Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Art History and Film Studies

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

The aims of the Art History course are to:
1. Develop students' enthusiasm for and knowledge and understanding of visual cultures in different periods and places.
2. Ensure students' sensitivity to the diversity of approaches to the discipline.
3. Provide access to high-level research- led specialist teaching at appropriate points in the curriculum.
4. Enable students to reflect upon and develop their capacity to learn independently.
5. Provide preparation for employment and/or further study.
6. Encourage an interest in and a commitment to interdisciplinarity.

The aims of the Film Studies course are:
1. A distinctive intellectual framework in which students can analyse film and its historical, cultural and social contexts
2. A broad and informed awareness of key critical approaches to film, conceptual debates, and a range of relevant theories and historiographic traditions
3. A global perspective on cinematic practices, including their national and international dimensions and connections
4. An understanding of how film relates to wider economic, cultural and social contexts and issues.ssues.

Course learning outcomes

Have a broad and comparative knowledge and understanding of art history in more than one geographic region and chronological period.

Have a more concentrated and systematic knowledge of one or more of the above.

Have skills of visual literacy and the ability to relate unfamiliar artefacts and contexts to those that are more familiar.

Have an understanding of the material nature of artefacts.

Be able to set artefacts within their social and historical context.

Be able to engage critically with historiographic material relevant to the discipline and be aware of new developments in the discipline.

Be aware of the institutional structures that have influenced and continue to influence production, consumption and display of artefacts

Be aware of the visual dimensions of cultural diversity

Have acquired a range of core and personal attributes, cognitive, research, practical, and transferable skills (HAHP Core Transferable Skills).

An understanding of a range of film forms, modes and genres, and the ways in which they organise understandings, meanings and affects

A comparative understanding of the roles that films have played in different societies and cultures

An understanding of the social, cultural and political histories from which different filmic institutions, modes and practices have emerged

An understanding of how social identities, categories and divisions have been represented and constituted in film texts

An awareness of key critical, theoretical and historical approaches to film, including applications and critiques of these paradigms

Engage critically with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within film studies and put them to productive use

Analyse closely, interpret and show the exercise of critical judgement in the understanding of films and their contexts

Carry out various forms of research for essays, projects and dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry

Evaluate and draw upon a range of sources and conceptual frameworks appropriate to research in the chosen area

Show insight into the range of attitudes and values arising from the complexity and diversity of film, culture and society, and show capability to consider and respond to these

Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity

Gather, organise and deploy ideas and information, in order to formulate arguments cogently, and express them effectively in written, oral or other forms

Deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas

Put to use a range of ICT skills from basic competence such as word-processing and presentational tools to more complex research tools

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreFilm Analysis (P3029)154
  CoreIssues in European Cinema B (P3028)154
  CoreStories of Art I: Shaping Art (V4041)304
 Spring SemesterCoreIssues in Global Cinema A (P3030)304
  CoreStories of Art II: Making Modernity (V4139)304
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreFilm Theory (P3038)305
  CoreReading Art History: Critical Texts (V3020)155
  OptionPicasso to Kahlo: Transatlantic Dialogues (V4118A)155
  Statues to Saints: The Art of Late Antiquity (V4014A)155
  The Film Festival Circuit (P4122)306
 Autumn & Spring TeachingCoreArt and the City (V4048)305
 Spring SemesterOptionBritish Cinema A (P3044)305
  British Cinema B (P3044B)155
  Chinese Cinema B (P4086B)155
  Debates in Screen Documentary A (P4107A)305
  Debates in Screen Documentary B (P4107B)155
  Picasso to Kahlo: Transatlantic Dialogues (V4118B)155
  Pop Life: After Modern Art (V4134B)155
  Selling yourself: 18th Century Art and Society (V4130B)155
  The Musical B (P4105B)155
  Victorian Visions: Art, Industry, Modernity (V4013B)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionAsian Popular Cinema (P5051)306
  Eastern European Cinemas: myth and memory (P5015)306
  Film and Revolution (A) (P4100A)306
  Hollywood Comedian Comedy (P3052)306
  Hollywood Industry and Imaginary (P4012A)306
  Inhuman Bondage: the Image of Slavery 1750-1850 (V4131)306
  Mediterranean Fantasies: Revivals and Utopias, 1919-1939 (V4157)306
  The Golden State: Art in California, 1945-1981 (V4159)306
  The Order of Things: The Museum and its Objects (V4137A)306
  Viewing Women (P3047)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAmerican Teen Cinema: Coming of Age on Screen (P5034)306
  Animals and Screen Media (P5060)306
  Art and Letters: Visual Culture in its Literary Contexts (V4111)306
  Art and Place: Sites, Spaces and Identities (V4158)306
  Cinema and Migration (P5059)306
  Film Studies Dissertation (P4123)306
  Race and Ethnicity in Popular Cinema 2 (P3053B)306
  Representing Women (V4023)306
  The World Encompassed: Art and Empire (V4003)306

Course convenors

Photo of Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence
Subject area; Film
T: +44 (0)1273 877147

Francesco Ventrella
Lecturer in Art History
T: +44 (0)1273 873145

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