Film and television studies

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Table of Contents

Page Nos.

1. The Department: General information

- Location 3

- Members of Staff 3

- Communications 4

- The Staff-Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) 4

2. Resources

(i) Departmental:

- Films and film projection 5

- Health and Safety 6

(ii) Outside the department:

- The Library 8

- The DVD and Video Library 9

- IT 10

- Cinema provision on campus 10

- The Language Centre 11

3. Curriculum

- ‘Open’ options (Introduction to Film Studies, Hollywood Cinema) 12

- 2+2 degree in Theatre, Media and Text 12

- French with Film Studies, Italian with Film Studies 12

- Options for the part-time degree in English and Cultural Studies 13

- Gender and Cultural Studies 13

4. Teaching and Learning

- Attendance 14

- Mobile phone policy 15

- Screenings, lectures, seminars and individual study 15

- The reading and viewing week 16

- Timetable 16

5. Assessment

- The assessment system 17

- Essay deadlines 19 - Examination information 20

- Personal Development Planning 20

- Exam conventions and procedures 20


1. Dates of terms

2. Guidelines for the writing of essays

3. Assessment criteria: guidelines 4. Marks deducted for poor scholarly presentation

5. Assessed work cover sheet

This handbook contains information about the options offered by the department of Film and Television Studies to students from elsewhere in the university, as well as students on the following degrees: French with Film, Italian with Film, part-time degree in Literary and Cultural Studies, 2+2 degree in Theatre, Film and Literature. It contains information about the day-to-day running of the department as it affects these students. For information of a general nature (for example to do with personal tutors and university-wide resources), we refer you to the documentation provided by your home department. Please read this handbook carefully and keep it for reference. It is designed to answer some of the questions that will arise during your studies. (We would welcome any recommendations for changes that you think may help next year’s students).



The BA in Film and Literature, the BA in Film Studies and the BA in Film with Television Studies are administered by the Film and Television Studies department, although modules are taught by staff from Film and Television Studies, English, French and German. This means that most administrative matters are handled by Film and Television Studies and all your personal tutors are from this department. The information below centres therefore mostly on Film and Television Studies, though at appropriate points references are made to matters that affect the literature departments (see, in particular, ‘staff’ and ‘curriculum’ below).


The Film and Television Studies department is situated on the ground and first floors of an annexe to Millburn House. Staff offices, and most of the teaching and resources rooms, are between rooms A0.12 and A0.28 on the ground floor and between rooms A1.12 and A1.28 on the first floor of the building.

Common Room facilities

There is a Common Room space in the side entrance to the main Millburn House building which is shared between students in Film and TV, History of Art and Theatre Studies. This is at your disposal, to meet other students, wait for classes etc. There is a Costa Coffee stand in this space selling drinks and food during term time.

Within the Film and Television Studies annexe, you may also congregate in room A1.23 in between classes when this room is not in use for seminars or meetings.

N.B. These public spaces are for your own use and enjoyment - use them considerately, and remember to leave them clean and tidy. (If these reasonable rules are not followed, the use of these spaces may be withdrawn.) The whole of Millburn House is a no-smoking area.

The Departmental Office (A0.13)

The secretary and Administrator, Ms Tracey McVey, in room A0.13, plays a key role in answering queries, and the booking of rooms and keys (see section 2, Resources). Please note the office hours displayed on the door. They are normally:

Monday 8.30am – 6.15pm

Tuesday 8.30am – 6.15pm

Wednesday 8.00am – 1.00pm

Thursday 8.00am – 4.00pm

Friday 8.30 am – 4.00pm

The Film Booking Office and Departmental Secretary (A0.12)

16mm and 35mm prints of films for projection are delivered to and collected from this office, which is staffed by Mrs Anne Birchall and Mrs Heather Hares. Anne is responsible for collecting essays in addition to managing the teaching collection, and arranging video/DVD screenings.

If you are responsible for collecting a DVD or VHS for screening it must be collected from A0.12 (see Projection Supervision Guidelines, appendix 6). Anne’s office hours are:

Monday – Thursday 8.15 – 5.00

There are two display boards in the corridor outside the office, with information of a general nature concerning events in the field of Film and Television Studies (e.g. conferences). Watch general noticeboards, in the corridor, for announcements of open lectures by visiting speakers to the department or the university (also posted on http//

Members of Staff

Permanent academic staff: Room No. Tel. No.

Dr Catherine Constable (Head of Department) A1.21 50651

Mr José Arroyo A1.17 22361

Professor Charlotte Brunsdon A1.18 22791

Professor Stella Bruzzi (on research leave all year) A1.19 22436

Dr. Jon Burrows (Acting Senior Tutor Autumn 2012) A1.20 24645

Dr Ed Gallafent (Senior Tutor, on research leave Autumn 2012) A1.20 24645

Professor Stephen Gundle A0.18 28435

Dr Rachel Moseley A0.19 73000

Dr Alastair Phillips A0.20 22434

Dr Michael Pigott (On Research leave Autumn 2012) A0.14 74318

Dr Martin Pumphrey A0.17 73041

Dr Karl Schoonover A0.23 50684

Dr Helen Wheatley A0.22 73871

Post-doctoral and Postgraduate Teaching Staff

Dr Paul Cuff A0.25

Matt Denny A1.13

Greg Frame A1.14

Ivan Girina A1.13

Barbara Ottmann A1.13

Dr Nic Pillai A0.25

Dr Laura Sava A1.07 (Shared PG Space)

Anna Sloan A1.07 (Shared PG Space)

Dr Tom Steward A1.20

Dr Richard Wallace A0.25

Clerical Staff:

Ms Tracey McVey (Departmental Administrator) A0.13 23511

Mrs Heather Hares (Graduate & Admissions Secretary) A0.12 22689

Mrs Anne Birchall (Departmental Secretary) A0.12 24696


Module information, timetable and, at the appropriate times, lists of essay titles are displayed on noticeboards. There is one board for each year and a general one with information concerning all BA students. Keep your eyes open: information soon gets out of date. Tutors may display notices on these boards concerning your modules.

Student/Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

The Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) provides a forum for discussing ideas and addressing problems; it forms the basis for students’ views to be considered within the department and on senior university committees and is a formal means of gauging student opinion on academic matters. It should not be used to discuss individual problems which can be dealt with by personal or module tutors. As a rule, student representatives should seek the opinion of a significant number of students on issues to be discussed. These issues will vary greatly, but recurrent themes include: syllabus, examinations and assessment, library provision, computing and welfare issues.

The SSLC consists of student representatives from each degree course in every year of study and three members of staff (the Head of Film and Television Studies, the Examinations Secretary, who liaises with the departments teaching the Literature modules [English, French, German], and the Subject Specialist Librarian). The SSLC meets twice a term to consider matters brought to its attention by students or staff; issues are solicited by means of short meetings at the end of a lecture and/or by notices on the SSLC notice board just past the main entrance doors on the right, and issues can also be raised via the online SSLC web portal. Second Year representatives act as Chairperson and Secretary of the SSLC meetings and will also attend departmental staff meetings where appropriate.

Minutes are taken by the SSLC Secretary and should record in a concise form who was present, what was discussed and what decisions were taken. They should be submitted to the Head of the Department (as soon as possible after the meeting) who will circulate them to all SSLC members as well as display them on the Common Room notice board. SSLC members may report back to other students in a slot before or after a lecture, but should inform the lecturer in advance to permit appropriate time-planning.

A booklet about the SSLC, produced by the Students’ Union, is available from the Students’ Union and the Academic Office. The Students’ Union organises training sessions for SSLC representatives.

Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE)

The Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence give students and colleagues the opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching and the support of learning throughout the nominee’s career at the University. The awards aim to:

  • Recognise and reward members of staff who have had exceptional impact on the student learning experience.

  • Enhance the profile of teaching excellence at the University.

  • Award winners and commendees with funding to further enhance practice.

All staff who teach or support student learning at Warwick are eligible to be nominated for an award. Winners will receive an award of £5000 and commendees receive £2000.

Information will be circulation when nominations open and students can nominate staff members or teaching Post-doctoral or Postgraduate students.

More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given”

Bertrand Russell


(i) Departmental:

Films and film projection

Films for module screenings (16mm, 35mm and digital formats are available) are hired by Film and Television Studies and handled by our departmental projectionists, Frank Gibson and Richard Allen. Frank and Richard are responsible celluloid and digital projection.

DVD/Video screenings

Screenings are either digital or celluloid. We use off-air recordings on DVD or Blu-Ray when prints are unavailable. In some small modules, students act as projection supervisors on a rota basis. If you are projection supervisor for a DVD/Blu-Ray screening, it is your responsibility to collect the disc from A0.12 and stop it at the end of the screening. You should then return the disc to the film librarian in A0.12.

A week by week list of all module screenings is posted on the notice board to the right of the main entrance. You may attend screenings other than those prescribed for your module, provided there are available seats in the room - which you should check with the relevant tutor.

The department owns a collection of about 100 film prints, mostly on 16mm, which you may borrow and screen on the premises. Please contact Mrs Anne Birchall, who has the list.

Booking departmental rooms

You may also book rooms for individual or small group screenings. The procedure for booking is described overleaf.

Rooms A0.26, A1.25, A1.27 and A1.18 are used for teaching, but may also be booked for individual screening and/or viewing of film or video outside of teaching hours via the departmental secretaries. Rooms A0.28 and A1.28 can only be booked online through Central Timetabling ( All of the teaching rooms have video projection facilities for DVD and VHS. Rooms A0.26, A0.28, A1.25 and A1.27 can also project Blu-Ray discs. Room A0.08 has a steenbeck table for 35mm viewing and a 16mm projector. You can view DVD and VHS on a TV monitor in room A0.09, and there is also equipment in this room which enables you to make copies of such materials. Room A0.08 contains a PC with facilities for creating digital copies of still and moving images from VHS and DVD sources, along with an A4 scanner.

Booking rooms and keys; looking after equipment and rooms

Locally-timetables rooms are booked, and keys issued, by the secretary during office hours (see under ‘departmental office’). Please make sure you are familiar with the system and plan your booking ahead. When you wish to book a room, check availability in the folder in the office, and enter your name in the relevant slots. Always enter the title of film(s) to be screened on the sheet when making the room booking. Rooms for module screenings are already booked in the secretary’s records. (See above for booking procedures concerning rooms A0.28 and A1.28)

Keys for weekend use should be signed out on Friday, and returned on Monday morning. Otherwise KEYS MUST NOT BE RETAINED FOR LONGER THAN 24 HOURS.

You are personally responsible for keys issued against your signature. DO NOT hand them to anyone else. Keys must be returned to the secretary during office hours, and the earlier the better. Make sure that your return of a key is noted in the issue book by signing your name.

VERY IMPORTANT: Never leave rooms unoccupied and unlocked, even briefly; we know from experience that thieves and vandals can work with amazing speed. Make sure that the video projectors (in A1.25, A1.27, A0.26, A0.28 and A1.28) are turned off after use.

Please REPORT any damage to films or failure of equipment to the departmental office, as soon as possible and in the most clearly detailed terms. Things do go wrong; it is not necessarily anyone’s fault, but we need to know. Equally, report faulty video tapes or DVDs to the library when returning them.


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