Study Abroad in European Cinema, Study & Travel Program

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European Cinema: Academics

Fairfield University

Academic credit for this course is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students.

Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

Course Description

FLM 285 (3 credits)
Introduction to European Cinema

This course examines major developments in European cinema and considers film in its historical, cultural, social, political, industrial, and aesthetic contexts. As well as analyzing significant movements in cinema, such as the French New Wave and Italian neorealism, and their historical backdrops, students will learn about the industry itself with a focus on the production, distribution, exhibition, and reception of films. Attention will also be paid to critical issues of migration, race, class, gender, and sexuality, along with concepts such as nation, nationality, and nationalism. In addition, the course will examine ways in which films appeal to international audiences and how film festivals and digital platforms play a part in the process. This course will be offered as part of a study tour which begins in London before traveling on to Paris and then Rome, three influential cities in European Cinema history. Included in this travel course are visits to film studios and museums, walking tours of film locations, and presentations from guest speakers who are experts in the field.


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