Courses for Non-Majors

A large number of undergraduate majors from other programs at York take courses offered by the Department of Film.

Visit the Faculty of Fine Arts course database for a summary list of courses offered in the current academic year, who is teaching the course, course outlines, schedule and location.

FA/FILM 1001 3.00   
Making Movies
Offers a D.I.Y. production course where students learn the fundamentals of visual storytelling and self-expression, the role of sound, image and directorial authorship through hands-on filmmaking exercises in lectures and tutorials. Students must provide their own production equipment. Course credit exclusion: FA/FILM 1010 3.00. Degree requirement for Cinema and Media Studies majors. Open to non-majors by permission of the department.

FA/FILM 1120 3.0
Introduction to Screenwriting (winter term only)
Provides an overview of the role of storytelling in filmmaking practice, introducing students to the techniques used by screenwriters to craft stories in both fiction and non-fiction films and television programs and other moving picture media. Course credit exclusion: FA/FILM 1010 3.00 and FA/FILM 1121 3.00. Note: Required of all first-year BA and BFA film majors.

FA/FILM 1401 6.0
Introduction to Film (for Non-Majors)
Provides a broad survey of the art and criticism of film. Students are introduced to some of the major films and movements that have come to define the evolution of cinema as a popular culture, political discourse and art form. Within an historical framework students will be introduced to the general vocabulary and syntax of fi lm studies. They will also learn about the major technological innovations, aesthetic movements and political discourses that have underscored the development of cinema as a culture industry. Prerequisites: None. Designed for non-majors. Course credit exclusion: FA/FILM 1400 6.00.

FA/FILM 1701 3.0
Hollywood Old and New
Offers a fully online introductory course that provides Web based delivery of lectures and discussion groups complemented by the screenings and interviews of TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies. Key concepts in critical film analysis will be introduced and important themes in American fi lm history will be examined. Students are asked to watch the two films per week screened on Saturday Night at the Movies and then to access lectures, post comments, and attend chat rooms via WebCT, a learning program for which they will be given access. Written assignments are to be submitted via the WebCT site.

Anatomy of the Feature Film
Investigates the creative, technical and financial aspects of feature filmmaking, and the specific roles of the personnel involved, from the screenplay development through all the stages of production and release, with particular attention to cinema as a multi disciplinary art form. No pre-requisites, open to students from throughout the University. Partially online (blended) course. 

FA/FILM 2401 6.0
Film, Television and Society
Examines the interrelationship between fi lm and television and the societies in which they are produced and consumed. Attention is paid to the social relations and ideological and political characteristics of contemporary societies, as well as contemporary criticism which has analyzed these media. Course credit exclusions: None.

FA/FILM 2701 3.0
Filming the Nation
Introduces students to the way in which the history and culture of Canada have been depicted through the documentaries made by the National Film Board of Canada since its founding in 1939. Usually reflecting and sometimes dissenting from the prevailing ideologies of their times, those films address Canada’s role (at home and at the front) during the second world war, the emergence of a peacetime society, Canada’s role in international diplomacy, the emerging social movements among Canadian women, native Canadians, Quebecers, Canadian youth and the aspirations of a maturing multi-cultural society. Learning objectives include an appreciation of these issues as they were seen by contemporaries and in retrospect as well as a more general understanding of the role of documentary and the moving image as a whole in depicting historical change.