Undergraduate Course: Beginning Film Studies (LLLG07098)
|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 course is offered as part of the International Foundation Programme (IFP), which is designed to bridge the gap for overseas applicants whose national school qualifications do not reach a high enough level to be accepted for University of Edinburgh entry. This course focuses on films as artistic constructs and cultural manifestations that also reflect social and political concerns. We will examine some of the common critical approaches to film studies as well as the relationship between film and the other arts such as literature, theatre and music. This course will also offer guidance on study skills and practice in essay writing.
This course focuses on films as artistic constructs and cultural manifestations that also reflect social and political concerns. We will examine some of the common critical approaches to film studies as well as the relationship between film and the other arts such as literature, theatre and music. In addition to subject-based study and analysis, this course embeds academic skills such as essay writing skills, note-taking, effective reading, time-management, working with others and research skills.
Indicative course content:
Film as Art
Study skills: note taking; a framework for film analysis
Narrative and Film Style
Study skills: glossary for film analysis
Screening of End of Watch (David Ayer, 2012) and tutor-led discussion
Study skills: planning and referencing your essay
Sound and Music
Stardom, Acting and Performance
Screening of The Legend of Barney Thomson (Robert Carlyle, 2015) and tutor-led discussion
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students must be registered on the HSS International Foundation Programme.
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the development of film as an art form
- Define and critically analyse aspects of film style and narrative techniques
- Identify a number of key dates, trends and concepts in the history and study of film
- Evaluate some theoretical issues in relation to film as a medium and an artefact.
|Relevant chapters in the following:|
Bordwell, D. and Thompson, K., 2008. Film Art: an Introduction. N.Y.: McGraw-Hill.
Buckland, W., 2010. Understand Film Studies. London: Teach Yourself Publishing.
Cook, P., Bernink, M., eds. 1999. The Cinema Book, London: British Film Institute.
Doughty, R., and Shaw, D., 2008. Film: The Essential Study Guide. London: Routledge.
Monaco, J., 2009. How to Read a Film: Movies, Media and Beyond. Oxford University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mrs Anthea Coleman-Chan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1589
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855