Someone could call it a film class because 90% of what film has to do with
involves other element beside the aesthetic quality of film stock. You could
easily explain the difference and then move on to see if students could
capture the same visual language other than cinematography (light) that film
In fact someone could argue that it might be more useful because you would
need to argue the difference in the two mediums languages.
In fact in life you can do anything you want, unless you can't explain
breaking convention to people.
In fact having known this from personal experience most film classes are a
waste and get incumbered in the technical with little understanding of
getting something across (story telling, emotions, etc.).
A name is a name and if anything film is about breaking convention rather
than being stuck in it.
Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu