Cinema Studies - Fall 2013
ART 241A Introduction to Photography
This course introduces students to traditional black and white photographic techniques. Instruction covers the understanding and use of a 35mm SLR camera and its functions, the process of developing black and white negatives and creating black and white 8x10 prints. Some areas of photographic capture covered: depth of field control, motion control, portraiture and experimental approaches. Basic digital image editing will also be explored. This course is intended to be the introductory course to the photography concentration for the Department of Art. It is also a course designed for students who want an introduction to the medium as part of a broad liberal arts experience. A $250.00 chemistry/supplies fee and a $50.00 camera/tripod rental fee are required for the course.
ART 280 History of Photography
From the very first imaging methods to the latest in contemporary ideas, this course spans over 180 years of photographic history. A thorough survey of artists, genres, technologies and themes is explored, with a special emphasis on how photography has been a perpetual partner with modern history the development of cinema and methods of global communication.
CINE 200 Introduction to Cinema Studies
Cinema Studies 200 will introduce you to cinema as an art form and as an industry. The course will help you learn a technical vocabulary for the expressive elements of film, including mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound, among others. Cinema Studies 200 is also intended to provide an overview of how cinema has developed as a medium and as an industry and to provide an overview of genres and types of film, including narrative, documentary, animated, short films, etc. Moreover, the course traces major trends and movements in international film, focusing, as time allows, on sample national cinemas. This course also briefly introduces major concepts in film theory. In general, Cinema Studies 200 approaches film in its capacity to shape and reflect our values and beliefs, as an art form deeply embedded in its culture. The course will also begin to familiarize you with analytical approaches to film and to effective strategies for writing about cinema in a number of genres, including the film review, shot by shot analysis, and researched essays on cinema. In the course you will also briefly examine the study of television and select other digital media. Finally, in Cinema Studies 200 you can prepare for more advanced study in cinema and media studies and foster a deeper appreciation for cinema as an art form and as a powerful cultural force.
CINE 270 Film Language in the Curriculum
Prerequisite: CINE 200.
FLIC modules accompany selected courses in several disciplines presenting students with the opportunity to do additional research in Cinema Studies and earn credit for that work. Students will work with a faculty member from the Cinema Studies minor to design and complete a project that expands on a course topic, working in conjunction with a professor who has agreed to work with the FLIC module. Students must register both for a course offering the FLIC option and for the FLIC module. FLIC modules allow students the opportunity to enrich their learning by acquiring interdisciplinary perspectives on film and television. This course may be repeated for credit, but no more than four semester hours may be counted for the minor.
COMM 350 Animation: History and Analysis
Prerequisites: CINE 200 or COMM290S or permission of instructor.
This course examines the history of animation and applies critical frames to the analysis of its artifacts. Our review of the art form’s development stretches from its prototypical roots as a novelty in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through the era of Hollywood studios as major producers on to the development of television animation and ultimately computer generated imaging. We will investigate shorts, features, and television series, considering how they communicate ideas through the language of animation and how they reflect and affect the culture around them. Topics of discussion will include the rise of the major studios (e.g., Disney), the arrival of anime in America (e.g., Akira), and the influence of Saturday morning programming blocks on television. Students will have the opportunity to analyze meanings and the techniques of meaning making in artifacts ranging from Felix the Cat and Snow White to South Park and Adventure Time.
SPAN 263 Film and Social Change
Prerequisite: SPAN 112F, 150F or 200 level placement.
This course introduces students to film from Spain and Latin America that intersect with social and historical transitions. Students will explore the cultural context of each film, analyze major themes, and discuss the role of film as a reflection of and catalyst for social change. The course will focus on aiding students in developing language skills for description and reporting. Along with the practice/development of their language skills, students will learn basic principles of cinematic analysis and language.