Film Studies

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Film Studies

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    'Moving Image History' and 'Reading Moving Image'.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    1-Competence to understand and analyse cinema from an academic perspective.
    2-A broad knowledge of the main film theories and methodologies.
    3-Competence to apply the different theories and methodologies in film analysis and research.
    4-Competence to research the field of film studies and understand its problematics.
    1-What is cinema? Introduction and basic concepts.
    1.1-Ways of understanding Cinema. Industry, Institution, Culture, Aesthetic.
    1.2-Film Modes and Worlds: Documentary, Experimental and Fiction.
    1.3-Development of film theories.
    1.4-Film studies as a discipline.
    2-Enunciation theories.
    2.1-The problem of realism: Aristarco, Bazin, Kracauer.
    2.2-New realisms: from frame to pixel.
    2.3-Film's vindications: auteur cinema and Third Cinema. Art and Politics.
    3-Message theories.
    3.1-Russian Formalism: Vertov, Eisenstein.
    3.2-Textual passion and film as a language: semiotics and structuralism.
    3.3-The post-stucturalist reform.
    4-Reception theories.
    4.1-Feminism and gender studies.
    4.2-Cultural studies, multicultural phenomena.
    4.3-Visionary pleasures. Reception and fandom.
    Theoretical classes that give the student a notion about the different film theories.
    Case studies.
    3-Student work
    Writing of an essay supervised by the professor.
    4-Midterm exam
    -Final Exam: 50 %
    -Essay/Student work/Debates/Class Participation/Midterm exam: 50 %
    -Active participation is highly encouraged and will be taken into consideration in terms of the final grade of each student.
    -Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the course. That is to say, a minimum grade of 2.5 out of 5 in the final is needed so as to be able to pass the class.
    -Plagiarism is strictly forbidden and implies a 0 out of 10 on the final grade.
    % end-of-term-examination: 50
    % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals): 50
    - CHURCH GIBSON, Pamela and HILL, John (eds.). Film¿ Studies: critical approaches., Oxford
    University Press, 2000
    - ELSAESSER, Thomas y HAGENER, Malte Film Theory:An Introduction through the Senses,
    Routledge, 2009
    - CORRIGAN, Timothy A short guide to writing about film, Longman, 2010
    - BORDWELL, David y CARROLL, Nöel (eds.). Post-theory. Reconstructing film studies., University of Wisconsin
    Press, 1996
    - BRAUDY, Leo y COHEN, Marshall (eds.). Film Theory and Criticism. Introductory Readings., Oxford University
    Press, 2009
    - CHURCH GIBSON, Pamela y HILL, John (eds.). Film Studies: critical approaches, Oxford University Press, 2000
    - ELSAESSER, Thomas y HAGENER, Malte Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses., Routledge., 2009
    - GLEDHILL, Christine y WILLIAMS, Linda (eds.) Reinventing Film Studies, Oxford University Press, 2000
    - GRIEVESON, Lee y WASSON, Haidee (eds.). Inventing Film Studies, Duke University Press., 2008
    - MILLER, Toby y STAM, Robert (eds). Film and theory. An anthology, Blackwell Publishers, 2000
    - MILLER, Toby y STAM, Robert (eds.). A Companion to Film Theory, Blackwell Publishers, 2004
    - NICHOLS, Bill (ed.). Movies and Methods. Volume 2, University of California Press, 1985
    - NICHOLS, Bill Engaging Cinema. An Introduction to Film Studies, W.W. Norton., 2010
    - POLAN, Dana Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film, University of California Press,
    - RODOWICK, D. N. The Virtual Life of Film, Harvard University Press, 2007
    - SITNEY, P. Adams (ed.). The Avant-Garde Film. A Reader of Theory and Criticism, Anthology Film Archives,

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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