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FM1001 Key Concepts in Film Studies

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 7
Planned timetable:3.00 pm Mon and Thu, Screening TBC

In this introductory module, we examine key concepts and approaches that are relevant to the study of film. The module aims primarily to develop the skills needed for film analysis by looking at aspects of film form such as mise-en-scene, editing, cinematography, narrative and sound. Students will also examine particular aspects of Film Studies such as genre, authorship, stardom, acting, fandom and film industries. This module introduces students to notions of popular and art cinemas as well as documentary through a range of important cinematic texts from around the world.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Film Studies

UG Modules required for:FM1002, FM2001

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 x 1-hour lectures, a 1-hour seminar and screening (typically 2 hours)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 50
  • Guided independent study: 150

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr L Donaldson
Module teaching staff:Dr L Donaldson, Dr M Cowan, Dr P Flaig, Dr J O'Meara, Dr L Torchin