Study Abroad in Western European Cinema, Study & Travel Program

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Western European Cinema: Academics

Richmond, The American International University in London

This program is accredited by Richmond, The American International University in London. The university is an independent, non-profit international university of liberal arts and professional studies. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to the U.S. degree granting authority it has U.K. taught degree awarding powers granted by the U.K. Privy Council. It is the first university in the U.K. to have dual degree awarding powers.

Academic Overview

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory.

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

Transcripts are issued by Richmond, The American International University in London. An official transcript will be sent directly to the studentís home university on completion of the program.

Course Description

FLM 5700 (3 credits)
Western European Cinema

Examines Western European cinema and the extent to which the continentís cultural, political, social and historical context affected its development. The focus of the course is comparative and historically wide-ranging, covering a variety of approaches to, and theories of, narrative cinema. Students will have the opportunity to: compare various international adaptations; compare critically indie cinema vs. big-industry cinema; discuss emerging trends; and examine the changing landscape of European cinema with relation to the Internet, digital media and international cinematic marketplaces (festivals and distribution). Opportunities for guest speakers, experiential learning, film screenings and visits will be utilized.