BJC2114 - Introduction to Film Studies

Year of Study:2
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: Nil
Module Description
This module aims to provide an introduction to the basic tools of film analysis. We will examine how elements like mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing and sound work together to create meaning in a range of films. We will also examine how these elements are put together in different types of films – narratives, documentaries and experimental cinema – and how films function in society to circulate ideas and ideologies. It will acquaint students with various skills to analyse film aesthetics, as well as the tremendously important role movies play in our culture.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. To understand the nature and process of film production.

  2.  To learn how to read and analyze film as you would a novel, a poem or a short story.

  3. To familiarize with certain theoretical ideas presented by major film theorists.

  4. To explore the major aesthetic trends in the history of cinema.