This module will introduce students to critical, historical and theoretical issues surrounding the practices of film programming. You will be enabled to undertake detailed, critical consideration of film programming as a form of artistic and cultural practice, in specific contexts, and will be introduced to a range of practical skills and knowledge involved in programming. You will acquire a practical understanding of the conceptualisation of film programmes, through the researching and programming of themed seasons of features, shorts, archive and/or artists' moving image work and the preparation and writing of supportive scholarly material, including programme notes. In addition, you will be exposed to the contemporary practices of film programming, including, for example, marketing, audience development and film education work.
Total contact hours: 33
Total private study hours: 267
Total study hours: 300
Method of assessment
Essay (2500 words) – 40%
Project (3500 words) – 60%
Bosma, P. (2015). Film Programming: Curating for Cinemas, Festivals, Archives. London: Wallflower Press.
De Valck, M., Kredell, B., and Loist, S. eds. (2016). Film Festivals: Theory, History, Method, Practice. London: Routledge.
Hark, I.R. (2002). Exhibition, The Film Reader. London: Routledge.
Lacey, N. (2002). Media Institutions and Audiences: Key Concepts in Media Studies. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ruoff, J. ed. (2012). Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals. St Andrews: St Andrews Film Studies.
Wong, C. (2011). Film Festivals: Culture, People, and Power on the Global Screen. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1) Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the contemporary practices of film programming
2) Demonstrate systematic understanding of the critical, historical and theoretical issues surrounding the practices of film programming
3) Demonstrate a practical understanding of the conceptualisation of film programmes, through the researching and programming of themed seasons of films and the preparation and writing of supportive scholarly material
4) Reflect critically on their experience of these practices effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods
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Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
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