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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 224
Course Title: Film History and Analysis
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 5
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course is an introduction to the world history of cinema from its origins to the present, featuring important and influential films of various types and genres from several countries. Basic formal and technical aspects of the medium and means of analysis are also introduced. Prerequisite: COMM 110. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement. G.E.


Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

COMM 110.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A Short History of the Movies
By Mast, Gerald & Bruce F. Kawin (Addison-Wesley)
Understanding Movies
By Giannetti, Louis D. (Prentice Hall)
Film Art: An Introduction
By Bordwell, David & Kristin Thompson (McGraw Hill)
Film, Form, and Culture
By Kolker, Robert (McGraw Hill)
Course Objectives

  • To become familiar with the basic timeline of cinema, from its origins to the present.
  • To acquire basic formal vocabulary and methods associated with film production, analysis and appreciation.
  • To associate films in terms of form and content.

    Measurable Learning

  • Recognize and articulate the evolution of cinema as an art form.
  • Identify individuals significant in the evolution of the cinematic art.
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills as they analyze film form and content.
  • Apply introductory level organizational and analytical skills when discussing film research.
  • Demonstrate introductory mastery of film production terminology and technique.

    Topical Outline:

  • Proto-cinema and the birth of the motion picture
  • Film production
  • Types of films
  • Significance of film form
  • Narrative film
  • Non-narrative film
  • Mise-en-Scène
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Sound
  • Style


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Amy Darnell Date: October 20, 2009
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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