Postgraduate Courses

FAM4037F Approaches to Film & Television

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener

Dr Alexia Smit

Entrance requirements

Acceptance into Honours in Film and TV Studies or by permission of the convener.

Course outline

The course aims to explore several currents in film and television theory.  It pays particular attention to the medium-specific features of film and television storytelling while at the same time exploring the many ways in which film and television texts reflect upon, incorporate and translate other textual forms. Using a range of major theoretical insights, we shall engage with texts that offer opportunities to examine their own identifiable aesthetic, generic, ideological and spectatorial concerns.

DP requirements

Attendance at all classes; punctual submission of all written work.


One class presentation of 2000 words (20%); two essays of 4000 words each (40% each).