ATS3970 - The audio visual essay - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Film and Screen Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Roberto Letizi


Dr Roberto Letizi

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units. As this is a third-year level unit, it is recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed at least one second-year level unit in Film and screen studies.


The unit will provide students with an opportunity to apply disciplinary practices of criticism in an audio-visual mode. It will expose students to a range of strategies of screen criticism, including mise-en-scene criticism and cinephilia and include a major practical project in audio-visual criticism ideally undertaken in groups. It will also involve a scholarly reflective exercise on the audio visual project experience as it relates to contemporary theories on criticism and screen-based media.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. translate a range of critical approaches in film and television to an audio-visual work;
  2. explain the complex relationship between film and television criticism, theory and practice;
  3. research, develop and present a critical work utilising audio-visual editing software applications;
  4. engage in discussion of texts, theories and arguments in seminar environments both in the classroom and online.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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