Faculty of Arts


Film Studies


An introduction to the feature film and the main traditions of film criticism. A series of significant films, from 1915 to the present, are explored in detail. Key questions to explore include

  • What is cinema?
  • How do we study cinema?
  • What kind of relationships does the film establish with the world we live in?

Students will develop an historical perspective, an awareness of filmmaking as an art and an interest in the relationship between films and society, including debates about race, gender, censorship.

By the end of this course students will know how to analyse a film by focusing on the technical elements of how a film is put together and use this analysis to provide the basis for interrogating film aesthetics, history, industrial conditions and social/cultural/political issues.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2019

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Jenny Stümer


The Film Experience: An Introduction. Patricia White and Timothy Corrigan, New York: Bedford/St.Martins, 5th ed., 2018 and LaunchPad Solo for The Film Experience (e-learning resource)

Please note that you can buy the textbook and LaunchPad Solo access together, or you can opt to buy one or the other separately.


MEDIA 101: 15.0 points



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