English and Film modules - First year

Compulsory modules

Poetry (20 credits)

This module introduces you to the historical varieties of poetry in English, while at the same time giving you a theoretical grounding in the forms and techniques that poets use. You will study a wide range of poetry, from the medieval period to the present, thinking about its structures and its contexts.

Plays and Performance (10 credits)

trains you to analyse plays both as texts and as performances. Under the headings of comedy, tragedy and stage to screen, you may explore plays and films such as The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Waiting for Godot and Our Country’s Good.

Prose (20 credits)

This module introduces you to the historical and literary contexts in which prose fiction is written and to a range of critical approaches to the genre. Texts may include Persuasion, The ABC Murders, Dracula and The New York Trilogy.

Introduction to Film A and B (40 credits)

This module gives a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of cinema studies at university level. We cover all periods of film from the very beginning to the most recent trends, and we work across different nationalities and genres from Hollywood comic book adaptations to Japanese family melodramas. We also look at the main critical and theoretical trends in film writing, using them as frame for understanding cinema in different ways.

Creative Practice in Film (10 credits)

This module trains you to devise, film and edit your own practical work. You will study a range of short-form films across a variety of formats including digital and online, using these as a guide to shaping and honing your own ideas and approaches.

Film Culture, Distribution and Exhibition (10 credits)

This module investigates the ways in which different films are made, sold and viewed by audiences. We look at regional national and international production as well as analysing the role of film festivals in the media industries.

Optional modules

Creative Practice in Film (10 credits)

This module trains you to devise, film and edit your own practical work. You will study a range of short-form films across a variety of formats including digital and online, using these as a guide to shaping and honing your own ideas and approaches.