Movies and Research Methods

FTV40005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester

Contact hours

  • 36

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22


250 credit points and admission to BH-FTV2 Bachelor of Film and Television (Honours)

Aims and objectives

This unit fosters critical research and analysis skills in relation to screen media. It promotes the investigation of diverse research methodologies and the employment of these methodologies in the development of an individualised research project. Drawing on students’ own project work and/or other screen material, this subject seeks to contextualise the students own practice in the context of film theory and the work of other practitioners. Focusing on the production element(s) of their choice, students will gain a more complex understanding of theoretical approaches to creative practice, positioning them for successful placement within industry.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Formulate hypotheses and investigate potential research pathways.
2. Apply the protocols of diverse research methods to a research project and to creative practice
3. Evaluate different theoretical approaches to the study of film, television and other moving images.
4. Apply theoretical concepts to their own creative projects and those of other practitioners.
5. Contextualise their own creative practice within wider practical frameworks.
6. Report on theoretical and practical resources appropriate to substantiate a research project.