The following courses are a good introduction to the major. Film and Television Studies majors are in fact required to take any two of these introductory courses. One of these introductory courses is prerequisite for any of the 100-level FTS courses.
FTS 007 - Development of Motion Pictures I: Origin-1930
Introduction to basic film history, theory, and analytical skills. An historical overview of international cinema from its origins until 1930.
FTS 008 - Development of Motion Pictures II: 1930-1960
Introduction to basic film history, theory, and analytical skills. An historical overview of international cinema from the onset of sound to 1960.
FTS 009 - History of Television
Introduction to basic television history, theory, and analysis. An historical overview of television from its invention to the present.
Once you have taken one or more of the above and are looking to move on in the major, we suggest you take FTS 121: Film/Television theory. This is a gateway intermediate course to the major and will prepare you for-and give you a good idea what to expect from-the rest of the major courses. FTS 121 is also the prerequisite for the film/video production courses.
FTS 121 - Film/Television Theory
Intensive study of developments in film and/or television theory, such as realism, formalism, psychoanalysis, critical race theory, and feminism. Prerequisites: FTS 007, 008, or 009.
David Jenemann, Director
Film and Television Studies Program
Phone: (802) 656-3056
Department Website: http://www.uvm.edu/~fts