FIL-10013 - Film Animation: History and Theory
Coordinator: Neil Archer Tel: +44 1782 7 33202
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This module takes an analytical and historical approach to film animation. It will provide an overview of animation history, looking at different technological and production contexts throughout the ages. While exploring American animation from Pinocchio to Pixar, the module looks at different cultural producers of animation, including examples of European and Asian film traditions, and looks at diverse forms, from hand-drawn animation, to stop-motion and CGI. Students overall will develop an historical sense of animation as a form, and an understanding of the key theoretical ideas around such films.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Understand the historical development of animated film across diverse international contexts: 1,2
Identify how different technological factors impact on and inform animated film across contexts: 1,2
Analyse the ways that animated films represent aspects of society, race and gender: 1,2
Understand and discuss the ways that animated film differs from and dialogues with other forms, such as live-action film, comics and fine arts: 1,2
Discuss and analyse a range of animated films showing awareness of film genre history and theory: 1,2

Study hours

11x2-hour seminars
2 hours tutor consultation/feedback
8x2-hour individual film viewings, including tutor introduction
22 hours reading and preparation for seminars
38 hours preparation for poster assessment
50 hours preparation for essay assessment

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Poster Presentation weighted 40%
Poster, including up to 3 screen images and 500 words of text, based on a question given by the tutor. The poster will illustrate student's understanding of animation aesthetics in practice, based on a film of their choice and drawing on relevant theory outlined and discussed in the module

2: Essay weighted 60%
1000-word essay based on one of a selection of questions set by the tutor and responding to the main themes and texts discussed on the module