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FILM 2700

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Film History
Prerequisite(s) None Specified
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is an introduction to film history including a critical survey of the evolution of motion pictures as an art form and as a distinctive medium of communication. Notable directors and their films may be studied in depth as the focus of the course.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student should:
  1. Understand the historical development of cinema, including the birth of film, film narrative and commercial expansion national and international, with emphasis on the development of technical and narrative elements, the emergence of the great directors, and the evolution of the major genres.
  2. Acquire knowledge in seminal film including analysis of the works of Griffith, Sennett, Chaplin, and the movie studios.
  3. Understand the development of international film including the German, French and Soviet schools.
  4. Analyze the neorealism and new wave filmmaking, including national cinemas.
  5. Evaluate of the evolution of American cinema from the Hollywood Renaissance to current mythological genres.
  6. Acquire a cinematic vocabulary necessary to the formal study of film.
General Education Outcomes
None Specified

Course Content
None Specified

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Course Grade
  1. Tests and final examination prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine the course grade. Each test may consider either objective or subjective materials designed to demonstrate the analysis and synthesis of information regarding the history and aesthetics and form of cinema.
  2. A critical analysis paper (using secondary sources) of one or more aspects of a representative work or works of a specific director or cinema genre.
  3. Written film reviews of movies in current release or movies seen in class to assess the synthesis of cinema studies.
  4. The course grade will be computed as follows:
     Test and Written Assignments 75%
     Final exam 25%

Departmental Assessment

  1. Every section of this course taught during a specified quarter once every five years will be subjected to a course assessment. The designation of the quarter of assessment shall be made by the Fine Arts Department Head with all faculty teaching the course that quarter made aware of the planned assessment prior to the beginning of the quarter. During this quarter, each student will show his/her understanding of cinema and comprehension of the course content by viewing a predetermined film and writing an analytical critique according to guidelines presented in class. Guidelines will include attention to according to guidelines presented in class. Guidelines will include attention to possible historical considerations, aesthetics and style. The students will be expected to write the essay utilizing a cinematic vocabulary necessary to the formal study of cinema.
  2. During the quarter following the quarter in which the critiques are written, the assessment committee, consisting of all members of the full-time faculty who taught sections of this course during the quarter of the assessment, will evaluate an anonymous random sampling of the critiques. The Department Head shall be responsible for selecting the sampling of critiques to be assessed. Each instructor shall attach a copy of the criteria given to his/her students to each set of critiques. Each committee member will make written comments on strengths and weaknesses of the papers.

The committee will report its findings and recommendations to the department head and division chair by the last class day of the quarter following the quarter in which assessment occurs. The report shall be in memo form with copies sent to all instructors of classes being assessed. By mid-quarter of the quarter following receipt of assessment results, the department head and/or division dean will meet with all faculty involved to discuss implications for course improvement. Any changes resulting from the assessment (such as revisions of the course outline and syllabus and consideration of possible textbook changes) will go into effect the following academic year.

Last Revised: Aug. 18, 2011
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