Curriculum of the MA Program in Cinema Studies on Film History and Film Industry, Department of Filmmaking, Taipei National University of the Arts

1. Seminar in World Cinema

Based on film theories of the west, and through case study, this course will look into the social, historical, political, economical, technical, and industrial background of cinema in various countries and areas in the world, as well as the characteristics and contents of its traditions . The emphasis of this course is on East Asian cinema, the films of which are produced not merely copying either the commercial system of Hollywood or the art cinema system of European countries, but rather convergence, coexistence of various styles, seeking changes within stability. This course hopes to help film students to learn lessons from film history in order to be practical while pursuing their creativity. Hopefully, after taking this course, filmmaking students will base their films on local roots but do not lose sight of the world.

2. Seminar in Chinese Cinema

This course will discuss film classics of various periods in Chinese cinema and their aesthetics, as well as interactions among films, politics, economy, and social environment. Periods discussed will include the Golden Era of Chinese cinema in the 1930s and 1940s, National Defense films, films in isolated island, as well as films under PRC, such as model opera (revolutionary Peking opera), “scar films,” the 5th and 6th generation films, etc.

3. Seminar in Taiwanese Cinema

The goal of this course is to enhance the in-depth understanding of Taiwan cinema by filmmaking students. Students will recognize the paths and direction of the development of Taiwan cinema, thus enhance their objective vision on the making of Taiwanese films. Content of this course will include, but not limited to, the aesthetics, historical background, politics, economy, and cultural conditions in the development of Taiwan film history.

4. Film Policy and the Film Industry

By studying the historical development of government policies and film industry structures, this course aims to explore the interrelationship between film policy and film environment in various countries, including, but not limited to, Taiwan (Republic of China), France, Korea.

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Curriculum of the MA in the Study of Film History and Film Industry Program of the Dept. of Filmmaking, TNUA

Required Basic and Theories Courses

Courses

Required/ Elective

Semester/Year

Credit Point

Hours

1st Sem. Year

2nd Sem. Year

3rd Sem. Year

1st Sem

2nd Sem.

1st Sem.

2nd Sem.

1st Sem.

2nd Sem.

Basic Courses

Film Directing Basics I

Required

Semester

2

2

2

       

 

Scriptwriting Basics I

Required

Semester

2

2

2

       

 

Film Producing Basics I

Required

Semester

2

2

2

       

 

Acting for Camera I

Required

Semester

2

4

2

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theories Courses

Film Theories and Aesthetics

Required

Semester

3

3

3

       

 

Film Policy and Film Industry

Required

Semester

3

3

 

3

     

 

Seminar in World Cinema

Required

Semester

3

3

     

3

 

 

Seminar in Chinese Cinema

Required

Semester

3

3

   

3

   

 

Seminar in Taiwan Cinema

Required

Semester

3

3

   

3

   

 

Theories and Practice of Film Research I

Required

Semester

3

3

3

       

 

Theories and Practice of Film Research II

Required

Semester

3

3

 

3

     

 

Thesis Writing

Required

Semester

1

2

         

1

Independent Study I

Required

Semester

1

1

       

1

 

Independent Study II

Required

Semester

1

1

         

1

Total

 

 

32

35

         

 

Graduation Thesis

Required

This is a required course towards the fulfillment of receiving an MA degree in Cinema Study. TNUA University Rules stipulate that the graduation achievement of a graduate student is based on both the graduation thesis, which accounts for 50% of the total mark, and the academic achievement, which accounts for another 50% of the total mark. The mark of the graduation thesis is calculated by adding the marks of both the thesis oral examination and the graduation thesis, each account for 50% of the total mark.

 

Notes:

  1. Minimum credit points for receiving an MA degree in Cinema Study is 50 credit points, including a minimum of 32 credit points in required basic and theories courses, 12 credit points in required professional courses, and 6 credit points of elective courses.
  2. Regulations regarding the MA in the Study of Film History and Film Industry Program can be found in the TNUA University Rules as well as the regulations of the Department of Filmmaking, Taipei National University of the Arts.

 

Professional Courses

Courses

Required/ Elective

Semester/Year

Credit Point

Hours

1st Sem. Year

2nd Sem. Year

3rd Sem. Year

 

1st Sem.

2nd Sem

1st Sem.

2nd Sem.

1st Sem.

2nd Sem.

 

Seminar in Taiwan Film History I

Required

Semester

3

3

   

3

   

 

 

Seminar in Taiwan Film History II

Required

Semester

3

3

     

3

 

 

 

Seminar in Taiwan Film Industry I

Required

Semester

3

3

   

3

   

 

 

Seminar in Taiwan Film Industry II

Required

Semester

3

3

     

3

 

 

 

Total

 

 

12

12

         

 

 

Elective Courses

Courses

Required /Elective

Semester/Year

Credit Points

Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History and Aesthetics of Documentary I

Elective

Semester

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History and Aesthetics of Documentary II

Elective

Semester

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seminar in Film Policy

Elective

Semester

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laws and Film Industry

Elective

Semester

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film Topics I

Elective

Semester

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film Topics II

Elective

Semester

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others