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FI301 - Film Aesthetics

  • Module code: FI301
  • Module name: Film Aesthetics
  • Department: Film and Television Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module is divided into three concurrent strands; key concepts in aesthetic theory; film aesthetics; the film studied each week. The aims of the first strand are to explore the following questions in aesthetics: What is art? What is film art? Are these notions merely subjective? Are they discursive or ahistoric and universal? The second strand is devoted to questioning the extent to which traditional film theory is applicable to contemporary international cinema.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should have learned key concepts in aesthetics, understand the historical context in which they are situated and be able to deploy and apply them with ease.

Timetabled teaching activities

You are required to be at both screenings the lecture and seminars.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: FI301-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 60%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 40%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3
Optional Core


  • Undergraduate French with Film Studies (R1WA) - Year 4