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MODL5230M Cinema in the Digital Era

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Vlad Strukov

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

'Digital revolution', 'Dissolution of the medium', 'Death of the cinema' are phrases commonly used to describe the most extensive reworking of the role of images since the inauguration of cinema. The course investigates some of the shifts that have taken place over the past two decades in conjunction with the rise of digital filmmaking tools and the evolution of a new form of moving digital media art.


The objectives of Cinema in the Digital Era are to:

- introduce the concept of digital film making;

- investigate innovations in the feature film format;

- examine moving image digital technologies
- examine the effects of digital film making on our understanding of the medium, genre, and their cultural functions.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Display an awareness of recent technological developments and their impact on film making;
2. Gain insight into the impact of digital technology on film style and aesthetics;
3. Show an understanding of the role of digital technologies in cinemas across the globe
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.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- conduct complex analysis of single films and film clusters,
- use technical vocabulary specific to film and new/digital media,
- differentiate between various techniques used in film production
- critique cinematic styles and genres in relation to the use of digital technologies.


The module investigates some of the shifts that have taken place over the past two decades in conjunction with the rise of digital filmmaking tools. The course moves on to examine the shift from the analogue to the digital and the effects that this technological revolution has had on film narratives.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings102.0020.00
Private study hours260.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study will take the form of preparation for seminars — including reading and viewing of set materials and preparation for in-class discussion or informal/small-group presentations — preparation and drafting of assessed literature review and final essay. Some private study time may appropriately be spent working in groups to prepare for class or to share experience or expertise.
Estimated distribution of study time:
• Preparation for seminars - 150
• Preparation and drafting
o of assessed creative log - 20
o of final essay - 50
• Group study - 30
Total 250

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored on a regular basis via classroom participation, monitored group discussion and prepared presentations (formative).
Students will receive additional feedback and support when planning their assessments. The feedback from the first assessment and the seminar presentations will also be formulated to assist with writing the larger end-of-module essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation3000 Words70.00
ReportCreative Log30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:25:49


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