This course uses currently playing films as entry points into a study of wider issues around film as an art form, cultural phenomenon and industry. Students attend various screenings of Hollywood blockbusters, low-budget art films and experimental works, and then analyze them and their significance relative to topics in film theory and aesthetics.Note: Students pay admission fees and parking at movie theaters.
- Able to advance in oral and written forms, arguably true positions in support of the aesthetic qualities of a particular film at an advanced level.
- Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary cinema Develop criteria for evaluation of films.
- Improve critical thinking and writing skills.
- Understands and can synthesize aesthetic and critical principles of cinema in relationship to literature and theater at an advanced level.
- Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
- Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
- Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
- Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
- Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.