Introduction to Art and Cinema

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Art and Cinema

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Photography, Studio Art, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will provide students with an overview of French art and cinema and the study of visual cultures more generally. We will examine various ways of ‘reading’ a piece of art – whether a painting, a photograph, or a film while viewing representative works from different periods of French and regional history, both in class and through site visits to various local and regional art museums (the Palais des Beaux Art in Lille, la Piscine in Roubaix, and the Louvre-Lens).

    In class course sessions will include:

    • introduction to visual analysis: how to read a painting
    • introduction to cinema/film studies
    • analysis of assorted film clips and still photographs
    • overviews of art and cinema history
    • critical approaches to film and film analysis
    • French culture and history
    • film viewings (including La Nuit Américaine (1973) and Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (2008)
    • Wrap-up and evaluation

    Learning Outcomes:
    By the end of the course, the students should be able to:

    • understand how to read and analyse a painting, a photograph, and a film
    • evaluate pieces of art and cinema as social and cultural documents
    • identify major movements and styles within art history
    • outline the basic history of cinema in France
    • recognize and use some of the essential terminology of film-making and cinema studies

    Educational Methods:

    Lecture, discussion, site visits, film-viewing, group work, case-studies


    All requisite course materials will be supplied in class, including:

    • An Introduction to Art Analysis
    • A Basic Glossary of Film Terms

    In addition, students will be directed to specific museum websites, as well as to various other online resources, such as:

    • : to supplement your French lessons!

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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