FIL-10001 - Reading Film
Coordinator: Neil Archer Tel: +44 1782 7 33202
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Of all forms of communication, film often seems the most obvious, pleasurable and self-explanatory. With an emphasis on variety of film practice, this module aims to introduce students to the essential elements of film narrative and engage them in thinking critically about the choices made by film-makers in constructing the look and sound of their films. We will be asking, therefore, how meaning is created in the cinema, as well as what ideas and arguments such meanings may generate among spectators. In doing so we will be exploring the richness and complexity of cinema's potential to communicate with its spectators through a carefully selected variety of films. Represented amongst these will not only be examples of the classical and more recent Hollywood model, but also films from other national and artistic traditions. These will be examined in the context of fortnightly lectures and weekly small group classes.

To familiarise students with essential terminology and concepts used in film analysis
To identify and analysis through diverse examples the five key areas of film aesthetics
To enable students to practice close film analysis through verbal and written exercises

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

engage in detailed film analysis using appropriate terminology accurately: 1,2
identify and describe the defining features of film narrative: 1,2
discuss the role of different aspects of film aesthetics in the production of narrative meaning in the cinema: 1,2
interact confidently and regularly with the KLE, as well as other electronic and online resources: 1,2
write concisely and competently, in both short and extended written forms, about a variety of forms of cinema: 1,2

Study hours

6 x 1 hour lectures = 6 hours
12 x 1 hour small group classes = 12 hours
6 x 2 hour screening = 12 hours
Class and presentation preparation: 50 hours
Assessment preparation, writing, supervision and feedback 70 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Poster Presentation weighted 40%
Students prepare a poster on a topic of their choice, from a set of suggested topics provided by the tutor. The poster will combine images and text, up to a maximum of 500 words

2: Essay weighted 60%
1000 word essay
Students will answer one question from a list provided. The questions will be based on the key areas explored on the module, with reference to two of the films studied.