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Class offerings and Internships

What you need to know


Spring Quarter 2023

To see all of the Spring Quarter courses and read more information about them: Film and Media Studies Course Offerings Spring 2023.

FILM 2006-01: Sci Fi Film and Media

Female character in scifi film sitting at a desk.

How do depictions of the future effect our present day? What role do these speculations play in our politics, our arts, our sciences? How has the desire to visualize the future been pursued on film? These are some of the questions we will ask together in Science Fiction Film. This course will examine the tropes, techniques, and preoccupations of science fiction. Space, cyborgs, aliens, and virtual reality will be among the weekly topics. You will engage with a wide range of material, from blockbuster features to short stories, video games to silent films, philosophy to kitsch. You will also learn various approaches to the central tropes and concerns of the science fiction film, considering the genre’s intersection with philosophy, media studies.

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FILM 3014-01: Japanese Film and Media

A still image of a Samuri fight from a Japanese film.

Rooted in a rich cultural history, Japanese cinema has moved audiences and influenced filmmakers worldwide for over one hundred years. Since the beginning of cinema, Japanese filmmakers have drawn from vibrant theatrical traditions, spiritual philosophy, expressive art forms, and thousands of years of historical drama to tell exciting (and often deeply humanistic) stories that have expanded and improved the cinematic form. This class will explore the world of Japanese film from a variety of perspectives: historical, theoretical, and industrial.

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FILM 3110-01: Filmmaking 3

A woman filmmaker standing beside a camera on a tripod on set.

The final installment in the Filmmaking 1-2-3 cycle of classes, this course will bring together the critical, technical and creative skills you have developed throughout the year, in the creation of a single “capstone” work. This term-long project will be determined by the student, (either independently, or in collaboration with their peers) and may constitute a work of narrative, documentary or experimental media. Course time will be spent on the planning and production of these works, on class critiques, and on technical and practice-based instruction. Students will also be required to think critically about their work as media producers, through readings, discussions, and the keeping of a production journal in which they will reflect on their experiences.

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Want to receive credit for an internship?

Every student is strongly encouraged to consider taking at least ONE internship for credit in Fall Quarter and one additional (paid or unpaid) no credit internship before you graduate. It’s an essential way to network and gain professional experience!

According to a recent study from Michigan State University,* employers go on to offer 50 percent of their interns fulltime jobs.

(*Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Report, 2017. Study reported in NY Times, April 7, 2017)

What types of internships can I find?

Hundreds of national and local opportunities available on Handshake

Here are just a sampling of recent internships featured on Handshake, the platform that offers you access to internships, career information and more.

Finding the right internship

What do I do next?

Check out the College of Arts and Sciences' Pathways to Professional Formation website with information about internships and how to get them.

Create a Student account on the new national website, Handshake, to search for internships and apply for them.

If you know an employer who might be a suitable candidate for an internship, get them to register themselves on Handshake here and then post the position there. Instructions for posting jobs are available here.

Do you have more questions? Make an appointment with the Career Engagement Office.

We also have a number of dedicated internships that are reserved just for Film & Media majors!

Once you have found a suitable internship, applied for it  and secured it, then register for it by filling out the internship packet. These are available, with the Student Internship Registration Instructions , below. Then, make an appointment with Dr. Thompson to register for 5 credits (or less) for the next quarter. 

Email Dr. Kirsten Moana Thompson, Internship Director, Film Department.


  • Kirsten Thompson, PhD

    Kirsten Thompson, PhD

    Professor and Director of Film & Media

  • Shawn Bell

    Administrative Assistant