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Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Cinematic Arts

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Cinematic Arts (common course-id FTVE 105), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number FTVE 105

General Course Description: FTVE 105

Introduces the close analysis of film and television texts. Examines the broad questions of form and content, aesthetics and meaning, and history and culture. Explores the diverse possibilities presented by the cinematic art form through an examination of a wide variety of productions, national cinemas, and film movements. Topics include modes of production, narrative and non-narrative forms, visual design, editing, sound, genre, ideology and critical analysis.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: Eligible for College Composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Critically analyze film and television as a technology, business, cultural production/cultural artifact, entertainment medium and art form.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze, interpret, and write about film and electronic media using film-specific language.
  • Demonstrate visual literacy through the application of the analytical tools of categories, theories and ideologies to understand the cinematic arts’ complex role and function in society.
  • Demonstrate recognition, description and analysis of formal aesthetics elements of the cinematic arts. (i.e.: Cinematography, Editing, Mise-en-scene, Sound)
  • Prepare analytical essays regarding the technical, aesthetic, and cultural aspects of the cinematic arts.


May include but not limited to:

  • In-class discussions
  • Written Critical Analyses
  • Written or oral quizzes
  • Objective and subjective exam

Other Information


Course Resources

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    Media and Cultural Theory (Open (Access) Textbook)
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    Media Studies 101 (Open (Access) Textbook)
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