Film Studies Competencies

English 240: Intro to Film

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.

English 481: History of Film

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.

English 482: Film and American Society

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.