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HU. 40 THEORY OF FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIES


Theory of Film and Television Studies 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and Film and Television Studies 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, are prerequisites for Theory of Film and Television Studies 3A.

Theory of Film and Television Studies 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A and Film and Television Studies 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A are prerequisites for Theory of Film and Television Studies 3B.




Theory of Film and Television Studies 1A

FTV1AA1

NQF level: 6

NQF credits: 16


Content:

This module is an introduction to the historical development of film and television, giving students an overview of how both film and television evolved into their current forms. Students will be given an overview of the political economy of the South African television and film environments, so that they can understand the effect of the country’s political and economic situation on its film and television industry.



Purpose:

The purpose of the module is to equip students with the terminological tools and concepts they will require to engage in meaningful film and television analysis, contextualizing the development of film and television, with a specific focus on the South African context so that they will be equipped to understand the local industry.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



  • Contextualise the historical development of film and television globally.

  • Discuss the political and economic factors that impact on the South African television

broadcasting and film environments.

Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%




Theory of Film and Television studies 1B

FTV1BB1

NQF level: 6

NQF credits: 16

Content:

This module serves to initiate students into the language of film and television in order to foster visual literacy. Narrative theory will be explored as well as how to apply it specifically to the South African film and television context.



Purpose:

The purpose of the module is to equip students with the analytical and conceptual skills to analyse film and television texts. An examination of narrative theory as it applies to a South African context will enable students to view film and television texts from South Africa critically and write articulately about these texts.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



  • Analyse film and television texts.

  • Write academic essays on the analysis of film and television texts.

  • Explain the evolution of narrative theory and how it applies to the South African context.

Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%




Theory of Film and Television studies 2A

FTV2AA2

NQF level: 7

NQF credits: 16


Content:

Students will be introduced to various film and television genres as well as methods of critical genre and textual analysis. They will explore genre theory and learn how to distinguish and identify the characteristics of specific genre films and television genres. .



Purpose:

To introduce students to various film and television genres as well as methods of critical genre and textual analysis of television.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



  • Define and discuss film and television genres.

  • Analyse film and television texts.

  • Write academic essays on the analysis of film texts.

Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%




Theory of Film and Television studies 2B

FTV2BB2

NQF level: 7

NQF credits: 16


Content:

The module serves as an introduction to the classical theories of film analysis, such as formalism and realism. Students will also be exposed to current South African film and the analysis thereof. Students will also be introduced to aspects of digital media and special effects in film and television production.



Purpose:

Students will explore film analysis and film theories, specifically Classic Film Theories. Exposure to South African and African films will foster understanding of how Classic Film Theories can be applied locally. The module will introduce students to digital film and the landscape of digital media production.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



South Africa and abroad.

  • Explain the assumptions of Classic Film Theory.

  • Perform film analysis applying the assumptions of Classic Film Theory.

  • Write academic essays on the analysis of film texts.

Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%




Theory of Film and Television studies 3A

FTV3AA3

NQF level: 7

NQF credits: 22

Content:

Contemporary film theory and analysis are introduced. Students will also learn about documentary (in both film and television) and the incumbent ethics involved in their production.



Purpose:

The purpose of the module is to introduce students to contemporary film theories and analysis. Documentary for both television and film will be introduced and the ethics and legal issues when working on documentaries will be examined.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



  • Explain the assumptions of Contemporary Film Theory.

  • Perform film analysis applying the assumptions of Contemporary Film Theory.

  • Write academic papers on the analysis of film texts.

Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%




Theory of Film and Television studies 3B

FTV3BB3

NQF level: 7

NQF credits: 22

Content:

Here students will look at Hollywood cinema vs. various national cinemas, examining the ‘Americanization’ of cinema as a trend. They will be given an in-depth look at both qualitative audience analysis methods and related theories so that they will understand the importance of film and television reception and the influence it can have on society.



Purpose:

The purpose of the module is to introduce students to the trend towards “Americanisation” of national cinemas, and enable them to identify the key distinguishing features of Hollywood cinemas versus various national cinemas with a specific focus on South African cinema. An in-depth look at qualitative and quantitative audience analysis methodology will enable an understanding of the importance of audiences in the broadcasting industry.

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:


  • Explain the influence of Hollywood on national cinemas around the world.

  • Investigate and elucidate the South African film landscape and South African film in the

African context.

  • Perform a qualitative audience analysis.

  • Write academic papers on the analysis of film and television texts.

Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%




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