MEDA C8Z04 - Introduction to Film Studies

Full Title:Introduction to Film Studies
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MEDA C8Z04
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:Students completing this module will be introduced to the process of communication in moving images and to the language of visual texts. Students will learn about the evolution of cinema from the 1890s to the current technology employed in creation of film. Students taking this course will do so alongside students on the BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production programme, but have separate assessments.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Analyse still and moving images, having acquired theoretically-informed critical skills.
  2. Identify how media images are constructed.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the elements used in creating visual messages such as mise-en-scene and editing.
  4. Use the basic knowledge of film theory and history to reflect on the process of film-making in different social and historical contexts.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Visual literacy and Reading the image: Ideology; realism; intertextuality
Film History: The development of forms, film styles and genres
Technological developments;
Film industry & economics
Film Movements: early silent cinema, poetic realism, film noir, British and French New Wave
Audiences; Genre (Characteristics, Uses of Genre, Hybridisation); Authorship
The language of film theory
Narrative forms & the development of narrative theories and textual readings
Mise-en-scene; Camera terms; Montage;
The impact of digital technology on film as an art-form
Special effects, the Blockbuster film and realism;
Approaches to Digital film-making: e.g. Hollywood, Dogme.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Reflective Journal Weekly reflective journal on their learning 1,2,3,4 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Presentation n/a 4 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3,4 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading Screening of Film 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bordwell, D. & Thompson, K., Film Art: an Introduction, McGraw-Hill, 2007, 8th ed. ISBN: 0071101594
  • Cook, D., A History of Narrative Film, Norton & Co., 2004, 4th ed. ISBN: 0393978680
  • Cook, P., The Cinema Book, BFI, 2007, 3rd ed. ISBN: 1844571939
  • Hayward, S. (ed.), Cinema Studies: the Key Concepts, Routledge, 2006, 3rd ed. ISBN: 0415367824
  • Manovich, L., The Language of New Media, MIT Press, 2002
  • Monaco. J., How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, Multimedia, OUP, 2000, 3rd edition. ISBN: 019503869X
  • Nelmes, J. (ed.), Introduction to Film Studies, Routledge, 2007, 4th ed. ISBN: 0415409284
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_IMMAT_7 Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Technologies 1 Mandatory