HUMANITIES 3                                                                                                              OFFICE: SS 106
INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA                                                                                     MWF 11:00; TU 12:30;TH 9:00
LOZANO                                                                                                                         PHONE: 848-4843



Introduction to Cinema is a survey of film history focusing on representative and exemplary examples of foreign and domestic films. The course ranges from silent to contemporary films and covers critical developments in the art of filmmaking. Introduction to Cinema is the first of two of film appreciation classes; the second, Approaches to Contemporary Film (Humanities 10), begins in the 1960s and considers contemporary film in the light of film theories. Introduction to Cinema counts as an elective in the new Media Arts degree and Approaches to Contemporary Film counts as a core course for the degree. Both courses transfer as electives to four year colleges.


All films will be screened in class. Films will be introduced through lecture material, handouts, and textbook readings. Following screenings there will be extensive discussion of the films with analysis of significant sequences in film clips as appropriate. Students will write one page responses to each film that will serve as an additional basis for discussion. The films will be presented in three clusters, and at the end of each cluster there will be a review session and a written examination. The exams will cover material from lecture and discussion and from the text as indicated on the course syllabus. There will be a comprehensive final examination at the end of the semester.


In addition to the course examinations, students will prepare a course project, which will be either a written paper or a video. Paper topics will be selected by students in accordance with their particular areas of interest. Students are required to submit a synopsis of the project by the fourth week of the semester and prepare an outline/story board/shot list by the tenth week of class. Editing equipment and assistance is available to students who elect the video option through the offices of Ed Loeser and in the televison studio from Jim Frazier. Projects will be presented in class.


In order to pass the course, students must view all the films, participate in the class discussions, pass the midterms and the final, and successfully complete the paper or video project. Grades will be computed from the examinations, the course projects, and class participation.


Students are responsible for the material covered in class whether they are present or not.

As lectures, films, and discussions will not be repeated, it is advisable for students to be present during all class meetings. Although five absences are allowed, such a number of absences would seriously impede a student's ability to perform successfully in the course. Regular attendance is essential for maximum student learning and enjoyment.


In addition to the course work described above, students may also have the opportunity to hear in-class speakers, visit film-related enterprises, and attend non-compulsory screenings of newly-released films.


Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office.

Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.