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ARTD2126 Sight and Sound

Module Overview

Sight and Sound is designed to introduce students to the language of cinema in support of their research methodologies and professional skill sets in the creative industries. Using key texts and self-generated or found visual samples as a basis for teaching activities, Sight and Sound provides a learning platform for students with no prior knowledge of cinema theory who on completion of the module, will learn the usefulness of cinematic studies as a way of strengthening their academic portfolio in associated professional environments. This optional core module is designed to broaden your studies and provide you with an interdisciplinary learning experience with peers from a range of art and design subjects. The module will provide you with new perspectives and introduce you to themes and practices that can be critically explored to inform your ongoing development, interests and skills.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • theoretical and historical references and how they apply to the contemporary cultural environment;
  • methods of critical visual analysis referred to genre, authorship and audience.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • interrogate forms of stylistic analysis through reference to cinema and moving image;
  • develop and research your own position in relation to current literature and debates;
  • construct a reasoned argument based on research and analysis of texts using a clear, coherent structure.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • clearly communicate visually and in written form with an awareness of how this might be perceived by others;
  • organise your time and manage deliverables and deadlines.


Indicative content for this module normally includes: • Controversy: Exploring Underground film culture from Anger to Warhol. • Free Associations: Cinema and the early Avant Garde • Digital Antecedents: Cut and Paste technologies in the early Twentieth century cinema • Art of The Title: Exploring the Word and the Image in film title sequences • Short Stories: Storytelling principles and the art of movie trailers • Sound as Vision – Visual identity and personality through the use of sound • Remake/Remodel – The use of music sampling and appropriation as a creative voice • Empire of The Senses - The Synesthetic Image and the colour of sound • Synch Points – The effectiveness of sound synchronisation - both in & out of sequence

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • lectures; • screenings; • seminars; • tutorials. Learning activities include: • reflection on tutor feedback; • peer group critiques and presentations; • peer group learning. Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes In this module, learning and teaching activities focus on helping you investigate, question and analyse the language of cinema and moving image, its theories and how these influence your own ideas and/or the discipline in which you operate. Feedback on your progress and development will be given by group discussions, seminars and presentations. Informal feedback will provide opportunities for peer group learning and self-evaluation. The formal assessment will be a series of blogs uploaded on a weekly basis totalling 2500 words and illustrated with Harvard referenced images. The use of illustrations will help you to develop visual research and analysis skills and to effectively present your critical engagement with visual cultural artefacts.

Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Completion of assessment task50
Follow-up work26
Wider reading or practice30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Gumbrecht Hans Ulrich & Marian Michael eds (2003). Mapping Benjamin: The Work of Art in the Digital Age. 

Cousins, Mark (2011). The Story of Film. 

Manovich, Lev (2002). The Language of New Media. 

Chion, Michel (1994). Audio Vision: Sound on Screen. 

Chion, Michel (2016). Sound: An Acoustical Treatise. 

Cousins, Mark (2017). The Story of Looking. 

Sight & Sound Magazine.

Burnett R. (2004). How Images Think. 

Gunkel David J. (2016). Ethics and Aesthetics After Remix. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Blog 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Blog 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Blog 100%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase any additional texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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