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Kristin Tripp Caldwell, MFA

Media Studies, Honors Instructor

Fine Arts and Communication Division

Media Studies, Department Chair
(650) 949-7562


Foothill campus
Office: 1212
Office Hours:
Monday 9:30-10:30 am via email or canvas messaging
Wednesday 3-4 pm via email or canvas messaging
Tuesday and Thursday by appointment via zoom teleconference

If you cannot meet with during my scheduled office hours or would like to schedule a Thursday zoom meeting, please contact me through Canvas or email to make an appointment.


Current information on my MDIA 1 and 1H enrollments and late add procedures can be found here.



MDIA 1.01W Intro to Film Studies (A-SYNCHRONOUS, NO ZOOM MEETINGS) CRN 40375
MDIA 1.02W Intro to Film Studies (A-SYNCHRONOUS, NO ZOOM MEETINGS) CRN 40393
MDIA 1H.01W Honors Intro to Film Studies A-SYNCHRONOUS, NO ZOOM MEETINGS) CRN 41407

*MDIA 1H and MDIA 1 are core courses for the AS-T in Film/TV/Electronic Media for Transfer Degree and certificate. For more information go here:

Late adds are managed through the portal, I do not give out codes for my online courses by email. The instructions to request to add are here:

Course information:

Information and GE Applicability 2020/21:

MDIA 1 and MDIA 1H Introduction to Film Studies
Core requirement for Foothill College AS-T in Film/Electronic Media - Media Studies
Foothill College - Area I - Humanities
IGETC - AREA 3- Arts
CSU GE - C1 Arts

How do MDIA 1 and MDIA 1H differ?
The honors MDIA 1H section has a more comprehensive writing requirement (term essay vs short, specific analysis writing). MDIA 1H also requires a small amount of additional reading in the form of primary source texts. In Winter 2021 MDIA 1H meets for a two hour period per week via zoom (Wednesdays 2-4pm). Spring 2021 MDIA 1H has no required zoom meetings (though I am working on an optional zoom component).

Course Description
A survey of the language, technology, and aesthetics of the moving image as an art form. The course emphasizes an introduction to the critical analysis of film and video. The primary focus of this course is research and analysis of the formal elements of film; these include cinematography, mise en scene, sound, editing, and narrative.

Course Objectives
* Understand basic film language, techniques and terminology.
* Critically analyze the film form through a variety of ideological perspectives.
* Understand a film's influence in shaping values and perceptions in popular culture.
* Identify major trends in the evolution of film as an art form and the relationship between film and other visual arts.
* Learn about a variety of film forms and prominent artists in the field.
* Develop visual literacy, thinking, and critique skills through the study of film.
* Hone thinking, writing, research, and analysis skills in relation to the moving image.

Course assignments
* Weekly discussion forum writing and quizzes covering films and textbook readings
* Major written exam or essay
* Final exam


Required Textbooks for MDIA 1.01 and 1H
Barsam, Richard and Monahan, Dave. Looking at Movies 6th ed. WWNorton. Paperback or e-book (media pack not required). Available through the Foothill College bookstore, or publisher.

Recommended text for MDIA 1, MDIA 1H
Corrigan, Timothy. A Short Guide to Writing about Film. Pearson (any edition)

Recommended text for MDIA 1H (Introduction to Film - Honors course)
Geiger, Jeffrey and Rutsky, R.L. Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. WWNorton


Kristin Tripp Caldwell is an interdisciplinary artist working in digital film, sculpture, installation, and most recently 360/VR cinema. Her research areas of interest include cinematic sensory perception and affective responses to film media and physical environments.

Professional Affiliations:
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image
Women in Film San Francisco Bay Area
American Cinema Editors
Digital Cinema Society


BFA Photography/Film - University of North Texas
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media - School of Visual Arts, NYC
MA Cinema Studies in progress - San Francisco State University
Has received artist grants from the Experimental Television Center (New York), Bronx Council of the Arts, and Dallas Museum of Art.

Personal Quote:

The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.

Hence the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire..

Last update: 2021-05-13
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