Course Syllabus


Course Description

Film Appreciation 101: A Cinematic Odyssey

Film is more than mere entertainment; it's a reflection of our history, culture, and psyche. Over the past century, the cinematic medium has evolved dramatically, leaving behind a rich tapestry of styles, genres, and narratives. 'Film Appreciation 101' invites you to traverse this captivating world, offering a comprehensive exploration that will deepen your understanding and amplify your enjoyment of films.

Why Take This Course?

For avid movie lovers, this course serves as a window into the intricacies of film analysis and critical discussion. For professionals in the media and entertainment sector, it offers essential insights into the ever-evolving landscape of cinema. And for those newly venturing into the realm of movies, it lays a solid foundation, setting the stage for more informed and enriched viewing experiences.

Course Breakdown:

  1. The Value of Film Viewing: Understand why film matters. Delve into the cultural, historical, and personal significance of movies and the joy they bring.

  2. Early Film History: Travel back in time to the birth of cinema. Explore the pioneers, the groundbreaking techniques, and the societal impact of films in their nascent stage.

  3. The Filmmaking Process: Peek behind the curtain into the intricate world of film production. From scripts to screens, grasp how each step shapes the final masterpiece.

  4. 100 Years of Film Styles and Movements: Witness the evolution of cinema. Chart the progression of genres, styles, and movements, and understand their socio-cultural contexts.

  5. Film Psychology: Dive into the mind of the viewer. Explore cognitive processes, emotional responses, and the profound effects of cinematic storytelling on human psyche.

  6. Films To Watch — 1900 - 1960: Step into a cinematic time machine. Rediscover classics that defined half a century, from silent masterpieces to mid-century marvels.

  7. Films to Watch — 1960 - 2020: Journey through the contemporary age of cinema. From New Wave innovations to 21st-century blockbusters, explore the films that have shaped recent decades.

  8. General Ideas on Art Theory as a Consumer Habit: Decipher the bond between art and audience. Delve into how artistic theories influence consumer habits and preferences.

  9. Film Composers to Know: Celebrate the unsung heroes behind cinema's most iconic scores. Explore the maestros whose melodies breathe life into visual tales.

  10. Film Directors to Know: Spotlight on the visionaries. From Hitchcock to Nolan, delve into the minds of directors who've sculpted the cinematic landscape.

  11. How to Get Your Money's Worth at the Movies: Maximize your cinematic experience. Tips, tricks, and hacks to ensure every theater visit is worthwhile.

  12. Personal Enrichment as a Film Audience Consumer: Beyond mere viewing, how can films elevate personal growth? Harness the power of cinema for self-betterment.

Enrich Your Cinematic Journey

This course, in essence, is more than just a study; it's an invitation to experience cinema in its entirety. With meticulously curated content and expert insights, 'Film Appreciation 101' promises to be an unforgettable odyssey through the mesmerizing world of films. Whether you're a seasoned cinephile, an industry professional, or a curious novice, this course has a treasure trove of knowledge awaiting you. Dive in, and let the magic of movies unfold.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the value of film viewing.
  • Summarize early film history.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 1 Review 16 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 2 Review 17 points
Lesson 3 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 3 Review 17 points
Lesson 4 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 4 Review 17 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 5 Review 15 points
Lesson 6 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 6 Review 10 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 7 Review 10 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 8 Review 15 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 9 Review 16 points
Lesson 10 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 10 Review 15 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 11 Review 10 points
Lesson 12 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 12 Review 10 points
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