Throughout your time at DMU, you will choose courses from the following lists. Module offerings change over time to reflect new developments in the field and new staff interests.
Some modules run throughout the entire year, other last for one term, and from the second year, you can choose which modules you take. This may mean specializing in more scholarly or practical areas, depending on your interests.
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduces all students to the key issues in cinema scholarship, and the key modes of studying cinema. You will learn how film works as a text, with its own language, and also how film functions as a social and economic institution.
Introduction to Film History
Introduces all students to the skills of historical research, and to the narrative of cinema history. You will learn how cinema developed from a technological curiosity to the globalized entertainment business it has become. You will also learn how the techniques of filmmaking were established and deployed across the world.
Media Capture and Processing
Introduces you to the skills of photography, shot construction, moving image filming, editing and sound recording. On this course, you will begin to develop your skills as a filmmaker, gain experience of using production equipment, and put together films of your own.
Writing, Reviewing and Film Criticism
Introduces you to the world of film criticism and invites you to establish a critical identity of your own. You will keep a blog, interview filmmakers, and carry out briefs for external partners. Along the way, you will develop your skills as a professional writer.
Film and New Media
Introduces you to the current environment for film production, funding and release, and traces the impact of digital technology on the film industry since 2000. By the end of this module, you will have a professional understanding of the modern film marketplace. The module includes a trip to the Warner Bros Studio in Leavesden (additional fee applies).
Develops your understanding of global cinema traditions, and looks at how filmmaking has changed in a tansnational environment. On this course, you will learn about the defining developments in film art across the world, but you will also learn about how film works today in a global media culture, and how national cinemas develop, cross pollinate and interact.
This module focuses on one defining media institution – the Disney Corporation – and traces its development from a small scale animation producer to the largest provider of family trans-media entertainment in the world. You will combine the study of the animated film with a focus on family audiences and Disney’s various media activities, and by the end of the module you will understand how global media conglomerates function. The module includes a trip to Disneyland Paris (additional fee applies).
The New Hollywood
This module focuses on one key period in American cinema history, between 1967 and 1980, when Hollywood developed a tradition of challenging art films. This course is concerned with the art of cinema, and the defining contribution made by a series of filmmakers to the development of American filmmaking, and global film culture.
Film and TV Genres
This looks at how different genres operate across Film and TV over time. You will focus on what genre is and how it works, but you will also apply your knowledge to a very broad cross section of different texts. By the end of this module, you will have a clearer understanding of how different types of film are constructed, and how they change over time.
Filmmaking: Script to Screen
This module develops your skills as a filmmaker further, pushing you into new creative territory. In the first term, you will work with professional scriptwriters to produce your own script – in the second term you will film it.
Professional Practice in British Cinema
This looks at the status of the UK film today, and then gives you the opportunity to organise your own film festival at the Pheonix Square Cinema in Leicester, where you will book films, market events and network with industry figures to lay on a professional, public event.
Media, Gender and Identity
This develops your understanding of how film, TV and other media shape our perceptions of gender, and notions of identity more generally. Through a close focus on a range of texts, the course is designed to builds your skills as a critic and thinker.
Film Studies Dissertation or Negotiated Filmmaking Project
This module allows you to specialise in one extended area of study for the whole year. You will either work on your own individual film project, or produce a detailed study of one filmmaking issue. In the past, topics have ranged from textual analyses of Studio Ghibli’s films, through investigations of the economics of Star Wars videogames, to detailed studies of national identity in film.
The Cult Film module focuses in detail on challenging, obscure and intense films which have developed cult followings over the years. On this course, you will be exposed to stimulating, underground films, and you will develop a clear understanding of cult film culture.
Every year this module allows you to focus in detail on the work of one film director, writer or producer. You will learn how fogures suchg as Stanley Kubrick and others developed their skills and worked within the film industry.
This module is designed to build your skills as a professional industry analyst. Each week, you will read the trade press and develop an understanding of how the business functions on a day to day level. You will learn how marketing, release patterns, financial shift, box office performance and scandals are dealt with by corporations, industry strategists and PR professionals. You will develop the same skills through studying their actions.
The Past on Screen
The Past on Screen focuses on the representation of history across a range of different films, TV shows and other media. The goal of this course is to develop your understanding of how different genres deal with history, and shape our view of the world, from notions of heritage and prestige, through to the historical epic.
Writing for the Screen
Taught by experienced screenwriters and focuses on developing your scriptwriting skills to a professional standard. You will learn how to pitch, and to write extended creative pieces to a commercially acceptable standards.
Audiences and Fandom
Audiences and Fandom focuses on the people who watch movies and aims to understand how and why we engage with filmic texts. By the end of this module, you will understand how films address viewers, but also what all viewers get out of their relationship with the cinema.
Film Exhibition and Consumption
This module focuses on the changing ways that we watch, consume and enjoy movies. The course is primarily concerned with ongoing shifts to cinemas, exhibition and impact of digital technology. Various field trips are incorporated into the module.