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MMED6006 - Film Language

Title:Film Language
Long Title:Film Language
Module Code:MMED6006
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Multimedia
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: VALERIE RENEHAN
Module Author: PADRAIG TREHY
Module Description: The module introduces the learner to the principles of film language. It aims to provide the learner with the theoretical, conceptual and practical skills and competencies required to design and develop suitable ideas for video and film production.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Develop, plan and pitch ideas for short films.
LO2 Identify and apply basic knowledge of how film-language operates in a variety of media;
LO3 Apply basic skills of critical film analysis to a variety of examples;
LO4 Identify and apply basic knowledge of the practical and creative use of film language
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.


Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Film Grammar
Narrative, Staging, Cinematography, Sound & Editing
Film Writing
Screenwriting format and related industry documents:, logline, synopsis, treatment, pitch.
Film Pitching
Practical workshops on how to bring a film idea to a pitching stage and the audio visual material needed to support it.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Covering all aspects of film encountered during the module's time frame. 1,2,3,4 40.0 Every Second Week
Presentation Film Sequence Presentation 2,3 20.0 Week 6
Project Short Film Treatment & Pitch 1,2,4 40.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Exploration of how film language operates in a mixture of lecture and workshop delivery. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Prescribed exercises and viewings. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Edgar, Robert and Marland, John 2015, The Language of Film (Required Reading Range), 2nd Edition Ed., Fairchild Books [ISBN: 1472575245]
  • Worth, David 2008, The Citizen Kane Crash Course on Cinematography, Michael Wiese [ISBN: 1932907467]
  • Van Sijil, Jennifer 2005, Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know, Michael Wiese [ISBN: 193290705X]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mercado, Gustavo 2010, The Filmmaker's Eye, Focal Press [ISBN: 978-024081217]
  • Katz, Steve 1991, Film Directing Shot by Shot, Michael Wiese [ISBN: 0941188108]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HMMED_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Digital Media 2 Group Elective 2
CR_HPHNM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Photography with New Media 2 Elective

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