FILM 100 - Introduction to Film

This course introduces students to the study of film as an art form and a medium of cultural communication through lectures, discussion and film screening. The course focuses on criticism, theory and a basic understanding of the human and technical aspects of film.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:  15



None--though it is expected that students taking FILM 100 understand the basic conventions of college-level writing, as would be indicated by appropriate placement according to the NLC Writing Assessment or completion of ENGL 099.


Non-Course Prerequisites: 






Course Content:

- Principles of photography: camera and film structure
- Mise en scene: cinematography, production design & performance style
- Principles of editing
- Principles of sound design
- Narrative in film
- Reality and film
- Hollywood as centre of world film culture
- International cinema
- Film criticism and interpretation
- Film theory


Learning Outcomes:
This course introduces students to the fundamental forms and structures of the feature film, and to the theories by which we understand film as both aesthetic production and mode of cultural communication. After completing FILM 100, students should be able to demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the art of film; furthermore, students should be able to:

- Analyze and describe aspects of film according to objective criteria;
- Use the basic vocabulary of film studies in their analyses and descriptions;
- Demonstrate an awareness of the social and historical contexts in which particular films are produced;
- Express an awareness of their critical position relative to specific filmic "texts";
- Express their various forms of understanding in appropriate forms, whether formal academic essays, examinations or other projects.

Awareness of forms of media

Openness to different varieties of film experience




Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade:  D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.