I recently just discovered this unique, interesting and very cool, program: 1 month, 7 professors, 8 mini-courses, and 12 credits from the University of Washington to intensively study Chinese cinema at the Beijing Film Academy (http://faculty.washington.edu/yomi/bfa-uw.html):
"The program acquaints upper-level undergraduate and M.A. students with the history of Chinese cinema, with critical terms for discussing formal, institutional and ideological concerns, and with the Asian and global contexts of Chinese filmmaking. The intensive program includes eight mini-courses by leading Western and Chinese scholars as well as meetings with Chinese filmmakers. Other activities include weekly excursions in Beijing and vicinity. All classes are taught in English, to a student body from around the world. No knowledge of Chinese language is required."
Why is this such a great deal?
1) you study with 7 important international scholars/professors in the field of cinema
2) as the program is open to students worldwide, you have an equally nice chance to commune with a diverse group of fellow students
3) you have the opportunity to meet with Chinese directors and other producers of film in China and visit production sites
4) you receive 12 credits from the University of Washington at a cost that is less than half of what you would pay as an out of state student: the fee includes tuition, room, and all activities in and around Beijing.
There are no doubt other benefits as well depending on your own perspective. If you have any serious interest at all in this program, immediately email the program director because the deadline for applying has passed, but they will consider any late applicants who are serious about this wonderful opportunity (I have confirmed this with the director).
(In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I will be doing this program.)
here is some additional information about the program:
Students will take all eight mini-courses:
1. Early Chinese cinema (Li Ershi, Beijing Film Academy)
2. Concepts in Chinese Film Criticism (Zhong Dafeng, Beijing Film Academy)
3. Studying Film Production in the PRC (Li Wei, Beijing Film Academy)
4. Chinese Cinema and the Nation (Chris Berry, University of London)
5. Cinematic Realisms (Mette Hjort, Lingnan University)
6. Globalism and Contemporary Cinema (James Tweedie, University of Washington)
7. Beijing in Film (Yomi Braester, University of Washington)
8. Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary China (Yomi Braester and James Tweedie, University of Washington)
Regular lectures will take place four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), from 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm, followed by a film screening in the evening (a total of 8 mini-courses of 12 hours each).
At least once a week, an additional 2-hour class will be scheduled for meetings with film directors.
Guided excursions to locations around Beijing, ranging from tourist sites (including the Great Wall) to film locations (including the Beijing Film Studio lot). These excursions will typically take place once a week, for 5 to 8 hours, and occur on Wednesday or during the weekend.
Additional activities will include screenings at film theaters and drama performances (1-2 times a week).
To fully satisfy the course requirements, students must participate in all scheduled lectures and activities and write five 5-page papers, due on September 4.
To apply, simply send
1. A statement of purpose, explaining your interest in the program and detailing your academic background
2. A sealed letter of recommendation, by a teacher with whom you have studied, describing your academic aptitude and assessing your suitability for a study abroad program.
to the program director.