Minor in Film Studies
The Minor in Film Studies at NTU is an interdisciplinary program drawing on courses from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), comprising School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI). Thus, Film Studies at NTU draws on the expertise and talents of faculty from across the College curriculum, offers a varied conceptual and academic focus, and a wide range of courses, ensuring students are able to work towards a coherent academic programme while simultaneously pursuing their primary degree subject. Film is an important discipline within the College, and of growing importance within Singapore and the South East Asian Region.
Overview of the Programme
What is Film? How do we understand it? How does it provoke our responses? These three questions guide our courses in film studies. Through close textual analysis (rhetorically and grammatically), we examine how film figures and displays meaning. Across the three schools students have the opportunity to approach Film Studies from a variety of approaches, including film-making, film criticism, film theory, and the history of film, and to respond to film in aesthetic, ethical and cultural contexts, among others.
Key Aspects of the Programme
The Minor in Film Studies builds on the culture of interdisciplinary learning and research at NTU and represents an important component to undergraduate studies and other HASS majors. Specifically a Minor in Film Studies enables students to:
- Develop insights into the dynamics of imaging the world
- Learn the skills to analyse film in many theoretical contexts
- Understand developments in film by studying relationships between the production, distribution, exhibition and reception of movies and their historical circumstances.
- Develop the necessary critical language to formulate responses to film
- Learn a variety of skills that will enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the arts, film and cultural industries in Singapore
The Minor in Film Studies compliments existing degree programmes at NTU. It encourages cross-school academic work, and ultimately cross-college engagement. As well, it also allows students to pursue research into areas concerned with New Media.
All undergraduate students of HASS will be eligible to take the minor. Students must read and passed FL8001 (min grade of B) first before reading other electives in the minor basket and continue in the minor programme.
Students wishing to take the Minor in Film Studies will need to pass the core subject AND at least four other courses from the table below.
Minor in Film Studies Coordinators
The Minor in Film Studies coordinators are drawn from ADM, HSS, and WKWSCI. Currently, they include:
- Brian Bergen-Aurand, School of Humanities and Social Sciences: Film Theory/Ethics/West Asian Cinema
- Jihoon Kim, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information: Film theory and philosophy, media theory, digital cinema and arts, experimental film and video, moving images in the gallery, critical theories and contemporary global cinema, Korean cinema and media culture
- Peer Sathikh: School of Art, Design and Media
- Stephen Teo: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
SCI students specialising in Broadcast and Cinema Studies (BCS) will not be allowed to use the same CS courses offered under the Minor in Film Studies to fulfill curriculum requirements under the track specialisation and the Minor progamme. If you are specialising in BCS and would also like to pursue a Minor in Film Studies, please opt for courses outside of the BCS track.