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Postgraduate Course: Film and the Other Arts (ELCC11006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers an in-depth study of film's rich interactions with other art forms. Based on a wide selection of films, it provides students with the opportunity to think about the diverse ways in which filmmakers draw on the other arts in their creative practice.
Course description This course will explore the relationship between film and the other arts - photography, painting, music, choreography, literature and fashion. A relatively 'young' art form, one of modernity's off-springs, film initially established itself as both a threat and a challenge to the other arts. While film, poised at the frontier between art and industry, and with a 'language' of its own, has struggled to impose itself as an art form proper, its advent and evolution has continued to raise anew theoretical issues of representation, expression, and the relationship between art and reality, that are central to the consideration of any artistic practice.

Each of the sessions will use a specific film or sample of films as the starting point for an exploration of the relation between cinema and another art. In the course of the programme, students will be invited to consider questions of form (stillness and movement, composition, light, colour, sound and music), of narrative structure (in the relationship between literature and film in particular), of performance and characterisation, as well as engage in debates about the specificity (as well as inherent hybridism) of each art form, about realism and fantasy, presence and absence, and about art and technology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  16
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 3,000 word essay
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To provide students with a sound knowledge of a sample of key films and theoretical concepts.
  2. It will allow the students to focus on topical issues and conduct creative comparative analysis of the work of European and non-European filmmakers.
  3. Familiarity with a selection of key works and understanding of crucial theoretical and aesthetic issues.
  4. Ability to conduct in depth, critical analysis and comparative studies of a body of works in relation to current theoretical debates.
Reading List
Bellour, Raymond, Between-the-Images, ed. by Lionel Bovier, trans. by Allyn Hardyck (Dijon: Les Presses du réel, 2012)
Chion, Michel, Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen (New York: Columbia UP, 1994)
Dalle Vacche, Angela, Cinema and Painting. How Art is Used in Film (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996)
Jacobs, Steven, Framing Pictures: Film and the Visual Arts (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012)
Knowles, Kim and Marion Schmid (eds.), Cinematic Intermediality: Theory and Practice (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021)
Mulvey, Laura, Death 24x a Second (London: Reaktion Books, 2005)
Munich, Adrienne (ed.), Fashion in Film (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011).
Nagip, Lúcia and Anne Jerslev (eds.), Impure Cinema. Intermedial and Intercultural Aproaches to Film (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014)
Peth¿, Ágnes, Cinema and Intermediality: The Passion for the In-Between (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2011)
Peucker, Brigitte, The Material Image: Art and the Real in Film (Standford CA: Stanford University Press, 2006)
Stewart, Garrett, Between Film and Screen (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Dr Pasquale Iannone is a Collaborator on this course.
Course organiserProf Marion Schmid
Tel: (0131 6)50 8409
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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