Moving Image History

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Moving Image History

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • 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. Knowledge of the development and evolution of the audiovisual media (cinema, television, video) through its
    2. Knowledge of the historical context of the audiovisual processes and their relevance for the understanding of the
    contemporary panorama.
    3. Ability to distinguish with precision the connections and influences between the diverse audiovisual practices,
    according to its historical, social and cultural context.
    4. Ability to analyze and interpret the audiovisual products with a global, integrated perspective.
    1. Historiographical perspectives
    2. Articulation of the cinematographic language
    3. Silent cinema Golden age
    4. Studio system to New Hollywood
    5. Neorrealism and the crisis of classic language
    6. The new waves
    7. Peripheric cinemas
    8. Avant-garde cinema
    9. Non fiction cinema
    10. Technology and aesthetics: film in the audiovisual era
    11. Video and videoarte
    12. Television in USA
    13. Television in Europe
    1. Lectures. Acquisition of knowledge about the historical evolution of the audiovisual media and its relevance for the
    understanding of the contemporary panorama. Competences 1 and 2 (1,5 ECTS)
    2. Practical classes:Analysis and commentary of classic works in the history of audiovisual media. Competences 3 and 4 (1 ECTS)
    3. Student work: Tutored work of theoretical-practical materials.
    Competences 1, 2 and 3 (1,5 ECTS)
    Individual essay about specific issues regarding some of the historical problems presented in the class.
    Competence 4 (2 ECTS)
    1. Final exam: 60%
    2. Production work /Essay/Practice and defense: 40%
    3. To pass, it is mandatory to obtain, at the very least, 50% of the calification assigned to the final exam.
    4. Class participation and attendance will be taken into account to improve the final grade.
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    % end-of-term-examination: 60
    % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 40
    - BARSAM, RICHARD M. Non Fiction Film. A Critical History, Indiana UP, 1992
    - BORDWELL, David; THOMPSON, Kristin Film History. An Introduction , McGraw Hill, 2nd edition , 2003
    - COOK, David A A History of Narrative Film, Norton, 1996
    - REES, A. L. History of Experimental Film and Video, BFI, 1999
    - SHAW, JEFFREY; WEIBEL, PETER Future Cinema. The Cinematic Imaginary After Film, ZKM-MIT Press, 2003
    - GOMERY, DOUGLAS The Hollywood Studio System, BFI, 1986
    - HARPOLE, CHARLES (general editor) History of the American Cinema. , Berkeley, Univ. of California Press, 10
    volumes, 1990
    - HILMES, Michele; JACOBS, Jason (eds.) The Television History Book, BFI, 2003
    - JAMES, DAVID A Allegories of Cinema , Princeton UP, 1989
    - KING, JOHN Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America, Verso, 2000
    - MEIGH-ANDREWS, CHRIS A History of Video Art, Oxford, Berg, 2006
    - WEINRICHTER, ANTONIO (ed.) Doc. Documentarism in the 21st Century, San Sebastián, Festival Internacional
    de Cine, 2010

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.

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