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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Film Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

Special Topics I: Cinema Studies I


21 hours (16 weeks). 

New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.

October 2011 - December 2019. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: employ sound creative judgments about the filmmaking art and apply these to their own future projects and filmmaking careers; employ filmmaking techniques of successful filmmakers to achieve a professional level of filmmaking expertise; and develop a rudimentary knowledge of the trajectory of world cinema history.


This course introduces students to the evolution of the motion picture art form as a visual storytelling medium and the motion picture industry from their inceptions. Students are given a thorough creative, technological and industrial view of the filmmaking art to prepare for more advanced academic and production related studies and practice of filmmaking. The approach is historically developmental. The course considers primarily American film development through the impact of certain specific international film movements/styles. Instruction includes film viewings, both in and out of class and related presentations by the instructor. The instructor further moderates and guides pertinent class discussions. Students are required to prepare and present journal entries for each film.

Credit recommendation: 

NOTE: Credit recommendations are listed under Special Topics Overview: One Year Filmmaking Program-Semesters One and Two (10/16).