The study of film at Vassar is grounded in film history and theory. Whether the student is ultimately interested in film production or a theoretical / historical study of film, he or she must first acquire a solid foundation in film history and theory.
First-year students should take Film 175 - Introduction to Screen Arts: An introductory exploration of central features of film and television asthetics, including formal and stylistic elements: color, lighting, editing, sound, etc. Exposure to a wide spectrum of types of films, including: silent, abstract, non-narrative, documentary, and genre films, and the artistic choices manifested by each. Subjects are treated topically rather than historically, and emphasis is placed on mastering key vocabulary.
Film 209 - World Cinema, may be taken in the Sophomore year. Students planning to declare either a concentration or a correlate sequence in Film are required to take World Cinema; it serves as a required prerequisite for essentially all further courses offered by the Film Department.
Courses and Requirements
Academic requirements and courses are available in the Vassar College Catalogue.