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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

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

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
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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