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Recommended Modules

Module availability is dependent on a number of factors. With the exceptions of Discovering Cinema (FI 101), Film Criticism (FI 107), Film History (FI 106), and Hollywood Cinema (FI 102) we cannot guarantee that every module will be available every year. Certain modules (such as Hollywood Cinema) also have additional requirements that must be met if you wish to take the module.

We require students to preregister for modules. This allows us to estimate student numbers and plan our teaching provision accordingly. The preregistration form and details of the preregistration procedures can be found here.

When preregistering for modules be sure to check the module is availabe for the period of your exchange and that you meet any additional requirements. If you have any queries please contact our Study Abroad representative.

Modules open to ALL incoming students

Discovering Cinema (FI101)

Available at 12, 24, and 30 CATs

More information, including recent module outlines, can be found on the module page here: 

This is our primary external option module, and the module we would recommend most incoming students take. The course is designed to provide an introduction to the discipline of film studies, while also encouraging students to explore a diverse range of films from a variety of national cinemas and historical periods. In the first term emphasis is placed on the methodology of close textual analysis and attention to “film as film”. The second term builds on the previous study of film form and introduces students to more discursive and theoretical approaches to film.
Discovering cinema is the only module currently offered at 12 CATs, and so is the only option open to students visiting for a single term. Students attending for the entire academic year can take the module at 24 CATs (two terms of 12 CATs)

Modules open to students on Full Year or Autumn/Spring Exchanges ONLY

Film Criticism (FI107)

Available at 24 and 30 CATs

More information, including recent module outlines, can be found on the module page here:

An introductory film module open to students on two term or Full Year exchanges, available at 24 CATs and 30 CATS respectively. The module aims to introduce students to the vocabulary of film analysis and criticism, offering them intense practice in the close viewing of audio-visual texts. The course aims to provide students with the skills to use the language of film criticism confidently and with precision when making their own interpretations of films.

Film History (FI106)

Available at 24 and 30 CATs

More information, including recent module outlines, can be found on the module page here:

An introductory film module open to students on two term exchanges, available at 24 CATs or Full Year exchanges at 30 CATS. This module explores the notion of “film history” from a variety of perspectives. Investigating fundamental questions of historiography; students will deal with notions of periodization, national cinema, and artistic movements. By the end of the course students will have a good understanding of the variety of possible relationships between film and society, and the place of cinema in mass culture.

RESTRICTED Modules for students on Full Year or Autumn/Spring Exchanges who meet additional criteria

Hollywood Cinema (FI102)

Available at 24 and 30 CATs

More information, including recent module outlines, can be found on the module page here:

Students wishing to take this module must have substantial prior experience of film or television studies at undergraduate level. Acceptance on this course as at the discretion of module leaders.

An honours level module that builds on existing film studies knowledge in the analysis of Hollywood cinema. With a focus on form and style, this module explores the organization of Hollywood cinema according to genre, historical period, and the star system and requires students to make critical and historical comparisons between the module films and beyond, as well as engaging critically with secondary literature.