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Film and Television 1B: Key Moments in the Development of Cinema and Television FTV1010

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course looks at the development of both film and television studies by focusing on histories of the formal qualities and institutional formation of cinema and television. It recognises that each medium has its own history but identifies that there are common processes in the construction of that history.


20 x 1 hour lectures on Monday 11am and Wednesday 11am over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus.

10 x 1 hour weekly seminars (choice of times) as scheduled in MyCampus.

10 x 2 hour screenings on Tuesday 4pm over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Normally open only to students in Arts who have been specifically admitted to this course through UCAS.

Excluded Courses



FTV1011: Film and Television 1A: Looking, listening, 'reading' 


Audio-Visual Presentation (5 minutes) - 40%

Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Seminar Contribution -10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ equip students with some foundational knowledge about the development of cinema and television as institutions producing media texts;

■ identify the significance and purpose of a number of influential temporal categories which can be applied when looking at this development and in the construction of histories of film and television;

■ identify audio-visual characteristics associated with these temporal categories in a selection of forms and genres, both fictional and factual;

■ encourage critical analysis of selected visual and written material in seminars and assessment, with an emphasis on how evidence is produced and used in the context of identifying a period.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ recognise the historical practice of periodisation as it has been used in film and television studies;

■ produce critical readings of film and television texts in the context of an identification and understanding of specific temporal categorisations;

■ identify and assess the ways in which evidence is collected and used in the process of constructing temporal categories;

■ use different learning methods including lectures, seminars, viewing and reading;

■ write clearly and confidently about cinema and television, offering well-structured arguments in professionally produced essays, using recognised and consistent forms of footnoting and reference.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.