Bachelor of Arts in Film
Since its early days, cinema has been one of the most influential art forms of the twentieth century. Uniquely situated in the “film” city of Cairo, the major in film, integrates professional film production training with the study of the historical and theoretical nature of the medium. Another critical component of the degree of the degree is studying the dynamics of cinema as a complex cultural, economic, and industrial practice. In conjunction with this academic and professional framework, the degree also provides a balance consideration of international, regional and local facets of the subject. The curriculum covers the following areas: the development of cinema as an art form; the impact of cinema on culture and society; the historical, thematic and stylistic trends within Egyptian and Arab cinema; the development of the theoretical and practical background and appreciation of the art of film making; aesthetic techniques used in production; and the relationship between cinema and the increasingly mediated visual cultures of the world.
Declaration of the Film Major
Students interested in declaring a Film Major are required to take FILM 2120 (introduction to Film), and FILM 2200 (Analogue and Digital Practices). Students with a minimum of B grade average in these FILM courses can apply to declare their Film major. Final recommendation regarding the declaration is made following an interview with the applicant.
The Visual Cultures Programs
The Film major participates in the Visual Cultures Program at AUC, which provides the home for interdisciplinary study in theory and practice across the three individual majors of Visual Art, Graphic Design, and Film. Established within the Department of the Arts in 2011 in response to the increasingly interdisciplinary character of visual creative practice in the 21st century, the Program offers courses that facilitate research-driven creative practice and the critical study and conscious use of diverse visual media in cultural context.
As a contemporary “visual culture” is a necessarily open-ended field in continual transformation, the Visual Cultures Program is a work in progress. It currently supports two introductory courses: the studio course Analogue and Digital Practices, which is cross-listed as ARTV 2200 , DSGN 2200 , and FILM 2200 and offers foundational study in visual research in a cross-disciplinary environment; and the lecture course Introduction to Visual Cultures, which is cross-listed as ARTV 2113 , DSGN 2113 , and FILM 2113 and provides students with a primer in the key terms and concepts for the analysis of visual texts past and present.
A total of 120 credits are required for the bachelor’s degree in Film, two courses of which must be FILM courses in the 4000 level.