Kathleen McHugh

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FILM TV 4
Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking See Full Profile

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Grade breakdown: 20% attendance/participation (lecture/section), 10% short essay #1, 15% short essay #2, 20% midterm, 35% take home final essay.

This class was really time-consuming and had a lot of strict rules. This is not a chill GE. The readings due every class were dense and you had to read them to understand what was going on in the class. Slides were used in lecture and uploaded but there wasn't much useful information on them. Attendance was mandatory because TAs took attendance at some point every lecture. Phones and laptops weren't allowed in class and if you wanted to use your laptop you had to sit in the front row, and if they caught you with your phone you didn't get attendance credit that day. Section was mandatory but helpful because the TAs went over the readings and you did little group exercises to understand the material better.

I never went to Mchugh's office hours but in lecture she had strong opinions and totally disregarded the opinions of others (seemed arrogant). The course satisfies the diversity requirement which is good but I really didn't enjoy this class at all and wouldn't recommend it.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
ENGL M50
Introduction to Visual Culture See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.5

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I would highly recommend taking this class as a GE if you want to avoid taking exams (there were no midterms and there wasn't a final) and also if you are willing to participate in class. As mentioned before, there are no exams, but participation accounts for 20% of your grade. As a result, if you tend to skip classes, do not take this class. McHugh calls off names from the roster (you will most likely only be called on once) to ask your opinion, often times, about what we are discussing in class or something from the readings (which are incredibly interesting, short, and concise). It is not a big deal, and she is very accepting of what everyone has to say, and will be very kind. There are 3 unites: Film, Museums, and Social Media. The film unit is AWESOME. McHugh really knows what she is talking about, and you get to watch a variety of films. Because of the screening time, there is not a lot of outside work for this unit. You are given 5 exercises, of which you must complete 3 for your grade, each weighted 15%. Each exercise took me about an hour to do, so the class for about 5 weeks shouldn't really take up much of your time at all. For the museum unit you give a group presentation (only one person presents in your group) and you conduct research on a museum that is assigned to you. You are unfortunately required to attend the museum, but other than that, the project shouldn't take up much of your time if you split up the work well. Lastly, for the social media unit you only have to complete a social media diary which is incredibly simple and interesting. You log your social media use for a day and mainly reflect on your social media use, and research an example of something from the readings (an extremely short book by Lanier, which is not interesting but fine). Overall, this class did not demand a lot of time, and the small amount of time that it did demand was interesting. McHugh is an awesome lecturer, and the TAs are really great. My TA was Brenda Wang, and I really strongly recommend having her as your TA because she is extremely relaxed and understanding. Also, if you take this class I'm pretty sure it can be counted as an English class if you are pre-med (and need those English classes).

(Winter Quarter 2020)
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FILM TV M50
Introduction to Visual Culture See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 3.7 Workload 3.5 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 3.5

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I absolutely loved this class! Watching movies and films has always been a hobby of mine ever since I was young, but I have never learned about film and visual culture in a classroom setting before this class. This class was the one class that I actually enjoyed learning more about as the professor did a great job w/ explaining the basics of film. Screening on Wednesdays, I believe, was "mandatory" to attend, but as long as you were able to bs the attention diary, you really do not need to waste 2-3 hours of your Wednesday afternoons. McHugh did scare the students by telling us she would take attendance by randomly calling out students to answer her questions, but I don't think that really worked out b/c she kinda stopped doing that by the end of the quarter. Emma was such an understanding and kinda TA who did a great job leading the discussion section and explaining class materials. I believe the 5 exercises, which you only had to do 4, was reasonable homework b/c it didn't require students to waste a lot of time on it, incorporated class material well which helped me understand the class better, and was actually kinda fun to do. The final group project required the group mates to visit a museum & write a report about it which was super easy as well. Film MTV M50 w/ McHugh & Emma was such a fun class to take, and I ended up deciding to pursue a film minor after this class so I definitely do recommend this class to anyone who might be interested in learning more about film.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
FILM TV 98T
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FILM TV 98T
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ENGL 98TA
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Animation and Film Style See Full Profile

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FILM TV 114
Film Genres See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.1 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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Prof. McHugh is one of those teachers whose lectures are mostly composed of questions. If the class doesn't answer some of the questions, she throws a fit. A lot of the times, people just didn't know the answers. McHugh acted like the class was lazy, but it was really annoying having a lecture be like a freaking quiz show. She really never lectured. Sometimes there would be a few lines about a film, or film technique. Also, her questions don't really seem to lead anywhere, so it's very tough to see what she wants you to learn, so rely on your TA. Also, her readings (while in some cases were interesting) were all over the place. I couldn't really understand what she wanted out of us. Also, sometimes she dug a little too deeply in the many questions she had for us. For example, after watching "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," she asked "What makes the good character good, the bad character bad, and the ugly character ugly?" Also, the class title was "Melodramas, Musicals, and Westerns." She never tied the three genres together.

(March 3, 2003)
FILM TV 115
Stylistic Studies for Moving Image: Theory and Practice See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 3.7 Workload 3.7 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 3.6

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ENGL 118
Film and Literature See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.8

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Professor McHugh is one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. Her lectures are packed, though she does talk a little fast at times. She grades fairly, helps students as much as possible and makes sure you do all the reading without having trick quizzes or any of that tosh. She really tries to make the class as interesting and tailored for the students as possible. She's very organised and I's really reccomend her to anyone.

(March 7, 2003)
MUSC C185A
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