FILM AUTHORS - 2018/9

Module code: MFC3039

Module Overview

This module looks at the concept of film ‘authorship’ by looking at the body of work from a significant director, producer, writer or other creative person or partnership. Through the study of a filmmaker (or filmmaking partnership) the module focuses on the nature of film authorship and what it means to say that a film is ‘by’ a certain person. To do this, career tendencies in style, genre, technical approach, and other defining characteristics of a filmmaker’s work, will be addressed.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

HUGHES HA Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W810

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 20

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None. This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the departmental exchange coordinator.

Module content



Module content will vary according to the film author being focused on.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PRESENTATION AND PARTICIPATION 30
Coursework ESSAY (3000 WORDS) 70

Alternative Assessment

Recorded presentation or oral examination (30%)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of the work of a film author, the ability to analyse individual films by that ‘author’ within the context of their work and broader contexts such as history and film history and to debate the issues surrounding film authorship

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:



Presentation and participation (during teaching weeks)

3000-word essay (exam period)


Formative assessment and feedback



Short writing tasks and/or essay outline


In-class participation in verbal analysis of films and readings


Module aims

  • To establish a critical understanding of film authorship and the debates surrounding the significant creative roles of film production
  • To develop research methodologies to interrogate a significant body of work
  • To provide opportunity for focused analysis through studying the work of a single creative force

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify the theories, questions and issues surrounding the concept of film authorship KCPT
002 Analyse tendencies in theme, form and practice that identify the work of a ‘film author KCPT
003 Interpret the work of a film author within the context of their entire body of work KCPT
004 Situate a film author’s work in broader contexts (such as history, film history) KCPT
005 Identify external factors that influence a film author’s work KCPT
006 Express their analysis and interpretation of a film author’s work verbally and in writing KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:



Provide students with a in-depth knowledge of the work of a film author


Expose students to the range and depth of films made by a film author


Provide students with the necessary knowledge and analytical skills to interpret and analyse the work of a film author


Allow students to practice these analytical skills verbally and in writing



The learning and teaching methods include:



Lecturer and seminars


Reading using lecturer’s guidance


Researching and preparing presentations


Participating in discussion


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for FILM AUTHORS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mfc3039

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media Studies with Film Studies BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Film Studies BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and French BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and German BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.