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  • Through the study and analysis of film texts and exercises in film-making, the course explores film history, theory and socio-economic background.
  • The course develops students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film.
  • To achieve an international understanding within the world of film, students are taught to consider film texts, theories and ideas from the points of view of different individuals, nations and cultures.
  • Students also develop the professional and technical skills (including organizational skills) needed to express themselves creatively in film. The course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of a group.
  • An appreciation and understanding of film as a complex art form
  • An ability to formulate stories and ideas in film terms
  • The practical and technical skills of production
  • Critical evaluation of film productions by the student and by others
  • Knowledge of film-making traditions in more than one country

Part 1: Textual analysis
Part 2: Film theory and history
Part 3: Creative process—techniques and organization of production


    • What is the function of film: to capture a perception of reality, to teach or uplift the mind, to express emotion, to create beauty, to bind a community or to praise a spiritual power?
    • How are ethics involved in the study of film? Does the film carry any moral or ethical responsibility? When and how do ethical standards change?
    • How do we gain knowledge through the study of film? Is this knowledge of a universal nature or is too heavily embedded in cultural factors?
    • To what extent does film instruct, educate or entertain?
    • To what extent does the study of film teach us more about ourselves, our place in our own society and culture, and/or our relationship with other societies and cultures?

    Independent study
    Rationale, script and list of sources for a short documentary production of 12–15 pages on an aspect of film theory and/or film history, based on a study of a minimum of four films. The chosen films must originate from more than one country.

    An oral presentation of a detailed critical analysis of a continuous extract from a prescribed film. Maximum length of presentation: 15 minutes.

    Production portfolio
    One completed film project with an associated trailer and written documentation encompassing and connecting both: no more than 1,750 words. Length of film project: 6-7 minutes.

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