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Film and Media Studies

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

FMS 300 Introduction to Film Studies

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course offers an introduction to the film medium with emphasis on aesthetics, theory and methods of critical analysis. Students will examine film as an art form, as a medium for communicating ideas and as a social and cultural force.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

identify, analyze and evaluate the use and role of shots, angles, lighting, color, movement, editing, mise enscene and sound in cinema.

FMS 305 Film History

Units: 3

Same As: RTVF 305

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is an introduction to the art of motion pictures, using lectures and films. Students will study the history and development of motion pictures and will view, evaluate, and critique landmarks in the art of movie making. This course is the same as RTVF 305 and only one
may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

analyze, interpret, and exercise critical judgment in the evaluation of film and media forms and cultures (SLO-1).

FMS 310 Basic Screenwriting

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGWR 300

Transferable: CSU

This course is a study of the creativity and techniques of screenwriting for short films, feature films, and television. Students will view and analyze exemplary films, participate in writing exercises and workshops, and complete a treatment and master scenes of a full-length project.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

understand and apply the elements of story structure and film narrative.

FMS 320 Film Genre

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course examines the structure, mythology, style, themes and critical theory of one or more film genre, such as the comedy, the thriller and the film noir.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

understand genre theory, genre's relationship to popular culture, its role in fostering ideology and images of gender and ethnicity.

FMS 488 Honors Seminar: Introduction to Critical Theory

Units: 3

Same As: HONOR 350

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course investigates questions of interpretation and representation in film, literature, media, and culture. Students examine contemporary critical and cultural theory, then apply these theories in analyzing a variety of texts from the Shakespearean play to the sciencefiction horror film. Theories introduced include, but are not limited to, semiotics, psychoanalysis, rhetorical criticism, gender theory, and postmodernism. Students intending to transfer into arts, film, literature, humanities, and cultural studies programs will find this course particularly useful in understanding the critical language of the university. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details
about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as HONOR 350, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

FMS 489 Honors Seminar: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Units: 3

Same As: HONOR 352

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This seminar studies the work of Alfred Hitchcock from the perspective of the key concepts in film theory. Students will investigate the films and criticism of one of the greatest and strangest directors, the self-styled master of suspense. This seminar takes a close reading of Hitchcock’s
most important films and the most significant writing on the director’s work. For students interested in film, media, art, literature, and the humanities, the course examines Hitchcock’s visual style, thematic concerns, and directorial techniques, and introduces the major critical
approaches to cinema studies. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as HONOR 352, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

FMS 495 Independent Studies in Film and Media Studies

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).