Module Overview

Film Style and Genre

The aim of this module is to provide a framework for critically interpreting and applying various theoretical approaches to the study of film. This module will extend and refine in particular the textual approaches introduced in semester one.

Module Code

FILM H1002

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to Film Studies

Approaches to textual analysis; the grammar and form of the moving image: visual style as carrier of meaning (aspects of mise-en-scene, cinematographic properties, editing styles)Narrative theory: structures and conventions; classical narrative cinema; alternative narrative structures; introduction to the concept of non-linearity both in cinema and digital media; Genre and structures of meaning; defining genre and genre analysis as critical tool; genre and popular culture.

Film Style and Genre

Critical approaches introduced above will be applied in the analysis of a selection texts drawn from genres such as: film noir; neo noir; science fiction, horror, melodrama, the documentary form.Overview of the evolution of Irish cinema; critical examination of development and change since the 1960s; particular themes may include the global and the local, representations of gender, issues of identity, community, multiculturalism, Celtic and Post Celtic Tiger Ireland

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40