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Jennifer Ann Myers
T FILM 272
Tacoma Campus

Film Studies

Introduction to the languages and forms of cinema. Topics include narrative and non-narrative film; mise-en-scene, cinematography, and editing; the soundtrack; film directors, genres, and historical movements.

Class description

This course is designed to provide a foundation in film studies. It is an introduction to cinema as artistic medium; as a source of entertainment; and as a powerful socio-economical influence on and reflection of our culture and intellectual movements. The goals of the class are threefold and will be structured around three major topics: first, you should gain an understanding and be able to apply the language of formal film analysis and the stylistic devices used by filmmakers; second, crucial theoretical and ideological approaches to film studies; and, third, a concise film history which establishes the various contexts in which these formal and conceptual developments occur.

Student learning goals

Understand the significance of film as an art form, a technological apparatus, an industry, and a cultural institution

Locate films in their historical contexts

Understand how the various elements of film – including narrative structure, mise en scène, cinematography, editing, and sound – work together to create meaning

Sharpen visual literacy and the decoding skills necessary to analyze films closely and critically

Gain foundational knowledge of the medium, which will benefit them in more advanced classes in film studies, visual culture, and communication

Strengthen written and verbal communication skills by way of analytical papers and class discussions

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jennifer Ann Myers
Date: 12/26/2012