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FSP2005 Cinematic Language

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


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 offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 24 September 2023