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Unit information: Screen Performance in 2022/23

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Unit name Screen Performance
Unit code FATV20003
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Gaggiotti
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

This unit will explore varieties of screen performance in conjunction with the theory and criticism of film acting. Students will gain knowledge of the history of different modes and conventions of acting for the screen, and develop the capacity to appreciate diverse styles of performance. Close attention will be paid to the way gesture, posture, physiognomy and vocal delivery work expressively in relation to other elements of film/TV style, including editing, camera placement, costume, lighting and set design. Students will also engage with discourses around screen acting, and with theoretical issues including the relationship between character, actor, persona and star.

(1) To introduce students to the theory and criticism of film acting
(2) To build an appreciation and understanding of the factors involved in performance craft
(3) To develop skills of observation and articulation with regard to describing and evaluating aspects of performance

Your learning on this unit

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

(1) demonstrate detailed knowledge of how different styles of acting relate to historical modes and conventions;

(2) carry out high-level film analysis, sensitive to the synthesis of elements;

(3) apply critical understanding of theoretical issues and discursive contexts pertaining to performance;

(4) construct a critical argument and justify an interpretation with close reference to details of screen performance.

(5) produce work within a group, showing abilities to listen, contribute and lead effectively

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

10-minute small group presentation (40%) ILO 1-5

3000 word essay (60%) ILO 1-4


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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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