Film & Television Studies MA

Audiovisual Film and Television Criticism FTV4089

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course focuses on the video essay as a tool of film and television criticism. Through the course, students develop an appreciation of the different critical possibilities the video essay offers, and apply this knowledge in their own video essay practice.


Weekly meetings of varied method and length as scheduled on MyCampus

Excluded Courses



1. A piece of audiovisual film and television criticism, of between 7 and 10 minutes. (50%)

2. An essay of 2,500 words, reflecting on and contextualising the critical approach taken and practical techniques employed in the piece of audiovisual film and television criticism. (50%)

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 course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Introduce students to a variety of practices in the field of audiovisual film and television criticism;

■ Introduce students to key writing that advocates and/or interrogates audiovisual film and television criticism as an academic form;

■ Develop students' skills in making audiovisual film and television criticism of their own;

■ Encourage students to be reflective about their own practice in this field of criticism.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Assess the rhetoric of a variety of different forms of audiovisual film and television criticism;

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the key writing on audiovisual film and television criticism;

■ Produce their own example of audiovisual film and television criticism;

■ Articulate in writing the decision-making process that informed their practice in making a piece of audiovisual film and television criticism.

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.