THEA 480: Film Theory and Criticism
Prerequisites: THEA 180
Credit Hours: (3)
The study of critical thought in the cinematic arts from its inception to current times.
Detailed Description of Course
A survey of film theory and criticism focusing on Auteurism, Class, Expressionism, Formalism, Genre, Gender, Narratology, Neorealism, Phenomenology, Post Structuralism, Psychoanalysis, Realism, Semiology, Structualism, and Third Cinema.
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
Class method will consist of assigned and assisted viewings, readings, guest and faculty lectures.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
1. Students will understand and be able to use the basic vocabulary of the cinematic theory and criticism.
2. Students will understand the interrelationship between the wide range of film theories.
3. Students will understand how to apply these theories to the analysis of works of cinematic art.
4. Students will learn about the evolution of, as well as the current trends in, critical thought.
Final grades in this class will be based on examinations, participation and a final project in which the student will analyze cinematic art work with respect to the theories covered in this course.
Other Course Information
Review and Approval
September 2005 Review
3/2009 Revision Carl Lefko
3/2010 Review Carl Lefko