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Unit information: Introduction to Film and Television Studies in 2016/17

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Unit name Introduction to Film and Television Studies
Unit code DRAM10024
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Piper
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

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 editing, mise-en-scene and cinematography to generate meanings and affects. Students will also explore how forms such as genre and narrative are constructed and used. Lectures will provide introductions to fundamental 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.

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 major thinkers, debates and 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 filmic or televisual texts;

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

Teaching Information

1-hour weekly lecture, 1-hour weekly seminar, 3-hour weekly screening (with 15 minute introduction)

Assessment Information

1500 word close analysis (40%) ILO 1-2, 5-6

2500 word essay (60%) ILO 1, 3-6

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.