Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Film & TV Studies: Core Course FTV5001

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course runs across both semesters, with a distinctive emphasis in each. Semester One focuses on the History of Critical Writing, giving students an introduction to film and television as disciplines and examining the key texts, debates and interventions that have helped shape understandings over time. Semester Two is concerned with Research Methods and Preparation, with students introduced to a range of methodological approaches and a focus placed on dissertation preparation.  


20  weeks, 5-hour teaching block per week - lectures, seminars, screenings and workshops

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





There are four forms of assessment staged throughout the academic year.


Semester One:


Short essay (2,500 words) - 15% 


Critical essay (5,000 words) - 35%


Semester Two:


Group Presentation of 20 mins accompanied by an individual Learning Log (1,500 words) - 15%


Dissertation Preparation Assignment (comprising the following components):


Research Proposal (2,000 words) - 15%


Literature Review (3,000 words) - 20%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

1. Develop research and presentational skills in a variety of contexts and formats

2. Offer a survey of theoretical approaches which have been influential in the academic study of film and television

3. Study in detail specific critical essays that exemplify 'best practice' of research in the field

4. Assist students in the identification of dissertation topics and in the preparation of dissertation proposals.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Formulate their own research questions and report their findings within a variety of contexts and formats

■ Identify and evaluate key theoretical approaches to the study of film and television

■ Locate specific theoretical and critical essays within a broader historical and disciplinary context

■ Devise a dissertation proposal

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.