Why Study Film?

Why Study Film?

“Americans use the movies to talk to themselves about who they are.” Jane Smiley, Ten Days in the Hills (2006)

Over the course of the twentieth century, film has become the dominant story-telling medium of the modern world. While we still address ethical, social, philosophical, and psychological concerns in the printed word and the plastic arts, in live drama and political speech, it is in the movie theater that more people and more diverse groups of them gather to view and review stories that pose and offer solutions to problems personal and social, national and global. By studying film and the art of cinematic story telling we not only study ourselves but we also learn about the primary way in which we talk about ourselves, how we represent ourselves to others and to ourselves.

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Film Studies at Union

Film Studies at Union

The Film Studies minor at Union College is designed to develop a conscious awareness of film as a basic and widespread medium of cultural communication. It provides students with the tools necessary for critically and historically analyzing and evaluating film texts, for understanding film technologies within the broader context of the liberal arts, and for beginning to master the art of telling stories cinematically. It also prepares students to pursue academic and creative paths for advanced study and professional interests in film.

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Film Studies and Liberal Arts

Film Studies and Liberal Arts

Film Studies at Union College expands one’s understanding of this basic medium – now a crucial part of the liberal arts education. The program strengthens knowledge of film histories and cultures, introduces the tools for critical analysis of film texts, and provides hands-on training in film production technologies.

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Winter 2018 Courses

Winter 2018 Courses

Posted by basirick on Oct 16, 2017

AVA-120-01:  Photography 1 — TTh 9:30 am – 12:20 pm (Benjamin)  CC: HUM A course in black and white silver halide film and gelatin silver printing. Students learn the basics of the art’s aesthetics, the camera, processing, printing, and evaluation/assessment of photographic prints. Three separate projects lead students through making their own photographic prints in various themes and genres of contemporary fine art photography. Students study important works in photography that relate to each project and have critiques of their work. A 35mm film camera with a light meter and adjustable focus is required. Limited enrollment, by permission of instructor. AVA-160-01:  Digital Art — TTh 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (Orellana) CC: HUM This introductory course focuses on the fundamentals of using the computer as an art tool in the production of two-dimensional content. Topics covered include essentials of digital imaging, digital printing, and posting information to the Internet. Class lectures and hands-on studio will incorporate technique demonstrations, discussions, technical exploration, aesthetic inquiry and historical information relevant to computer multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications. Students are encouraged to pursue areas of interest and explore new ideas throughout the course. Outside work required. No previous experience necessary. AVA-220-01:  Photography 2 — TTh 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Benjamin)  CC: HUM This class experience is two-fold. The first half involves advanced black and white film/chemistry/printing that encourages a refinement of technique and increased sophistication of aesthetics and ideas. The second half involves color digital photography, learning the basics of Photoshop® editing software as used by photographers. Students do “Language of Photography” projects and make printed portfolios. Prerequisite(s): AVA 120; limited enrollment, by...

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AfroFuturism Film Series

AfroFuturism Film Series

Posted by Andrew Feffer on May 9, 2017

Schaffer Library will be hosting the AfroFuturism Film Series every Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the PBK Room (second floor) from April 25th – May 30th, 2017. Upcoming programs are: May 9th:  AfroFuturist Short Films May 16th: Space is the Place (Sun Ra) May 23rd: The Last Angel of History May 30th: TBA For more information, contact Robyn Reed...

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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses

Posted by Andrew Feffer on May 9, 2017

AVA 120-01:  Photography 1 — TTh 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (Benjamin) CC: HUM A course in black and white silver halide film and gelatin silver printing. Students learn the basics of the art’s aesthetics, the camera, processing, printing, and evaluation/assessment of photographic prints. Three separate projects lead students through making their own photographic prints in various themes and genres of contemporary fine art photography. Students study important works in photography that relate to each project and have critiques of their work. A 35mm film camera with a light meter and adjustable focus is required. Limited enrollment, by permission of instructor. AVA 120-02:  Photography 1 — TTh 2 – 5 pm (Benjamin) CC: HUM [Same course as above, second section] AVA 160:  Digital Art — TTh 9:30 am-12:30 pm (Orellana) CC: HUM This introductory course focuses on the fundamentals of using the computer as an art tool in the production of two-dimensional content. Topics covered include essentials of digital imaging, digital printing, and posting information to the Internet. Class lectures and hands-on studio will incorporate technique demonstrations, discussions, technical exploration, aesthetic inquiry and historical information relevant to computer multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications. Students are encouraged to pursue areas of interest and explore new ideas throughout the course. Outside work required. No previous experience necessary. AVA 363: 3D Computer Modeling — TTH 2-5 pm (Orellana) CC: HUM This course will introduce students into the world of three-dimensional computer graphics. Through this hands-on-course, students will learn how to use 3D software to realize ideas in sculpture, virtual environments, 3D modeling, installation, and rapid prototyping. Class lectures and hands-on studio time will incorporate technique demonstrations, discussions,...

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