Media Studies (Film & TV)
Media Studies (Film & TV) 2023-24
Bangor University International College (Department)
Module - Semester 1 & 2
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.
Threshold (40-49% / D- to D+): Student has made sufficient progress in the study of this module to achieve the lowest level of pass allowing for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
Satisfactory (50 – 59% / C- to C+): Student demonstrates reasonably comprehensive coverage of learning outcomes, indicating generally accurate understanding, based on lecture material and some core readings. Some gaps in knowledge and/or understanding evident.
Good (60-69% / B- to B+): 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 an undergraduate level degree.
Excellent (70% + / A- to A*): Student has engaged consistently well with all aspects of the module and strong achievement in assessments indicates the ability to perform effectively at undergraduate degree level.
- Describe key aspects of film and TV direction and production.
- Explain how different elements of film-making contribute to effective story-telling.
- Show a basic understanding of film theory.
- Show how film and TV operate within a cultural context and contribute to its development.
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 a choice of emphasis – auteur theory, cinematography or finance. Students will be given an individual mark
Final exam. Students will answer questions from across the topics covered on this module. There is an audiovisual 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 may include questions about genre, narrative theory, auteur theory, film business and TV broadcasting.