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ARTF2056 Video Art: An Introduction to Moving Image Practice

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Azadeh Fatehrad

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Video Art: An Introduction to Moving Image Practice is a practice-based module which introduces different styles of time-based media in relation to critical debates around moving image practice. Alongside seminars and lectures, practical workshops will introduce a variety of cameras, lighting kits and editing suites, to provide students with a greater knowledge of contemporary video art making. Through the exposure to digital media methodologies and technologies, the module will equip students with the necessary contextual and practical elements to develop their ideas.


• To enable students to distinguish between various styles of moving image practice.
• To enrich their understanding and critiquing of video art. During the sess
• To be introduced to a diverse range of moving image concepts and practices to offer a deeper reading of moving image and its visual language.

Learning outcomes
Throughout the course students will:
1. Gain the confidence to start experimenting with different approaches to video art practise and develop their interests further
2. Become skilled in a variety of moving image practises and knowledgeable of their essential elements
3. Develop the ability to choose an appropriate style for the development of their practise
4. Be able to refer to the examples discussed in the session to build a better narrative and engage in more sophisticated shooting and presentation of their moving image practise.


Topics covered
• Artists’ documentary work such as diaries, film poems, polemics and agitprop.
• Shooting styles, editing tricks and levels of narration.
• The cinematic essay as well as working towards scientific fact, or producing character-led stories from the lived world.
• Artists’ moving image - narrative structures and ethical protocols. We will look at filmmakers using and abusing different levels of narration, borrowing from the conventions of Hollywood and from TV adverts, or creating loop structures and kaleidoscopic narrative cinema feedback.
• Performance-based video art and the ways in which artists scrutinise the body and work with site, space, movement and duration, often making themselves the subjects of their own work.
• An examination of phenomenological and haptic concepts, Fluxus practices, uses of the accidental and the systemic, the deployment of humour and the mockery of media conventions.
We will look at a range of video artists, that might include:
• Eija-Liisa Ahtila
• Ulrich Seidl
• Susan Hiller
• Chantal Akerman
• James Benning
• Kutlug Ataman
• Margaret Tait
• Andrew Kötting
• Agnès Varda
• Chris Marker
• Jean Rouch
• Hilary Koob-Sassen
• Apichatpong Weerasethakul
• Peter Tscherkassky
• Candice Breitz

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings22.004.00
Class tests, exams and assessment20.501.00
Group learning22.004.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Independent learning will take place in a number of ways:
Students will be expected to spend time exploring a range of artists’ work and critical texts related to moving image practice in order to develop a contextual understanding of time-based media.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through:
• Student participation in group seminars
• Interim exhibition analysis assignment
• taking registers for each session.

Formative feedback will be given:
• Verbally during participatory seminars
• In writing on interim project outline submissions
• In writing (written down) after presentation

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayEssay of 3000 words40.00
Project500 word project outline (a combination of image and text) outlining final project planning.10.00
Oral Presentation10 minute presentation outlining final project.10.00
PracticalProduction of short single channel video (Max 00:8:00 minute length) , from concept to filming and editing which would be screened in FAHACS common room (date tbc)40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

If a student fails or cannot complete the practical assignment because of illness etc., a written/reflective assignment will be scheduled.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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