Media Studies (Film & TV)
Run by Bangor University International College
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mrs Laura McKenzie
Overall aims and purpose
The aims of the module are to broaden students’ knowledge of critical and cultural theory and to develop their understanding of the theoretical aspects of film and TV production with an emphasis on story-telling. Students learn about and reflect on the processes involved in film and TV programme production and consider the relationship between film and programme makers and their audiences. In terms of academic study skills the students will be given a context in which to develop their team-working skills.
The emphasis in the module is on the study of Film and TV with a focus on story-telling through Fiction. This requires the student to learn and evaluate film and TV language, analyse the roles played by image, sound and music, mise-en-scene, sets and setting, and to understand the notion of genres and their conventions.
Students consider the stages involved in film or TV production and the roles of major studios, public broadcasting and commercial organisations and the independent film-makers in the context of sources of finance, distribution and aesthetic values.
Students also consider the relationship between film makers and their audience – audience positioning and targeting, audience reading and assumptions and the expectations of audiences themselves and look at the work of film and programme-makers in a wider cultural context.
Excellent (A- to A*) (70-100%) Student has engaged consistently well with all aspects of the module and strong achievement in assessments indicates the ability to perform effectively in the later stages of an undergraduate degree
Threshold (D- to D+) (40-49%) Student has made sufficient progress in the study of this module to achieve the lowest level of pass allowing for continuation onto stage two of an undergraduate degree.
Good (C- to B+) (50-69%) Student has displayed a sound basic knowledge and understanding of much of the material studied in this module and achieved a high enough grade to indicate a clear ability to cope with the demands of the later stages of an undergraduate level degree.
1) Demonstrate an understanding of major aspects of film and TV direction and production
5) Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others in a team to produce a group presentation
2) Show a basic understanding of film theory
4) Show how film and TV operate within and contribute to the development of a cultural context
3) Demonstrate an awareness of how different elements of film-making contribute to effective story-telling
|GROUP PRESENTATION||Group Presentation||
In small groups and choosing from a small range of acceptable topics, deliver a presentation focussed on the career of an individual filmmaker with an choice of emphasis – auteur theory, cinematography or finance.
Students will be posed questions from across the topics covered on this module. There is an audio-visual element where students will be asked to identify and explore the meaning of a filmmaker’s micro filmmaking choices in a short extract from a film. The rest of the exam paper could feature questions about genre, film business, narra5tive theory and auteur theory.
|CLASS TEST||Interim Test||
Delivered in class time in week 5 or 6. This in-class test will test the student’s understanding of the topics covered in the first half of the module, including key terminology in micro elements of filmmaking and film technology.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|Practical classes and workshops||
Lessons will divided between a presentation on key aspects of film and practical tasks set in small groups. Students will be encouraged to debate, discuss, role-play and consider some of the central themes discussed
Students will develop independent learning skills and work with others to research, view and understand key concepts in film and TV
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
Resource implications for students
Student will need to purchase the core text book
Benyahia S C (2008) AS Film Studies Routledge
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- WPQB: BA Creative Studies (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 0 (BA/CST1)
- W62B: BA Film Studies (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 0 (BA/FLM1)
- PP5B: BA Journalism & Media Studies (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 0 (BA/JMS1)
- P31B: BA Media Studies (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 0 (BA/MS1)
- P3WB: BA Media Stud with Theatre & Perform (4yr with Incorp Found) year 0 (BA/MSTP1)