• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

In the last twenty years there has been an enormous technological change in the way film is viewed, made and experienced. This course presents an opportunity to examine the impact of technological, cultural and aesthetic elements on film and cinema industry. It will allow students close up and extended experience of film, both Australian and other cultures. This course will give an opportunity for post-graduate students to not only broaden the range of film but also a conceptual understanding of the cinema experience through different films that have quite varied cultural, theoretical and historical and critical perspectives. International perspective on the positioning of film in the global media

The course takes advantage the NFSA’s programming strategy of ‘best practice’ in film through their various film festivals. The large cinema format is integral to the experience of the course and films will be viewed in the 250 seat Arc Theatre of the NFSA. Students will be required to attend the nominated screening season, any associated NFSA seminars and lectures as well as online discussion through the ANU Wattle website.

This course builds on a number of undergraduate and graduate courses offered by Liberal Arts, Visual Arts, Visual Cultural Research, Cultural Inquiry and Digital Humanities.


  • Enable students to understand the role and the relationship between film and cultural, socio-political, historical contexts. 
  • Equip students with the methodologies to use audio visual material as a research tools.
  • Provide an introduction to the use of the NFSA as a research site that includes archives and online repositories of film and related material







Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Student should be able to:

1. Recognize the different interpretative frameworks and value systems that inform the understanding of film in various social and cultural discourses; as well as the reception and distribution of minority cinema.

2. Identify the importance of major technical and production elements such as camera-work, lighting and sound in the context of aesthetic and cultural considerations.

3. Recognize and link creative production with theoretical and critical knowledge by utilizing film as an adjunct source to print and visual material to carry out self directed and independent research.

4. Demonstrate ability at a high level of communication.

Indicative Assessment

  • Contribute of 1000 words to online discussions and reflections during intensive (15%) Summative as well as Formative [LO 1, 3 and 4]
  • 3000 word essay (or equivalent: film, audio, music/sound etc) (70%) Summative {LO1,2, 3 and 4]
  • Class presentation to be recorded, due one month after the Festival (15%) Summative [LO 3 and 4]

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In line with general workload expectations at ANU students are expected to spend 120 hours to meet the study and assessment requirements of this six-unit course. The pre-intensive activities requires 10 hours over 2 weeks (1 hour online discussion and 4 hours independent reading/research each week); the intensive is 10 hours approximately (depending on festival program) contact with 5 hours of that week non-contact reflective writing (15 hours); seminars NFSA (3 hours), ANU 2x3hr seminars (6 hours); presentation day (6 hours) with remaining hours spent in producing for assessment submission.

Attendance at screenings is mandatory.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HUMN6000.

You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts will be developed depending on the film program and will be available on the Wattle site.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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