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: 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
FX3008 Special Studies in Film
FX6004 Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis
FX6007 Advanced Studies in Film: American Cinema
FX6010 Irish Cinema: History, Contexts, Aesthetics
FX6014 Introduction to Creative Practice
FX6015 Film and Screen Media Project
FX6016 Dissertation in Film and Screen Media Studies
FX6017 Film and Screen Cultures and Industries
FX6018 Research Methodologies Seminar

FX1001 Introduction to Film Studies

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

Lecturer(s): Dr Barry Monahan, School of English; Dr Armida De La Garza, School of English, 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 word 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 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2017. 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 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Armida De La Garza, School of English (School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures).

Lecturer(s): Dr Armida De La Garza, School of English, 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 word 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 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

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

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: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (in class presentation 30 marks; project 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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FX1004 Introduction to Digital Media

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Laura Rascaroli, Discipline of Film and Screen Media (Prof. Laura Rascaroli, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures).

Lecturer(s): Mr Dan O'Connell, School of English, CACSSS; Prof Laura Rascaroli, Discipline of Film and Screen Media, 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 conceptualise a short film
Articulate the key concepts in theories of digital media
Produce, direct, shoot and edit an individual practical project
Collaborate on other students' individual projects
Collaborate on a short film
Contribute to the completion of a short film in a defined role.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Practical Project [60 marks]; Presentation [20 marks]; Written Project [40 marks] Group Practical Project [30 marks] Group Participation (Role) [50 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 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Laura Rascaroli, Discipline of Film and Screen Media (School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures).

Lecturer(s): Prof Laura Rascaroli, Discipline of Film and Screen Media, 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; postmodern theory; theory of documentary. 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 or 3/5-minute video essay, 30 marks; 1 x 2,000 word assignment or 8-10 minute video essay, 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: Genre

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

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

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

Module Content: This module examines work from a selection of genres from American, European and world cinema. Reference will be made to theories of genre, and to their development in film studies. Particular reference will be made 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 genre 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 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2017.

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FX2003 Making Digital Media

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): FX1004

Co-requisite(s): None

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

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Laura Rascaroli, Discipline of Film and Screen Media (School of Languages, LIteratures and Cultures. Film and Screen Media).

Lecturer(s): Mr Dan O'Connell, School of English, Film and Screen Media.

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 an experimental short film and documentary.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Conceptualise and produce an individual experimental short film or music video
Demonstrate and articulate the key concepts in theories of digital media
Conceptualise, plan and produce a short documentary as part of a group project.
Collaborate on the completion of a practical project.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Individual Practical Projects, 60 marks; Presentation, 40 marks; Group Project, 60 marks; Written Log, 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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FX2004 Writing and the Screen

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

Lecturer(s): Dr Gwenda Young, School of English; 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 creative writing assignment, 70 marks; one 1,000 word project or 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).

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FX2006 Screenwriting Workshop

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

Lecturer(s): Dr Gwenda Young, School of English; 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 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Armida De La Garza, School of English (School of Languages, Literature and Cultures).

Lecturer(s): Dr Armida De La Garza, School of English, School of Languages, Literature and Cultures.

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 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

Lecturer(s): Dr Gwenda Young, School of English; Staff, School 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 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2017.

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FX3002 Ireland on Screen

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

Lecturer(s): Dr Barry Monahan, School of English; Staff, School of English.

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): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): FX2003

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

Lecturer(s): Mr Dan O'Connell, School of English, Film and Screen Media.

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 of the planning and development of a film or internet-based project.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Demonstrate ability to conceptualise 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 (Practical Project [120 marks]; Showreel/Portfolio [60 marks] Marketing & Promotion of an 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 6, Max 37.

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: Prof Laura Rascaroli, Discipline of Film and Screen Media (Laura Rascaroli, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures).

Lecturer(s): Staff, School 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 (Project).

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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FX3008 Special Studies in Film

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Staff, School of English. Staff, Film and Screen Media.

Module Objective: To develop students' knowledge and critical skills to an advanced undergraduate level through close study of selected film practices, texts, genres and techniques.

Module Content: The module will cover a selected range of themes, periods and critical approaches to specific film practices, texts and techniques; topics covered may include: nonfiction cinema; experimental film; film and the arts; thematic approaches to film.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Read, critically, a variety of film texts paying attention to form, genre, narrative technique, style and structures;
Relate the set film texts to one another and to their artistic, ideological and cultural contexts;
Apply the critical/theoretical terms and concepts to the set film texts;
Formulate analytical arguments, deploying resources from relevant scholarship;
Write clearly stuctured essays in correct Standard English.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3000 word essay or project.).

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, the gaze and haptic visuality 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 Agnes Varda, Alain Resnais, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Marguerite Duras, Catherine Breillat, Chantal Ackerman 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 Michel Chion, Luce Irigaray, Kaja Silverman, Teresa de Lauretis, Laura U. Marks and Didier Anzieu.

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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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): Other (24 hr(s) Seminars; 24 hr(s) Directed Study; 24 hr(s) Screenings).

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

Lecturer(s): Dr Gwenda Young, School 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 to be subsequently submitted as 1 x 1500 word essay [60 marks] and 1 x 3000 words 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 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars; 12 x 2hr(s) Other (Screenings & Directed Study).

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

Lecturer(s): Dr Barry Monahan, School 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 in-class presentation to be subsequently submitted as 1 x 1500 word essay [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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FX6014 Introduction to Creative Practice

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 18.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

Lecturer(s): 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 within assigned groups on the production of a short film and a documentary.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
? Collaborate on the conceptualization, planning and writing of a short film and a documentary
? Acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the techniques and industry-standard tools used in the Digital Media Industry
? Articulate the key concepts in theories of digital media
? Produce, direct, shoot and edit a series of short practical projects.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Practical Project [40 marks]; Presentation [20 marks]; Written Project [20 marks]; Group Practical Project [60 marks]; Group Participation (Role) [60 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 (Students must submit alternative assessment as prescribed by the programme).

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FX6015 Film and Screen Media Project

Credit Weighting: 30

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 18.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

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

Module Objective: To give the student an opportunity to pursue further study and creative practice in his/her chosen area, to develop research skills and to perfect his/her ability to communicate the research and creative practice outcome in a project that combines analytical and reflective writing, web-based and media practice.

Module Content: The module consists of an intensive period of research and development of creative practice skills that will form the basis for a project on a on a specific topic 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 into practice topic
Conduct independent research
Develop web, IT and creative practice skills
Contribute to existing critical, theoretical and methodological debates within a specified field of study.

Assessment: Total Marks 600: Continuous Assessment 600 marks (Project: 5K Reflective journal [200 marks]; Short film/web-based project [400 marks]).

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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FX6016 Dissertation in Film and Screen Media Studies

Credit Weighting: 40

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 18.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

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

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

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

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
Contribute to existing critical, theoretical and methodological debates within a specified field of study.

Assessment: Total Marks 800: Continuous Assessment 800 marks (Dissertation [16,000 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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FX6017 Film and Screen Cultures and Industries

Credit Weighting: 20

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 18.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 48hr(s) Seminars; 24hr(s) Directed Study; 24hr(s) Other (Project work; Optional placements; Screenings).

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

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

Module Objective: To familiarise students with a multiplicity of analytical perspectives in the study of film and screen media cultures and industries

Module Content: The course introduces students to different aspects of the study of Film and Screen Media cultures and industries, with a particular emphasis on the interface between modes of production and exhibition/dissemination. Some of the topics addressed may include: Conventions and practices (narrative and form; space and frame; alternative and avant-garde practices; genre); Archives and curatorship; new media; Cultural Industries; writing on film. As part of the study of cultural industries, this module may involve an optional placement

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Evaluate prescribed texts
Explain the relationship of prescribed films to each other and their cultural, productive, artistic and historical contexts
Evaluate the changing modes and contexts of film and screen media production, distribution and exhibition
Identify the key elements of film and screen media curatorship.

Assessment: Total Marks 400: Continuous Assessment 400 marks (6,000 word Portfolio to incorporate a reflective journal and 2 short essays or web based project [300 marks]; 1 short visual project/film [100 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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FX6018 Research Methodologies Seminar

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 18.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures (and presentations); 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

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

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of English; Staff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, 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 and Screen Media; they will learn fundamental web based skills; they will be introduced to a variety of methodologies through research seminars held by local and visiting scholars and practitioners; 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 and screen media texts using a number of methodologies.
Develop online content
Use electronic and print resources for dissertation and project research.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 3,000 word research journal to include: reviews of research seminars; thesis proposal; filmography and bibliographies (160 marks); In class presentation (30 marks); Attendance and contribution (10 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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