Minor in Film Studies

The Minor in Film Studies helps prepare students for the challenges associated with negotiating life in a world dominated by images, and by the multiple, sophisticated and complex appeals made by a growing range of increasingly interrelated image-based media. Exposure to film’s history, its aesthetic elements, and its industrial contexts will allow students to develop the fundamental and vital skills to address, critically assess and engage with cinema in its myriad contexts.

The program will introduce students to a range of perspectives on the study of film, hone critical and analytical skills, and enhance a thoughtful and engaged appreciation of film culture in its historical, industrial, political and socio-cultural contexts. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor offers students the opportunity to interrogate moving images from the varied vantage points of different disciplines, examining film as art, culture and business, and as text, discourse and product.

Students will

(1) Gain insight into the history of film and its key aesthetic practices;
(2) Interrogate the social meanings, functions and uses of film;
(3) Develop their media literacy through film analysis skills; and
(4) Cultivate an informed, critical approach towards the role of images in our society.

The Minor in Film Studies is open to all students in NUS from Cohort 2011 and after.
  

Programme Requirements

Pass at least 24 MCs of recognised modules which must include:

  1. EN2203 Introduction to Film Studies, or EN2113 Reading Film and Cultural Texts (note: EN2113 is no longer offered)
  2. Two modules drawn from the list of recognised modules in Band A (see below).
  3. Three modules drawn from the list of recognised modules in Band B (see below).
 

List of Recognised Modules **(for Cohort 2016 onwards)

Band A Modules
EN2204 Reading the Horror Film or EN3248 Reading the Horror Film
EN2274 Introduction to Screenwriting
EN3242 History of Film
EN3880A History of Non-Western Film
EN4247 Film Theory
GES1029 Singapore Film: Performance and Identity
TS2243 Film Genres: Stars and Styles
GEH1007 Asian Cinema: The Silent Era
GEH1009 Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic
GEH1023 Exploring Chinese Cinema: Shanghai-Hong Kong-Singapore
JS2216 Postwar Japanese Film and Anime
MS4207 Malay Film
SN3274 South Asian Cinema         

Band B Modules
EN3249 Introduction to Visual Culture: Art, Film and Media
GEH1053 Film Art and Human Concerns
GEH1055 Religion and Film
CL3283 Film and Television Subtitling Translation
CH2292A Understanding Modern China through Film (in English)
JS3216 Japanese Film and Literature
TS3232 Performance and Social Space
TS3238 Acting for the Screen
TS3243 Stage and Screen
TS4220 Shakespeare and Film
EU2224 Europe since 1945 in Film
GEH1011 Film and History
PH2224 Philosophy and Film
PS2256 Politics on Screen
PS3260 Politics and the Visual
PS4214 Politics, Art, and Popular Culture


List of Recognised Modules **(for Cohort 2015)

Band A Modules
EN2204 Reading the Horror Film or EN3248 Reading the Horror Film 
EN2274 Introduction to Screenwriting
EN3242 History of Film
EN3880A History of Non-Western Film
EN4247 Film Theory         

Band B Modules
EN3249 Introduction to Visual Culture: Art, Film and Media
GEH1053 Film Art and Human Concerns
GEH1055 Religion and Film
GES1029 Singapore Film: Performance and Identity                         
TS2243 Film Genres: Stars and Styles 
TS3232 Performance and Social Space
TS3238 Acting for the Screen
TS3243 Stage and Screen
TS4220 Shakespeare and Film
CH2292A Understanding Modern China through Film (in English)
CL3283 Film and Television Subtitling Translation
EU2224 Europe since 1945 in Film
GEH1007 Asian Cinema: The Silent Era
GEH1009 Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic
GEH1011 Film and History
GEH1023 Exploring Chinese Cinema: Shanghai-Hong Kong-Singapore
JS2216 Postwar Japanese Film and Anime
JS3216 Japanese Film and Literature
MS4207 Malay Film
PH2224 Philosophy and Film
PS2256 Politics on Screen
PS3260 Politics and the Visual
PS4214 Politics, Art, and Popular Culture
SN3274 South Asian Cinema


List of Recognised Modules **(for Cohort 2014 and before)

Band A Modules
EN2204 Reading the Horror Film or EN3248 Reading the Horror Film 
EN2274 Introduction to Screenwriting
EN3242 History of Film
EN3880A History of Non-Western Film
EN4247 Film Theory         

Band B Modules
EN3249 Introduction to Visual Culture: Art, Film and Media
GEK1031 American Film
GEK2020 Film Art and Human Concerns
GEM1033 Religion and Film
TS2238/SSA2218 Singapore Film: Performance and Identity                         
TS2243/GEM2026 Film Genres: Stars and Styles 
TS3232 Performance and Social Space
TS3238 Acting for the Screen
TS3243 Stage and Screen
TS4220 Shakespeare and Film
CH2292A Understanding Modern China through Film (in English)
CH2297/GEK2047 Exploring Chinese Cinema: Shanghai-Hong Kong-Singapore
CL3283 Film and Television Subtitling Translation
EU2224 Europe since 1945 in Film
HY2243/GEM2005 Film and History
GEM1049 Asian Cinema: The Silent Era
GEM1050 Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic
JS2216 Postwar Japanese Film and Anime
JS3216 Japanese Film and Literature
MS4207 Malay Film
PH2224 Philosophy and Film
PS2256/GEK2043 Politics on Screen
PS3260/GEK3005 Politics and the Visual
PS4214 Politics, Art, and Popular Culture
SN3274 South Asian Cinema


Note:

(a)  A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor may be used to fulfil the requirements of a major or another minor.

Please refer to the guidelines/requirements pertaining to the Minor programmes at the FASS Student Portal and the Registrar's Office (Minor programmes) website.

(b)  Note to English Literature (EN) Major students who have declared a Minor in Film Studies (reading all EN-coded modules to fulfil the Band A requirement)

Since students are allowed a MAXIMUM of 8 MCs to fulfil both the EN Major and Minor in Film Studies requirements, this means one of the three EN-coded film modules (i.e. one from the following: EN2203/EN2113, and two Band A modules) cannot be double-counted towards EN Major requirements.
Therefore, EN Major students who have declared the Minor in Film Studies, and read 2 EN-coded modules (8 MCs) from Band A must read one extra EN-coded module.

EN Major students should check their GAPS/academic record carefully to ensure that they fulfil all EN Major requirements.

Students are reminded that modules from their major cannot be used to fulfil the unrestricted electives (outside the major) requirement.