Arts and Humanities
The mission of the Fine Arts Department is to develop the artistic skills of students and to increase their cultural knowledge. This mission is accomplished through the study of art, drama, and music. What students learn here gives them the ability to impact their world with their own creative endeavors and gain a greater understanding of the cultural world around them.
The Fine Arts Department offers courses in Art, Drama, and Music. Many of these courses can be used to fulfill requirements for the various degrees offered by CFCC. One primary goal of the department is to prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully transfer to a four-year college or university. See the CFCC Catalog [LINK] for more details.
One Communication course from COM 110, COM 120, COM 140, or COM 231 is required as part of the Other Required Hours component of the Associate in Arts (AA) degree and as part of the Additional General Education Courses component of the Associate in Science (AS) degree at Cape Fear Community College. All Communication courses can be counted as elective credit in the AA, AS, and AFA degrees.
Visit the CFCC catalog for more information about how Communication courses fit into the curriculum: CFCC Catalog [LINK]
HUM 160: Introduction to Film
HUM 161: Advanced Film Studies
ART 266: Videography I
ART 267: Videography II
DRA 175: Teleplay Production I
All courses are college transfer courses and can be used to satisfy the requirement for AA, AS, and AFA degrees at CFCC. See the CFCC Catalog for more information [LINK]
In addition, Cape Fear Community College also has various Film and Video Production Technology programs, including an AAS degree. You can learn more about CFCC’s Film and Video Production Technology program here or see the CFCC Catalog for details. [LINKS]
Have questions about what program is right for you? Visit Academic Advising. [LINK]
Lucinda McNamara, CFCC film studies instructor, is also involved in bringing the French Film Festival to CFCC each year. The festival usually runs in February each year. For the latest schedule of films follow the link: French Film Festival. [LINK]
Currently, CFCC offers 3 levels of French.
- French I: French 111 + lab French 181 (4 credits)
- French II: French 112 + lab French 182 (4 credits)
- French III: French 211 + lab French 182 (3 credits)
In each course, students learn how to speak, listen, read and write. They also learn the culture of French-speaking countries, as well as useful tools to be long-life learners of foreign language and humanities.
Students are encouraged to take all three levels of French to fulfill the language requirement of their transferring institutions. It is also recommended to take all three courses consecutively.
In French I (French 111 + lab French 181), students learn basic communication skills such as how to introduce themselves, describe themselves (their personality, physical description, hobbies), their house, their favorite foods, etc.
In terms of culture, students are introduced to France and the French-speaking world and learn many fun facts.
In French II (French 112 + lab French 182), students learn to talk about their past (what they did last week-end, last summer, etc.), what they used to do, what they liked when they were younger, what activities they did when they were younger, etc.
In terms of culture, students study various aspects of the broader Francophone world.
In French III (French 211), students learn to talk about the future, compare things, and talk about what they would do if things were different (If I was a millionaire, I would…; If the world was a village, it would…). French III focuses strongly on speaking skills. One-third of class time is devoted to conversation and games in French in order to improve fluency. By the end of French III, students are expected to speak French in a fluent manner.
In terms of culture, students learn more about art in French-speaking countries (film, literature, and painting).
All three courses require the same material, which means you will only have to pay for the material once if you take all three courses consecutively. The only required material is an access code that gives you access to the eBook, labs, videos, and extra-credit assignments. See the bookstore for the edition currently used.
French on Campus
There are many French cultural activities offered on campus.
- Free screenings of French Films. CFCC has been awarded a yearly FACE Foundation Grant since 2014 to organize a Tournées French Film Festival that is open to all.
- French tutoring is available for currently enrolled students (with a referral from their instructor)
- Excellent students of French are offered Service Learning opportunities, such as teaching French to preschoolers at CFCC Bonnie Sanders Burney Child Development Center.
Why Study French?
- To learn the language: French is the official language of 32 countries and is spoken in 56 countries.
- To learn the culture of French-speaking countries: Did you know that France is the world’s most popular tourist destination or that the Louvre is the most visited museum in the world? That France uses 12 different time zones, the most of any country in the world? That there are more people speaking French in the Democratic Republic of Congo than in France? That France has no official racial statistics? That France banned free refills at fast-food restaurants? That a rooster is the national animal of France?
French Film Festival
Each February, CFCC hosts the Tournees French Film Festival. French Instructor Caroline Hudson is responsible for this annual event at CFCC.