Celebrate Your Love of Film

VIU English is the place to indulge and celebrate your passion for film and TV! Bring your curiosity about why some movies stand the test of time, why some books make great movies (or not!), and how TV and film continue to shape our culture.  

VIU’s English Department is home to a rich variety of courses in film and television studies.  Our film and TV courses run in the evenings to allow for full screenings and lively discussion, and they’re accessible to students of all levels.  300-level courses are open to students with third-year standing, Love of Learning students, or with permission of the instructor.

See our Courses page for more detail on all the courses offered by VIU English.

Register now for Film Courses for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms. 

FALL 2020

Please note: All our English and Film offerings for the Fall 2020 term will be offered online. Course content will be delivered through text, audio, and video files. Connect with your classmates and instructors through discussion forums and virtual face-to-face meetings. 

FILM 101: Introduction to Film Studies (online)

This introduction to film will explore a range of topics, from film history, theory and criticism to a basic understanding of cinematography, editing, mise-en-scène, and sound. Working primarily from Richard Barsam and Dave Monahan’s Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film (6th edition), and some of the films we may be viewing will be Diablo Cody’s Juno (2007), Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko (2001), Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight (2016), Chris Eyer’s Smoke Signals (1998), Fernando Meirelles’ City of God (2002), Elia Kazan’s Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013), George Miller’s Fury Road (2015), and Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane



Film is a language of ideas and it is images and ideas that excite us when we watch a film in the dark. Film 220 provides an extended look into cinema as a unique medium of art, with a particular focus on cinematography and sound. In addition, we will consider concepts such as the cinematic gaze, voyeurism, and “PURE CINEMA,” in films from around the world, including classics such as Carl Theodore Dreiser’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and modern films such as Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016) and Parasite (Bong, Joon-ho, 2019). I look forward to an exciting semester with you. 


Literature and film have been paired together since the early days of film. This course will show the intersection between literature and film on the theme of the environment. We will compare written texts and movies with similar environmental themes, and sometimes the written and movie versions of the same texts, examining the approach to and presentation of the themes in the two methodologies of print and film, as well as looking at the abilities and constraints of both methodologies to convey theme. We will also look at both a documentary and docu-drama, comparing their effectiveness in both style and content in conveying the same themes and information as the movies. We will watch such popular films as AvatarThe Day after Tomorrow and The Lorax paired with some written environmental classics such as Le Guin’s The Word for World is Forest and Seuss’s original book The Lorax.


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