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.

History of Film and Television Studies FTV5069

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to film and television studies as disciplines, examining the key texts, debates and interventions that have helped shape understandings over time.


13 x 3 hour seminars

6 x 3 hour screenings over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Short Essay (2500 words) 30%

Long Essay (5000 words) 70%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

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

■ Study in detail specific film and television studies criticism, from the perspective of 'best practice'

■ Develop research and presentational skills in a variety of contexts and formats

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

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

■ Locate specific theories and criticism within a broader historical and disciplinary context

■ Synthesise reflection on the existing critical discourse with original thinking in both oral and written formats

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.