ART 105 – Film as Art Humanities Department Fall, 2012 Catalog Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the appreciation of film and covers the elements and principles of cinema with historical and contemporary examples. Prerequisite(s): RDG 100 or ESL 100 Credit Hours: 3 Departmental Website: http://www.midlandstech.edu/humanities/ Instructor: Curtis Derrick Office: Wade Martin Room 411 Telephone: 803.738.7803 E-mail: email@example.com Campus Mailbox: Wade Martin Room 445 Website: D2L and http://classes.midlandstech.edu/derrickc Departmental Assistant: Ms. Lisa Cheeks (firstname.lastname@example.org) Department Chair: Ms. Elena Martínez-Vidal (email@example.com) Class Schedule: Section B01 – TTh 12:45PM – 2:10PM, LB 123 Office Hours: MW: 10:25AM-11:10AM; 3:45PM-4:30PM TTH: 9:25AM-11:10AM; 2:10PM-3:00PM F: By appointment Textbook(s): Giannetti, Flashback (Pearson) General Education Core Competency Statement: ART 105 addresses the humanities component of the general education core, which states: “Graduates should understand the diversity of our cultural heritage and the effects of artistic or philosophical influences.” Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to: 1. Demonstrate how art uniquely expresses human thought, values, and emotions. 2. Compare and contrast artistic styles from different historical periods and cultures. 3. Evaluate works of art in relation to the societies in which they were created. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should also be able to: 1. Trace film history, from the silent cinema to the present day. 2. Recognize the basic technical and critical vocabulary of motion pictures. 3. Explain the development of film technology and the elements of cinematic form. 4. Explain how the technology of the cinema relates to the art of film. 5. Explain the economic structure of the film industry. 6. Explain the role of genre in film history and how some of the most popular genres express social and cultural tensions. 7. Explain the concept of “realism” as it relates to motion pictures. 8. Enumerate the basic elements of film criticism and write effective, brief critical papers of their own. 9. Question their own role as passive spectators and grow in their ability to watch films actively and critically. 10. Demonstrate effective analytical and communication skills. Course Outcomes and Competencies: Intended Course Outcome #1: Students will understand the effects of cultural, artistic or philosophical influences through film as art. Course Competency (Performance Measure): Students will demonstrate their understanding of the effects of cultural, artistic or philosophical influences by doing a written critique of specific film elements. Measurement Instrument and Success Criteria: Students will complete a critique of a film which will be evaluated using a standardized assessment rubric developed by faculty. Course Attendance: Each student is expected to attend ALL classes and is responsible for film viewing notes, homework, lecture notes, and reading assignments, whether present or absent. In the event of circumstances beyond one's control, such as illness, the student is allowed to miss no more than 2 weeks of class meetings. Exceeding the maximum allowed absences in this course means that the student can receive NO CREDIT for the course, and the instructor will assign the student a grade of W or WF. In accordance with college and Humanities department policy, you will be marked “absent” or “tardy” if any of the following circumstances apply: ABSENCE - Failure to be present for a scheduled meeting of the class ABSENCE - Arriving for the class more than ten (10) minutes after the scheduled time for the class to begin ABSENCE – Leaving class more than ten (10) minutes before the scheduled time for class to end ABSENCE – Leaving class for more than ten (10) minutes during class time ABSENCE – Three Tardies TARDY – Arriving for the class after the instructor has called the roll and before ten minutes past the time scheduled for the class to begin. TARDY – Leaving class within the last ten (10 minutes) of the scheduled time for class to end Absences are counted from the first day of classes. There are NO "excused" absences; ALL absences are counted, regardless of the reason. Students are expected to remain in class for the entire period. Courteous, attentive behavior is expected at all times (See “Class Decorum/Viewer Courtesy” below). Tardiness to class, speaking out of turn (or when instructor is speaking), sleeping in class, receiving calls on cell phones/pagers, etc. are behaviors that are disrespectful and may be disruptive and distracting to others in the class. Withdrawal: Should the maximum allowable absences be exceeded prior to midterm, a "W" will be submitted to the registrar to be recorded on the student's transcript. Should the maximum allowable absences be exceeded after midterm, a "W" will be submitted to the registrar if the student was passing the course at the time of withdrawal OR a "WF" will be submitted if the student was failing the course at the time of withdrawal. Course Requirements: To insure that you pass the course, you are required to: 1. Attend class regularly. 2. Be prepared for every film viewing; that is, read the review(s) ahead of time, as well as have materials for taking viewing notes, including the viewing prompts and critique topic(s) associated with the film. 3. Submit your viewing notes for grading at midterm and the end of the course. A maximum grade of 20 pts. for each film, depending on their thoroughness. After classroom screenings, films will be available for checkout from me for viewing in the Academic Success Center’s viewing area. No DVD is to leave campus for any reason. 4. Complete four major tests based on the material outlined on the test study guides. Only your best three test scores will be averaged, but there are no make-up tests. 5. Complete three film critiques, using standard MLA style, and submitted in hard copy on the dates assigned. Your third critique will count as your final exam and may be written longhand during the exam period. The course competency will be measured on the film critiques as well. Course Grading: The numeric values for letter grades can be determined by converting anything with a plus (+) as the top of the grade range, anything with a minus (-) as the bottom of the range, and straight letter grades as the middle of that range. Thus, B+ equals 89; B- equals 80; B equals 85, and so on. Your final grade will be determined by a straight average of the following: 1) your top three test grades; 2) your three film critiques; 3) the total points (max 140) earned on your viewing notes. Grading Scale: 90-100 A Superior Work 80-89 B Good Work 70-79 C Average Work 60-69 D Below Average Work 0 F Unsatisfactory Work Class Decorum/ Viewer Courtesy. Together with the textbook, the films we view for analysis and discussion are the main content of the course. Therefore, disturbances or interruptions during viewing will not be tolerated and likely will result in your being dismissed from class or perhaps the course entirely. To avoid any problem, please observe the following code of conduct which is in accordance with college policy. If you are asked to leave class for any reason, it may result in your losing attendance credit for that day: Turn off or mute your cell phone and do not answer, check, or text during class. No talking during film viewing. The time to talk is during the discussion periods. No eating. Finish all food or discard it before coming to class. If you arrive late, enter the classroom quietly and avoid walking between classmates and the screen whenever possible; sit in the back or someplace near the door if possible. Tend to any need to use the restroom before or after class. Traffic in and out of the classroom, especially during viewing periods, should be exceedingly rare and only necessary in the case of emergencies. Remember that if you miss more than 10 minutes of class, you will be marked absent. Make-up for missed viewing periods. Your viewing notes for each film are expected to be complete regardless of whether you attended each class period it was shown. If you miss a viewing period, you must arrange to checkout the DVD from me. Make-up viewings are done in the Academic Success Center’s viewing area Monday-Friday. Otherwise, you are responsible for making your own arrangements for viewing the film and completing your notes. Course Calendar with Assignments: WK: Dates Films/ Topics in Class;Test, Critique, Notebook Other assignments outside class Dates 1: Aug 27-30 Course syllabus. What is art; what is artful about film? Read chapters 1-4; complete Study Guide #1. Visual literacy: viewing more consciously; what you feel/sense/infer in what you see. Film terms. 2: Sept 3-6 Visual literacy: viewing more consciously. How to Read chapters 1-4; complete Study Guide #1. read a film—areas of artistic collaboration. Thinking Read Thelma & Louise review(s). and writing about film. Production design, cinematography, editing, sound. 3: Sept 10-13 Scott: Thelma & Louise Read chapters 1-4; complete Study Guide #1. Read Thelma & Louise review(s). 4: Sept 17-20 Scott: Thelma & Louise; Writing film critiques. Read chapters 5-8; complete Study Guide #2. TH: Test 1 – Chapters 1-4 Read A Good Year review(s). 5: Sept 24-27 Scott: A Good Year Read chapters 5-8; complete Study Guide #2. TH: Critique 1 due Read A Good Year review(s). 6: Oct 1-4 Scott: A Good Year Read chapters 5-8; complete Study Guide #2. Scott: Blade Runner Read Blade Runner review(s). 7: Oct 8-11 Scott: Blade Runner Read chapters 5-8; complete Study Guide #2. Tyker: Run Lola Run Read Run Lola Run review(s). 8: Oct 15-18 Tuesday – Fall break holiday Read chapters 5-8; complete Study Guide #2. TH: Tyker: Run Lola Run Read Wings of Desire review(s). 9: Oct 22-25 Wenders: Wings of Desire Read chapters 9-11; complete Study Guide TH: Test 2 – Chapters 5-8; Notebook due (4 films) #3. Read Wings of Desire review(s). 10: Oct 29-Nov 1 Wenders: Wings of Desire Read chapters 9-11; complete Study Guide Canet: Tell No One #3. Read Tell No One review(s). 11: Nov 5-8 Tuesday – Election Day holiday Read chapters 12-19; complete Study Guide Th: Canet: Tell No One #4. Read The Graduate review(s). 12: Nov 12-15 T: Test 3 – Chapters 9-11; Romantic/screwball Read chapters 12-19; complete Study Guide comedy #4. TH: Nichols: The Graduate. Critique 2 due 13: Nov 19-20 Nichols: The Graduate Read chapters 12-19; complete Study Guide TH: Thanksgiving holiday #4. Read Tootsie review(s). 14: Nov 26-29 Pollack: Tootsie Read chapters 12-19; complete Study Guide #4. 15: Dec 3-6 T: Test 4 – Chapters 12-19 Read chapters 12-19; complete Study Guide TH: Critique 3 due w/ complete film notebook. #4. 16 Dec 11 PLEASE NOTE: Should change become necessary, the instructor reserves the right to adjust the requirements, pace, or scheduling of this course. Any change will be announced in class before it becomes effective.
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