Checking date: 18/08/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Reading moving image (film and television)
Study: Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (211)

Coordinating teacher: ARANZUBIA COB, ASIER

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication and Media Studies

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Introduction to Communication and Media Studies Image Theory
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
1. Basic knowledge about the nature and operation of the moving image. Ability to understand the principles of audiovisual speech (film and television). 2. Ability to interpret and analyze the mechanisms that determine the production of meaning and the formation of a style in the moving image. Basic skills for the analysis of the formal and narrative construction of audiovisual scripts. 3. Development of a critical and creative ability regarding the visual discourse and its evolution in the context of contemporary visual culture.
Description of contents: programme
The module follows a theoretical and analytical approach to study the meaning-making process a wide range of moving images, from film, to television or music videos, amongst others. The main contents are: Differences between criticism and analysis, different methodologies in film and television analysis, short analysis of sequences and videos followed by discussions on different techniques, close analysis of individual films and TV shows in relation to different topics (from realism, to intertextuality or feminism...).
Learning activities and methodology
1. Lectures Acquisition of theoretical knowledge and case reviews. 1 ECTS. Competencies 1 and 3 2. Practical classes Tutored practical work. Exhibition and comment. 2 ECTS. Competence 2 and 3. 3. Student work Supervised study of theoretical and practical content and teaching materials. 1 ECTS. Competencies 1, 2 and 3. Development of practical exercises. 2 ECTS. Competence 2 and 3. Theory classes: individual tutorials Practical classes: group tutorials
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • Bordwell, D. (2013). Pandora´s Digital Box. Irvington Way institute Press.
  • Bordwell, D., Staiger, J. & Thompson, K. . The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960. Columbia University Press. 1988
  • Bordwell, D.; Thomposon, K.; Smith, J. (2016). Film Art: An Introduction. Mc Graw Hill.
  • Corrigan, T. (2009).. A Short Guide to Writing about Film,. New York, Longman..
  • Creeber, G. (Ed.) (2006).. Tele-visions: an Introduction to Studying Television,. London, BFI..

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.