Module code: MFC3040

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

HONESS ROE A Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (3000 WORDS) 60%

Alternative Assessment

Recorded presentation or oral examination (40%)

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Innovations in frame-by-frame filmmaking techniques and technology have played a significant role in the evolution of cinema and the moving image. Animation could be argued as the precursor to cinema, as early animation devices preceded the invention of the motion picture camera. Today, frame-by-frame filmmaking plays a significant role in cinema – from special effects in blockbuster Hollywood films to the rise in popularity and success of animated features. 


This module addresses frame-by-frame filmmaking from a historical and/or contemporary perspective by looking at examples of different types of frame-by-frame filmmaking (e.g. traditional animation, digital and CGI animation, studio animation, independent and artist animation). The focus of the module will vary according to the convener’s interest and expertise, but could, for example, focus on one example of frame-by-frame filmmaking in-depth (e.g. Disney animation or digital animation) or cover a range in terms of history, technology, aesthetics. By responding to the convener’s research interests and expertise, the module will introduce current research in animation and/or film studies and/or new media studies.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

A posible list of topics could include

Early animation and frame-by-frame techniques

The early animation studios

Disney and studio animation

The Golden Age of American animation

Avant-garde, abstract and artist animation

Case studies of national aniamtion

Computer and digital animation

The evolution of 3D technology

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Provide students with a in-depth knowledge of frame-by-frame films

Expose students to the range and depth of frame-by-frame films

Provide students with the necessary knowledge and analytical skills to interpret and analyse the work of a frame-by-frame films

Allow students to practice these analytical skills verbally and in writing

Develop students’ confidence in oral presentation

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 important moments, theories and issues associated with frame-by-frame filmmaking, the ability to analyse a specific film, body of work or studio in depth and to debate the issues surrounding frame-by-frame filmmaking. The presentation is designed to develop students oral skills by asking them to ‘teach’ their peers (rather than merely ‘present’ to them)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Presentation and participation (during teaching weeks)

3000-word essay (end of semester)

Formative assessment and feedback

Essay topic pitching session

Essay skills session (including analysis of prior feedback)

In-class participation in verbal analysis of films and readings

Reading list


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.