VACV142 The Art of Theatrical Cinema

Department of The Arts: Cinema/Video Production

I. Course Number and Title
VACV142 The Art of Theatrical Cinema
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
Students must attend an off-campus film screening.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students examine the art and craft of the narrative cinema as it has developed from the beginning of film history to the present. Students analyze domestic and international feature films for their visual and story elements as well as their historic, cultural, religious, political and economic context.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals
    2. Students will:
      1. apply the appropriate vocabulary to analyze and describe the style and technical aspects of films;
      2. recognize the contributions of various countries, studios, or directors to the development of an international cinema;
      3. interpret the connections between film and important historical events of the twentieth century, and changing attitudes towards women;
      4. interpret and analyze the possible meaning of a film within an appropriate and arguable context (e.g. historical, religious, political, economic, social, racial, gender roles, etc.); and
      5. develop critical views of theatrical cinema.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I:
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will be able to:
      1. compare, contrast, analyze and/or defend differing world views and practices.
      Category III:
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives:
      Students will:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Students view and analyze examples of films that may be selected from the following categories: Primitive Cinema, Classical Style in Film, Russian Montage Editing, German Expressionism, American Silent Comedy, Realism, Film Noir, Italian Neorealism, French New Wave, Third World Cinema, European Superstar Directors, New Directions in Hollywood Cinema. Students learn the basic terminology used in the study of film and apply this vocabulary to the analysis of films viewed. Students examine film as a reflection of its cultural origin and explore how it can be interpreted in the context of history, religion, politics, economics, social hierarchies, race relations, gender roles, etc.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students submit a mandatory film review and analysis paper, which demonstrates proper use and citation of research materials, and additional writing assignments.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. A departmentally developed writing assignment fulfills the Core Learning Goals in Cultural Perspectives and International Gender and/or Minority Perspectives.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students view films during class. Instructors select required readings and support materials. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 3/07; Course Goals/Objectives added 11/06; Revised 3/2010; Revised 1/2014