Course code:



I - Introductory

Meets the following requirements:

  • AD - Arts & Design
  • HY - History
  • WF - Writing-Focused

Lab fee:


Typically offered:


This course explores the history, production and meanings of motion pictures.

Using various films as case studies, we will look at the development of film forms, techniques, and genres, beginning in the 1890s and progressing through the first fifty years of cinema history. The films studied will include: narrative, avant-garde, documentary, and animation. Students will learn concepts of film analysis and criticism. Students will have opportunities to practice critical skills in class discussions, and in research and writing assignments.

Students will be evaluated based on attendance, participation in class discussion, and written papers. Writing focus option.



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