Module Title:Film Studies
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures/Screenings/Seminars/Blended learning such as Blackboard. Lectures will outline key issues related to film studies using audio visual and interactive methods as appropriate. Screenings will entail showing part or all of films specific to the course outline. Student presentations will allow students to clarify in detail a topic that is both student and tutor selected. Finally in support of discussion students will be encouraged to reflect on set reading extracts for each class.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide students with a historical understanding of the development of cinema and the relationship between film and society. The course offers a comparative approach to explore the development of national cinemas in relationship to Hollywood industry and more recent discussions around trans- national cinema. The language of cinema is explored through the relationship of sound and image and the contexts of reception. The main genres and some key auteurs are discussed. Subject aims1. To equip the student with a clear and comprehensive overview of film studies. 2. To develop the student’s ability to identify the social, cultural, technological and political forces shaping cultural production and reception of moving images in 20th Century and the 21st Century. 3. To establish student’s ability to clearly articulate their comprehension of this subject programme through class discussion, written and web based assignments. 4. To develop the student’s independence of thought through peer discussion.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of cinema from the early period to the present.
LO2 Able to distinguish key visual methodologies used to interpret film and film culture.
LO3 Be able to contextualise the main historical & technological developments in cinema.
LO4 Be able to identify and use a variety of research skills options including online research.
LO5 Integrate film research content, such as text, film stills, film posters, film clips through the development of a web site.
LO6 Be able to communicate effectively and clearly through class discussion and written / web assignments.
LO7 Be able to present an appropriately researched topic correctly referenced, supported by quotations and bibliography.
LO8 Be able to plan, time-manage and produce assignments to specific deadlines.
LO9 Be able to apply and adapt interpretive skills used in film studies to their own studio practice and wider cultural/ historical contexts.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Film Studies
The subject contents of this programme reflect a clear and related progression from 1st year cultural studies though a focus on film and film culture. Through a detailed and chronological overview the content of this programme covers a broad selection of film theories,visual studies methodologies and cultural studies to identify differences and connections between modernism and 'vernacular modernism' and links between film production and modernity, processes of modernization and globalization. Areas covered: Early Cinema and Edwin Porter; D.W. Griffith and the rise of Hollywood; Soviet Montage Cinema: German Expressionism; Italian Neo-realism; Chapin adapting to sound; screwball comedy; Classic Hollywood Cinema and Citizen Kane; Film Noir & genre theory; Melodrama; The Auteur and Hitchcock; National Cinemas and Trans-national film (case study Ireland); Documentary and the Essay film; Digital cinema and Animation.
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Essay 3,000 words typed with illustrations or web site or a combination of student assignment, for example 80% for the essay/ web assignment and 20% for weekly class work. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 100.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 2.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWVCD_D Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications and Design 2 Mandatory
CW_AWART_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art 2 Mandatory
CW_HWVCD_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Communications and Design 2 Mandatory
CW_AWART_D Bachelor of Arts in Art 2 Mandatory