Languages of the Screen 2

Subject FLTV20007 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 23-Feb-2015 to 12-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 60.5 Hours
Total Time Commitment:

116.5 Hours


Languages of the Screen 1 (not to be taken concurrently)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Subject Overview:

Languages of the Screen 2 advances students’ study of current motion picture and television industry practices and concepts. Lectures, workshops and seminars further develop students’ knowledge of the practical and theoretical grammar of the screen, and the direction of performance for screen specific practice. Local and visiting industry practitioners discuss current industry practice in a series of guest lectures and Q & As. Students work with professional actors in workshop environments. Student-produced screen work is critically reviewed in this subject, with particular focus on students developing an understanding of screen languages and screen specific performance.

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this subject students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of performance techniques and styles for the screen;
  • Utilise a broader range of communication skills with particular reference to direction to performers;
  • Direct actors with greater skill;
  • Critically and constructively review their own and peers’ screen direction work with a growing understanding of cinematic form and its storytelling potential.

Hurdle requirement

Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Scene Analysis - written 1000 words (20%);

Scene Prep & Breakdown - written 800 words or equivalent (20%);

Direction and performance Exercise - 1-2 min edited scene (30%);

Directors Self-Assessment Statement - written 800 words (20%);

Workshop/class Participation* (10%).

*Participation assessed on criteria of engagement, ability to discuss & give/receive feedback and teamwork skills.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completing this subject students will be able to:

  • More confidently plan and organise their work and solve problems;
  • More confidently apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems;
  • Further their positive self-critical and peer review skills;
  • Begin to consolidate a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment.
  • More confidently present opinions and analysis in classroom discussion.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and Television)

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