Department of Communication, Art, and Visual Arts
In the Communication and Visual Arts department, new classes, as well as a partnership with Mott Community College, GASC, and MacProfessionals are in the works to begin a program in film. This will include production, theory, history, and criticism.
Darryl Baird from the CVA department states, “We are having meetings regularly with these and other industry professionals to make a comprehensive approach to what we believe to be a growing industry in Michigan.”
The CVA is also beginning to craft an interdisciplinary program for video gaming and animation. Although it is in the beginning stages, the right steps are being taken to establish the program. A Video Production course is also currently offered.
Department of Theatre and Dance
There are a number of classes in theatre design and technology, including costume design and construction, make-up, lighting design, acting for the camera, set design, CAD design for performance, and audio design. The Bachelor Degree of Science in Design and Technology focuses on the stage, however, it includes adaptable skills for work on a movie or TV set.
The Politics and Film course focuses on the representation and interpretation of US politics in film. English UM-Flint offers a Gay and Lesbian Film course, a Third World Film course, and two American Film courses. The first American Film course covers the beginning of the studio era to the end. The second covers the end of the studio era to today’s film industry.
The course, Television in American Culture, is a part of Special Topics 499/598.There is also a weekly film in the special topics class, American Popular Culture.