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Course Description

'Film Appreciation for Modern Audiences' is intended as a journey through the world of film. It is a sampling of the thought and accumulated critical opinion that forms the basis of the modern stature of 100 years of film-making--as art or culturally important dramatic work.

If you love film, then this course will help you learn more about film analysis, film reviews and discussions, period genres and movements in film style, and more. It will provide you an informed opinion that will hopefully make your enjoyment of the film medium deeper.

This course may be useful for professionals who need to be informed and conversant about the film-industry; for the layman who wants to know as much as he/she can about the world of film for personal enjoyment; or for the student, hoping to become familiar with the 'lay-of-the-land' for film-criticism.

Lessons include discussions on the following:

  • How you can get real enjoyment from the films you watch, and why you should care
  • Early film-history
  • The process of film-making and how it relates to understanding the films you watch
  • A look at 100 years of film-styles, genres and movements
  • A discussion of film-psychology, and some fascinating aspects of the perception of films
  • A review of 'films to watch', taken in 20-year periods starting in 1900, and moving through 2007, featuring all the classics from each era
  • General ideas about film and art-theory as a consumer habit
  • Film composers to know
  • Film directors to know
  • How to get your twenty-dollar's worth at the movie-theater
  • New ways to enjoy film and new audience technologies
  • And much more


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Lesson 1: The Value of Film Viewing

This lesson asks the question, "Why do we enjoy watching movies?" 41 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Images: Journal of Film and Popular Culture; Films and Pop Culture
  • Take Poll: Benefits of Films
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1 Review

Lesson 2: Early Film History

This lesson describes the evolution of filmmaking, the inventors, and early actors. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Photography Timeline; The History of Film; The Great Train Robbery
  • Review 3 Videos: Al Jolson video.; Sortie des Usines Lumiere a Lyon; The Great Train Robbery
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2 Review

Lesson 3: The Filmmaking Process

This lesson describes the different phases of the filmmaking process. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Filmmaking Guide; How to Make a Film
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3 Review

Lesson 4: 100 Years of Film Styles and Movements

This lesson describes how technology, culture, and current events affect movie making. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Film Genre; Narrative Film Styles; Jaws
  • Review Video: A Scene from Perils of Pauline
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4 Review

Lesson 5: Film Psychology

This lesson describes how writers and directors can get reactions from movie goers. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Philosophy of Film
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5 Review

Lesson 6: Films To Watch:1900 -- 1960

This lesson explores the popular, classic, and well-made pictures of this era. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Classic Films
  • Review 5 Videos: Citizen Kane; Gone With The Wind; Making A Living; Rebel Without A Cause; The Ten Commandments
  • Take Poll: Older Movies
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 Review

Lesson 7: Films to Watch 1960 -- 2007

With new technology, popular movies are changing. Here are some of the most popular. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: 100 Films; Apocalypse Now; Greatest Films of All Times
  • Review 3 Videos: Forrest Gump; The Birds; The Silence Of The Lambs
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7 Review

Lesson 8: General Ideas on Art Theory as a Consumer Habit

This lesson focuses on questions of art theory. What makes movies "art" or "classic?" What makes a picture "good" or "bad?" 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Intro to Feminist Film Theory
  • Review 2 Videos: Network; The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8 Review

Lesson 9: Film Composers to Know

This lesson lists many of the most popular movie composers, and some of their greatest hits. 41 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: 10 Great Composers
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9 Review

Lesson 10: Film Directors to Know

This lesson lists influential film directors of the past and the present. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Greatest Film Directors
  • Review 4 Videos: Goodfellas; Hatari!; Some Like It Hot; You Can't Take It With You
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10 Review

Lesson 11: How to Get Your Money's Worth at the Movies

This lesson examines how box office receipts are influenced by the reviews, and by consumer likes and dislikes. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Box Office Info; Roger Ebert's Film Reviews
  • Review 2 Videos: A Christmas Carol; Moby Dick
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11 Review

Lesson 12: New Ways to Enjoy Film, Technology, and the Future

This lesson examines some of the new technology available for watching movies. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: DVD Demystified
  • Review Video: YouTube: Broadcast Yourself
  • Take Poll: Film Viewing
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12 Review

Lesson 13: Personal Enrichment as a Film Audience Consumer

This lesson provides insight into "reality" versus "big screen." 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: African Storytelling
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13 Review
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Course Title: Film Appreciation
Course Number: 7550484
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the value of film viewing.
  • Know early film history.
  • Know the filmmaking process.
  • Define 100 years of film styles and movements.
  • Define film psychology.
  • Describe general ideas on art theory as a consumer habit.
  • Describe new ways to enjoy film, technology, and the future, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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  • "I appreciate the availability and the comments made on my work." -- Carlos G.
  • "I liked the summaries of the different film, directors,and composers. Some of the aesthetic principles were interesting also." -- Linda B.

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