INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA

  • Program: English
  • Course: Introduction to Cinema
  • Course #: ENGL2200
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This is a writing intensive course where students study and analyze the basic elements of a critical understanding of film: story elements; visual design; cinematography and color; editing and special effects; functions of sound and music; styles of acting and directing; and functions of genre.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Identify the various elements used to develop a film and "tell a story"
Explain the terms and components associated with film as an art form
Interpret the use of expressive techniques in the visual design of film making
Distinguish the uses of technique in film cinematography
Explain how a film uses a variety of techniques to solicit a response
Break down a film into parts to show how the pieces comprise the whole
Explore films of various genres
Analyze how acting styles and performances are used to develop a film's story and effectiveness
Explain how a film goes from concept to storyboard to production
Discriminate between "good" and "bad" films
Critique all components of a film

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • MnTC Goal: 6
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Qualifying score on the writing assessment test OR ENGL1021
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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