VACV141: The Art of Independent Cinema (formerly COMC141)
Section: E11     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearSummer I 2012 / (8 weeks): May 21, 2012 to Jul 16, 2012
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Wendy Tumminello   Email: Wendy.Tumminello@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8425

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 10 - 15 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

eLearning:
Web-based course

Official College Course Description

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Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Format

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Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special student requirements for this section.

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, go to WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.


Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.


Other Information about the Course

Welcome to VACV 141 (Independent Cinema). This course will provide an overview of avant-garde, animation and documentary films over the past 100 years. Students in the course work toward several goals: learning how to read film formally, contextually and ideologically and developing as critical thinkers and writers. During the course we will discuss the work of major artists and directors working outside of Hollywood and mainstream movie cultures and articulate the ways in which the artistic avant-garde movements have influenced popular culture. The films we will view range from the very short (under ten minutes) to over two hours. In addition to viewing all screened work, you will be expected to maintain all reading assignments for a given week. Questions will accompany the assigned essays in order to help you focus on the main ideas of that week’s topic. My role is to provide the tools and resources; you will need to advance your own thinking and writing. I will pose questions, design activities to help you think through these questions, and respond to your ideas. Your role is to do the hard work—the critical reading, discussion, and writing. You will analyze films, generate ideas in the discussion area and construct written arguments. I hope you find the class fulfilling.