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Undergraduate Course: Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival (CLLC10006)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 4 week Summer School course introduces students to central concepts of film study including film criticism, theory and related philosophical issues and includes an engagement with the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Course description Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival is a 4 week Summer School course which introduces students to central concepts of film study including film criticism, genre, national cinemas, director-centred approaches, identity, socio-politics and related philosophical issues and includes an engagement with the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The course offers a unique opportunity to apply knowledge, gained in the first half which concentrates on film criticism, theory and philosophy, to a variety of selected festival films and events (fiction feature films, documentaries, film retrospectives, industry and In Person events, including UK or World premieres) at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Participants will receive a Student Delegate Pass and attend film premieres, press screenings, industry events and public lectures at EIFF, beginning with the Opening Night Gala. They will take part in tutorials after each screening and be encouraged to apply key concepts in film theory and criticism when discussing the films. In the third week they will combine with local students on the OLL/EIFF "An Insight into the EIFF" course.

During the time spent at the festival, a short series of public lectures and guest talks provide further theoretical insight into film studies and criticism, while daily tutorials facilitate in-depth analysis of the films through tutor-led class discussions.

The course encourages students to develop their writing on film (writing workshops will be included in the contact hours).

Week by Week:

Week1: Introduction to Film Study

The first week will concentrate on the study of a single film in order to our focus attention. We will, however, also consider other films related to our chosen example.

Week 2: Film Criticism, Theory and Philosophy
In the second week we will provide an overview of some theoretical approaches to film study and analysis as well as introducing essential ideas related to film-philosophy, such as ethics, identity and the status of reality.

Week 3:
Monday - Tuesday reading /formative assessment days;
Wednesday to Sunday: Attendance at film screenings and events at the Edinburgh International Film Festival with tutorials and lectures.

Week 4: Students will continue attending press screenings and events with the festival course tutors. In addition to tutorials and lectures, writing workshops will prepare them for the final course assessments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None: NB: The cost of festival tickets and Student Festival Pass is included in the fee and is not charged in addition to the standard course fee
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. - To understand stylistic and thematic developments in contemporary cinema
  2. - To be conversant with some major approaches to film criticism, journalism, philosophy and theory
  3. - To analyse individual films using particular theoretical approaches
  4. - To be able to produce a film review
  5. - To write critically about film in an academic tone
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical thinking and writing
Time organisation
Cultural awareness
Aesthetic sensibility
Special Arrangements University of Edinburgh students will not receive credits for this course.
KeywordsFilm Criticism Theory Exhibition Film-Philosophy Edinburgh Festival Cinema
Course organiserDr Pasquale Iannone
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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