Like Movies? Then you need to take Com Arts 350

I have to admit I was a little skeptical to take this class because of the title. “Introduction to Film” seemed so broad to me but this was the first class I signed up for after declaring my Com Arts major and I don’t regret it nearly three decades later!

From the moment I walked into this class, I knew it would be my favorites. The classroom looks and feels like a smaller movie theater and you basically show up to class, listen to a short lecture from the professor (it was so long ago that I do not remember his name), and then the room goes dark and you watch a full-length movie.

We watched all types of movies from silent films, to documentaries, animation, art cinema and many more. One of my favorites was “Citizen Kane” because it was such a classic film that I had never seen before, but another memorable one was “The King of Comedy” which was more of a dark movie with Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis.

Orson Welles stars in “Citizen Kane” in 1941. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

What I especially loved about this class was learning how to recognize film techniques and analyze how the filmmaker wants to make you think or feel when watching. I still use these techniques while watching movies today!

This is a great class for any Com Arts major, but also a good one if you simply like movies! You won’t regret signing up for this one.

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