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Unit information: Screen Forms and Analysis in 2015/16

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Unit name Screen Forms and Analysis
Unit code DRAMM3007
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Maingard
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit seeks to examine a range of types of film and screen media. It combines discussion of key concepts with in-class screening and analysis, encouraging a flexible and alert approach to the close analysis of screen texts. The students will also be familiariased with a variety of styles and conventions ranging from mainstream cinema to the avant-garde, encouraging the comparative narrative, mise-en-scene, genre, editing and sound as applied to a number of case studies.


  • To investigate critically the narrative strategies used in a broad range of films and/or other media and how these construct meanings and pleasures
  • To develop the application of key concepts in the close textual analysis of screen media forms
  • To explore a range of functions and uses of film form
  • To see the ways in which different stylistic forms generate contrasting meanings and pleasures
  • To demonstrate the practice of close textual analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To be able to apply established terms and approaches to the textual analysis of screen media
  • To articulate and interrogate the potential implications of different stylistic formations
  • To distinguish between different approaches to stylistic analysis
  • To be able to present a clear and well-structured argument evidenced through close textual analysis
  • To understand the implications of different styles, genres and forms for close textual analysis.

Teaching details

Lectures, seminars, screenings and workshops.

Assessment Details

Short essay (1,000 words) 20%; plus long essay (4,000 words) 80%

Reading and References

  • Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson, Film Art, 8th ed. (Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008).
  • Perkins, Victor, Film as Film (DaCapo Press, 1993).
  • Kolker, Robert Phillip, Film, Form and Culture, 3rd ed. (Boston: McGraw Hill, 2005).
  • Cubitt, Sean, The Cinema Effect (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005).
  • Geiger, Jeffrey and R. L. Rutsky (eds.) Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (W. W. Norton, 2005).
  • Lury, Karen, Interpreting Television (Hodder Arnold, 2005)