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4AAQS100 Introduction to Film Studies: Forms

Module convenor: Dr Tom Brown

Credits: 15

Pre-requisites: none

Module description: The purpose of this module is to strengthen and reflect upon the practice of attentive looking and listening that is the necessary basis of aesthetic, theoretical and historical work in film studies. The emphasis is on the practice of “close reading” and a focus on specific formal characteristics of film, acquiring and enlarging a vocabulary for describing and interpreting them, developing skills in discussing and writing about them and reflecting on the bases of all of these. We will examine a range of narrative films, analysing the various visual, aural and structural conventions by which they create meanings and feelings, and through extensive oral and written practice in the analysis of the films.

‘Introduction to Film Studies: Forms’ is designed to be taken in conjunction with ‘Introduction to Film Studies: Contexts’, taught in Semester 2. Where ‘Forms’ focuses on the basic properties of films themselves, ‘Contexts’ introduces ways of considering films in relation to the social, cultural, and institutional contexts in which they are produced and received.

Assessment pattern: Participation (10%), Segmentation (15%), Sequence Analysis (25%),  Examination (50%)

Reassessment method: Period 3 exam replacement assessment is a 2000-word essay.

Assessment pattern for Study Abroad: Study Abroad/Erasmus exchange students who are at King’s for the first semester only will submit a replacement essay instead of sitting the January examination. This will be 2000 words in length.

Teaching pattern: Ten one-hour lectures, ten three-hour screenings and ten one-hour seminars.

Core reading: Core course readings will be provided. 

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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