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Film Arts 1,2 (P) (0387, 0388)


Grade Range:
 Course duration:
 Two semesters
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 Visual and Performing Arts
 This course is offered during odd-numbered school years (e.g., 2017–18) and alternates with Voice and Diction 1,2
Course Description:
 College Preparatory Course (P). This course meets the University of California’s f (visual and performing arts) subject-area requirement.

Film Arts provides an analysis of film as an art form and as a means of communication. Students will learn to analyze films through narrative structure, genre conventions, subtext, technical and artistic factors, and purpose. Emphasis will be placed on the various visual-language systems and the spectrum of techniques used by filmmakers to convey meaning. The course introduces realistic, classic, and formalistic traditions of filmmaking, as well as the history of the cinema. Students will explore the cultural relevance of films and their influence on society. They will create a short film project.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Each site selects its own resources from available instructional media.
SDUSD VAPA Core Learnings, 2005.