Film Studies Competencies
Students who complete Intro to Film should be able to
- use accurate film studies vocabulary proficiently;
- do a shot and sequence-analysis;
- identify all aspects of film production and distribution;/li>
- analyze the impact of decisions involving cinematography, mise-en-scène, and direction;
- generate critical observations and insights about a variety of films and theoretical perspectives by developing a repertoire of critical questions about and approaches to film;
- explain the basics of major theoretical movements and approaches to film texts, including auteur theory, cultural studies, and race/class/gender approaches;illustrate their applicability, and assess their strengths and weaknesses;
- use these approaches when analyzing films;
- summarize the arguments for and against the notion of film authorship,
- talk knowledgeably about the work of one director, and
- create a video assignment.
Students who complete History of Film should be able to
- trace the historical development of the film industry within a broader socio-historical context, focusing on the technological, economic, scientific, political, and social forces that made an impact on it;
- explain the content and significance of its major movements, connecting them to the rich intellectual twentieth-century traditions in art, theater, music, linguistics, literature, philosophy, and politics; and
- assess the individual impact of influential films, directors, actors, inventors, cinematographers, and technical personnel,
- author perceptive and well researched analyses of individual films and/or movements, using media to illustrate their points.
Students who complete Film and American Society should be able to
- discuss the role of the film industry in addressing social change and social problems;
- explain the impact of the "media-industrial complex" on society;
- demonstrate an active knowledge of films in several different American genres, including the problem film, the western, the black comedy, the screwball comedy, and the science fiction film;
- trace, illustrate, and debate significant themes in American film;
- discuss the contributions of several directors to the American film industry; and
- author perceptive, thoughtful analyses of films.
- conduct research and author analyses of film with strong support from critical texts and media sources;
- create media to convey these analyses.