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    Visual Culture



    FILM 110: Visual Culture in America

    This course explores the history and enduring significance of visual culture in America. Themes will include the role of technology in visual culture, the dawn of modern consumerism, the emergence of film, and the postmodern digital collage of 21st century visual culture. SPRING 2015


    HISTRY 110: History through Film

    This variable-topics course will introduce students to selected historical themes depicted by popular film. Students will watch and deconstruct popular historical films within the larger context of scholarly analysis of a particular historic period or event. FALL 2014 and SPRING 2015.


    COMM 236: Introduction to Cinema

    This course focuses on understanding and appreciating film as a unique visual communication experience. It includes an introduction to the understanding of film language and different theories of film aesthetics and criticism. FALL 2014.


    COMM 249: Great Moments in Cinema

    A survey overview of the history of cinema from its inception to today, covering the technological developments of filmmaking, the historical development of various countries’ film industries, cinema’s aesthetic developments, and the relationship between cinema and society throughout history. SPRING 2015.


    ENGLISH 266: Gender in Film

    Gender in Film consider films from the Classical Hollywood Cinema era to better understand how such films take up cultural ideals of masculinity and femininity and repackage them for viewers. We will learn a set of terms and techniques for interpreting film and another set of terms and techniques for analyzing gender and sexuality. FALL 2014.


    COMM 346: Sound and Image

    This course will explore the ways in which sound design and music have been utilized in conjunction with images in diverse media including films, video games, video art, cartoons, music videos, television, and live performance. FALL 2014.


    FILM 350: Film Genre

    Film Genre examines the conventions, development, and cultural contexts of a rotating selection of film genres, with a focus on the stylistic innovations, recurrent themes, and varying interpretations of representative films and/or filmmakers. You may repeat this course with a change of topic. SPRING 2015.


    FILM 352: Literature on Film

    This course examines the complex cultural work of adapting literature to film. Through critical analysis of narrative fiction and the films they inspire, students will investigate the history, narrative conventions, iconic elements, and cultural significance of literary adaptations to film. You may repeat this course with a change of topic. SPRING 2015.


    FILM 354: Shakespeare on Film

    In this course, students will study in depth the history, narrative conventions, iconic elements, and cultural significance of Shakespearean films. Coursework will unpack cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays with a focus on the generic (tragedy, comedy, history) and the formal (stage, page, and screen). FALL 2014.


    FILM 356: Text and Image

    This course is a theoretical and practical study of how text and image interact to create "story" in visual communication, focusing especially on sequential art (a.k.a. graphic novels or comics) and interactive fiction (e.g. video games). FALL 2014 and SPRING 2015.


    ENGLISH 376: Screenwriting

    This course provides practical experience in writing scripts for cinema and/or television, with special emphasis on creative, theoretical, and critical processes. FALL 2014 and SPRING 2015.


    FILM 485: Film Theory

    Students will study the work of major film theorists and analyze specific films using theoretical lenses. You can expect to broaden your knowledge of terms and concepts in film analysis, using established theoretical lenses such as feminism, Marxism, queer theory, and psychoanalysis. specific topics will vary. FALL 2014 and SPRING 2015.


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