Analysing Film (P5047)

30 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module draws upon both 20th century and contemporary film texts to explore the diverse ways film-makers have used key techniques of cinematic expression, including as narrative, cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, sound, and special effects.

You will consider how techniques are accomplished (i.e. the creative choices available to filmmakers), as well as the potential they have for generating meaning and pleasure when combined together to produce filmic texts. You will also examine links between technological change and film aesthetics.


67%: Lecture (Film, Lecture)
33%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: