This course is a survey course that serves to introduce film both as an
industry and an art form. Subject matter includes film techniques, styles,
traditions, and genres; the rudiments of cinematography, editing, sound,
script structure, acting, and directing; and the business and economics of
film production, distribution, and exhibition. The course will also focus
on critical evaluations of the work of a diverse but representative group
of outstanding films and filmmakers.
This course offers an application of philosophical perspectives to the
study of film, with special attention to international cinema. The course
will approach film either as a unique form of art or as a unique medium
for engaging traditional philosophical questions.
This course, which may be taught as a travel study course, is international
in topic and when taught as a travel study course experiential in
nature. A carefully selected group of foreign films will open the world
wide film portal and provide a pathway into the industry and the culture
behind those movies. Through the films and selected readings, the
course will fill in the gap in the students’ understanding of international
This course will look particularly at films which reflect the various
ethnic groups which make up the population of America and how the
films reflect and shape this experience. The course may concentrate on
particular directors, regions, or issues which impact the lives of people
as members of both a particular ethnic group and the larger American
This course is an introduction to and application of scriptwriting techniques
in formats appropriate for radio, television, and film.
The course will introduce students to the basic concepts of video production
including storyboarding, audio recording, non-linear editing,
and DVD production. The design of projects will begin with the goal of developing a compelling video story from the experiences of the student,
friends, family, or strangers. The focus on first-person narratives and students
will craft the stories into a videos that elevate the value of the
events by enabling others to share the experience
The course surveys the economics of the entertainment industry with an
emphasis on the importance of market structure (perfect competition,
monopolistic competition, oligopoly, monopoly) in determining behaviors
and profitability. In this course, we will apply many microeconomic,
and a few macroeconomic, concepts to evaluate structure, workings, and
profitability of various segments in the entertainment industry, ranging
from movies to music, TV, radio, publishing, casinos, and theme parks.
Case studies will be used to highlight the issues facing particular firms.
This course examines the somewhat uneasy relationship between literature
and film, a relation long debated by writers and filmmakers alike.
Specifically, students will study a somewhat eclectic selection of literary
works and an equally eclectic collection of films based on those works.
The literary texts will be drawn from different genres and national literary
traditions, and the films will be drawn from different cinematic traditions
This course provides an in-depth study of film as art and cultural document.
Rotating topics include: film history, critical approaches to film,
film noir, American comedy, etc.