Film, Form & Language
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 2004
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Film
  • Cultural Studies
This course offers a general introduction to the study of film. Through the analysis of classic and contemporary films, students will learn to identify the major elements of film language, including cinematography, lighting, mise-en-scene, sound, editing, and performance. Students will be able to recognize how these elements are constructed and combined to create meaning and to communicate with the audience. In addition, students will become familiar with the terminology and the critical framework commonly used in film studies to describe and appreciate these various elements of film, and they will be able to develop a written argument based on audio-visual materials. Pathway: Visual Studies
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.


Open to Undergraduate students.