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General Course Information for ART315: Film as Art

Course: ART315 - Film as Art
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Survey of the art of cinema from the silent period to the present; examines film techniques and theories; explores film styles and genres, focusing on elements such as lighting, editing, and cinematography; establishes a basis by which students can make aesthetic judgments.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the technical aspects of film. Students will be able to assess the various roles of the film makers, i.e. director, cinematographer, musical director, scenic designer, etc..
  • Understand that stylistic and thematic elements will be analyzed: montage, point of view, recurring motifs, plot, structure, characterization, narrative devices, and social values.
  • View films as texts to be interpreted.
  • Make comparisons/contrasts between films of different cultures.
  • Identify this course is designed to help students become more aware and confident in their ability to respond to a film's meaning, to encourage the student to explore films that illustrate different techniques and styles, and to help them develop the language and skills necessary to evaluate the various elements which define a film as a work of art.
  • Provide concrete descriptions and in-depth analyses of the cinematic techniques encountered in the movies. We will explore the filmmakers' attempts to impact us artistically as well as expand our cultural awareness.
  • Write a substantive critical essay demonstrating the student's ability to read films as texts to be interpreted.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENGLISH EDUCATION WITH NEVADA SECONDARY LICENSURE
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of the role of marginalized or oppositional voices in the evolution of the literary tradition and literary history.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures