Film & Television Studies MA

Television Analysis FTV4013

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course is designed to encourage students to develop their skills of textual analysis in relation to a range of fiction and non-fiction television programming focusing on narrative, image, sound and editing. The module is intended to develop the student's work on television from Levels 1 and 2.


10 x 3 hours for Seminar/Lecture
10 x 2 hours for Screening




Essay 2,500 words (60%)

Group Project (40%)

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

1. To investigate and reflect upon the different ways of approaching the textual analysis of television.
2. To explore different television texts in relation to the use of technology; narrative forms; and questions of authorship.
3. To develop specific skills, such as transcribing, evaluating and presenting to be used in interpretative work that addresses a variety of television programming.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate a good knowledge of the relevant critical material and be able to evaluate its use in their own work.
2. produce work that demonstrates their understanding of key issues such as the impact of technology; different narrative forms and significance of 'authorship' in relation to television.
3. demonstrate their ability to organise and present their work in range of different 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.