The certificate in Film, History and Society will introduce students to the study of film, with an emphasis on how film reflects, distorts and challenges our ideas of historical eras, gender identities and political events. Students will learn how to read films in order to question how film represents and misrepresents the “true stories” of historical figures, cultural ideas, and our sense of what really happened. Across four connected courses, students will develop skills in writing, visual literacy, textural analysis of film, and questioning the sources of historical knowledge. In the capstone course, students will have the option of pursuing either a critical or creative final project, which will be presented on campus or in coordination with The Moxie Cinema in downtown Springfield.
In the capstone course, you will apply what you have learned to complete one of two projects – develop a critical review of an existing film or create your own short film. Both written and visual works will be uploaded to a digital portfolio and presented on campus or at The Moxie cinema in downtown Springfield. In these capstone projects, students might:
Write an analysis of the cinematic representation of a historical or political event, historical figure, or gender identity
Develop a short script or collaborate on a video that displays the subjectivity of representation
Produce a fake deleted scene from a classic movie and use this scene to make commentary on how either history, culture, or gender is represented in the original film