Film theory and analysis: Film, TV and digital visual narratives

Course content

The module is an introduction to and discussion of key theories of film and other audiovisual narratives, and to concrete analysis of their expressions in different historical, current digital and cultural contexts. The focus is on various narrative formats and genres, including feature films, serial forms and short formats on various platforms as well as interactive narratives (e.g. computer games). Similarly, we will analyze fictional paratexts (e.g. trailers, video essays, behind the scene footage) and different transmedia storyworlds. The course aims to increase the students understanding of and ability to reflect upon given theories, their assumptions and their consequences for the analysis, and to characterize and understand differences and similarities between theories. The module also works with either Ignit or video essays as a special communication genre and audiovisual short form as a way to analyze fiction narratives. We will also work with written analysis of audiovisual works in their different contexts related to genre, institutions and cultural history, including Danish (and Scandinavian) film and television fiction. This includes the importance of the digital turn for current trends and changes in film, series and various short formats.


Master in Film and Media Studies, 2019-curriculum

Learning outcome

At the examination, the student is able to demonstrate:


Knowledge and understanding of:

  • the particular theoretical and academic research issues which have informed the development of the key concepts within film and media studies and how they correlate with technological, social and cultural changes.
  • the analytical implications of applying different types of theoretical film and media studies concepts to a wide variety of contexts, both historically and in the current film and media culture.
  • theories on digitisation and its influence on the development of theoretical concepts within film and media studies.
  • the relationship between theory and methodology in relation to the analysis of academic film and media texts and communication processes.


Skills to:

  • develop theoretical concepts and discuss these both in their historical context and in a number of other contexts.
  • demonstrate different theories’ explanatory efficacy, their strengths and limitations, through analytical examples.
  • understand the analytical problems within film and media studies presented as a result of the rise in digitisation.
  • critically evaluate the application of concepts by means of comparative arguments.


Competencies to:

  • account for theoretical concepts and demonstrate their analytical explanatory efficacy in relation to different media and platforms.
  • discuss different theoretical schools in relation to each other and assess the analytical consequences associated with applying different theories.

apply the right theory and methodology on the basis of analytical intent, context and situation.

Class teaching with discussion, individual presentations and group work.

Der indgår 75% fremmøde som en del af den aktive undervisningsdeltagelse.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Master in Film and Media Studies, 2019-curriculum:



Exams are conducted in English or Danish

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Course Preparation
  • 353,5
  • English
  • 409,5