SRJC Course Outlines

4/14/2024 5:26:30 PMMEDIA 42 Course Outline as of Fall 2011

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  MEDIA 42Title:  INTRO TO FILM FORM  
Full Title:  Introduction to Film Form
Last Reviewed:3/13/2000

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  140.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Emphasis upon film's various language systems, grammar, and aesthetics. Attention will also be given to selected genres, directors, or movements through screenings, lecture, and discussion.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for Engl 1A or equivalent.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Film form, aesthetics, and content with emphasis on particular directors, genres, countries.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for Engl 1A or equivalent.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C1ArtsFall 1981Summer 2011
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3AArtsFall 1981Summer 2011
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The student will:
1. Identify the various language systems used by motion pictures
   a. cinematography
   b. editing
   c. movement
2. Assess the contribution of the various language systems to the
   creation and communication of meaning in film.
3. Incorporate above knowledge into an analysis and evaluation of
   a. film genres
   b. film directors
4. Acquire the ability to critique and evaluate films from a technical,
   aesthetic, and cultural standpoint
5. Articulate critique through both written and oral means

Topics and Scope
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A. Motion Picture Language Systems
1. Sound
2. Photography
3. Acting
4. Editing
5. Theory
6. Drama
7. Story
8. Movement
9. Iconography
B. Genres
1. Evolution of representative genres
2. Genre theory
3. Genre characteristics
C. Film Directors/Writers
1. Thematic and visual concerns
2. Auteur vs. studio
D. Film Analysis
1. Reading the image
2. Plot structure
3. Application of genre characteristics

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Assignments will include readings from texts as well as selected
viewings of significant films as a basis for in-class discussions,
term papers, and examinations.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 75%
Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
Class participation, attendance.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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UNDERSTANDING MOVIES, Louis Giannetti, 6th ed., Prentice Hall, 1993
FILM ART, Bordwell & Thompson, 2nd ed., Knopf, 1985

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