CMLT245 - Film Form and Culture
0301-0304 - Marianne Conroy

English 245 introduces students to film as an art form and teaches some approaches for understanding how films create meaning. Students will learn basic film terminology as well as fundamental principles of film form, film narrative, and film history. Using examples from world cinema as well as from mainstream Hollywood entertainment, we will examine how film technique and style have developed over the past one hundred years of film history. Students will develop their visual literacy and critical understanding by amassing a detailed knowledge of how film works as visual and aural communication, how narrative techniques engage viewers, and how cinema has served important social and economic functions. By the end of the class, students should be able to look at any given film critically, understand its formal structure, and place it within its broader institutional, economic, and cultural contexts. English 245 fulfills CORE education requirements in History and Theory of the Arts (HA). As such, it is a course designed to introduce students to the way film scholars think about an important aspect of our social and cultural environment. By looking at this key discipline in the humanities, students will become better acquainted with the ways in which scholars understand and make sense of media and popular culture both in this country and around the world.

Also offered as ENGL245. Not open to students who have completed CMLT214 or CMLT245. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: CMLT214, CMLT245, or ENGL245.