Learning Outcomes

Students in the Bachelor of Arts program in Cinema are expected to become proficient in these learning outcomes:

1. Students should understand the idea of film as an art form and the essentials of film style and know the basics of the language of cinema in order to talk and write accurately and meaningfully about films. They should be aware of a range of films greater than already known from TV and recent Hollywood.

2. Students should gain a basic understanding of fundamental aesthetic and conceptual approaches to digital video production and non-linear editing, and become able to script and produce short films based on these principles while working both independently and in small groups.

3. Students should have an understanding of the history of film from 1895 to the present, including: major developments in technology, economics, and society that influenced the production of film; and prominent styles of film from various historical periods. They should become proficient in writing about these topics.

4. Students should understand the basics of a number of methods of analyzing films, be able to apply these methods to a variety of films, and know why film studies favors certain methods.

5. Students should have an understanding of specific kinds of films based on: extended close study of one or more of the major individual figures in cinema; a thorough survey of one or more of the major national cinemas; one or more historically important genres in cinema; or intensive study of a motif, topic, or period in film, such as City in Film, Orientalism in Film, and The Auteur in Hollywood.

6. Students should demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of various types of filmmaking and be able to create a film using these principles.

7. Students should demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in filmmaking by producing and directing their own films working through the stages of pre-production, production and postproduction.

We regularly evaluate the performance of students in Cinema courses to ensure that students that complete our program are proficient in these areas.