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Film Language Glossary
The glossary defines essential terms used in basic and advanced film courses, including practical terminology, technical terminology, the language of business, historical terms as well as the language of criticism and theory.


Art and Understanding
Hosted by Arnold Aronson, Professor of Theater at Columbia University's School of the Arts in New York City, this seminar has gathered prestigious artists/theorists from Columbia and asked them to weigh on the question "what is art?" Basing their answers specifically on their own personal work, these individuals engage questions of art and the artist. There is a course-long exercise that will help you measure your engagement with the material. Finally, there are various media elements—from paintings to video work, from music to photographs—to enhance your learning experience.

Schoenberg and Modernism
In Schoenberg and Modernism Professor Ian Bent explores the life and work of Arnold Schoenberg in two modules. The first delineates the various schools of Modernism that emerged in Europe and America at the turn of the twentieth century and places Schoenberg's early career in the context of German Expressionist painting and the "Second Viennese School" of composers. The second module provides an in-depth examination of a seminal work of twentieth-century music, Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire.

Art and Politics: Cultural Criticism in a Democracy—E-Seminar 1, The Origins of Modern Criticism
The Origins of Modern Criticism is the first of two e-seminars drawn from Michael Janeway's popular course offered jointly by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and School of the Arts. Cultural criticism—ranging from reviews of the latest film, book, or concert to the broadest kind of reporting and commentary on cultural issues—is a feature of democratic culture that we take almost for granted. For the past century and a half, in England and America, vital debates about our cultural and political health have been carried forward within this complex arena.

Filmmakers Master Class with Milos Forman
Developed with Columbia University Film School, this e-seminar provides lessons on filmmaking from Oscar-winning director Milos Forman. With an emphasis on scriptwriting and casting, Forman advises film students based on his thirty years of experience as a director.

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Learning Tool

Video Titles and Effects
This photo essay demonstrates how titles and effects can enhance your digital video projects. It is taken from the e-seminar Digital Video: An Introduction, with Michael Rubin.

Shakespeare and the Book: Study Environment
The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning created this online complement to the "Shakespeare and the Book" exhibition organized by the Rare Book Library. It explores some of the different ways in which authors were constructed in the early modern book trade.

Community and the Built Environment: Tarim, the Hadhramaut Valley of Yemen
Explore the magnificent mud-brick architecture of the Hadhramaut Valley, Yemen, and learn of conservation efforts to preserve this unique architectural tradition.

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Maryse Conde Shares New Memoir
The PEN American Center Open Book Committee's celebration of the publication of Maryse Conde's new memoir, Tales from the Heart: True Stories From My Childhood, includes a reading by Conde in French and English. In an interview, Conde speaks in English about her childhood in Guadeloupe, the trials of assimilation into the French mother country from the French Caribbean, and her 12 years in West Africa.

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Faculty Interview

Professor Archie Rand: Painters and Poets
Visual arts professor Archie Rand says that poets offer a parallel reaction to art that painters find extremely validating. If one other person understands what a painter is doing, Rand says, the painter has created a viable language.

Professor Coco Fusco: Race and Identity in Photography
From the beginning of photography there have been artists and photographers who were preoccupied with the issue of race, says Coco Fusco, associate professor of visual arts and co-curator of the International Center of Photography's "Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self." I wanted a show about race to be about how photography tells us what race is and which race we belong to, she says.

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