MV1010 - Media Analysis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 40/100
Written examination 60/100 4 hours E

Course content

Through this course students develop an increased understanding of the ways in which visual media mediate both information and experience. The course offers an introduction to the ideology, rhetoric and modes of address adopted by the media, and emphasises appropriate analytic strategies for encountering various media genres and formats. Attention is particularly paid to visual culture, demonstrating how fiction, fact and everyday imagery operate in audiovisual as well as textual contexts, across different platforms. Objects for analysis, discussion and contextualisation include images, digital productions, television programmes, and filmic material.

Learning outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- knowledge about basic and central media analytical perspectives and concepts
- an overview over the main media genres and formats
- basic understanding for- and knowledge of audio-visual narrative techniques and expression forms
- basic knowledge about the rhetorical instruments and strategies of different media

Upon successful completion of this course the students will know how to:
- apply central media analytical instruments on specific examples
- recognize and account for visual- and audio-visual instruments and basic elements
- identify and compare forms of expression, genre and formats found in different media, in regards to function and characteristic hallmarks
- apply relevant theories and methods in analysis of rhetorical strategies and ideological content in different media expressions

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group supervision and film & television screenings. The course contains mandatory activities that must be completed to take the final exam.
Students are required to keep posted on relevant messages from the department or the teacher at Blackboard.
This course may be taught in Norwegian or English, pending staff availability.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory assignement

Further on evaluation

The exam consists of a practical exercise and a four-hour written exam. Each of these partial assessments is given a separate grade. Written exam counts 60%, while practical exam counts 40%. Both part assessments must be passed to pass the course. The day before the written exam, it may be appropriate to arrange a film screening or similar related to the exam. Further information on the part exams is given at the start of the semester. In case of documented illness or fail on the exam, the student may apply for a school exam in the spring, provided that compulsory activity and the practical exercise have been passed previously. It is only possible to take the exam in the practical exercise in the fall semester.
Each part is given a separate grade. Both parts must be passed. The course will be given one final, combined grade.
If you fail on one part of the examination, you must only retake the part which you have failed in order to complete the course.
The new examination must be taken in the semester it is available.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Approx. 1200 pages of set texts - plus full-length films shown in connection to the teaching

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MV1001 15.0 01.09.2014
MV1100 15.0 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Media Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies



Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS work 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 60/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Written examination 60/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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