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									                                                   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:      
Instructor:                          Curtis Derrick
Office:                              Wade Martin Room 411
Telephone:                           803.738.7803
Campus Mailbox:                      Wade Martin Room 445
Website:                             D2L and

Departmental Assistant:              Ms. Lisa Cheeks (
Department Chair:                    Ms. Elena Martínez-Vidal (

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
    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
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
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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