Course Title: Introduction to Cinema Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Cinema Studies

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM1031

City Campus

Undergraduate

335H Applied Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

COMM1031

City Campus

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Alexia Kannas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0968

Course Coordinator Email: alexia.kannas@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course provides you with the basic knowledge and skills needed to read the cinema as a specific practice and medium.This will include an introduction to terminology, theoretical language and various tools for enabling you to analyse and contextualise specific films, critical writing and thinking about cinema. You will view a broad range of films, from the very earliest cinema to the contemporary, from Classical Hollywood to international cinema, as well as fiction, documentary and experimental films.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study.


Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise and analyse the application of the basic elements of film ‘language’.
  • Analyse passages in films to unpack the way in which meaning is constructed.
  • Analyse the meanings and implications of specific artistic choices and aesthetic decisions made within films and by filmmakers.
  • Discuss cinema as both a specific entity and as an heterogeneous medium.
     


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing:http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include written and oral reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment