MEVIT1110 – Audiovisual Aesthetics

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

The course Audiovisual Aesthetics is a theoretical and analytical introduction to the narratives, styles and genres of audiovisual media, such as film, television and animation.

These audiovisual media are diverse variants of what historically have been termed moving images, defined by media philosopher Noël Carroll as "a mode of communication and expression that can be implemented cinematically, videographically, digitally, and/or in ways which we still have to conceive".

As an introductory course in media and communication studies, this course will also offer insight and introductory exercise in schorlarly reading, scholarly thinking, and academic writing.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe audiovisual narrative, style and genre using proper terminology
  • Analyse the narrative, style and genre of an audiovisual work
  • Give an account of the development and characteristics of the Hollywood style
  • Write a theoretical and/or analytical essay


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Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with MEVIT2111 – Skjermkulturer


This course is taught in lectures, film screenings and seminars. The lecture introduces key themes and debates in audiovisual analysis, while screenings serve to illustrate and problematize these discussions. The seminars offer an opportunity to practice close textual analysis in a small group setting. Students are assumed to actively contribute to the discussion in the seminars. Attendance in the seminars is highly recommended, but is not a compulsory activity.

Compulsory activity:
In order to qualify for the exam, students must:

  • Submit one discussion board post of 150-200 words in response to one of the assigned readings (Individual)
  • Direct a short video within a set genre, drawing on - and explicating - the course materials (Group)

Please read about compulsory activities at UiO and make sure you know the rules and guidelines

Approved obligatory activities are valid the semester you attend the course and the two following semesters the course is offered

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Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The reading response must be passed to qualify for the exam. It will be graded approved / not approved, and will not be a part of the grade for the course.

Take home exam over three days. Please see the term page for time and Place.

See also the department's exam information

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Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic evaluation fall 2010

Periodic evaluation fall 2011

Periodic evaluation fall 2017

Facts about this course

Every autumn
Every autumn
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