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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the cinema. The course will examine broad questions of form and content, aesthetics and meaning, and history and culture. Using a wide variety of films, filmmakers, and film movements, the course explores the diverse possibilities presented by the cinematic art form. Topics include modes of production, narrative and non-narrative forms, visual design, editing, sound, genre, ideology, and critical analysis. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyze film and television as a technology, business, cultural production/artifact, entertainment medium and art form.
  • Analysis and interpretation of film and electronic media using film-specific language.
  • Demonstrate visual literacy through the application of the analytical tools of categories, theories and ideologies to understand the cinematic artsí complex role and function in society.
  • Demonstrate a recognition, description and analysis of formal aesthetics elements of the cinematic arts.
  • Prepare analytical essays regarding the technical, aesthetic, and cultural aspects of the cinematic arts

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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