ENGL2200 Introduction to Cinema

This is a writing intensive course where students study and analyze the basic elements of a critical understanding of film: story elements; visual design; cinematography and color; editing and special effects; functions of sound and music; styles of acting and directing; and functions of genre.




Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 or ENGL1026 or ENGL1030 with a grade of "C" or better and Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Identify the various elements used to develop a film and "tell a story"
Explain the terms and components associated with film as an art form
Interpret the use of expressive techniques in the visual design of film making
Distinguish the uses of technique in film cinematography
Explain how a film uses a variety of techniques to solicit a response
Break down a film into parts to show how the pieces comprise the whole
Explore films of various genres
Analyze how acting styles and performances are used to develop a film's story and effectiveness
Explain how a film goes from concept to storyboard to production
Discriminate between "good" and "bad" films
Critique all components of a film

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details



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