History of Film and Television Studies FTV5069

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • 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

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.