Apply the fundamental tools of analysis to some of culture’s biggest influencers and develop skills in order to add your voice to the vital conversation about film and television.

This course examines film and television as art forms and broadly orients students to the fundamentals of television and film criticism. Introducing students to the basics of film and television analysis, students will break down formal elements, genre and narrative structure. Students will also examine the current landscape of film and television criticism, how critics influence and interact with their respective industries and what is the future of film and television criticism. Building upon their new knowledge, students will also advance an argument in order to create a thoughtful, well-reasoned film or television critique.

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared towards students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Site Visits:

This is a new course, but site visits may include such places as:

A visit to The New York Times or other media organization
An opportunity to interview industry-related professionals
An exploration of local cultural organization
A museum that focuses on film and television such as The Paley Center for Media, Museum of the Moving Image, Museum of Television & Radio

Guest Speakers:

Previous guest speakers on this subject include:

A.O. Scott, Chief Film Critic, The New York Times
Shira Dicker, journalist
Mia Cioffi Henry, cinematographer
Sylvia Sichel, writer

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*

Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: July 7 - July 19

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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