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University of Portsmouth (School of Creative Arts, Film and Media)




Cinema was the dominant international medium of mass visual culture for the first half of the twentieth century. Our histories of that period have been profoundly influenced by film. The movies became not only a habitual part of the lives of millions; film spawned some remarkable creative innovation, and cinema was established as an industrial and technological process in many countries.

Since then, film has enjoyed a new lease of life as one of a range of global media leisure pursuits, enjoyed and celebrated in different kinds of spaces: in the cinema, at home on tv, video and dvd, and now via the internet. It remains a popular entertainment, yet is also an experimental art form viewed in galleries. Cinema is now widely studied and written about in a variety of guises: by film fans in weblogs, by journalists and critics in the media, and by teachers and students across the education system.

At Portsmouth we study the history of film as mass entertainment. We consider its pioneers and innovators, its production regimes and audience markets. We explore cinema’s changing roles in shaping and expressing national identities and cultures. We employ a range of critical approaches to reading film texts. And we debate the dynamic relationship between film theory and video production as film practice. From its beginnings in the 1970s, Film Studies in higher education has come a long way. If your passion for film exceeds the shelves of Blockbuster or HMV, and if your desire to pursue cinema goes beyond your local multiplex, why not join us on our journey?



School name:University of PortsmouthSchool of Creative Arts, Film and Media
Address:Winston Churchill Avenue
Zip & city:PO1 2UP England
Phone:+44 (0) 23 9284 5732
Web:http://www.port.ac.uk/departments/academic/scafm/
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Cinema was the dominant international medium of mass visual culture for the first half of the twentieth century. Our histories of that period have been profoundly influenced by film. The movies became not only a habitual part of the lives of millions; film spawned some remarkable creative innovation, and cinema was established as an industrial and technological process in many countries.

Since then, film has enjoyed a new lease of life as one of a range of global media leisure pursuits, enjoyed and celebrated in different kinds of spaces: in the cinema, at home on tv, video and dvd, and now via the internet. It remains a popular entertainment, yet is also an experimental art form viewed in galleries. Cinema is now widely studied and written about in a variety of guises: by film fans in weblogs, by journalists and critics in the media, and by teachers and students across the education system.

At Portsmouth we study the history of film as mass entertainment. We consider its pioneers and innovators, its production regimes and audience markets. We explore cinema’s changing roles in shaping and expressing national identities and cultures. We employ a range of critical approaches to reading film texts. And we debate the dynamic relationship between film theory and video production as film practice. From its beginnings in the 1970s, Film Studies in higher education has come a long way. If your passion for film exceeds the shelves of Blockbuster or HMV, and if your desire to pursue cinema goes beyond your local multiplex, why not join us on our journey? 



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