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.

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    Instructors: Laimir Fano


  • 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.) 

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    Instructor: Brett Kashmere


  • Visual Culture and Technology: History of New Media

  • FILM 136C

    Session 2

    In summer, all prerequisites and restrictions are lifted. FILM 20A, 20B, or 20C or previous college-level coursework in digital media studies, media studies or film studies is strongly recommended.

    Explores the relationship between technology and change and surveys the history of various technologies of visual culture from print to computer based imagery and the Internet. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 20C. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.) 
    Instructor: Aphid Stern

  • Screenwriting

  • FILM 150

    Session 1

    The focus will be on writing Sketch Comedy. 

    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.

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    Instructor: Natasha V


  • Film Directing

  • FILM 151

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Workshop that explores the director's involvement in film and video production. Topics will include the manipulation of time and space, continuity, script planning and blocking, and working with actors and crew. Students will participate in group and individual exercises in pre-production and scene direction.(General Education Code(s): PR-E.) 

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    Instructor: Kiki Loveday


  • Race on Screen

  • Film 165B

    Session 2

    In summer, all prerequisites and restrictions are lifted. FILM 20A, 20B, or 20C or previous college-level coursework in digital media studies, media studies or film studies is strongly recommended.

    Review of historical and critical tools to interpret representations of race on cinematic, television, and computer screens. Class will consider the place of race in theoretical and historical scholarship and examine the debates about race produced within and across film and digital media. Students are billed a course materials fee. (General Education Code(s): ER.) 

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    Instructor: Yiman Wang


  • Advanced Topics in Film Studies: Docufiction

  • FILM 185S

    Session 1

    In summer, all prerequisites and restrictions are lifted. FILM 20A, 20B, or 20C or previous college-level coursework in digital media studies, media studies or film studies is strongly recommended.

    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. May be repeated for credit. 

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    Instructor: Turo Delgado