Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniel Black


Previously coded COM3200


This unit examines animated media from a critical and historical perspective. Students will investigate animation as industry, transnational cultural commodity, fan text and technology, becoming familiar with a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives on the form


By the conclusion of the units students will be able to:

  1. discuss animation as a complex and broad ranging phenomenon that is not restricted to traditional animation forms such as the cartoon, but is also a feature of, for example, advertising, virtual reality, and live action cinema
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of animation and be able to account for the development of the form by reference to social, cultural, political, technological, economic and industrial factors
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the cultural specificities that inform the production, distribution and consumption of different forms of animation
  4. identify the key issues that impact upon animation's creative and technological processes
  5. analyse and explain transnational flows of animated media texts
  6. demonstrate advanced skills in research, writing and critical analysis.


Essay(1800 words): 40%
Seminar presentation and summary(450 words): 10%
Examination(2 hour): 40
Learning journal(450 words): 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Two gateway units in Communications or Film and screen studies or approved equivalent.