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Minor in Cinema Studies


The Minor in Cinema Studies, housed under and administered by the Department of Visual Studies, is offered cooperatively with the following programmes in the Faculty of Arts: Animation and Digital Arts, Cultural Studies, English, Chinese, Translation, Philosophy, and History.


Programme Aim


Students enrolled in the Cinema Studies Minor will gain an understanding of film as an art form and as social practice, the relations between cinema and other arts, and the international dimensions of the medium.


Intended Learning Outcomes of the Minor


  1. To develop a basic awareness and appreciation of film as a modern medium of communication and creativity
  2. To read and interpret film images and narratives reflected in a wide range of cinematic works, styles, and movements
  3. To understand film’s significance as a means of literary, social, cultural, ideological, and/or political expression used for both popular entertainment and social change

Programme Details


  1. Students whose Major is in any programmes other than BA (Honours) Visual Studies and BA (Honours) Film and Media Studies may qualify for a Minor in Cinema Studies after successful completion of a required course and four other electives, resulting in a total of 15 credits.
  2. The required course must be completed with a grade of C- or above before the student can declare the Minor.

A. Required Course*

Course Code Course Title
Number of Credits
VIS2105

Introduction to Film
(titled as Introduction to Film Studies in 2018-19 or before)

3

*Students who have passed CUS3309 Film and Cinema Studies in 2018-19 or before may use the course, instead of VIS2105 Introduction to Film, to fulfil the requirement.



B. Elective Courses (Select any FOUR from the following with at least 6 credits of VIS courses from the list)

Course Code Course Title
Number of Credits
ADA2001

History of Animation (from 2019-20)

3
ADA2004

Motion Graphics (from 2019-20)

3
CHI3240

Literature and Cinema

3
CUS3310

Media, Culture, Society

3
CUS4331

Cultures of Cinema
(titled as Topics in Cinema & Media Studies in 2018-19 or before)

3
ENG3264

Asian Voices in English: Fiction, Non-fiction and Film

3
ENG3274

Literature and Adaptation

3
HST2262

The Historical Experience in Film

3
PHI4373

Cinema and Philosophy

3
TRA3238

Cross-cultural Perspectives in Film: Thematic Comparisons

3
VIS3001

Video Art (from 2019-20)

3
VIS3004

East Asian Cinemas (from 2019-20)

3
VIS3253

History of the Cinema (from 2017-18)

3
VIS3351

Film Genre

3
VIS3353

Non-fiction Film

3
VIS3399h ^

Special Topics in Visual Studies: East Asian Cinemas, Japan and Taiwan (from 2017-18)
(deleted from 2019-20)

3
VIS3399m

Special Topics in Visual Studies: Curating Film Festival: Programmes on East Asian Documentaries and Independent Films (from 2019-20)

3
VIS4251 ^

Art and Power: A Historical Survey of the Political Uses of the Visual (not offered from 2019-20)

3
VIS4352

Film Theory and Criticism

3

^ This course can still be counted as electives if students have completed the course in 2018-2019 or before.