Film Studies (FILM)

FILM-100 3 Units Survey and Appreciation of Film

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course is an introduction to the history and elements of filmmaking such as narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, acting, editing, and sound as well as approaches to film criticism.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-101 3 Units Introduction to Film Production

36 hours lecture; 54 hours lab; 90 hours total

This course is designed to introduce you to the creative process of filmmaking. We will study all aspects of production from the conceptualization of ideas and scripting, to the basic production equipment and their functions, and finally the production and post-production processes. Assignments will emphasize visualization, shooting style, and production organization. Presentation of ideas in both the written word and visual media are integral to the production of creative media, and the coursework for the class is designed to help you develop the basic skills to ultimately work on set as a member of a production crew.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-102 3 Units Survey of Film and Media

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the history, structure, and function of the Mass Media, including print, broadcast, visual, and digital forms. In an effort to increase media literacy and become more informed and discerning media consumers, the course will introduce students to a diverse array of media texts including films, television shows, advertisements, newspapers, magazines, music videos, audio recordings, social media, and the Internet. Particular attention throughout the course will be paid to mass communication issues relating to diverse political, cultural, and social communities as they relate to film.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-105 3 Units Film History: 1895-1949

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course will examine the evolution of film as a cultural medium, from its origins at the turn of the century, to its early development as a social force by the 1940's. Students will explore the history of film technology, its major social and political movements, seminal directors and performers, and the development of its narrative structure.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-106 3 Units Film History: 1950s to Present

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course will examine the evolution of film as a cultural medium, from the postwar 1950's to its current climate. Students will explore the history of film technology, its major social and political movements, seminal directors and performers, and the development of its narrative structure.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-110 3 Units Culture and Gender in Film

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course covers the perspectives and contributions of diverse cultural, ethnic and gender groups to American life through the art of film. Students in this course will study films by and about African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and other cultural groups such as Euro-Americans, Jewish Americans and Arab Americans. They will also analyze the representations of ethnicity gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical and mental challenges in film.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-115 3 Units World Cinema

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course will survey the historical, social, and artistic development of cinema around the globe, introducing a range of international films, movements, and traditions.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-117 3 Units Director's Cinema

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course examines the historical and artistic career of a seminal director in cinema history. Possible subjects include Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, and Woody Allen.

Transfers to CSU only

FILM-120 3 Units Horror Film

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course offers an in-depth examination of the popular horror film through an analysis of its historical evolution, major theories, aesthetics and conventions, and the impact of its role as a reflection of culture society.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-121 3 Units Film Comedy

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course offers an in-depth examination of the comedy film through an analysis of its historical evolution, major theories, aesthetics and conventions, and its role as a reflection of culture and society.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-125A 3 Units Film Genres: Film Noir

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course offers an in-depth analysis of the film noir genre through the study of film history, methods of production, film style, evolution of aesthetics and conventions, noted actors and directors, and sociological implications.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-125B 3 Units Film Genres: Western

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course covers the historical, social, and artistic development of the western film genre from 1903 to the present.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-125C 3 Units Film Genres: Drama

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course covers the historical, social and artistic development of the drama film genre from the 1940s to the present.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-125D 3 Units Film Genres: Musical

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course covers the historical, social, and artistic development of the film musical from the 1920s to the present.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

FILM-130 3 Units Introduction to Non-Fiction/Reality Production

36 hours lecture; 54 hours lab; 90 hours total

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with Non-Fiction/Reality production theory and practice. The course will challenge students to develop a critical eye, and deepen their appreciation of the many different modes of Non-Fiction/Reality film and television. In addition, at the end of the semester, each student will produce and direct a short Non-Fiction/Reality film or TV show to be exhibited in class. We will consider the Non-Fiction/Reality as an art form, a cultural artifact, a mode for social change, and as a means for representing cultures. In-class screenings will explore a variety of films and TV shows that will survey the range of Non-Fiction/Reality expression, from the classic texts, to the independent and experimental forms, and everything in-between.

Transfers to both UC/CSU