644 Film Appreciation

1 semester, ½ credit

Open to juniors and seniors

Film Appreciation allows students to become literate in the understanding of film though a study of its principles (mise en scene, movement, sound, acting, drama, story, literature, ideology, theory, synthesis, and editing), its history, and its continuing development. Students will reach these understandings through a variety of hands-on experiences, in class and out of class film viewing, discussions, and special projects. The world of cinema will be explored.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Analyze and interpret various shots. 
  2. Describe the various principles involved in Mise en Scene (framing). 
  3. Describe and interpret various camera movements and mechanical distortions used in film. 
  4. Identify the principles and reasons for editing. 
  5. Identify changes to film which came in the sound era and how sound is used to create mood and advance narrative.
  6. Delineate stage acting and film action as well as skilled acting in contrast to amateur acting.
  7. Deconstruct narrative according to the principles of drama.
  8. Critique a film according to the principles studied in this class. 
  9. prepare an analysis of a particular film director and present it to the class. 


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. How the writing of a screenplay differs from that of a novel or other forms of literature
  2. Film principles, history, and continuing development


This curriculum last updated January 27, 2021, by the Fine Arts Department.