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Film Studies


Spring 2025

Monday, January 27 – Friday, May 16, 2025


Fixed-Pace Course





In this course, students will develop the vocabulary, technical knowledge, and conceptual apparatus needed to analyze films as literature and art. Subject areas covered will include visual analysis, sound, acting, cinematography, direction, and editing. Students will be introduced to the canons of film criticism, the major eras of film history, and key genres of cinema. Students will apply their knowledge in analyzing a range of films, covering a wide range of genres and styles, and reflecting on the major subject areas covered in class. No prior knowledge of filmmaking or film history is required.

Completion of this course requires regular access to a laptop or desktop computer with working microphone and webcam, as well as a reliable internet connection.

This Fixed-Paced course incorporates a blend of synchronous and asynchronous elements. Students and teacher meet live via zoom on a regular weekly schedule. In addition, students complete coursework including guided readings, interactive videos, text and video-based discussion threads, problem sets, individual and collaborative projects, and so on. While these activities are time-flexible, teachers sequence them with weekly deadlines to help students keep on track and encourage and support the development of productive time management skills.


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