Students should note that all of the modules below may not be available to them.

Undergraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Undergraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

Postgraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

FX1001 Introduction to Film Studies
FX1002 Introduction to Screen Media and Culture
FX1003 Early Cinema: From the Magic Lantern to the Pioneers
FX1004 Introduction to Digital Media
FX2001 Film Theory
FX2002 Studies in Cinema: Auteurs and Genre
FX2003 Making Digital Media
FX2004 Writing and the Screen
FX2006 Screenwriting Workshop
FX2007 Special Studies in Screen Media
FX3001 Contemporary Cinema
FX3002 Ireland on Screen
FX3003 Special Studies in Filmmaking/New Media
FX3004 Screen Industries: Texts and Contexts
FX3005 Film and Visual Culture
FX3006 Screen Industries (with Placement)
FX6001 Dissertation in Film Studies
FX6003 Research Methodologies Seminar
FX6004 Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis
FX6006 Music and Cinema
FX6007 Advanced Studies in Film: American Cinema
FX6010 Irish Cinema: History, Contexts, Aesthetics
FX6012 Seminar on Film Studies
FX6013 Advanced Studies in Film: World Cinema

FX1001 Introduction to Film Studies

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 48 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Monahan, Department of English (School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures).

Lecturer(s): Dr Barry Monahan, Department of English; Dr Armida De La Garza, Department of English; Staff, College of ACSSS, Staff, School of English; Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To introduce students to a range of film texts, movements and directors.

Module Content: This module will introduce students to the study of a range of filmic texts from 1900 to the present. Key concepts in the discipline of Film Studies will be studied and applied

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Read and analyse a range of filmic periods within their artistic, historical and cultural contexts
· Identify key concepts in Film Studies
· Discuss key ideas and stylistic features of prescribed films
· Convey their knowledge and understanding through clearly-structured essays/examination answers in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 100 marks; Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 written assignments).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must repeat written elements, as prescribed by the programme co-ordinators).

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FX1002 Introduction to Screen Media and Culture

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures (seminars).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Armida De La Garza, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of English, Staff, School of English; Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: This module examines the evolution of screen media from 1926 to the present day.

Module Content: Students will study a variety of screen media, from early television to digital filmmaking and web practice. Particular reference will be made to the aesthetics and practice of each medium and to the cultural contexts in which it is created and disseminated. This module will also include an introduction to key concepts and theories of screen media.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss key ideas and stylistic features of prescribed media
· Explain the relationship of prescribed media to evolving theories of aesthetics and practice
· Convey their knowledge and understanding through clearly-structured essays/examination answers in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 written assignments).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX1003 Early Cinema: From the Magic Lantern to the Pioneers

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English; Staff, Department of English; Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the study of early cinema and the silent era.

Module Content: This module examines the development of early cinema from its prehistory (the magic lantern, early photography, Hale's tours etc) and the primitive era, through to the age of the silent feature. Students will study a wide range of early films from America, Europe and world cinema. Particular reference will be made to the development of film form and aesthetics. Students will also be introduced to the work of key theorists on early cinema. The films will be placed within socio-historical, cultural and cinematic contexts.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss key ideas and stylistic features of prescribed films
· Explain the relationship of prescribed films to each other and their cultural, productive, artistic and historical contexts
· Identify key approaches to the study of silent cinema
· Convey their knowledge and understanding through clearly-structured essays/examination answers in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015.

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FX1004 Introduction to Digital Media

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars; 12 x 2hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Laura Rascaroli, Department of Italian.

Lecturer(s): Mr Dan O'Connell, Department of English; Dr Laura Rascaroli, Department of Italian; Staff, College of ACSSS, Staff, School of English; Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the theory and practice of digital media.

Module Content: This module introduces students to the theory and practice of digital media production. Students will work on individual projects and collaborate on the production of a short film / promo / documentary.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Write, plan and storyboard a short film / promo / documentary
· Articulate the key concepts in theories of digial media
· Produce, direct, shoot and edit an individual practical project
· Collaborate on other students' individual projects
· Collaborate on a group project
· Contribute to the completion of a practical project.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Practical Project [40 marks]; Presentation [40 marks]; Written Project (Script, production plan & shot list) [60 marks] Group Practical Project [60 marks]).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment (project and class presentation).

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX2001 Film Theory

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Laura Rascaroli, Department of Italian.

Lecturer(s): Dr Laura Rascaroli, Department of Italian; Staff, Department of English; Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To introduce students to theoretical approaches to the study of film and to interrogate processes of canon formation in film history.

Module Content: This module analyses a range of theoretical approaches to the study of film and the moving image, from both classical theory and contemporary approaches. Topics may include: the early debates about film realism and film aesthetics; structuralism; theories of genre and models of film language; psychoanalytical theories of spectatorship and feminist film theory; film and ideology and theories of race and representation; developments in audience studies and cognitive film theory; postmodern theory. Students will work with both films and theoretical writings.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss key theoretical concepts that pertain to the study of cinema and the moving image
· Compare and contrast theories and approaches to cinema, drawing upon a range theories from early to contemporary periods
· Evaluate different theoretical and methodological approaches in Film Studies, and test their effectiveness in their own writings
· Convey their knowledge and understanding through clearly-structured essays/examination answers in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,000 word assignment, 30 marks; 1 x 2,000 word assignment, 70 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX2002 Studies in Cinema: Auteurs and Genre

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of English, Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the study of cinema auteurs and film genres.

Module Content: This module examines a selection of work from a range of film genres and auteurs from Hollywood, European and world cinema. Particular reference will be made to theories of authorship and to the development of genre studies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss key ideas of genre studies
· Explain the relationship of prescribed films to each other and their cultural, productive, artistic and historical contexts
· Identify key approaches to the study of authorship in cinema
· Convey their knowledge and understanding through clearly-structured essays/examination answers in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015.

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FX2003 Making Digital Media

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars; 12 x 2hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Laura Rascaroli, Department of Italian (School of Languages, LIteratures and Cultures).

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of ACSSS, Staff, School of English; Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the production of digital media

Module Content: This module introduces students to the fundamentals of the theory and production of a short film.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Plan and storyboard a short film
· Articulate the key concepts in theories of digital media
· Collaborate on a group project
· Contribute to the completion of a practical project.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Practical Project [120 marks]; class presentation [80 marks]).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX2004 Writing and the Screen

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Monahan, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of ACSSS, Staff, School of English; Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To introduce students to fundamental theories and approaches to writing for the screen.

Module Content: This module introduces students to the fundamentals of writing for the screen.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Analyse the structures of screenplays.
· Evaluate the conventions and approaches adopted by writers for the screen.
· Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical writings on screenplays.
· Apply acquired knowledge ot the design and writing of a short screenplay.
· Make a short presentation on the structure of the screenplay.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2,000 word assignment, 60 marks; one class presentation, 40 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX2006 Screenwriting Workshop

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 8 x 2hr(s) Seminars (and individual student consultations).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Monahan, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of ACSSS.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the structuring, writing and editing of an original short screenplay.

Module Content: This module will cover the key components in the structuring, writing and editing of a short screenplay. Some of the areas covered will include: identifying and developing a structure for the screenplay; writing of characters; dialogue, conflict, themes; analysis and development of narrative forms and strategies; introduction to principles of dramaturgy.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify and explain the key elements of screenplay structure.
· Identify and explain the key elements of filmic narrative and dramaturgy.
· Write clearly-structured scenes and a treatment.
· Develop and write an original short screenplay.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x short treatment, 20 marks; 1 x short screenplay, 80 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX2007 Special Studies in Screen Media

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Armida De La Garza, Department of English (CACSSS).

Lecturer(s): Dr Armida De La Garza, Department of English.

Module Objective: To develop students' skills creating and using screen media.

Module Content: This module will examine selected topics related to the online publishing of text and visual material. Some of these topics might include: convergent and citizen journalism, activism, multimedia publishing.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between the new media and recent developments in journalism and online publishing
· Use new media tools effectively to carry out their own online publishing projects. These tools will include the management of digital media networks online, on smartphones and other portable devices.
· Convey their knowledge and understanding through clearly-structured pieces of work in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (in-class test (50 marks); course project (50 marks).).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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FX3001 Contemporary Cinema

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of English, Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the study of contemporary cinema from around the world.

Module Content: This module analyses a range of the most recent work from contemporary film directors from American, European and world cinema. Students will examine the films from a number of critical and theoretical perspectives and will engage with key concepts and concerns such as nationalism and cinema; transnationalism; postmodernism; audience reception

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss key theoretical concepts that pertain to the study of contemporary cinema
· Explain the relationship of prescribed films to each other and their cultural, productive, artistic and historical contexts.
· Discuss the work of major directors from American, European and world cinema
· Convey their knowledge and understanding through clearly-structured essays/examination answers in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015.

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FX3002 Ireland on Screen

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Monahan, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Dr Barry Monahan, Department of English; Staff, Department of English, Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To provide students with broad historical and theoretical knowledge for the analysis of cinematic representations of Ireland, by overseas and indigenous producers.

Module Content: This module will allow students to apply key cinematic terms of analysis to a range of films emerging from, or representing, Ireland, the Irish character and the Irish diaspora over the last 100 years. It will provide them with detailed knowledge of chosen films that best represent movements and historical tendencies in the evolution of an indigenous cinema, and the changing perspectives of "Irishness" provided by non-Irish directors.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Make connections between aesthetic qualities of films and their historical context and identify significant phases in the development of an Irish cinematic culture
· Discuss the consequences of the indigenous/international relationship in film production for the narratives, politics and aesthetics of Irish film at significant moments during the 20th and 21st centuries
· Perform close readings of a large number of Irish films showing sensitivity to their thematic and artistic concerns
· Show methodological expertise and theoretical competence in analysing Irish, or Irish-themed, films in both oral presentations and written papers.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word written assignments [70 marks]; one class test [15 marks]; one in-class presentation [15 marks]).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Class presentation; Class test.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX3003 Special Studies in Filmmaking/New Media

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Monahan, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of ACSSS.

Module Objective: To develop students' understanding and practical knowledge of developing a project in film or new media.

Module Content: This module will develop students' knowledge of specific aspects of practical filmmaking and new media, and consist in the planning and development of a filmed or internet-based project.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate ability to plan and develop a creative project.
· Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of video-making and/or digital media production.
· Demonstrate knowledge of marketing and promotion of films and new media.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Portfolio [100 marks]; Practical project [80 marks]; participation in end of year showcase of films [20 marks]).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX3004 Screen Industries: Texts and Contexts

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars; 12hr(s) Other (self-directed learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Laura Rascaroli, Department of Italian (School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures).

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of ACSSS; Staff, Department of English, Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To introduce students to concepts, institutions and practices pertaining the screen industries

Module Content: This module introduces students to a historical, theoretical and empirical understanding of the evolution of industrial contexts and practices that pertain to film and the screen media. Questions of film production and distribution and cultural event organisation from both classical to contemporary practices will be explored within our evolving media landscape. The module may include a short optional placement as well as individual and team projects

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss in both historical and conceptual manners various practices of film production and distribution, film and digital video making, event organisation and promotion.
· Evaluate the evolution of cultural and industrial practices within a changing media landscape.
· Develop and present in class a short project on screen industries.
· Convey their knowledge and understanding through clearly-structured essays/examination answers in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Short Project, 70 marks; In class presentation, 30 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme coordinators).

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FX3005 Film and Visual Culture

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of English, Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To develop students' skills in the critical and theoretical analysis of film art and visual culture.

Module Content: This module will examine theories of aesthetics and practice in film, art and visual culture. Some of the topics that may be covered may incluce: film and painting; film, art and installations; film and new media.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss key theoretical concepts that pertain to the study of the film and wider visual culture.
· Explain the relationship between filmmaking, art and media production.
· Convey their knowledge and understanding through clearly-structured essays/examination answers in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word written assignment, 70 marks; 1 class test, 30 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX3006 Screen Industries (with Placement)

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Seminars (and short approved placement).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of ACSSS; Staff, Department of English, Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Module Objective: To introduce students to concepts, institutions and practices pertaining to screen industries.

Module Content: This module introduces students to a historical, theoretical and empirical understanding of the evolution of industrial contexts and practices that pertain to film and the screen media. Questions of film production and distribution and cultural event organisation from both classical to contemporary practices will be explored within our evolving media landscape. The module includes a short approved placement within the film, media or cultural industries.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss in both historical and conceptual manners various practices of film production and distribution, film and digital video making, event organisation and promotion.
· Evaluate the evolution of cultural and industrial practices within a changing media landscape.
· Make an in class presentation on their experiences on placement.
· Convey their knowledge and understanding through clearly-structured essays, presentations, projects in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Project, 50 marks; Placement Portfolio, 50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX6001 Dissertation in Film Studies

Credit Weighting: 45

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Other (Research in consultation with supervisor).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Italian.

Module Objective: To give the student an opportunity to pursue further study in his/her chosen area, to develop research skills and to perfect his/her ability to communicate the research outcome in a written form.

Module Content: The dissertation consists of an intensive period of research on a specific topic and writing of dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor (or co-supervisors).

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify a clear research topic
· Conduct independent research
· Write a structured dissertation.

Assessment: Total Marks 900: Continuous Assessment 900 marks (Dissertation (15,000 - 20,000 words)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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FX6003 Research Methodologies Seminar

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Other (12 Seminars, research seminars, and research presentations).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of English; Staff, Department of Italian, Staff, Boole Library.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the research skills and methodologies necessary for postgraduate work, and to assist them in the discovery and development of an MA dissertation topic.

Module Content: Students will be introduced to referencing methods, library and IT research methods, with particular emphasis on research on Film; they will be introduced to a variety of methodologies through research seminars held by local and visiting scholars; and will develop their own research presentations, which will be discussed in seminars and will relate to their chosen dissertation topic.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Write and prepare a detailed Works Cited.
· Assess films using a number of methodologies.
· Use electronic and print resources for dissertation research.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,000 word research project to include filmography and bibliographies (70 marks); In class presentation and class participation (30 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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FX6004 Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24hr(s) Seminars; 24hr(s) Directed Study.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Mary P. Noonan, Department of French.

Lecturer(s): Dr Mary P. Noonan, Department of French.

Module Objective: To situate the work of a number of (mostly French) film-makers in relation to a range of post-modern theory. In particular, the course will examine the areas of voice, the auditory and the gaze in these films from the perspective of contemporary feminist and psychoanalytical theory.

Module Content: Students will consider a range of films from the post-1960 period, including the work of film makers such as Agnes Varda, Marguerite Duras, Catherine Breillat and Claire Denis, with a view to situating their innovative film practice in the post-modern context. A range of theoretical writings will be referred to, including work by Lacan, Kristeva, Silverman and de Lauretis.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Apply a range of contemporary theoretical approaches to the analysis of film.
· Situate the work of a range of French women film-makers within the context of contemporary cinema.
· Analyse the innovative cinematic practice of a number of film-makers.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 4000 word essay:180 marks; in-class presentation: 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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FX6006 Music and Cinema

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Other (24 Seminars and Tutorials).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Christopher Morris, Department of Music.

Lecturer(s): Dr Christopher Morris, Department of Music.

Module Objective: To develop an understanding of the field of film music studies and its place within the wider discipline of film studies. To develop a working knowledge of analytical and critical methodologies applied to the study of film music.

Module Content: An exploration of some of the critical issues raised by the role of music in film. The course will offer an introduction to the rapidly emerging field of film music studies, providing students with the critical tools to address a number of key questions: what functions does music perform in film? how does it relate to image and dialogue? do we actually notice music in the cinema? Students will apply these questions to case studies representative of a range of historical and cultural practices, from so-called silent film to the contemporary pop soundtrack.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate awareness of the major issues in film music scholarship.
· Compare and evaluate appropriate methodologies for the analysis of film music.
· Engage critically and in depth with film music practices.
· Identify interactions between film theory and musicology.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 4000 word essay (180 marks) + one in class presentation (20 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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FX6007 Advanced Studies in Film: American Cinema

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Other (Lectures, tutorials, screenings).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English.

Module Objective: To introduce students to advanced level study of key film-makers and film movements in American cinema from 1960-1985.

Module Content: Students will study a range of film texts from American cinema after 1960. Particular attention will be paid to major movements in American cinema, such as the American new wave; feminist film-making; African-American cinema; documentary and experimental cinema. Among the directors whose work will be studied will be John Cassavetes, Arthur Penn, Barbara Loden, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss key ideas and stylistic features of prescribed films.
· Explain the relationship of prescribed films to each other and their cultural, productive, artistic and historical contexts.
· Write clearly-structured essays/examination answers in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 in-class presentation [60 marks] and 1 x 3000 word essay [140 marks]).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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FX6010 Irish Cinema: History, Contexts, Aesthetics

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 5.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars; Other (12 x 2hr screenings).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Monahan, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Dr Barry Monahan, Department of English.

Module Objective: To provide students with an understanding of the evolution of film culture in Ireland within historical and contemporary discursive frameworks, and to develop abilities at understanding and analysing a series of indigenous films and foreign films about Ireland as cultural artefacts and artistic expressions.

Module Content: Students will study a range of films across the history of the sound period. Attention will be paid to different political and cultural moments as a national film industry struggled for foundation. Alternative perspectives on "Irishness" will be presented in non-native productions (especially from British and American production companies), and various narrative and aesthetic tendencies will be traced in an indigenous cinema as it developed from the beginning of the 1980s.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss the finer details of the history of cinema in Ireland, and outline key points of Irish film historigraphy
· Demonstrate knowledge of the practices and productions of non-indigenous filmmakers
· Relate specific cinematic themes to the contexts of films' production
· Show analytical capability in the understanding and reading of cinematic styles and construction, as have been practiced by Irish filmmakers.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 3,000 word essay = 150 marks; 1 x class presentation = 50 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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FX6012 Seminar on Film Studies (Last updated 15/09/2014)

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 10 x 2hr(s) Seminars; 14 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 2 x 2hr(s) Workshops; 10 x 1hr(s) Other (self directed research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gwenda Young, Department of English.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of English, and Lord David Puttnam.

Module Objective: To examine practical filmmaking and the role of the producer in modern studio culture.

Module Content: i. The Undeclared War - A History of the Film Business
The global history of the business will be covered.
Topics offered include: a.The early days - Europe vs. America, b. The studio system 1915-1945 - its creation, how and why it prospered, c.The fall and rise of Hollywood: 1945 - present day, d.Hearts and Minds, Movies and Money - how nations around the world have fought to keep their cultural identity through the medium of film
ii. The Moral Imagination
Topics offered include: a. The ethical and social power of cinema, b. The moral responsibility of the filmmaker, c. Cinema and the Environment, d. Cinema and the Law, e. Cinema and Politics

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Read critically and thoroughly a variety of documents of film history and culture, including visual documents.
· Understand cultural change in the cinema, 1920-2000.
· Read critically in the current scholarship (including texts written by their peers).
· Know and understand major approaches in current research on cinema.
· See how current theories and methods are used to gain a better understanding of specific problems.
· Utilize IT resources applied to their disciplines, for the issues analyzed in the course.
· Formulate analytical arguments and present them in a group, deploying resources from modern scholarship and historical documents.
· Write up research results correctly and convincingly.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 4000 word project (160 marks) ,1 x in- class presentation (40 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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FX6013 Advanced Studies in Film: World Cinema

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Other (Lectures, seminars, tutorials plus screenings, student presentation, guest lectures and independent reading).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Laura Rascaroli, Department of Italian.

Lecturer(s): Dr Laura Rascaroli, Department of Italian.

Module Objective: To familiarise students with a multiplicity of analytical perspectives in the study of World Film.

Module Content: The course introduces students to different aspects of the study of Film, which may include all or some of the following topics: Conventions and practices (narrative and form; space and frame; alternative and avant-garde practices; genre); Film as medium/media (image/representation; sound/music; text/word); Film and spectatorship (theories of spectatorship; gender, race and identity; cultural and national identities). Films from European and World cinema will be studied and students will engage with key concepts in film theory and criticism.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify a selection of key topics, films, movements and directors from the origins of cinema to contemporary times
· Discuss a range of key critical and theoretical discourses in Film Studies
· Identify a number of prescribed films; discuss key ideas and stylistic features of prescribed films
· Evaluate prescribed texts
· Explain the relationship of prescribed films to each other and their cultural, productive, artistic and historical contexts.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 in-class presentation [60 marks] and 1 x 3000 word essay [140 marks]).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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