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Film and Television Analysis - TFT00034C

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Julia Havas
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This humanities module furnishes you with a toolkit for analysing audio-visual media. We explore the way in which elements of form like cinematography, editing, performance, and more shape a viewer’s experience of a text, considering these elements across a range of contexts (film, television, shorts, music videos, and more).

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

Module aims:

  • to introduce you to the processes of how screen media generate meaning through the manipulation of visual and aural aesthetics and techniques.
  • to furnish you with the basic concepts, methods and terminology necessary for systematic screen media analysis.
  • to acquaint you with the skills to communicate the content of their analysis in a range of contexts.
  • to introduce you to the processes of how screen media generate meaning through the manipulation of visual and aural aesthetics and techniques.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module:

  • you will understand the basic aesthetic properties of image and sound and how these are used to generate meaning.
  • you will be able to draw upon and apply a range of conceptual resources for their own analysis of screen media.
  • you will know the range of ways that creative decisions across productions shape the final text.
  • you will develop a range of academic skills, including analytical writing and scholarly research


Task Length % of module mark
Summative Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

As stated, formative is 1000 word essay mid-way through term.



Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Allen, R and Hill, A ed. (2003). The Television Studies Reader. London: Routledge.

Bordwell, D and Thompson, K. (2013). Film Art. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Gray, J and Lotz, A. (2012). Television Studies. London: Polity.

McCabe, J and Akass, K ed. (2007). Quality TV: Contemporary American Television and Beyond. London: I.B. Tauris.

Patti, L, ed. (2019). Writing about Screen Media. London: Routledge.

Villarejo, A. (2013). Film Studies: The Basics. London and New York: Routledge.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.