hum150 | undergraduate
Introduction To Film Studies
Introduction to Film Studies is designed to provide students with an overview of film history and the skills necessary to analyze and critique film. Students will learn about film theory, aesthetics, genres, and basic film criticism. Students will analyze film through an examination of cinematography, editing, acting, scenes, and sound to allow students to view films critically, to develop a systematic and convincing interpretation of the films they watch, and to acquire the ability to analyze films in well-constructed and persuasive essays.
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Elements of Film
- Examine how sound and music are used in film.
- Explain how editing influences a film.
- Describe how cinematography creates a film’s general impression.
Film Genres Part I
- Explain how a film’s components create the genres of comedy horror, and science fiction.
- Examine the fictional aspects of film.
Film Genres Part II
- Explain how a film’s components create the genres of Westerns, documentaries, romances, and action and adventure.
- Describe the relationship between filmmaker and context.
Films and Critical Thinking Skills
- Describe the influences on how we view a film.
- Analyze a film using its components.
- Describe how films communicate.
- Examine the cultural value of films.
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