You'll explore genre, narrative, adaptation, film technology, documentary, experimental filmmaking and contemporary trends in film theory and criticism.
A lot of emphasis is placed on the diversity of cinematic practices, as well as the social, political, cultural, historical and philosophical contexts within which films are produced.
English is studied from the early nineteenth century to the present day, providing a truly modern and interdisciplinary approach to literature. This will allow you to develop an appreciation of different genres and explore the value of literature in the modern world.
You'll have the opportunity to study film and literature side by side, across a range of modules and delve into debates around issues of genre, gender and practice.
A vibrant city with a great literary and cinematic heritage, Edinburgh offers a wonderful learning environment and plenty of relevant cultural events, such as the Edinburgh International Film Festival and International Book Festival.
This is a full-time course studied over four years. You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study.
Module choices in creative writing and screenwriting will allow you to apply your understanding of literature and film to your own creative work.
There are no additional costs that are mandatory to pass the course.
All compulsory texts studied on the programme should be available in the university library. Accessing those texts may require student organisation, such as requesting ahead of time if available copies are all on loan. Many texts are available for free online via the university library holdings, through major online repositories such as archive.org, Jstor, and similar databases. Some readings are digitised and provided via the Moodle virtual learning environment. Any films or visual materials studied are usually accessible for free through Box of Broadcasts, or a screening is put on.
However, many students like to have their own copies of compulsory texts. This can be advantageous in terms of notetaking and detailed engagement over an extended period. Texts we teach are mostly available in mass-market paperback, and copies can often be obtained cheaply secondhand.
It may also be useful to allow a budget for printing materials (although submission is now almost entirely electronic), and to have a storage device for your work such as a USB stick (although networked storage is available via university computers).