Film & Digital Media Summer Courses


    Introduction to Film Studies

  • FILM 20A

    Session 2

    Restrictions lifted in summer for all students.

    An introduction to the basic elements, range, and diversity of cinematic representation and expression. Aesthetic, theoretical, and critical issues are explored in the context of class screenings and critical readings. Students are billed a course materials fee.


  • Introduction to Production Technique

  • FILM 20P

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Introduction to the production processes of visual/aural, time-based, creative work. Students work on a range of creative projects: performed, written, photographed, and created digitally. Assignments emphasize imaginative problem-solving, collaboration, visualization, and critical media literacy. Students are billed a course materials fee. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 


  • Film History and Preservation in Italy

  • FILM 132A & FILM 185S

    Special Session - June 20 - July 13, 2019

    Study with Professors Shelley Stamp and Jennifer Horne in Bologna, Italy, while attending the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival. Programmed over 9 days, the Ritrovato is the world's premiere festival of film preservation. 400+ films are shown in 6 cinemas and in the city's historic outdoor piazza. Renowned for its curatorial leadership, the festival features the premiers of restored prints and rare gems of mainstream, arthouse, experimental, and early film, giving students a fully programmed tour of international cinema. Evenings during the festival include special presentations of films outside under the stars. Festival attendees enjoy live musical accompaniment, panels, lectures, and themed programs that provide students with in-depth knowledge of fascinating strands of international film history. Following the film festival, students will remain in Bologna for in-depth classes with Professors Stamp and Horne.

    Apply through Study Abroad by March 1

    Course(s)

    Film 132A: International Cinema to 1960 (5 units) - required

    A survey of significant developments in narrative film outside Hollywood from the advent of sound technology to the late '50s. Differing inter/national contexts, theoretical movements, technological innovations, and major directors are studied. Students are billed a course materials fee. Usually offered alternate academic years. Prerequisite(s): course 20A, satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. (General Education Code(s): CC.)

    Film 185S: Circulating Cinema: Festivals, Programs, Spectators (5 units) - required

    Study of a selected aspect of film history, theory, or criticism. Includes weekly screenings and historical/theoretical readings. Usually offered in alternate academic years with rotating topics. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): courses 120, 130, 132A, 132B, 132C, 134A, or 134B. May be repeated for credit.


  • History of Television

  • FILM 136B

    Session 2

    In summer, all prerequisites and restrictions are lifted. 

    Survey of the historical development of broadcast television from its origins to the present day phenomena of cable, satellite, and electronic networks. Examination of major genres, forms, and modes of production and consumption within cultural, social, and economic contexts. Offered every other year, alternating with course 136A. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 20B. (General Education Code(s): IM.)


  • Screenwriting

  • FILM 150

    Session 1

    Problems in writing for film and television are explored through the writing of original material and analysis of existing works. Various film genres, conventions, and styles, both fictional and nonfictional, are examined. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C, W.) 

    FILM 20A, 20B or 20C or previous college-level coursework in film studies, art, or literature is strongly recommended. In summer, no application is required. Satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements (ELWR, C1 and C2) is required for UCSC students.

    Because Screenwriting is a Creative Process course, students enrolled in Summer Film 150 are expected to do a lot of writing, submitting at least 15 pages of writing per week. Students will write a series of assignments, including Development and Structure materials as the foundation for their Personal Project, a short script (5-30 pages), which they will complete by the end of this class. This short script will be an imaginative project of their own choosing, suitable to the medium of film.


  • Fundamentals of Digital Media Production

  • FILM 170A

    Session 1

    Introduction to the conceptual and technical fundamentals of making digital media. Covers principles of digital image manipulation, basic web authoring, and interface design through projects that introduce production techniques and methods. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 20C or Computer Science 101 or Computer Science 109. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 


  • Advanced Topics in Television Studies

  • FILM 187

    Session 1

    Study of a selected aspect of television history, television criticism, or national television. Includes weekly screenings and historical/theoretical readings. Usually offered in alternate academic years, with rotating topics. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 20B. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior film and digital media majors and minors. May be repeated for credit.


  • Advanced Topics in Digital and Electronic Media Studies

  • FILM 189

    Session 2

    Study of a selected aspect of digital and/or electronic media history and criticism. Topics can include virtual environments, electronic networks, video installations, computer games, and hyper-media. Usually offered in alternate academic years. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 20C. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior film and digital media majors and minors during priority enrollment; may be opened if space allows. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.)