Film as Mass Communication

Module code: MS7010

Module co-ordinator: Dr Anna Claydon

Module Outline

This module explores how different kinds of film (classical cinema, art cinema, documentary and animation) communicate meaning to audiences through a series of case studies – and some great films. By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the study of film as mass communication
  • Engage with theorists and critics of film theories
  • Manifest an understanding of film language
  • Analyse films textually and contextually and use films to support critical work


  • 10 one-hour lectures
  • 20 one-hour seminars
  • 20 one-hour workshops


  • Seminar participation (10%)
  • Critical responses, 1,000 words (30%)
  • Portfolio, 3,000 words (60%)