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Postgraduate Course: Contemporary TV Fiction (level 11) (DESI11087)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the rich variety of contemporary television fictions by examining key texts to interrogate the representation of design practice within as well as the diverse possibilities of visual narratives within a wider culture of serialised moving image production. Drawing on current discourse in broadcast culture, the course will enable you to think about the connection between television fiction, visual narrative and design cultures in a critically engaged way.
Course description Contemporary Television Fiction is designed to critically engage with the discourse surrounding television and international broadcasting trends, and consider how these texts present visual narratives and use them to reflect, interrogate and represent different disciplines. The course will offer close textual analysis of key contemporary texts each week with a broader consideration of production practice. This will be further broken down to examine the following broad issues including; 'quality television', representation, event TV, cinematic TV, genre, methods of reception, transnational TV.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAppropriate SCQF Level 10 Qualification or equivalent
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Use a variety of appropriate research approaches to demonstrate a critical understanding and awareness of the key theories in the subject area of contemporary TV fiction..
  2. Analyse: Undertake a critical analysis and evaluation of selected examples to demonstrate the relationship between television fiction and narrative production.
  3. Communicate: Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.
Reading List
Fashion on television: identity and celebrity culture - Helen Warner, 2014
Quality TV: contemporary American television and beyond - Janet McCabe, Kim Akass, 2007
MTM--"quality television" - Jane Feuer, Paul Kerr, Tise Vahimagi, British Film Institute, 1984
TV Fiction Exchange: Local/Regional/National/Global - Nelson, Robin, 2007
Watching TV fiction in the age of digitization: A study into the viewing practices of engaged TV fiction viewers - Simons, Nele, 2013
The TV crime drama - Sue Turnbull, 2014
Cult television - Sara Gwenllian-Jones, Roberta E. Pearson, 2004], żż2004
The television will be revolutionized - Amanda D. Lotz, 2014 (electronic resource)
Narrative across media: the languages of storytelling - Marie-Laure Ryan, 2004
Show sold separately: promos, spoilers, and other media paratexts - Jonathan Gray, 2010
Screen studies and industrial 'theorizing' - J. T. Caldwell, 01/03/2009
Welcome to the Viral Future of Cinema (Television) - John T. Caldwell, 2005
The television genre book - Toby Miller, John Tulloch, Glen Creeber, British Film Institute, 2001
Fracturing Tina Fey: A Critical Analysis of Postfeminist Television Comedy Stardom - Eleanor Patterson, 07/2012
The 'Broke Back' Test: a quantitative and qualitative analysis of portrayals of women in mainstream superhero comics, 1993-2013 - Carolyn Cocca, 02/10/2014

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Upon completion of the course students will:
Be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding; be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and recognise the need to regularly challenge all knowledge; search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding.
Be creative and imaginative thinkers; be able to identify processes and strategies for learning; be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement.
Make effective use of written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding.
Be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another; understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues.
KeywordsContemporary TV fiction,narrative,reception,quality TV,representation,cinematic TV,transnatio
Course organiserDr Nichola Dobson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
Course secretaryMr Ryan Farrell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7400
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