Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Film Studies (LLLG07094)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a for-credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled.
Learn more about film style, narrative, editing, camera work and film history. Based around fascinating and often surprising film clips from the early years of cinema to the present day, this course will offer you new ways of looking at film and allow you to explore and develop your own ideas through class discussion.
1.Narrative. Rear Window
2.Style. La Regle de Jeu
3. Editing, Breathless
4. Genre. The Searchers
5. Authorship. Mulholland Dr.
6. Realism. Bicycle Thieves
7. Documentary/Ideology Battleship Potemkin
8. Stardom. Raging Bull
9. Recent American Cinema Elephant
10. Recent European Cinema. The Child
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 2
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2000 word film review essay
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic interpretive techniques of film-making: eg know how camerawork, editing, mis-en-scène are used to create meaning
- Appreciate how a combination of industrial, commercial and artistic factors contributes to shape the history of cinema as an art form.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the ways in which films are made from socio-political and ideological angles and how these shape the representation of characters, places, etc.
Bordwell, D.& Thompson, K. 2010 paperback or any other edition. Film Art: An Introduction. USA: McGraw-Hill
Monaco, J. 2009 paperback or any other edition. How to Read a Film, London, Oxford University Press.
Cook P. and Bernink M. The Cinema Book, London, bfi, any edition.
Bazin, André. 1984. What is Cinema?, vol 1 and 2, Berkeley, University of California Press.
Bordwell, D. 2006. The Way Hollywood Tells It, Berkeley, University of California Press.
Perez, G, 1998. The Material Ghost, London, Johns Hopkins University Press
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Ms Malgorzata Bugaj
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855