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III. Policies: Film Studies Program

  • Subject name: Film Studies Program
  • Subject abbreviations: FIL
  • Bibliographer: Skip Hamilton
  • Other subject responsibilities: English and American Literature, Theatre and Dance
  • Address: 184 UCB, Reference & Instructional Services
  • Phone: 303-492-2987
  • Email: Skip.Hamilton@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:

The Library’s collection related to the Film Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder is developed to meet the requested needs of the faculty of the Program and the curriculum of the Program's students. The only materials purchased are 16 mm films, video-tapes, and video discs.


A number of the Program’s Faculty hold joint appointments in other disciplinary departments on Campus. Historically the greater number of these appointments have been in the English and American Literature Department. As Film is viewed as a narrative, with some similarities to literary constructs, its monographic and serial information needs have been met through the use of literature funds, particularly those allotted to English and American Literature. Also, the performers in this area frequently work in Theatre, so Theatre funds may provide assistance with some of this area’s informational needs. The parameters for collecting these materials may be found within the Collection Development Policies for each of these areas.

A. Curricular emphasis:
Filmmaking and critical studies.


B. Research emphasis:


C. Level of Degrees granted:

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Since 1989, the Program has been offering degrees in filmmaking (BFA) and critical studies (BA). Unlike most film departments, the Film Studies Program has successfully integrated the two tracks, so that BA students learn to make films while BFA majors study the nuances of film as an art form. Graduate courses are not offered at this time.


D. Special Studies:

The late Stan Brakhage, an independent filmmaker of international renown, taught for over twenty years in the Film Studies Program. His legacy remains central to the vision of Film Studies and special effort is made to collect all materials related to his work.


E. Other Subjects/Interests That Overlap and Utilize Materials:

Four Library Departments or Collections, (Rare Books/ Special Collections, Media, Art and Architecture, and Music), contain subject areas of mutual collecting concerns. Expensive items of critical worth to both collections are appropriate as shared expenses.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:



G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:


II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
For 16 mm films, requests from faculty will be solicited and then the materials will be ordered through the Libraries’ Acquisitions Department.

For the DVD/Video materials, a set amount of each annual budget will be designated by the bibliographer. Requests will be solicited from the faculty, and then, if funds remain, additional materials will be purchased by the bibliographer. Gifts-in-kind will be selectively accepted based on the needs of the collection. Other patron requests will be considered if, in the opinion of the bibliographer, they fulfill the goals of this collection development statement.


B. Languages:
English will be the predominant language of the collection. If there are Foreign Language feature films or documentaries of high merit sought by the Program’s faculty, these will be purchased as they are requested.


C. Chronological Guidelines:

Collection interests cover the entire range of feature films and documentaries since the beginning this art form.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Feature Films and Documentaries made by United States directors will be of primary interest with those made by directors of Great Britain having a very strong secondary interest. Again, film works produced by directors throughout the world will be purchased if requested by the Film Studies faculty.


E. Treatment of Subject:


Types (Formats) of Materials:

The only materials purchased are 16 mm films, video-tapes, and video discs which reflect the curriculum interests of the Program’s faculty.


F. Date of Publication:

Collection interests cover the entire range of feature films and documentaries since the beginning this art form.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class: