APG5782 - Film festival study tour - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Film and Screen Studies


Dr Olivia Khoo

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)


The unit has a domestic field tripdomestic field trip (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/currentstudents/field-trips/) component and may incur an additional cost.


This unit provides a unique opportunity for students to be embedded in a film festival screening program. After an initial seminar program where they will be familiarised with all aspects of film festival operations including their history and cultural imperatives, students will then become part of a film festival apparatus including attendance of as much as is possible of the screening, seminar, lecture and information components of a national or international film festival. Students will be guided by a Monash staff member and be required to make regular web-postings including reports, reviews and opinion pieces.


By the completion of the unit students will have:

  1. gained valuable hands-on experience of the normal professional activities and issues involved in the running of a film festival or screening program;
  2. developed a conceptual understanding of the aims and modus operandi of the festival or institution in which they undertook their study tour, and of film culture institutions more generally;
  3. learnt how to apply theoretical and critical skills to practical tasks in the running of the festival/ institution; learnt and practised methods of criticism customarily undertaken in film festivals, screening programs and cultural institutions;
  4. an ability to develop and employ research skills in data collection in the service of advanced critical writing;
  5. developed an ability for intuitive critical appraisals of audio-visual work.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement. + Additional requirements + Placement

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