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Postgraduate Course: Mediating Film (CLLC11142)

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
SummaryMediating Film explores the relationships between the moving image and its audiences across a range of cross-disciplinary approaches. It considers how film is mediated by the film industry; by marketing, film journalism, film criticism, broadcasting and audiences; and pays particular attention to the identity and function of curators and of the moving image archive, conceived in its broadest sense.

Mediating Film is offered as a second semester core course for MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation; and, according to resource, as an option course for a number of related taught Masters programmes.
Course description Mediating Film interrogates the mediation of the moving image through a programme of readings, screenings and weekly workshops.

The relationship between film and its audiences is explored across a range of genres and forms; a variety of historical periods and production contexts; and through extended engagement with a range of reading spanning film theory, studies of exhibition, festivals research, television theory, cultural studies, sociology and art history.

Weekly screenings and discussions are accompanied by a weekly programme of readings. These feed into seminar activities which may include discussion; presentations; institutional, event-based and audience research; programming and event proposals; and archive research.

Topics covered include stardom and fandom; popular and classic cinema; technology; intertexts and paratexts; taste cultures; curatorial cultures; and the politics and practices of the moving image archive.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation. No outside subject enrolments or auditors are permitted.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only available to students on the MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation. No outside subject enrolments or auditors are permitted.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  80
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, External Visit Hours 3, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 141 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will produce a 4,000 word essay on a theme drawn from the course.
Feedback Students undertake a range of scheduled workshop activities across the semester, undertaking individual research and presentation work and group projects. These activities are not formally assessed and students receive direct, informal and continuous feedback on this work from the course tutor across the semester.

Summative assessment is in the form of a 4,000 word assignment. There are a range of approaches offered for this assignment: these span theoretical essays to collaborative research projects; industry or festival reports; creative curatorial proposals or event analysis; and contextualised writing for specific audiences, journals or online spaces. Students are encouraged to consult with the course tutor on topic selection and on managing the submission of non-standard essay assignments. Detailed written feedback on assignments is provided within the timescale set by the School.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. extend their understanding of how films communicate with their audiences and how the moving image is mediated across a range of contexts, genres and forms
  2. uncover aspects of the relationship between cinema institutions, technologies and audiences, and consider the relationship between film¿s past and unstable present
  3. identify , analyse and evaluate case studies of divergent models of film mediation which have the capacity to inform creative practice, working across disciplines and between critical and applied practices in the field
  4. experiment with the presentation of critical and creative work in different forms through individual and group work
  5. develop critically informed and autonomous perspectives on the significance and value of different kinds of moving image curation; and interrogate the identity and function of different kinds of curators
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserMs Jane Sillars
Tel: (0131 6)50 2945
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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