Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Film Analysis

Module P3029

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

Look. Look again. What do you see? Film Analysis equips you with the key skills in examining film texts in close detail, and thinking about how they create meanings. You will analyse the creative choices available to film-makers as well as the potential they have for generating meaning and pleasure when combined together.

Considering contemporary film texts, you will explore the diverse ways in which film-makers use key techniques of cinematic expression such as

- Narrative
- Cinematography
- mise-en-scène
- editing
- sound
- tone

Film Analysis includes significant examples of contemporary cinema, such as Get Out (Peele, 2017), Carol (Haynes, 2015), and Sicario (Villeneuve, 2015). You will find it indispensable for more advanced Film Studies modules in British and American cinema, as well as for modules dealing with cinematic contexts that go beyond these Western frames of reference.

Module learning outcomes

Identify and accurately describe a range of filmic methods of story-telling, and audio-visual techniques of expression, at an appropriate introductory level.

Demonstrate an understanding of connections between technological change and film aesthetics, at an appropriate introductory level.

Deploy the above concepts and knowledges in the critical analysis of the meanings, impacts and affects generated in selected film sequences, at an appropriate introductory level.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PortfolioT1 Week 12 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111101111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour111101111111
Autumn SemesterFilm3 hours111101111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Despoina Mantziari

Assess convenor

Mr Gaspard Pelurson

Assess convenor

Dr Victoria Walden

Assess convenor

Dr Frances Smith

Assess convenor, Convenor

Dr Catherine Grant

Assess convenor

Dr Niall Richardson

Assess convenor

Mr Edward Anderson

Assess convenor

Dr Michael Lawrence


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