Feb 20, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the Freshman or Sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

ENG 2270 - Introduction to Cinema (3 hrs.)

The goal of this course is to increase knowledge and appreciation of cinema, especially American cinema. There is no cinema background necessary. Emphasis is placed on the history, technical aspects, and understanding of film criticism.

Course Classification:



A grade of C or higher in ENG2211 Composition I or instructor approval.

Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help students increase their knowledge and appreciation of Cinema, with special emphasis on American Cinema with an understanding of its unique history, its technical aspects, including screenwriting, producing, directing, acting, and marketing.  The student will acquire knowledge of various approaches to film criticism and will develop a personal sense of critical awareness.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the historical development of moving pictures as a means of communication and entertainment.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the technical elements of creating a motion picture, including the production team, the writing team, cinematography, musical production, acting, and direction.
  3. Understand the nature of film criticism, with an emphasis on the history of film criticism and its major contributors.
  4. Apply developed and personal criteria for viewing and assessing cinema.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

Unit 1:  Silent Cinema 1895-1930

Outcomes:  Students will understand the beginnings and importance of this era of film.

  • Early Years
  • Rise of Hollywood
  • Silent Film
  • National Cinemas

Unit 2:  Sound Cinema 1930-1960

Outcomes:  Students will understand and analyze changes to film through the addition of sound, as well as the impact of leading studios and their leaderships.

  • The Studio Years
  • Genre Cinema:  The Western
  • The Musical
  • Comedy
  • Fantastic

Unit 3:  Modern Cinema 1960-1995

Outcomes:  Students will analyze the continuing developments in cinema and appreciate the changes that came with the expansion of TV as entertainment.

  • Cinema in the Age of TV
  • American Movies
  • Extending the Boundaries
  • Cinemas of the World
  • The Future of Film

Unit 4:  Cinema Production

Outcomes:  Students will recognize the collaboration required for film production.

  • The Production Team
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography
  • Movie Direction
  • Editing
  • Acting

Unit 5:  Critics & Criticism

Outcomes:  Students will identify the changes in criticism through the history of film

  • The Pioneers: The Silent Era and the Transition to Sound
  • Masters & Moonlighters: The Late 1930s, World War II, and the Postwar Era
  • The Golden Age of Movie Criticism: The 1950s through the 70s
  • Reconsiderations and Renegade Perspectives: The 1980s to the Present

Projects Required:

For each of the three eras, evaluate a major film, actor or director.
The students will be asked to individually attend a theater and view and critically analyze a current movie.


Contact the bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program:

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.