Film Studies Courses

The Underground Academy of Cinematic Arts offers four courses in Film Studies, enabling students to understand and appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film.

 

Course #
Course Title
Course Description
CAFS 101  Film Studies I
(pre-1900’s to 1920’s)
Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form. This course develops students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. To achieve an international understanding within the world of film, students are taught to consider film texts, theories, and ideas from the points of view of different individuals, nations, and cultures.
CAFS 102  Film Studies II
(1920’s to 1940s)
Film Studies II continues the study of film, focused on international and national movements from 1920 through the 1940s. Building upon their knowledge from CAFS 101, students incorporate their understanding of film movements through short film projects.
CAFS 103  Film Studies III
(1950s to 1980s)
Film Studies III continues the study of film, focused on international and national movements from 1950 through the 1980s. Building upon their knowledge from CAFS 102, students work in small groups to create a 9-30 minute short narrative rooted in a film movement.
CAFS 104  Film Studies IV
(1980s to present day)
Film Studies IV continues the study of film, focused on international and national movements from 1980 through present day. Throughout the semester, students work on a capstone project that includes a 9-30 minute, narrative film as well as a presentation/reception for family and friends.