Screen Space and Location Scouting - FILM6360

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Maurizio Cinquegrani checkmark-circle


This module introduces students to the academic analysis of screen space as well as to the professional careers and practical applications of film and television space in the industry, including location scouting, shooting and production design. Screen Space and Location Scouting investigates films and/or television series shot on location and the staging of real spaces in studio. With a focus on cityscapes and rural landscapes, the module looks both at topographically accurate uses of specific spaces and at creative geographies where cities, towns and streets are made to 'play' the role of other places. This module also introduces students to mapping spatial film data (e.g., using software such as geographic information system, QGIS). Assessments include both an academic analysis of film space as well as a practice-based component focussing on real-world processes of location scouting.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 50
Private study hours: 250
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay (3,000 words, 60%)
Location creative portfolio (40%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices. The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

Indicative Reading list (current at time of publication):

Ahi, M. J., & Karaoghlanian, A. 2020. The Architecture of Cinematic Spaces: By Interiors, Bristol:
Bruno, G., 2002. Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film, London: Verso, 2002.
Brunsdon, C., 2008. London in Cinema: the Cinematic City Since 1945, London: BFI Publishing.
Hay, J., 1997. "Piecing Together What Remains of the Cinematic City", in The Cinematic City,
Clarke David (ed.), New York and London: Routledge. pp. 209-229.
Lapointe, T., The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049, London: Titan Books, 2017.
McCurdy, K. M. 2011, Shoot on Location: The Logistics of Filming on Location, Whatever Your
Budget Or Experience, London: Taylor & Francis.
Penz, F., & Lu, A., 2011. "Introduction: What is Urban Cinematics?", in Urban Cinematics:
Understanding Urban Phenomena Through the Moving Image, Penz and Lu (eds), Bristol: Intellect
Books, pp. 7-19.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Understand how to analyse films spatially;
2 Capture, analyse, map and present spatial film data (e.g. by using an application such as geographic information system, QGIS);
3 Discuss interdisciplinary frameworks of analysis (e.g., cultural geography, sociological spatial theory and architecture) and their potential for the study of film;
4 Reflect critically on the importance of location in film;
5 Understand the practical implications of location shooting in filmmaking and apply theoretical thinking about cinematic spaces to their own practice.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate ideas in writing, seminar discussions and/or other means in an advanced analytical manner;
2 Refine analytical skills which can be applied to other contexts and to work experience;
3 Delineate a relationship between theory and practice at an advance level.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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