- to expose students to a broad background in film and electronic media across historical eras and international borders
- to teach students a disciplinary vocabulary and help develop the ability to analyze, interpret and evaluate the properties of film and media
- to help students develop the research skills and methods, and deepen their theoretical background, as necessary to write and communicate about film and media from a range of academic perspectives
- to foster an understanding of the relationship between film and media as sites of representation, and their creators, industries, audiences, and cultural contexts
- to prepare students with the skills to create media works that are influenced by works they have studied, and that in turn shape their critical analytical abilities
- Familiarity with major trends in film and electronic media within specific historical and national contexts.
- Application of a disciplinary vocabulary toward analysis, interpretation and evaluation of film and media texts.
- Ability to choose, apply, and undertake appropriate research methods and theoretical frameworks to explore specific questions concerning film and media, expressing arguments in written and oral forms.
- Compose fluently written essays connecting film and media texts and representations to their creators, industries, audiences, and cultural contexts.
- Produce original media works demonstrating the influence of works studied in the curriculum and competency in their creative craft.