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Film and Media Studies

Film and Media Studies (FMS) Courses

FMS 300 Introduction to Film Studies

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is an introduction to the system of film, and its various forms, styles, and genres. Students will study a wide variety of films to further an understanding of the conventions by which motion pictures address social, and aesthetic experience. Through the class lectures, readings, and screenings, students will be introduced to the multiple functions of film, conventional and alternative ways of reading a film text, and will develop the critical tools necessary for thinking and writing about film as both an art form, and as a medium that reflects popular culture.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICAL, HISTORICAL, AND STYLISTIC CHOICES THAT REALIZE, DEVELOP, OR CHALLENGE EXISTING PRACTICES AND TRADITIONS OF FILM (SLO #1).
  • Explain the basic formal and stylistic elements involved in the filmmaking process.
  • Articulate the core concepts of narrative storytelling and character development in popular film forms (Hollywood, independent, world, documentary, and avant-garde).
  • ANALYZE, INTERPRET, AND EXERCISE CRITICAL JUDGEMENT IN THE EVALUATION OF THE FUNDAMENTALS OF FILM AS A PERFORMING/VISUAL ART FORM (SLO #2).
  • Identify the various genres and styles of films that have evolved over the course of film history.
  • Write clear, concise, and well‐developed analyses of film texts.
  • RECOGNIZE AND ARTICULATE CONTEMPORARY FILM TERMINOLOGY/BASIC THEORY, AND USE THEM TO EXAMINE THE NATURE OF CULTURE, CLASS, GENDER, AND ETHNICITY IN HOLLYWOOD MYTHOLOGIES AND OPPOSITIONAL FILMS (SLO #3).
  • Examine the codes and the conventions of film genre, style, myth, narrative, and rhetoric.
  • Evaluate research on, and popular claims of cinema’s social, political, and individual effects.
  • Read and interpret popular films as artifacts of a given culture, and representations of different social/political/cultural ideologies.

FMS 305 Film History I (1895-1949)

  • Same As:RTVF 305
  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is an introduction to the early history of motion pictures (1890s to 1949), with an emphasis on examining how film functions as a telling historical document. We will explore the evolution of cinema around the world, investigating the emergence of various styles and movements, the contributions of seminal directors and performers, the effects of developing technologies, and the evolution of cinematic storytelling techniques. This course is the same as RTVF 305 and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • EXHIBIT AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE AESTHETIC AND STYLISTIC DEVELOPMENTS IN FILM THROUGHOUT ITS EARLY HISTORY (1895-1949) (SLO #1).
  • Recognize the dominant formal systems and narrative structures of different styles and genres that evolve throughout early film history.
  • Critically assess the technological contributions of canonic films, directors, and performers of their respective eras.
  • EXAMINE, EXPLAIN, AND DEMONSTRATE CRITICAL THINKING ABOUT THE EVALUATION OF EARLY FILM TEXTS AS REPRESENTATIONS OF HISTORY AND CULTURE (SLO #2).
  • Employ basic critical approaches (formalistic, psychological, socio-political, and generic) to analyze early films and their cultural implications.
  • Evaluate research on, and popular claims about the social, political, and individual effects of early films.
  • DESCRIBE THE EARLY HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT, AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF NATIONAL, MINORITY, DIASPORIC, AND SUBALTERN FILMMAKERS (SLO #3).
  • Examine the early formal and aesthetic movements taking place in national cinemas around the globe.
  • Read and interpret early historical world films as artifacts of a given culture, and representations of different social/political/cultural ideologies.

FMS 307 Film History II (1950-present)

  • Same As:RTVF 307
  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is an introduction to the modern history of motion pictures (1950s to the present), with an emphasis on examining how film functions as a telling historical document. We will explore the evolution of cinema around the world, investigating the emergence of various styles and movements, the contributions of seminal directors and performers, the effects of developing technologies, and the evolution of cinematic storytelling techniques. This course is the same as RTVF 307 and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • ANALYZE, INTERPRET, AND EXERCISE CRITICAL JUDGMENT IN THE EVALUATION OF FILM TEXTS AS REPRESENTATIONS OF HISTORY AND CULTURE (SLO #1).
  • Recognize the dominant formal systems and narrative structures of different styles, movements, and genres that evolve throughout modern film history.
  • Critically assess the technological contributions of canonic films, directors, and performers of their respective eras (1950s to the present).
  • DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF CONTEMPORARY FILM HISTORY THROUGH WRITTEN ANALYSIS OF SPECIFIC FILMS AND CLIPS SCREENED IN CLASS (SLO #2).
  • Employ basic critical approaches (formalistic, psychological, socio-political, and generic) in analyzing films and their cultural implications.
  • Evaluate research on, and popular claims about the social, political, and individual effects of modern cinema.
  • DESCRIBE THE HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT, AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF NATIONAL, MINORITY, DIASPORIC, AND SUBALTERN FILMMAKERS (SLO #3).
  • Read and interpret modern historical world films as artifacts of a given culture, and representations of different social/political/cultural ideologies.

FMS 310 Introduction to Screenwriting

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is an introduction to the craft of screenwriting, and to the various approaches used for developing an original screenplay or teleplay. We will be primarily concerned with narrative structure and character development as key components in storytelling. Students will analyze canonical film and television scripts as examples, participate in writing exercises and workshops, and complete a final treatment for a film, or show bible for a television series.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF SCREENPLAY AND TELEPLAY STRUCTURE (SLO #1).
  • Identify different screenplay formats for film and television writing.
  • Critically analyze produced scripts with a careful attention to scene description and character dialogue.
  • Complete an original screenplay treatment or show bible for a television series.
  • CRITICALLY ANALYZE THE FUNCTION OF CHARACTER, AND CONSIDER THE DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES FOR DEVELOPING CHARACTERS AND THEIR INDIVIDUAL TRAITS (SLO #2).
  • Identify successful writing strategies for crafting three-dimensional characters.
  • Apply concepts from mythology to plot and character development.
  • Perform character biographies and introspective writing exercises.
  • IDENTIFY AND ARTICULATE THE STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING NARRATIVE THEMES (SLO #3).
  • Recognize and employ the underlying structure of film and television narratives.
  • Watch seminal films and critically analyze their thematic structures.

FMS 320 Film Genre

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and theories of film genre. Students will examine the structures, styles, and major themes of film genres such as comedy, horror, science fiction, teenpics, action-adventure, social problem films, disaster movies, and the western. Special attention will be paid to the tension between Hollywood filmmaking and auteur cinema.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE COMPREHENSION OF THE PRIMARY CHARACTERISTICS OF A VARIETY OF FILM GENRES (SLO #1).
  • Analyze a variety of film genres and their characteristics to identify similarities and differences.
  • Recognize the codes, myths, and cycles of a variety of film genres.
  • Trace the historical evolution of different genres, and apply a semiotic approach to their study.
  • CRITICALLY ANALYZE CONCEPTS OF VERISIMILITUDE AND MISE-EN-SCÈNE TO ADDRESS THE IMPORT OF REALISM AND ICONOGRAPHY IN GENRE FILMMAKING (SLO #2).
  • Analyze and interpret examples of mise-en-scène as a way of better understanding the visual signifiers of different film genres.
  • Analyze and interpret examples of verisimilitude to better understand the different ways that film genres approach and represent realism.
  • APPLY FILM THEORY TO GENRE FILMS, RECOGNIZE THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO POPULAR CULTURE, AND IDENTIFY THEIR ROLE IN FOSTERING IDEOLOGY (SLO #3).
  • Evaluate research on, and popular claims about genre films and their social, political, and individual effects.
  • Write clear, concise, and well‐developed analyses of different genre films.

FMS 488 Honors Seminar: Introduction to Critical Theory

  • Same As:HONOR 350
  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course investigates questions of interpretation and representation in film, literature, media, and culture. Students examine contemporary critical and cultural theory, then apply these theories in analyzing a variety of texts from the Shakespearean play to the sciencefiction horror film. Theories introduced include, but are not limited to, semiotics, psychoanalysis, rhetorical criticism, gender theory, and postmodernism. Students intending to transfer into arts, film, literature, humanities, and cultural studies programs will find this course particularly useful in understanding the critical language of the university. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details
about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as HONOR 350, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:
  • Express ideas clearly and completely in a variety of written formats.
  • Utilize correct and appropriate conventions of mechanics, usage, and style in written communication.
  • Comprehend main ideas and reasonably interpret written information.
  • Compose and apply properly documented sources of information.
  • UTILIZE MODES OF ANALYSIS AND CRITICAL THINKING IN A DISCIPLINE OF STUDY AS APPLIED TO SIGNIFICANT ISSUES AND/OR PROBLEMS (SLO #2; College Wide SLO Area 3). This includes the ability to:
  • Construct an accurate and/or logical interpretation of reasoning while applying a framework of analytic concepts.
  • ACTIVELY ENGAGE IN INTELLECTUAL INQUIRY BEYOND THAT REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PASS A COURSE OF STUDY (SLO #3, College Wide SLO – Area 4). This includes the ability to:
  • Apply information and resources necessary to develop academically and personally.
  • Utilize skills from one’s “academic tool kit” including time management, study skills, etc.
  • RECOGNIZE THE ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF DECISIONS AND ACTIONS (SLO #4, College Wide SLO – Area 5). This includes the ability to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in ethical reasoning necessary to exercise responsibility as an ethical individual, professional, local and global citizen.
  • ARTICULATE AN AWARENESS OF A VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES WITHIN A DISCIPLINE AND THE RELEVANCE OF THESE PERSPECTIVES TO ONE’S OWN LIFE (SLO #5, College Wide SLO – Area 2). This includes the ability to:
  • Understand, evaluate, and apply critical theory, theory's relationship to art and culture, its role in interpreting literary and visual arts, and examining ideology and representations of gender and ethnicity.
  • Apply current theory to the analysis and criticism of film, literature, and media.
  • Understand, evaluate and apply the basic concepts of semiotics, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, gender theory, and postmodernism and their relationship to/influence on art and politics.

FMS 489 Honors Seminar: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

  • Same As:HONOR 352
  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This seminar studies the work of Alfred Hitchcock from the perspective of the key concepts in film theory. Students will investigate the films and criticism of one of the greatest and strangest directors, the self-styled master of suspense. This seminar takes a close reading of Hitchcock’s
most important films and the most significant writing on the director’s work. For students interested in film, media, art, literature, and the humanities, the course examines Hitchcock’s visual style, thematic concerns, and directorial techniques, and introduces the major critical
approaches to cinema studies. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as HONOR 352, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:
  • Express ideas clearly and completely in a variety of written formats.
  • Utilize correct and appropriate conventions of mechanics, usage, and style in written communication.
  • Comprehend main ideas and reasonably interpret written information.
  • Compose and apply properly documented sources of information.
  • UTILIZE MODES OF ANALYSIS AND CRITICAL THINKING IN A DISCIPLINE OF STUDY AS APPLIED TO SIGNIFICANT ISSUES AND/OR PROBLEMS (SLO #2; College Wide SLO Area 3). This includes the ability to:
  • Construct an accurate and/or logical interpretation of reasoning while applying a framework of analytic concepts.
  • ACTIVELY ENGAGE IN INTELLECTUAL INQUIRY BEYOND THAT REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PASS A COURSE OF STUDY (SLO #3, College Wide SLO – Area 4). This includes the ability to:
  • Apply information and resources necessary to develop academically and personally.
  • Utilize skills from one’s “academic tool kit” including time management, study skills, etc.
  • ARTICULATE AN AWARENESS OF A VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES WITHIN A DISCIPLINE AND THE RELEVANCE OF THESE PERSPECTIVES TO ONE’S OWN LIFE (SLO #4, College Wide SLO – Area 2). This includes the ability to:
  • Identify the stylistic, narrative, and thematic concerns in the director's work.
  • Understand Hitchcock's contribution to the cinematic language (pure cinema, point of view, montage, mise-en-scene) and genre (the melodrama and the thriller).
  • Read, understand, evaluate, and compare the key critical appraisals of the director by Modelski, Wood, Spoto, Truffaut and others.
  • Apply critical theory (auteur, feminist, psychoanalytic, semiotic) in the analysis of the films and their cultural implications.
  • Participate in the seminar mode of learning, including seminar discussion and presentation of a creative and original paper of critical value to the study of Hitchcock.

FMS 495 Independent Studies in Film and Media Studies

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).
  • Discuss and outline a proposal of study (that can be accomplished within one semester term) with a supervising instructor qualified within the discipline.
  • Design an independent study (to be completed individually or by collaboration of a small group) to foster special knowledge, skills, and experience that are not available in any one regularly scheduled course.
  • Use information resources to gather discipline-specific information.
  • SLO #2: Utilize modes of analysis and critical thinking to apply theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study to significant problems and/or educational activities (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 3).
  • Analyze and apply the knowledge, skills and experience that are involved in the independent study to theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study.
  • Explain the importance of the major discipline of study in the broader picture of society.
  • SLO #3: Communicate a complex understanding of content matter of the major discipline of study (College Wide Outcome – Area 3).
  • Demonstrate competence in the skills essential to mastery of the major discipline of study that are necessary to accomplish the independent study.
  • SLO #4: Identify personal goals and pursue these goals effectively (College Wide Outcome – Area 4).
  • Utilize skills from the “academic tool kit” including time management, study skills, etc., to accomplish the independent study within one semester term.

FMS 499 Experimental Offering in Film and Media Studies

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.