|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Viewing||10 x 3 Hour Viewings|
|Lecture||10 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Seminar||10 x 1 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Portfolio (3 x 1000 word exercises)||60%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay (2,000 words)||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Portfolio (3 x 1000 word exercises)||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay (2,000 words)||40%|
1. Have developed an understanding of the historical and industrial contexts of American mainstream cinema through a study of the Hollywood “classical” era and the studio system.
2. Demonstrated an understanding of filmmaking practices - from technical terminology through to wider aesthetic choices available to filmmakers in order to create meaning for audiences - through a study of “Classical Hollywood style”.
3. Developed an awareness of important critical themes and appropriate critical perspectives within film studies discourses associated with Classical Hollywood.
4. Analyse a range of films screened on the module at an appropriate scholarly level.
We look at a network of factors that need to be understood as influencing these cinematic norms, including aesthetic histories, industrial organisation, economic considerations, technological developments, sociological factors, and political/ideological elements. At the end of the course, we will think about whether classical Hollywood actually still exists, as some have contended, or whether Hollywood fundamentally changed after 1960. This will lead students – if they choose – onto the second year module, Hollywood Cinema (1967- now).
10 x 1 hour Lectures
10 x 1 hour Seminars
This is the indicative content of a number of topics that will be studied on this module:
Early silent cinema
Classical Hollywood Style
Challenges to Hollywood cinema
Gender and race
Social, political and cultural contexts
Stardom and performance
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||Seminar discussion and feedback.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Seminar discussion, portfolio assessment and feedback.|
|Information Technology||Extensive use of blackboard.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Communication (written and oral), teamwork, IT.|
|Problem solving||Seminar questions and written assignments.|
|Research skills||Requirement for assignments.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Knowledge of Hollywood cinema and film style.|
|Team work||Seminar discussion – in small teams.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4