Course Abstract Details

FPA-105, Introduction to Film

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

FPA-105, Introduction to Film, surveys the history of film as a visual art, from silent movies to contemporary blockbusters. Students will analyze and interpret films, concentrating on the elements of film, from aesthetic, cultural, technological, and economic perspectives. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. GENERAL EDUCATION Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Recognize, identify, define, describe, and explain film techniques. (GE 1, GE 2, GE 5, GE 6, PG 1, PG 2, PG 3, PG 5) 

2. Identify and offer examples of contributions of influential filmmakers. (GE 1, GE 2, GE 5, GE 6, PG 1, PG 2) 

3. Identify and describe film structure, film genres, and the historical and social contexts of film production. (GE 1, GE 2, GE 6, PG 1, PG 2) 

4. Apply film techniques and concepts to an original storyboard assignment (for which you will need access to a digital camera. (GE 1, GE 2, GE 5, GE 6, PG 3) 

5. Write a self-critique of an original storyboard. (GE 1, GE 2, PG 3) 

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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