Singapore University of Social Sciences

Writing Film Criticism (FLM103)

Applications Open: 01 April 2020

Applications Close: 14 June 2020

Next Available Intake: July 2020

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Digital Media

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


Writing Film Criticism equips students with the skills to write about film for an academic as well as a general audience. Students will be introduced to various types of film criticism such as the film review, the theoretical essay, the critical essay, and the opinion and evaluation. Building on the knowledge of film elements and the close reading skills acquired in EFS101, students will learn about key approaches to writing about film as well as the mechanics of research and essay form.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, This will be administered on-campus.


  • Writing about film
  • Structure and Style
  • Literary Approach
  • Cinematic Approach
  • Contextualist Approach
  • Research and Citation

Learning Outcome

  • Identify the various types of film criticism and their audience.
  • Discuss the key approaches to writing about film.
  • Demonstrate close reading skils in writing about a film.
  • Explain the relevance of well-chosen evidence from the films.
  • Write properly structured essays on film for specific audiences.
  • Use systematic research skills to enhance knowledge and support discussions in written essays.
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