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Learning Goals

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Department of Film and Media Culture

Axinn Center at Starr Library
15 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
Fax: 802.443.2805