FILM AUTHORS - 2017/8

Module code: MFC3039

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

HONESS ROE A Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

20

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PRESENTATION AND PARTICIPATION 30%
Coursework ESSAY (3000 WORDS) 70%

Alternative Assessment

Recorded presentation or oral examination (30%)

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module overview

This module looks at the concept of film ‘authorship’ by looking at the body of work from a significant director, producer, writer or other creative person or partnership. Through the study of a single filmmaker (or filmmaking partnership) the module focuses on the nature of film authorship and what it means to say that a film is ‘by’ a certain person. To do this, career tendencies in style, genre, technical approach, and other defining characteristics of a filmmaker’s work, will be addressed.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content



Module content will vary according to the film author being focused on.


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:



Provide students with a in-depth knowledge of the work of a film author


Expose students to the range and depth of films made by a film author


Provide students with the necessary knowledge and analytical skills to interpret and analyse the work of a film author


Allow students to practice these analytical skills verbally and in writing



The learning and teaching methods include:



Lecturer and seminars


Reading using lecturer’s guidance


Film screenings


Researching and preparing presentations


Participating in dicussion


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of the work of a film author, the ability to analyse individual films by that ‘author’ within the context of their work and broader contexts such as history and film history and to debate the issues surrounding film authorship

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:



Presentation and participation (during teaching weeks)

3000-word essay (exam period)


Formative assessment and feedback



Short writing tasks and/or essay outline


Self-evaluation of participation (mid-way through semester)


In-class participation in verbal analysis of films and readings


Reading list

Reading list for FILM AUTHORS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mfc3039

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.