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Skidmore College
Media and Film Studies

Student Learning Goals

Below are the departmental learning goals mapped to College-wide goals for student learning.

  1. Familiarize students with the disciplinary concerns, topical parameters, and methodological approaches of media and film studies.
    1. The historical and sociocultural implications of modern mass media, digital technologies, and distributed network forms, including viewpoints from different cultures and multiple historical periods. (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIb, IIIb, IVd).
    2. The intersections of media studies with other academic disciplines and approaches, including sociology, history, anthropology/ ethnography, discourse analysis, and critical theory. (Ia, IIb, IVd).
    3. The formal characteristics of major modern media. (Ic, IIa, IIb).
    4. A special focus on the historical development, social and cultural dimensions, representational capabilities, formal characteristics, and narrative structure of film. (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIa, IIb, IVd).
  2. Develop critical literacy in forms of media and communication by providing a foundation in the central concepts (theoretical, practical, socio-political, and aesthetic) and contexts of mediated communication. (Ia, Ib, IIa, IIIa, IIIb).
  3. Encourage ethical thinking about the relationship of modern media to power and social structures, including self-reflexivity on the ways that social position affects access to and use of media technologies. (Ia, Ib, IIa, IIe, IIId, IVb, IVc).
  4. Explore the application of current and developing forms of media and communication. (Ic, IIId, IVa).
  5. Foster facility and expertise in the use of technology related to current and emerging media. (IIa, IIc, IId)

Through the program’s capstone project, the Structured Field Experience (SFE), develop skills in self-directed research, creative media making, and/or professional domains involving media (IIa, IIc, IId, IIe, IIIc, IVa, IVc).