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MODL5620M Film Arts and Industries

60 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Rachel Johnson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The Film Arts and Industries module teaches a sophisticated and critical understanding of film and cinema by introducing students to diverse approaches that reflect the wealth of expertise from across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures. Students will acquire dexterity in the methodological tools of film theory and history, and be exposed to the most up-to-date concerns in Film Studies. Students will be supported in their study on this module by a bespoke programme of academic support, guiding them through the varieties of academic rhetorics and styles and assessment types.


This core module for the MA Film Studies will teach the sophisticated, critical understanding of theoretical, historical and concrete aspects of filmmaking and distribution by introducing students to diverse themes reflecting expertise from the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures and from across AHC.

This module will also enhance students’ skills in academic literacies through the integration of expertise from the Language Centre in a bespoke programme designed to ensure that all students, whatever their diverse academic experience or backgrounds, will be able to fully engage with the variety of topics taught.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will
1. show a nuanced appreciation of current issues and research in film studies, in particular, and cultural studies more broadly;
2. demonstrate theoretical and historical understanding of concrete aspects of film form, production and distribution, in particular, and the creative industries more broadly;
3. exhibit dexterity in the use of the methodological tools of film and cultural theory and history;
4. demonstrate the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
5. be able to draw on a range of perspectives on the area of study;
6. evaluate and criticise received opinion;
7. evidence appropriate creative abilities and appropriate technical competence.


The module will be taught in weekly one-hour lectures and one-hour seminars, with a parallel bespoke academic literacies programme, two hours per week.

Over the two semesters, students will study topics related to film and cinema reflecting the expertise of the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures and the nine AHC schools. Topics will be pitched at an appropriate level of generality to reflect broad themes (eg. world cinemas, music and sound, practice research), but illustrative case studies will change from year to year to reflect staff research and the evolution of concerns in Film Studies and related disciplines. The syllabus will also reflect concerns with diversity and decolonisation in Film Studies curricula and methods.

The readings and viewings set for the main content strand will form the basis for the bespoke academic literacies programme run in parallel. Basic technical skills in video editing will be taught to complement classes on videographic criticism, as will the conventions for different modes of academic presentation of research (prose/videographic essay, project documentation).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours520.00
Total Contact hours80.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Exercises in the academic literacies parallels programme will be used to measure student progress and to provide formative feedback.

The literature review will be used to provide feedback by early semester two.

Student contributions in class and informal presentation will be used to monitor progress and to provide formative feedback for the oral presentation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Multimodal AssessmentEssay, Videoessay or Real world resource. Contact module leader for details60.00
Literature Review2,000 words30.00
Oral PresentationMax 10 minutes10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Prose Essay (mutually exclusive with videoessay). 3,000 Words Videoessay (mutually exclusive with prose essay and real world resource) Real world resource (mutually exclusive with prose and videoessay)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:25:50


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