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Unit information: Introduction to Film and Television Studies in 2019/20

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Unit name Introduction to Film and Television Studies
Unit code FATV10005
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Moen
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

none

Co-requisites

none

School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

In this unit, students examine a range of film and television forms in order to develop skills in using key terms and analytical approaches in the study of film and television. This unit will develop the understanding and appreciation of how film and television use formal elements such as cinematography, editing, sound, and mise-en-scene to generate meanings and affects. Students will also explore how forms such as genre and narrative are constructed and used, and how key areas such as stardom are important components of film and television. Lectures will provide introductions to primary areas of analysis, such as particular aspects of film aesthetics; seminars will develop the understanding of these through discussion and application; and screenings will present films and television programmes as case studies.

Aims:

  1. To develop skills in using key terms and analytical approaches in the study of film and television
  2. To develop an understanding and appreciation of how film and television use formal elements such as cinematography, editing, sound and mise-en-scene to generate meanings and affects
  3. To explore forms such as genre and narrative and key areas such as stardom
  4. To write essays that articulate and illustrate a cogent argument based on the close reading of film or televisual texts

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. analyse how the aesthetic and formal qualities of film or television texts generate understandings, meanings and affects;

2. examine and respond to a range of works (in film and television) which generate different kinds of aesthetic pleasures;

3. engage critically with intellectual paradigms within film and television studies and put them to productive use;

4. apply knowledge and understanding of how film genres and narratives function and can be analysed;

5. articulate and illustrate a cogent argument using evidence drawn from the close reading of film or televisual texts;

6. employ discipline-specific vocabularies and approaches in their analyses of film television texts.

Teaching details

2-hour weekly lecture/ seminar, 3-hour weekly screening

Assessment Details

2 x 2500 word essays - ILO 1-6

Reading and References

Bordwell, D. and Thompson, K. (1976 and any subsequent editions), Film Art: an Introduction, New York and London: McGraw-Hill.

Braudy, L. and Cohen, M. (2004) Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings, New York: Oxford University Press.

Cook, P. (1985 and 1999 editions), The Cinema Book, London, British Film Institute.

Corrigan, T. (2009) A Short Guide to Writing About Film, London: Longman.

Gibbs, J. (2001) Mise-en-Scène: Film Style and Interpretation, London: Wallflower.

Perkins, V. F. (1993) Film as Film, London: Da Capo Press.

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