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Studies In Film Authorship FTV4012

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course considers in detail the work of two creative contributors with distinct input in the production of film (most evidently film directors but with the possibility of considering appropriate case studies examining the work of scriptwriters, music composers, actors, set designers, etc). Notions of creativity and authorship are examined and evaluated at length and with particular attention to the stylistic and thematic trends of the two bodies of films.


Ten weekly five-hour long sessions (including lecture, screening and seminars) Monday 12-5

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Honours in Film & Television Studies


Special research project proposed by the student and agreed by the tutor. This will normally be in the form of an essay (4-5,000 words) but different types of output will be considered (e.g. a multimedia project)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This couse aims to:

■ provide an overview of some of the key debates around film authorship

■ situate such debates in specific historical and cultural contexts

■ further develop the skills of textual analysis

■ study in depth the work of two creative film personnel

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate knowledge of and competence in evaluating debates around film authorship.

■ Employ advanced skills of textual analysis in the critical investigation of films and in the identification of authorial style.

■ Demonstrate in depth knowledge of the work of at least one creative film personnel.

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.