TMA 494

Transcendence: Religion and Film

Theatre and Media Arts College of Fine Arts and Communications

Course Description

Historical, stylistic, and thematic survey of approaches to religious and spiritual subject matter in film.

When Taught

Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

6

Fixed

0

Other Prerequisites

media arts major or minor status.

Title

Transcendence in Cinema

Learning Outcome

Consider the history and nature of transcendence in cinema, it's operation in particular films, and the permutations of relationships between transcendence/spirituality and film.

Title

Personal Paradigm

Learning Outcome

Explore and further articulate their personal paradigm of transcendence and film especially in its operation in specific cinematic texts.

Title

Criticism Skills

Learning Outcome

Develop "experimental criticism" skills (as identified by C.S. Lewis), examining a text's impact on spectators and its relationship to the intent of its creators.

Title

Scholarly Literature

Learning Outcome

Establish familiarity with the some of the scholarly literature on religion/values and film.