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Unit information: The Art of Cinematography in 2021/22

Unit name The Art of Cinematography
Unit code FATVM0004
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Milner
Open unit status Not open

FATVM0022 Film and Television Production Techniques and Technologies.



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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to explore the theory, history and practice of cinematography in order to further a critical understanding of its aesthetic and semantic possibilities that is both informed and enriched by practice. Students will study examples of different filming techniques and methodologies to arrive at a deeper understanding of key theories, approaches and cinematographic strategies. Students will be able to experiment and explore ideas through practical work and will critically reflect on both the experience, method and final product.

Unit Aims:

  • Introduce and instruct students in the theory and aesthetic possibilities of cinematography informed by key movements in film and screen history.
  • Develop students’ practical, technical and creative filming skills through the use of key techniques, methodologies and chosen equipment.
  • Develop students’ abilities to explore and apply theories and methods of cinematography through practical work.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Be able to demonstrate knowledge of different approaches to cinematography, and be able to situate and evaluate these in different contexts.
  2. Have a critical and historical understanding of the aesthetic function and theoretical implications of different filming styles and methodologies.
  3. Have a practical understanding of how to deploy key filming techniques and methodologies.
  4. Be proficient in the use of chosen equipment, and able to explore its technical and creative possibilities

Teaching Information

Weekly workshop and screening/seminar.

Assessment Information

100% Practical Portfolio, equivalent to 5000 words


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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