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FSP2005 Cinematic Language

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Daryl Sparkes


Enrolment is not permitted in FSP2005 if FTR1003 has been previously completed.


This course serves to develop the filmmaker's knowledge in the area of narrative film history, aesthetics and language with a strong emphasis on cinema as an art form. Understanding the historical, technical, and cultural significance of film language is incredibly important to emerging filmmakers as a way of communicating their message to a visual audience. Students will therefore engage in screenings, discussions and reviews aimed at exploring, investigating and understanding the grammar of the visual language in contemporary genre films.

Students are introduced to elements of popular narrative film including film history, aesthetics and technical practice. This course focuses on the combination of methods, strategies and skills that filmmakers choose to convey the central message and the main ideas of the story that they are trying to tell. Similarly, students should learn how a filmmaker perfects the manipulation of the scene through cinematic timing, transitions, and effects that would convey similar feelings in the viewer through explicit and implicit meaning. Students will address questions of narrative form, style and genre and consider film as a social, cultural and ethical document. Cinematic Language aims to broaden a student's notion of cinema and expand ideas of what film is and might be.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Use appropriate elements of film history, aesthetics and language of film in their professional practice
  2. Identify and interpret principles of narrative forms of cinema
  3. Recall and explain the function of film as a formal construction with particular reference to the artistic elements of film: mise-en-scene, editing, montage, cinematography and sound through written or oral presentations.
  4. Recognise and account for cultural, social and ethical issues associated with narrative film.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Film as Art: Business, cultural and ethical awareness. 20.00
2. Film Language - Form & Style 30.00
3. Popular Film Genres 25.00
4. Introduction to Australian Film 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Bordwell, D & Thompson, K 2017, Film art: an introduction, Eleventh edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 30 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 30 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Written Quiz No 40 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 27 June 2022