Film and media studies deal with theoretical, historical, and critical approaches to audiovisual products – from photography and film in all its forms and genres (fiction, experimental, documentary) to music clips and advertisement, from the pop culture to the art house, including television, video arts, installations, computer games, social networks, their past, present and sometimes future. The film and media studies explore the production, dissemination and exhibition that influence the perception of various media forms; artistic, cultural, economic, and political implications of film and media; all forms of transmediality, remediation and convergence that define the modern media landscape. The film and media studies grow constantly mirroring the rapid and expansive development of media industries.
The SAS allows to study film and media within a broad multidisciplinary context in an institution that brings together faculty from different disciplines and different countries trained at some of the world’s leading universities. You will learn to change your perspective and language rapidly and collaborate with philosophers, historians, performance artists, media sociologists and political theorists. You will deal with various theories, methodologies, analytical models, practices and critical approaches coming from psychoanalysis, semiotics, linguistics, Marxism, the literary theories of narrative, the theories of image and gender, postcolonial and cultural studies.
You will learn to think historically, theoretically, and analytically about all forms of audiovisual expression, from photography and cinema to online media within and across national traditions. You will also be able to take practical courses and learn how to create media products with the faculty teaching in SAS professional masters’ program Digital Cultures and Media Production.
Studying a wide range of media formats in the framework of the SAS BA program will prepare you for domestic and international careers in the area of online media, film and television, as well as in any company or organization that uses media in its PR and advertisement. At the same time, the major’s academic rigor, multidisciplinarity and strong emphasis on analytical and interpretive skills provide an excellent preparation for continuing your education by doing an MA program in various areas of social sciences and the humanities in any leading university.
Film and Media Studies major is comprised of five core courses that you must take and eight courses relevant for media studies that you choose from a large number of available electives. The core courses include a two-semester sequence in the history of film, a course in film analysis, media theory (archeology and futurology of media), and a selection of courses on specific film genres, filmmakers, national cinemas and new media.
This course trains students to develop analytical skills for close reading of moving images within different frameworks (production history, reception; genre; author; intertextuality and intermediality; social history etc.) and different methods (structuralism, cognitivism, psychoanalysis, feminism etc.). It introduces the students to the basic vocabulary and basic forms, styles and modes of production.
This course offers a broad survey of international cinema from its beginnings to the present putting emphasis on the dominant forms of narrative fiction, non-fiction, animation and experimental films from France, Germany, Italy, the Soviet Union, the USA, Japan, India and China. It will analyze evolution of cinematic style (Expressionism, Surrealism and various forms of Realism) and narrative structures, their change over time in the context of technological, industrial, political and aesthetical developments. It will show how films reflected their time and how they contributed to establish the audiovisual culture of modernity.
The course is designed to help the students analyze the audiovisual narration in fiction and non-fiction formats, the linear and non-linear dramaturgy, the television series and the transmedia storytelling (films, series, games) and its impact on the narrative structure in today’s audiovisual media (mind game, twisted endings, unreliable narration).
This core course introduces the application of humanities theories, tools, and methods to digital culture. It includes both the theoretical study of contemporary culture in its digital and other media forms, and also the practices of making humanities projects with digital tools.
During this course, we will study messages sent to us by new media vehicles (devices for production, processing and storage of information) on the level of their own language — the language of scientific and technological discoveries that have their conceptual doubles in the history of metaphysics and art. Based on a number of examples, we will analyze landmarks in the history of technical media in their interreflections with key milestones in the history of Western European culture.
You will write two BA theses (a Junior Thesis in your third year, and a Senior Thesis in your fourth year) on topics that you encountered in you major courses and find most interesting and inspiring to delve into. These theses will be written under the guidance of an adviser. You will also attend a weekly thesis workshop/research seminar during this period.
At the SAS you will have the opportunity to undergo practical training in areas associated with film and media culture. These practical opportunities include internship in media companies, film festivals, university TV network, SAS internal media production, art gallery volunteering, curatorial training, government cultural work and SAS research assistantships. Our school has established many links with different institutions and organizations and we are happy to work with you to refine your choice of work experience.
You will need to have chosen eight electives across your four years that are relevant for film and media studies. The present options are:
- Critical Theory: Key Thinkers, Texts, and Concepts
- Ecology, Technology and Anime
- History and Memory through Cinema
- History of Photography: Technology, Document, Art
- Image Scavengers: Collage, Montage, and Appropriation in 20th Century Art
- Introduction to Game Studies
- Introduction to Post-human Politics
- Language and Ethics
- Law and Love
- Literature and Nature
- Public Sphere and Private Life
- Sexuality and Social Power
- Russian Culture: the Classic and the Avant-Garde
- Foundations of the Humanities
- Gender, Sexuality and Biopolitics
- Modernism and Modernity
- The Politics of Revolution
- Après ’68: An Introduction to Contemporary French Theory
- Memories, Dreams, Confessions: Writing the Inner Life
- Visual Culture
- Sociology of Media
- Virtual Reality