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Introduction to Film Studies




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Course level: Undergraduate

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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Film Appreciation

  • Identify the importance of film culture.
  • Identify preproduction, production, and postproduction.
  • Describe distribution, promotion, and exhibition.

Cinematography, Sound, and Editing

  • Describe how cinematography creates a film’s general impression.
  • Examine how sound and music are used in a film.
  • Explain how editing influences a film.

Film Genres

  • Examine the narrative aspects of film.
  • Examine the characteristics of genres.

Hollywood and Beyond

  • Explain early cinema and film history.
  • Identify film culture beyond Hollywood.

Films and Critical Thinking Skills

  • Analyze film through critical thinking.


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