Five College Consortium

Introduction to Film Studies

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UMass Amherst
The nature and several functions of film, including narrative and nonnarrative approaches to film communication. Topics include: the components of film expression (composition, movement, editing, sound, setting, and acting); designs in screen narrative; film's relationship to other arts and media; and its role as an instrument of social reflection and change.

This course is open to Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors. For students entering UMASS beginning Fall 2011 Semester, COMM 140 is one of the two (2) 100-level COMM Subject Area courses that can be used as prerequisites for applying to the COMM major. (The other 100-level COMM prerequisite courses that can be used for applying to the COMM major are COMM 118, COMM 121, COMM 122, and COMM 125). This course was formerly numbered and titled COMM 240: Modes of Film Communication. If you have received credit for taking COMM 240, you will not receive credit for taking this course.

Seats reserved for Comm Majors

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Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Introduction to Film Studies
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 3.0

Shawn Shimpach

TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM