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2017-2018 Catalog Year
THTR-180: Cinema as Art & Communication

General Information

  • Name: Cinema as Art & Communication
  • Discipline: Theatre
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

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 2017

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