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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.

This paper is required of all Film and Media Studies students and is also highly recommended for anyone wishing to pursue any film- or media-related profession. Students will learn approaches to film analysis, including stylistic analysis of film (for example, how film techniques are used to tell stories); formal analysis (for example, how stories are structured in narrative cinema and how documentaries and experimental film follow different structuring principles); film stardom; film genre; and film authorship.

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) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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FIME 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Course outline

View a sample course outline for MFCO 101

Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Paul Ramaeker
Paper Structure

This paper features modules on:

  • Film style, including editing, cinematography, mise-en-scène and sound
  • Film form, including classical narrative, art cinema, experimental film and documentary
  • Genre
  • Authorship
  • Star culture
  • Television and new media


  • Library exercise 8%
  • Online quiz 7%
  • Descriptive and analytical essay 15%
  • Critical essay 25%
  • Final examination 45%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, screenings and tutorials.
Film Art: An Introduction, 10th edition, David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson

Additional readings:
Course reader
Individual readings on Blackboard

All required reading will also be on reserve at the University Library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Demonstrate knowledge of stylistic and formal analysis of film
  • Demonstrate knowledge of critical approaches to film
  • Demonstrate skill in the written expression of ideas

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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 15:00-17:20 21
Monday 15:00-17:50 9-16, 18-20, 22


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-14, 16, 18-19, 21-22
T2 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 16, 18-19, 21-22
T3 Thursday 10:00-10:50 10-13, 16, 18-19, 21-22
T4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 16, 18-19, 21-22
T5 Thursday 15:00-15:50 10-13, 16, 18-19, 21-22
T6 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 16, 18-19, 21-22