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Course Overview

This course will introduce students to a range of methods of visual analysis and approaches to research in the fields of film and visual culture. We will example key theoretical concepts and paradigms, such as authorship, spectatorship, materiality, and employ them in rigorous analysis of film, material and visual culture.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mr Alan Macpherson

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will begin by
taking a historical perspective to discuss some of the key interventions which
have helped define visual culture as a field of enquiry, including work by
Benjamin, Barthes, Burgin, Mitchell and Rosler among others. It will move on to
explore some key theoretical concepts and paradigms, such as authorship,
spectatorship, materiality, semiotics, digital culture and the archive.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 17, 10

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Individual Presentation (8 mins) - 30%
Essay (4,000) or Video Essay (circa 10 mins) with accompanying reflective commentary (1,000 words) - 70%

Formative Assessment

Formative Abstract submission and peer review discussion board.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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