May 25, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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HU 489H - Film and Media Studies

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the technique and principles of film as an artistic medium.  Topics include basic elements of film studies (narrative, mise-en-scène, composition and image, sound); film production (film structure, role of director, role of producer, cinematography, acting, editing); film genres and approaches to film criticism.  A history of film and media includes thematic, visual, sound, and technical milestones, and places that history within the context of American culture and society.  This course will pay close attention to the ways that the power of place is represented in the cinematic realm.   (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe basic elements of film making, both technical and artistic
  • Explain film theory and major film movements in the history of the field
  • Examine the relationship of film to other art forms and media
  • Perform analysis and interpretation of films and media using vocabulary of the field and placing discussion of meaning within the context of both individual viewers and the larger culture of society
  • Synthesize and analyze the power of place through the lens of film and media 

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • None

Dr. Katherine Wikoff

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