Iscuss how the relationship of narrative, screen and space in film affects a viewer s interpretation.

BA (Hons) digital and lens media
critical and cultural studies 3: the degree essay
module tutor: Ivan Phillips

the brief...

You are required to submit an essay (or negotiated equivalent) on a subject of your choice: the subject should relate, in some way, to your own practice and the essay should constitute a sustained critical examination of some aspect(s) of the subject, demonstrating a developed awareness of appropriate primary and secondary sources, and of relevant formal, theoretical and contextual issues.

” The required length of the essay is 6, 000 words.

” The essay must be word-processed in a clear font, 1.5 or double-spaced on A4 paper with consecutively numbered pages.

” The essay must conform throughout to standard academic style and tone (appropriate use of vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, etc.)

” Quotations, illustrations and borrowed facts/ ideas (including those taken from the web) must be clearly and accurately sourced: the essay must therefore include both references (footnotes or endnotes) and a bibliography.

” The essay is to be securely bound, with a title page including your name, the essay title, the course title and number, the tutors name and a word count (not including headings, references, bibliography, etc.).

” Two copies of the essay should be submitted. (Where you have used expensive colour printing processes, one copy may be in black-and-white photocopy. You are strongly advised to keep a copy of the final print.)

If in doubt about about anything ask Ivan or Daniel as soon as possible and/ or see the Faculty Skills handbook available at artanddesign.

the submission details...

The essay must be submitted via the Faculty s electronic hand-in system in Todd on Friday 14 December. Work handed in after this deadline (without proven mitigating circumstances) will be subject to the Universitys common policy on late submission (see Programme Handbook):

” Assignments handed in up to one calendar week after the published deadline will be awarded a maximum grade of D3 or equivalent.

” Assignments handed in later than one calendar week after the deadline will be awarded no marks.

Make sure that your work is properly referenced throughout (see above): avoid plagiarism, or the appearance of plagiarism, at all costs.

the assessment criteria...
The student is responsible for copying these criteria onto the assessment feedback form, to be attached to the submitted work

” Knowledge and Understanding (A2, A3, A5 )

” Conceptual Development (B1, B2, B4)

” Transferable Skills (D1, D3, D4, D6, D7, D8, D9)


Research widely. You learn to write by reading, so make good use of the Information Sources recommended for the module (see StudyNet). Good research is varied research: books, journals, web sources, newspapers, etc. As a rule, your bibliography should include at least fifteen good quality sources.

Stare at screens. Effective research goes beyond reading: you should also experience as wide a range of media artefacts as you can, and develop your awareness of film, photographic and multimedia histories, and of creative culture in general.

Don t generalize or waffle. Focus on specific aspects of animation, e.g. particular characters, scenes, styles, techniques. Concentrate on criticism, analysis, interpretation, argument, rather than description. Why? is more interesting than What? (although you will probably need What in order to get to Why...)

Avoid a heavily biographical approach. It might be interesting to know that Henri Cartier-Bresson liked to sculpt his hair with the wax from pig s ears, or that Peter Greenaway keeps a family of rare cockroaches in a pair of his great grandad s old socks  but are these facts really relevant to the work?

Avoid plagiarism. It is very naughty and it will get you into a lot of trouble. Remember: plagiarism is the attempt to present another person s work as your own. At best it is a sign of bad practice, at worst it is cheating and deception. It is avoided by following good practices of note taking and adhering to academic conventions of quotation, referencing and bibliography. See your copy of the Faculty Skills Handbook, also available in pdf form at artanddesign.

Back up your work at all times. Electronic copies of your work in progress should be constantly renewed and duplicated. You are also advised to retain a hard copy of your final submission.

Think! Choose your subject and examples carefully. Keep yourself interested. No-one has ever written a good essay on a subject they don t give a monkeys about. Never, ever, ever.

Make good use of tutorials.

Remember: if in doubt about anything at any time ask!

If in any doubt or difficulty at any point, contact Ivan or Daniel as soon as possible.
Tutorial Notes & Sources
Peter Greenaway: The Tulse Luper Suitcases
Darrenlloyd gent
Lev manovich language of new media temporal to spatial narrative  relationship to the screen(s) is used (g. homosapien sapiens 2005 (please look up more by her, for some videos& g. Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein
Narrative and the interface of the screen and environment
Narrative  non linear, linear? Redundant, entropic?