Analyzing the Art of Film

In Visual and Environmental Studies 80, the Art of Film, students present and analyze a scene from a film they watch in class. The students are asked to give some sort of close reading of a two- to three-minute sequence, explain its significance to the class, and then start a discussion about it with the class. The instructor then uses the topic to kick-start the rest of the section. The activity is very open-ended, giving the students the flexibility to analyze any clip however they like. Jack Hamilton, a former teaching fellow for VES 70, says that this type of activity works very well for film courses.