Free Online Film and Television History Courses

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Individuals wishing to learn about film and television history can find free undergraduate courses made available online through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Class discussion touch on such topics as the evolution of film, Shakespeare and mythmaking.
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Free Film and Television History Courses

Individuals who want learn about film and television history for professional or personal development purposes can visit MIT's OpenCourseware website to choose from a range of courses. Classes offered are at the undergraduate level and some include video lectures. Students gain knowledge in such areas as film criticism, the era of silent films, Shakespeare, the cultural practice of storytelling and prime-time commercial broadcasting.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A range of free courses that explore film and television history are available for online study at MIT. Classes explore the cultural evolution of television and film, the relationship between film and literary fiction, and films and writings that involve classical Western World myths. Students also have the opportunity to study Shakespeare in film and learn about German cinema films that have been made since the end of the Second World War.

Free Online Film and Television History Courses at a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
The Film Experience course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text, Video Yes No Yes
Understanding Television course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes Yes Yes
Shakespeare, Film and Media course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text No No Yes
Visual Histories: German Cinema 1945 to Present course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Studies in Film course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Film as Visual and Literary Mythmaking course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text, Video Yes No Yes

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Southern New Hampshire University

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  • MA in Communication: New Media & Marketing
  • BA Communications w/conc in New Media
  • BA in Communication

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Indiana Wesleyan University

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  • A.S. General Studies - Communications
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Johns Hopkins University

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  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication

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Regent University

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  • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
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Full Sail University

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  • Master of Fine Arts - Media Design
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University of the Rockies

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