COMP 258
Film and Media Studies: An Introduction
Last Offered Fall 2016
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 258 / ENGL 274
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This team-taught interdisciplinary course introduces students to concepts and skills central to the study of moving images. After familiarizing ourselves with the basic elements–visual, narrative and auditory–necessary for formal analysis, we will develop critical tools for understanding film and media in their historical and social contexts. We will discuss influential ideas, theories, and methods in the discipline of film and media studies. Students will learn to respond to works drawn from a wide range of forms: fiction and nonfiction film, animation, television, video games, and emerging forms of virtual reality. Throughout, our emphasis will be on the diverse ways in which moving pictures create meaning. How can we best think about the reciprocal relations between film, new media, and contemporary life? This course will be presented through a mixture of lectures, discussions, and exercises.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion/studio
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 1256
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class attendance and participation; frequent (probably weekly) writing assignments that will include several short responses, three essays (1000-2000 words), three production exercises; and a final long paper or project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: no prior production experience is required
Enrollment Preferences: open to first-year students; approximately 2/3 of places will be reserved for first- and second-year students
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 258 Division I ENGL 274 Division I
Attributes: FMST Core Courses

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