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MFCO101 Screen Form and Culture



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An introduction to the basic analytical and critical skills as they apply to the study of moving images, specifically film. Issues of form, style and genre are addressed.

From the emergence of cinema at the end of the 19th Century to the Internet revolution, the production and consumption of moving images has brought change to every aspect of our lives and cultures. In this paper you will consider the experience of film and media from a range of perspectives. Study will include: understanding how looking is powerful; the relationships between moving images, representations and identity; the individual and the socio-political impact of the moving image; how critics, scholars and fans make sense of media.

Paper title Screen Form and Culture
Paper code MFCO101
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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FIME 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: Associate Professor Catherine Fowler

Paper Structure

This paper features modules which may include any of the following:

  • Close analysis of Film and television style including editing, cinematography, mise-en-scene and sound  
  • Media genres, stars, celebrity, fans and audiences
  • Media industries and entertainment, cinema as art and the auteur
  • Political and activist expressions of media including third and fourth cinema


Will include bibliographic exercises, an essay and an exam.

Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, screenings and tutorials.

No textbook. Readings will be available on Blackboard

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  • Be familiar with the major discussions as to how meaning is made, across cinema, television, video and digital examples. 
  • Show an understanding of critical approaches to film and media.
  • Understand and demonstrate the expression of ideas through written forms

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
O1 Monday 15:00-17:50 9-11, 13, 19-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 19-22
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-11, 18-21
T2 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 9-11, 18-21
T3 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-11, 18-21
T4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-11, 18-21
T5 Thursday 15:00-15:50 9-11, 18-21
T6 Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-11, 18-21


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 12