FMS 300 Introduction to Film Studies
This course is an introduction to the system of film, and its various forms,
styles, and genres. We will be studying a wide variety of films (canonic
Hollywood films, documentaries, shorts, animation, art and experimental
films) as a way to further an understanding of the visual, aural, and narrative
conventions by which motion pictures address social and aesthetic experience.
Through the class lectures, readings, and screenings, we will explore the
multiple functions of film, conventional and alternative ways of reading a film
text, and will develop the critical tools necessary for thinking and writing
about film as both an art form, and as a medium that reflects popular culture.
Copies of the current syllabus are available here.