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The Art of Film Watching (COM-210)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

May 2023 - Present.

Subject Area:
Cultural Studies

Number of Credits:

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: describe the fundamental principles of film form and style, including narrative features, cinematography, editing, and sound; outline the basic formal elements of several film genres and film types, across a range of classic and contemporary U.S. and foreign films, including black-and-white, silent, and/or subtitled movies; analyze to describe what students see and hear when they watch a movie; discuss and write critically and effectively about the ways films move us aesthetically, intellectually, and emotionally.


The Art of Film Watching introduces students to film aesthetics through the analysis of film form and style. The course aims to provide students with fluency in and understanding of film’s unique language as it evolves technologically, historically and generically. Beyond teaching students how to recognize and describe formal choices and techniques, students will be asked to engage in close readings of films, attending to the greater aesthetic significance and stakes of formal choices and innovations evident within a particular film, directorial oeuvre, period, or movement.

Credit Recommendation:

In the associate/certificate degree category, 3 semester hours in Liberal Arts, Communications or Film Studies (5/23).