Program Information/Requirements

The Film and Media Studies concentration at Kalamazoo College offers an interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of film. We seek to engage critically with aesthetics, history, reception, race, gender, and class in production and consumption as well as issues of ethics, politics, and economics. We explore mainstream as well as oppositional forms and are investigators of film representation in the broadest sense: visually, aurally, and verbally. 

Six (6) courses are required for the Film and Media Studies concentration.

Required Course

  • ENGL 153 RTW: Classical Hollywood (offered twice yearly, cap of 25)

Five additional courses from any of the categories below. At least two of the five courses must have film as their primary focus. The courses with a film focus are listed at the bottom of each list.

Additional Courses:

  • ARTX 215 History of Photography
  • ARTX 224 Art Since 1945
  • ARTX 227 Modern Art Museum
  • ARTX 290 Art and Gender
  • ARTX 430 Ways of Seeing
  • MUSC 100 Program Music: Stories in Sound
  • MUSC 155 Western Art Music after 1750
  • PHIL 214 Philosophy of Art
  • PHIL 208 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 311 Postmodern Critical Theory
  • THEA 270 Theatre of Illusionism

Film Focus

  • ENGL 260 Studies in Film (various topics, year by year)
  • ENGL 4XX Advanced Film Theory
  • PHIL 109 Existentialism and Film
  • ARTX 110 Digital Art
  • ARTX 115 Digital Photography
  • ARTX 214 Framing Differences
  • ARTX 230 Analog Photography
  • ENGL 207 Arts Journalism
  • MUSC 105 Introduction to Music
  • THEA 120 Fundamentals of Acting
  • THEA 210 Lighting Design
  • THEA 225 Developing a Character
  • THEA 255 Playwrighting
  • THEA 380 Directing I with Lab
  • THEA 420 Advanced Acting with Lab
  • THEA 480 Advanced Directing

Film Focus

  • ARTX 200 TV Studio Production (1/4 credit)
  • ARTX 250 Introduction to Documentary Video Production
  • ARTX 301 Advanced Documentary Video Production

International Media
  • ARTX 215 A History of Photography
  • ENGL 264 Global Shakespeares
  • SPAN 445 Visual Practices in Latin America

Film Focus

  • CHIN 245 Chinese Film and Culture (taught in English)
  • ENGL 260 Studies in Film (only when the topic is African Cinemas or Bollywood)
  • FREN 435 Space and identity in French Cinema
  • FREN 435/490 Francophone Cult(ure) Movies
  • GERM 135 Weimar German Cinema (taught in English)
  • GERM 420 Introduction to German Cinema (taught in German)
  • GERM 421 Classic German Cinema (taught in German)
  • GERM 423 Topics In German Cinema
  • HIST/RELG/SEMN 268 Jews on Film
  • JAPN 240 Japanese Culture through Film (taught In English)
  • JAPN 250 Magna/Anime and Gender in Modern Japan
  • SPAN 401 Topics In Hispanic Culture (when the topic Is film)

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may not count toward the concentration but may be applied toward the total number of units needed to graduate.

Units from Study Abroad and Transfer Credit

Students may receive up to one unit of credit toward the concentration for a class taken on study abroad or at another institution. The course must first receive approval from the director of the concentration.

Film and Media Study SIPs:

The Senior Individualized Project or SIP should be viewed as the capstone experience of your studies at the college.  As a result, it is mostly undertaken within a major or minor. You can view previously completed SIPS relating to media on the college’s digital archive, CACHE. A Film and Media Studies SIP would be appropriate if you are working comparatively with multiple forms of media featured in the concentration or if you are primarily concerned with the theorization of media. Those proposing Film and Media Studies SIPs should have completed most if not all of the requirements for the concentration. 

Proposals for the SIP must be submitted by Friday of 6th week and approved by the 8th week of the spring quarter of the junior year.  You may submit proposals to Babli Sinha, the director of Film and Media Studies.  SIPS may be 1 or 2 units, undertaken during one quarter or two consecutive quarters.  A draft is due by the last week of the SIP quarter and the final version by the end of the second week of the following quarter.  A 1 unit SIP would generally involve 30-50 pages of prose, excluding bibliography and a 2 unit SIP would be 60-80 pages, excluding bibliography.  Non-analytical SIPS could be undertaken with the advanced approval of the concentration faculty. If you are considering a Film and Media Studies SIP, you are strongly encouraged to meet with the director well in advance of the proposal deadline.

The SIP proposal should be 1-2 pages and should include a brief description of the project and the political/intellectual/aesthetic questions you wish to explore. You should also provide previous coursework that have prepared you for the project and an annotated bibliography of some of the texts you wish to use in the SIP.  Finally, you should provide an explanation of the relevance of the project to Film and Media Studies. 

Include your name and contact information on the double-spaced proposal along with a completed SIP Registration Form (available at the Registrar’s office).