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FS1508: INTRODUCTION TO FILM AND THE CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:33


Course Overview

This course offers an introduction to the language and practice of formal film analysis. Each week we will explore a different element of film form and analyze the ways in which it shapes the moving image.This course invites students to think about formal elements within and across a wide range of genres, styles, historical moments, and national contexts. By the end of this course, the successful FS1006 student will be able to recognize and communicate the ways in which meaning is made in cinema.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Alan Marcus

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the language and practice of formal film analysis. Each week we will explore a different element of film form and analyze the ways in which it shapes the moving image. Rather than offering a survey of film history or a small collection of classics, this course invites students to think about formal elements within and across a wide range of genres, styles, historical moments, and national contexts. By the end of this course, the successful FS1506 student will have acquired the necessary tools to continue coursework in film studies. Students will be able to recognize and communicate the ways in which meaning is made in cinema.

Further Information & Notes

This is a compulsory course for entry into the Honours Film and Visual Culture programme.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Film Studies Joint
  • MA Film & Visual Culture

Contact Teaching Time

114 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 Essay 1,500-2,000 words (40%); 3-day take-away exam (40%); Tutorial Assessment (20%).

Resit: 3-day take-away exam (100%).

Formative Assessment

Short writing assignments (including responses papers, shot-by-analyses, and screening reports) will be submitted and discussed in tutorial groups.

Feedback

Written and/or oral feedback will be offered on short tutorial assignments (see above) and essays.

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