Course CodeART150
Description‘The course is designed as an introduction to the study of Film Art. The course will focus on understanding how film form and film style is created and meaningfully perceived by spectators. Units include an understanding of narrative structure, mise en scène, setting, cinematic objects, cinematography (frame, camera movement, lighting), editing, sound and acting as creative tools used for the construction of film art. The use of genres as well as the impact of historical/technical developments on film styles are also treated. Warning: Some of the content and discussion in this course will necessarily engage with filmic representations of violence and other mature themes or traumatic experiences. Students who do not wish to view certain films should inform the instructor.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
-Define and apply basic film analytical terminology (related to mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, sound, narrative, etc.)
-Analyze and interpret film sequences for aesthetic qualities and deeper meanings (sequence analysis)
-Outline the general development of the cinematic medium and film culture throughout recent history
– Identify major genres, movements, technological developments, and aesthetic styles from world film history
-Demonstrate an increased level of media literacy, specifically with regard to moving pictures and sound
SchoolSchool of Journalism, Media, and Visual Arts