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Courses

FILM 101: Introduction to Film

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 101H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course introduces students to the art of film and the critical vocabulary of film studies through analysis of filmmaking techniques and the meanings they create. It explores film as a synthetic art form by examining the various individuals and elements involved in the production process. Feature, documentary, and genre films may be used to analyze artistic techniques, cultural impact, and socio-political implications. Film viewing is required both inside and outside of class. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 101 or FILM 101H.

FILM 101H: Introduction to Film (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring or Summer

This honors course offers highly motivated students an enriched introduction to the art of film and the critical vocabulary of film studies. Students examine, research, and present content as they explore film as a synthetic art form. Feature, documentary, and genre films may be used to analyze artistic techniques, cultural impact, and socio-political implications. Film viewing is required both inside and outside of class. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 101 or FILM 101H.

FILM 105: Introduction to Media Writing

Units: 3
Prerequisites: ACE 150, ENGL 50, ESL 150, or eligibility determined by the English placement process.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

As an introductory entry-level course in writing for film and electronic media, this course introduces students to dramatic storytelling elements including, but not limited to, script format, story structure, character development, tension, conflict, and themes. Upon grasping the basic elements that constitute an effective cinematic narrative, students workshop their original ideas into a completed feature and/or short screenplay.

FILM 106: Study of Filmed Plays

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course explores cinematic adaptations of dramatic literature. Various adaptation theories are used to critically examine how literary and production styles are translated to the language of film. Students engage in structural, character, and thematic analysis through class discussion and written essays. Attendance at public performances is required.

FILM 111: Film History I: 1880-1945

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 111H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course traces the history of motion pictures from 1880 to 1945 through a critical examination of the technical, aesthetic, social, political, and economic factors that had an impact on this emerging art form. It explores the cinema from its conception as an entertainment novelty, through major international movements of the silent era, to the development of the American studio system, the transition to sound, and the effect of two world wars. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 111 or FILM 111H.

FILM 111H: Film History I: 1880-1945 (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 111.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This honors course offers highly motivated students an enriched exploration of the history of motion pictures from 1880 to 1945 through a critical examination of the technical, aesthetic, social, political, and economic factors that had an impact on this emerging art form. It explores the cinema from its conception as an entertainment novelty, through major international movements of the silent era, to the development of the American studio system, the transition to sound, and the effect of two world wars. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 111 or FILM 111H.

FILM 112: Film History II: 1945-Present

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 112H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course traces the history of motion pictures from 1945 to the present through a critical examination of the technical, aesthetic, social, political, and economic factors that have an impact on production, distribution, and exhibition of film. It explores the cinema of the post-WWII era, through major international movements of the 1950s and 1960s, to the development of the new Hollywood of the 1970s, concluding with the globalization and digitalization of film culture in the twenty-first century. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 112 or FILM 112H.

FILM 112H: Film History II: 1945-Present (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 112.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This honors course offers highly motivated students an enriched exploration of the history of motion pictures from 1945 to the present through a critical examination of the technical, aesthetic, social, political, and economic factors that have an impact on production, distribution, and exhibition of film. It explores the cinema of the post-WWII era, through major international movements of the 1950s and 1960s, to the development of the new Hollywood of the 1970s, concluding with the globalization and digitalization of film culture in the twenty-first century. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 112 or FILM 112H.

FILM 211: Identity and Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 211H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This course explores the impact of identity on film as an art form and cultural artifact by confronting ideologies of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation as they are reflected in cinematic representation. American film is used as the primary lens through which to view how social, political, and cultural values have been formulated over the last century. Students analyze major films, figures, character types, and narrative strategies to evaluate the relationship between film and identity. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 211 or FILM 211H.

FILM 211H: Identity and Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 211.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This honors course offers highly motivated students an enriched exploration of the impact of identity on film as an art form and cultural artifact by confronting ideologies of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation as they are reflected in cinematic representation. American film is used as the primary lens through which to view how social, political, and cultural values have been formulated over the last century. Students analyze major films, figures, character types, and narrative strategies to evaluate the relationship between film and identity. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 211 or FILM 211H.

FILM 212: Women and Film: Representation and Impact

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 212H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall

This course explores the significant, and frequently unrecognized, role of women in film. It investigates cinematic history and artifacts through the lens of feminist theory in order to critically examine the various ways women have been both (mis)represented in a male-dominated industry and participated in the art of filmmaking. Students discuss key individuals in film history and a variety of genres to explore the social, political, and cultural impact of women in film. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 212 or FILM 212H.

FILM 212H: Women and Film: Representation and Impact (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 212.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall

This honors course offers highly motivated students an enriched exploration of the significant, and frequently unrecognized, role of women in film. It investigates cinematic history and artifacts through the lens of feminist theory in order to critically examine the various ways women have been both (mis)represented in a male-dominated industry and participated in the art of filmmaking. Students discuss key individuals in film history and a variety of genres to explore the social, political, and cultural impact of women in film. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 212 or FILM 212H.

FILM 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

FILM 296: Topics in Film

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Film that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

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