Introduction to Film and Media Studies is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to view visual media critically. In emphasizing visual literacy, the course allows students to apply techniques of analysis they have learned in their English Literature classes to the culture of images. By studying a variety of cinematic genres and the work of substantial directors, students will be introduced to the basic elements of narrative film form and style. They will examine aspects of cinematography, mise en scène, editing, acting, and sound to determine how directors create culturally significant visual texts. In their exploration of films and other visual media – such as music video, television, and advertising – students will discuss the relation between perception and reality, and the impact of representation on society. By the end of the course, students should be able to recognize various structures in visual media and effectively analyze those structures. Students in this class are required to contribute to discussions on a daily basis; participation in class discussion makes up the majority of each student’s grade for the course. Other modes of assessment for the course include succinct analytical writing assignments, and a final visual project. Students should be prepared to view and address subject material that is mature. Because of the nature of the course content, this class is limited to junior and senior enrollment.
Grades 11 & 12