodology, but all courses will include refinement of ideas and informed discussion with referential context. Readings and writings will supplement class discussion. Laboratory (Irreg.)

ART 3873 Video for the Artist II. Prerequisite: 2873. Continuation of 2873. Introduction to advanced imaging and editing techniques. (Sp)

ART 4813 Media Arts Special Topics. Prerequisite: 3810 or 3873. May be repeated with change of topic; maximum credit 12 hours. Explores various advanced-level topics in production, style and technique. Topics to be determined by department. Individual topics may include but are not limited to animation concepts, documentary, experimental, narrative, digital media, as well as editing, lighting, sound, and other production-related concerns. (F, Sp)

ART 4873 Advanced Media Arts. Prerequisite: 4810 and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Students create advanced-level work in media arts within a group-critique setting. (F, Sp)

ART 4930 Internship. 1 to 6 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; majors only. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Students arrange and participate in a professional work experience with an approved internship site. (Irreg.)

ART 4973 Film and Video Studio Topics. Prerequisite: majors with junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics course in film and video for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. (Irreg.)

ART 3943 Media Arts Seminar. Prerequisite: 2010 or 2803 or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of topic; maximum credit nine hours. Seminar presents topics that are related to the media arts which may not utilize production as an element of the course. Topics may include but are not limited to critical viewing of specific genres of work, producing methods, and current issues within media arts culture. (Irreg.)

COMM 4643 Mass Media Effect. Prerequisite: 1113 junior standing. Examines theories and research findings that inform conclusions about the effects of mass communication. Focuses on media use patterns, social effects (violence, pornography, and stereotyping) use and effects on children, public opinion, political effects (election campaigns), economic effects (advertising), cultural effects, new communication technologies, and long-term effects. The course also seeks to enhance the skills of critical reading, logical thinking, and use of evidence about the effects of mass communication. (F, Sp, Su)

ENGL 2243 Film Narrative. Introduction to basic visual terminology, filmmaking concerns, film theory and aesthetics. Survey of different approaches to narrative filmmaking (for example, genre or auteur). Also discussion of film and society in regards to how one influences the other. (Irreg.) [IV-AF]


ENGL 3023 Thematic Approaches to Literature II. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit six hours. Close study of a major theme or preoccupation of a literary period in important works of the period. Attention to the relationship of the theme to relevant philosophical, sociological, political, religious and/or scientific thought. (Irreg.)

ENGL 3263 Women and Film. Prerequisite: 1213. Focus on the representation of women on screen and the role of women behind the camera from the late 19th century through the present day. Readings will include major essays in feminist theory including sociological, psychoanalytic, semiological, and cultural approaches. (Irreg.)

ENGL 3273 Comic Theory and Practice Through Film. Prerequisite: 1213. Through readings in comic theory and film, an examination of the comic response to life, celebrating our capacity to endure rather than to aspire and suffer. Forms of comedy to be examined include satire, black humor, farce, romantic comedy, festive comedy, comedy of manners, burlesque, the carnivalesque, and women's laughter. (Irreg.)

ENGL 3363 Films and Context. Explores film within a particular period or milieu. Attention is given to production styles, prominent actors and studio influence within a definable setting such as American films in the 1930s. (Irreg.)

ENGL 3423 Film and Other Expressive Forms. Examines from practical and theoretical perspectives the relationship between film and another area of creative expression such as the novel, theatre, painting and photography. (Irreg.)

ENGL 4013 Major Figure (with subtitle). May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit six hours. The major figure designated in the subtitle is studied in depth: a major portion of his/her works are covered; significant critical approaches will be presented. (Irreg.)

HIST 3313 Israeli Culture through Film. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of department. Introduces students to the Israeli culture in its modern day context of the young Jewish state. Focuses on the dynamic mosaic of this multi-faceted society which is still evolving. (Sp) [IV-NW]

HIST 3403 America through Western Film. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examines 2oth century American history focusing on western films. Surveys genre from dime novels and B-westerns through 1990’s, with special emphasis on important themes such as race, gender, American identity, American politics, and mythology. (Irreg.)

HIST 3430 Topics in United States History. 1 to 5 hours. May be repeated for credit with change of content. Discussion of a selected problem or problems in United States history. (F, Sp, Su)

HIST 3653 The Media and Social Change in 20th Century United States. Prerequisite: 1483 or 1493. A history of the interaction between the American people and the six most important ways of receiving information about their world during the 19th and 20th centuries. These include mass market newspapers (also known as the "penny press"), modern advertising, motion pictures, comic books, radio, and television. This is not an introduction to journalism or communications theory, nor a course in film history. (Irreg.) [IV-WC]

JMC 2644 Introduction to Video Production. Prerequisite: 1013. Provides an overview of both studio and location video production. Lecture, labs and self-paced study will examine production, writing and performance concepts and applications. (F)

JMC 3011 Mass Media Practicum. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit three hours, two hours may be in the same area. Sections include The Wire, TV programming and operations, Oklahoma Daily, radio station KGOU, OU Nightly News, the Sooner Yearbook student staff members, and other JMC major co-curricular opportunities. Discussion and analysis of current problems. (F, Sp, Su)

JMC 3143 Basic News Photography. Prerequisite: 2033. Basic photographic skills needed to produce photographs suitable for newspaper and magazine publication. Content includes 35mm photography, darkroom techniques, news judgment, ethics, privacy issues, crime scene, courtroom and government protocol. 35mm camera required. Laboratory (F)

JMC 3504 Introduction to Professional Writing. Prerequisite: 1013, 2033 and instructor permission. Basic theory, orientation and fundamental techniques of fiction writing. (F, Sp)

JMC 3613 Electronic Field Production. Prerequisite: 2033, 2644 and/or 2623 or concurrent enrollment. Single-camera field production. Studies in methods for visual storytelling with electronic media. Students learn to gather, evaluate and post-produce content for traditional and emerging new media. (F, Sp)

JMC 3663 Electronic News Gathering Techniques. Prerequisite: 2033 and 3003. The history, theory and application of electronic news gathering techniques. Students learn to gather audiovisual information, evaluate it, edit it, and prepare the data for distribution through traditional and emerging news media. (F, Sp)

JMC 3703 Photojournalism. Prerequisite: 3143. Assignments include preparation of portfolio involving techniques to add interest to photographic content and two photo stories submitted for sale to news and magazine editors. Laboratory (Irreg.)

JMC 3723 Introduction to Documentary. Prerequisite: 1013 and 2644, or permission of instructor. History and development the documentary medium. Varied perspectives are offered; exemplary films and videos are presented, preceded by lectures on history and technique. Includes discussion periods and practice. (Irreg.)

JMC 3753 Electronic Media Criticism. Prerequisite: 1013, 2033. Offers basic skills to interpret the role that internet, video, film and audio play as a cultural force in society. Students will learn to become critical analysts of media texts. (Sp)

JMC 3763 Visual Writing and Aesthetics. Prerequisite: 2033, 2644. Course covers how shots and their sequencing communicates specific messages to audiences. Focus is on writing short-form dramatic scripts. Students, using visual language as a basis, will script a television series or a number of short films. (F, Sp)

JMC 4103 Mass Communication Technology (Slashlisted with 5103). Prerequisite: upper-division standing. An examination of new communication technologies and their impact on the mass communication industry and on society, in the framework of the information revolution. Topical areas include the electric revolution, print and broadcasting technologies, communication satellites and computers and their convergence, interactive communication systems, electronic age, and international impacts. No student may earn credit for both 4103 and 5103. (Sp)

JMC 4623 Producing and Directing for Multi-camera(Slashlisted with 5623). Prerequisite: 2644. Covers the techniques of multi-camera for studio and/or location production. Preparatory, practical, technical and theoretical issues regarding pre-production, production and directorial work for live television. No student may earn credit for both 4623 and 5623. (Irreg.)

JMC 4633 Advanced Video Production (Slashlisted with 5633). Prerequisite: 2033, 3613. May be repeated once; maximum credit six hours. Advanced single-camera class. Units on aesthetics, lighting, visualization, post-production and the integrations of sound. Intensive practice and skill development in television production techniques. No student may earn credit for both 4633 and 5633. Laboratory (F, Sp)

JMC 4643 Advanced Audio Production (Slashlisted with 5643). Prerequisite: 2623, 3633. Advanced study of the technology, capabilities and utilization of audio media. Units on advanced audio techniques for radio, television and film. Intensive practice and skill development in audio production techniques. No student may earn credit for both 4643 and 5643. Laboratory (Irreg.)

JMC 4663 Programming. Prerequisite: 1013, 2033, 3683. Contemporary problems, issues, and policies in programming in the broadcast industry. (Irreg.)

JMC 4683 Multimedia Content Management (Slashlisted with 5683). Prerequisite: 3013 and 3683. Examines working with media content in a variety of formats such as text, audio, video, photography and graphics, for online media. Instruction and practice in editing designing, presenting, and managing news and information content for online media. No student may earn credit for both 4683 and 5683. (F, Sp)

JMC 4753 Documentary Research and Writing (Slashlisted with 5753). Prerequisite: 2644, 3723 or concurrent enrollment or permission. Covers the preparation of a documentary from both practical and critical/theoretical directions. Focuses on research, writing and submission of documentary proposals, and practical writing exercises. No student may earn credit for both 4753 and 5753. (F)

JMC 4763 Documentary Producing and Directing (Slashlisted with 5763). Prerequisite: 4753. Emphasis is on the production and post-production phases of producing a documentary and developing the necessary skills. These include camera, lighting, sound recording, styles of visual coverage, interviewing, etc. The post production skills may include editing sound, visuals, writing and recording narration and voice over tracks, along with titles and graphics to complete a documentary. Students will shoot and complete a documentary project. No student may earn credit for both 4763 and 5763. (Sp)

JMC 4773 Post Production and Graphics (Slashlisted with 5773). Prerequisite: 3613. Practice and understanding of the aesthetic and technical applications of digital editing and design. Advanced non-linear editing techniques, DVD creation, graphic design, soundtrack creation, and compositing are covered in the context of fiction and non-fiction visual storytelling. No student may earn credit for both 4773 and 5773. (F, Sp)

JMC 4813 Mass Communication Law. Prerequisite: ninety hours, including thirteen hours of journalism and mass communication. Capstone course for the “Journalism” sequence. Examines the principles by which the mass media exercise their public functions and fulfill the mission of the First Amendment. Areas studied include: the right to know, truth and fairness, responsibility, libel, privilege, fair comment, privacy, contempt, copyright, regulation of advertising and the rules, regulations and industry codes which affect the broadcast media. (F, Sp) [V]

JMC 4853 Race, Gender and the Media (Slashlisted with 5853). Prerequisite: junior standing and 12 Journalism and Mass Communication credit hours. Survey of past and present relationships between women and racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. and the media. Media portrayal, employment, ownership and access will be studied. No student may earn credit for both 4853 and 5853. (Sp)

MLLL 3000 Literature in Translation. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. Appreciation and analysis of poetry, novel, prose, drama, or film translated into English. (F, Su)

MLLL 3133 Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema. Prerequisite: junior standing. Familiarizes students with the history of film in the Soviet Union, from the silent movies of its beginnings to its manifestation at the present time. No previous knowledge of the Russian language is required. Russian social and political issues explored through film. (F, Su)

MLLL 3153 Russian Literature through Film. Prerequisite: junior standing. Students analyze classic Russian literary texts and the films that they have inspired. This course focuses on the problem of cinematic adaptation. No previous knowledge of the Russian Language is required. (F, Su)

MLLL 3223 Japan through Film and Literature. Prerequisite: junior standing. Introduces Japanese post-war society and culture with emphasis on 1945 to the present, as reflected in film and literature. Students will examine essential issues, including class, family, gender, work, education, and minorities, paying attention to the struggles between traditional cultural values and modern society. (Irreg.) [IV-NW]

MLLL 3373 Italian Cinema. Prerequisite: Junior standing and English 1213. The aim of this course is to develop interpretive skills relevant to the study of Italian cinema by examining some of its most significant films. More specifically, we will analyze the ways in which Italian society is portrayed and typified in Italian cinema. We will cover the major film movements and periods, from "cinema muto" to Neorealism, from "commedia all‘Italiana" to the Italian horror genre and to the most recent works made by contemporary directors. (Irreg.)

MLLL 3943 German Cinema. Prerequisite: junior standing. This course will provide an overview of German cinema throughout the 20th century, with a focus on the cinematic representation of national identity and gender identity in Germany . We will examine the impact of shifting political structures on film production throughout German history, as well as influential theories of German national cinema. (F)