Short Title:TV & Film Studies
Full Title:TV & Film Studies
Module Code:FILM H1002
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide a framework for critically interpreting and applying various theoretical approaches to the study of film and television. This module will extend and refine in particular the textual approaches introduced in semester one.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe various critical approaches to the study of media texts
LO2 Critique and analyse a range of film and television texts complementing their work in media production
LO3 Discuss issues arising from the historical development of film culture in Ireland up to the present day
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Introduction to Film and Television
Approaches to textual analysis; the grammar and form of the moving image: visual style as carrier of meaning (aspects of mise-en-scene, cinematographic properties, editing styles) Narrative theory: structures and conventions; classical narrative cinema; alternative narrative structures; introduction to the concept of non-linearity both in cinema and digital media; Genre and structures of meaning; defining genre and genre analysis as critical tool; genre and popular culture.
Media Texts
Critical approaches introduced above will be applied to the analysis of various media texts drawn from genres such as: film noir; neo noir; television drama, the documentary form. Overview of the evolution of Irish cinema; critical examination of development and change since the 1960s; particular themes may include the global and the local, representations of gender, issues of identity, community, multiculturalism, Celtic and Post Celtic Tiger Ireland
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Assignment Students are required to complete an essay of approximately 1500 words. The purpose of the essay should be to demonstrate the extent to which the student can develop a critical distance in relation to popular texts and engage in effective independent research 2 30.00 n/a
Reflective Journal n/a 1 10.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 60.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Paul Long and Tim Wall 2009, Media Studies: Texts, Production and Context, Pearson Education Ltc Edinburgh
Recommended Book Resources
  • Nelmes, J. 2011, An Introduction to Film Studies, Routledge
  • Bordwell, D. and Thompson, K. 2010, Film Art: An Introduction, McGraw-Hill
  • Dyer, R., et al 1998, The Oxford Guide to Film Studies, OUP Oxford
  • Pettit, L. 2000, Screening Ireland: Film and Television Representation, Manchester Univ Press
  • McLoone, M., 2007, Film, Media and Popular Culture in Ireland: Cityscapes, Landscapes, Soundscapes, Irish Academic Press
  • Michael Patrick Gillespie 2008, The myth of an Irish cinema, Syracuse University Press Syracuse, N.Y. [ISBN: 9780815631934]
  • Barton, R., 2004, Keeping It Real: Irish Film and Television, Columbia University Press
  • McLoone, M. 2000, Irish Film: The Emergence of a Contemporary Cinema, BFI
  • Hill, J. 2006, Cinema and Northern Ireland: Film Culture and Politics, BFI
  • Winston,B. 2000, Lies Damn Lies and Documentary, BFI
  • Winston, B 1993, An Introduction to Television Documentary: Confronting Reality, Manchester Univ. Press
  • Rosenthal, A. 1999, Why Docu Drama: Fact-Fiction on Film and TV, Southern Illinois Univ Press
  • Silver, A and Ursini, J., (eds) 1999, Film Noir: Reader, Limelight
  • Hirsch, F., 2008, Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir, Da Capo Press
  • Keesey, D., 2010, Neo-Noir: Contemporary Film Noir from Chinatown to The Dark Knight, Kamera Books
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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