American Film and Visual Culture

Module code: HA1324 (double module)

This module examines the importance of the United States within film history and the importance of narrative cinema and other forms of visual culture within 20th and 21st century America. In focusing on film, we will look at ‘classical Hollywood cinema’ and the studio system as well ‘post-classical’ narratives from mainstream to independent cinema.

We will study the norms and variations of film representation and the relationship between the film text and the historical contexts in which films are produced and consumed. The module also looks at American visual culture more generally, in particular assessing the role that television has had in the United States since the middle of the twentieth century.

This is a double weighted module. Extended seminars, Autonomous Learning Groups and an additional assignment will allow you to study the films and topics covered in HA1224 in greater depth and from different critical perspectives.


  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 20 hours of supervised time in lab/studio/workshop
  • 250 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 2,000 words (50%)
  • Essay, including autonomous learning group report, 2,000 words (50%)