Liberal Arts > Theater Arts

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Surveys cinema in its diverse forms. Course uses films to show historical and stylistic influences on the aesthetic values and social implications of cinema.


II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

By the completion of the class, the students should be able to discuss, with 75% accuracy:

  • Define and evaluate a film in terms of technical and aesthetic criteria (GE 1, 4)
  • Understand and evaluate film in the context of social and historical elements (GE 5)
  • Understand and evaluate film style with regard to cultural influences (GE 6)

III. Topics

  • Significance of Film Form
  • Narrative form
  • Mise-en-scene
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Sound in Cinema
  • Style as a Formal System
  • Film Genres
  • Documentary, Experimental and Animated Films
  • Film Criticism
  • Film History

Scheduled THTR-180 classes:

Fall 2019

There are currently no THTR-180 classes scheduled for this term.