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FM1001   Key Concepts in Film Studies

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 3.00 pm Mon and Thu, Screening 7-10pm Mon

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.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1-hour lectures, a 1-hour seminar and screening (typically 2 hours)

Scheduled learning hours: 50

Guided independent study hours: 150

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr L Donaldson, Dr L Torchin, TBC