ATS3448 - Screen theories and techniques - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Communications and Media Studies


Dr Graham Jones

Not offered in 2017


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An introduction to the study of film and television/video as mediums of fictional and documentary narrative. Major developments in the history of cinema. Films will be analysed formally in terms of narrative, editing, mise en scene, shots, lighting and sound, and stylistically in terms of genre and authorship. Different theoretical approaches to screen studies including aestheticism, discourse analysis and semiotics.


Students successfully completing this unit will have demonstrated an ability to analyse and evaluate screen representations, on film and television, in terms of: stylistic elements

(mise en scene, shots, editing, lighting and sound); narrative form; aspects of screen theory: genre, authorship, gender, psychoanalysis; historical and social contexts of production and reception. They will also have an extended understanding of a range of critical and theoretical approaches to screen studies and their place in the wider field of cultural studies.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Exam: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 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.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS1277 and ATS1278 or equivalent


ATS2448, COM2408, COM3408, GSC2408, GSC3408